Animal Ag News 8/2

Carrie Muehling

  • Cattle producers from across the country will descend upon Nashville, Tenn., Aug. 10-12, for the 2021 Cattle Industry Convention & NCBA Trade Show. The annual event is well-known for its educational content, motivational speakers and hot topics. New for this year is an additional general session on the final day of convention entitled “Sustainability: Opportunity, or a Bunch of Bull.”
  • As “new normals” emerge, effective communication and strong leadership continues to play a crucial role in successful organizations. USPOULTRY’s 2021 Women’s Leadership Conference offers an opportunity for women leaders to hone these skills. Held Aug. 19-20 at the Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa in Destin, Florida, the conference attendees, from all levels of the industry, will gain insight on a variety of topics.
  • The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced that the Dominican Republic (DR) has confirmed cases of African swine fever (ASF). The cases were confirmed as part of a cooperative surveillance program between the United States and the DR. The United States remains free of ASF – an animal disease affecting only pigs with no human health implications – and imports no pork, animal feed or other pork production-related products from the Dominican Republic.
  • They call them Policy Picnics — a mix of food, catching up with friends and getting plugged into regulatory issues. The Dairy Business Association (DBA) and Edge Dairy Farmer Cooperative have found that members value the annual summer events, where they connect with each other, lawmakers and the organizations’ experts. The Wisconsin-based groups advocate for their members at all levels of government — DBA in the state, Edge throughout the Midwest — from town halls to the halls of Congress. The organizations held three of the Policy Picnics in July at farms around Wisconsin, and Edge will hold a fourth in August in Sioux Falls, S.D.
  • R-CALF USA, the nation’s largest producer-only national cattle trade association, will hold its 22nd annual convention and trade show Aug. 19-20, 2021, in Rapid City, South Dakota at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center located at 444 Mount Rushmore Road. At its convention, the group intends to strengthen its national strategy to quickly fix the United States’ broken cattle market crisis by restoring competition for both cattle and beef.
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