Animal Ag News 11/15

Carrie Muehling

  • U.S. Senators Deb Fischer (R-Neb.), Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), Jon Tester (D-Mont.), and Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) are announcing a compromise cattle market proposal, known as the Cattle Price Discovery and Transparency Act.
  • U.S. pork exports have experienced significant growth since 2010 — increasing more than 50% in volume and 60% in value. This substantial increase can be attributed to the fact that the U.S. is a low-cost consistent pork supplier in the global market. A new report from the National Pork Board details how U.S. pork can differentiate itself beyond these two attributes to continue to grow its global market share.
  • As friends and family gather for the holidays, Americans are expected to purchase 161 million pounds of butter from the second week in November through Christmas. While butter sales usually increase during the holidays, the pandemic, which spiked a rebirth of home cooking, has also caused butter sales to grow significantly year-round. According to Suzanne Fanning, Senior Vice President at Dairy Farmers of Wisconsin, the organization saw a 400% spike in recipe searches during the pandemic.
  • The American Feed Industry Association’s Nutrition Committee is hosting a program focused on challenges and opportunities for the animal food industry in the face of disruptions, such as pandemics or foreign animal diseases. Titled, “Business Continuity in Times of Disruption: Lessons Learned,” the program will take place on Jan. 26, 2022, in conjunction with the 2022 International Production & Processing Expo, taking place Jan. 25-27.
  • Boehringer Ingelheim announces the appointment of Sharon Holt to Director of Marketing for U.S. Swine and Poultry. Holt has more than 19 years of leadership experience and an intrinsic knowledge of the Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health business across manufacturing, supply chain and commercial functions.
  • Three emerging livestock industry leaders received welcomed financial support this month as they were named recipients of the 2022 Throlson American Bison Foundation scholarship.
  • GO Topeka, the economic development group for Kansas’ Capital City, announced that 10 new startups have graduated from Plug and Play Topeka, an animal health and ag-tech incubator. The early- and mid-stage startups, selected after a pitch competition in late September, have successfully completed the three-month accelerator program.
  • The 138th Annual Convention of Delegates of the American Angus Association assembled November 8, 2021 in Fort Worth, Texas. Newly elected officers were Jerry Connealy, Whitman, Neb., president and chairman of the Board; and Chuck Grove, Forest, Va., vice president and vice chairman of the Board. Barry Pollard, Enid, Okla., will serve as the Treasurer for the 2021-2022.
  • The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association called on Secretary Vilsack to immediately suspend all imports of fresh beef from Brazil to the United States. In the letter to USDA, NCBA asked for a suspension until the agency conducts a thorough risk assessment and review of the processes that Brazil’s Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, and Food Supply (MAPA) uses to detect disease and other threats to consumers. NCBA also urged USDA to review Brazil’s veterinary diagnostic laboratory system.
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