NAMA Fall Conference

Animal Ag News 3/21

Cindy Zimmerman

  • FarmFirst Dairy Cooperative scholarships for 2022 are once again available to membership youth pursuing a post-secondary education. The scholarship application deadline is March 31, 2022.
  • The National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) awarded scholarships to 10 college students who intend to pursue careers in the U.S. pork industry. The Lois Britt Memorial Pork Industry Scholarship program is sponsored by CME Group and the National Pork Industry Foundation and managed and administered by NPPC. The scholarships were announced the recent National Pork Industry Forum.
  • Registration is now open for three Stockmanship & Stewardship regional events – Blacksburg, Va., May 20-22; Leavenworth, Kan., June 16-18; and Auburn University, Auburn, Ala., Aug. 12-13
  • World Dairy Expo® is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2022 Expo Recognition Awards. Dairy Producer of the Year – John Ruedinger, Van Dyne, Wis., Ruedinger Farms, Inc.; Industry Person of the Year – Shelly Mayer, Slinger, Wis., Professional Dairy Producers; International Person of the Year – Mark Comfort, Cardinal, Ontario, Canada, Udder Comfort.
  • The American Feed Industry Association, in partnership with Feedstuffs and the U.S. Poultry and Egg Association (USPOULTRY), named Sanderson Farms’ Collins, Miss., plant as its 2021 Integrator Feed Facility of the Year (FFY).
  • USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) has modified the Spot Market Hog Pandemic Program (SMHPP) eligibility requirements. The program — announced last year — provides payments to pork producers who made spot market transactions between April 16 and Sept. 1, 2020. Hog producers will also now be required to submit documentation to support information provided on their SMHPP application, which will now be accepted through April 29, 2022, a two week extension from the previous deadline.
  • In an effort to continue bringing current cattle industry issues into the spotlight and better serve its membership, R-CALF USA has released the R-CALF USA Round Up podcast and announced the True Grit magazine. The R-CALF USA Round Up podcast, launched in October 2021, features approximately 45-minute-long, biweekly episodes with guests from around the cattle industry. The True Grit magazine will be delivered quarterly to R-CALF USA members as a new perk of R-CALF USA membership benefits.
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