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Animal Ag News 7/5

Carrie Muehling

  • The National Bison Association (NBA) kicked off National Bison Month in July. As part of the celebration, consumers are encouraged to add this uniquely American, delicious, humanely raised, supremely healthy protein to their regular diets.
  • Ground has broken — quite literally — on a $19 million research initiative aimed at understanding how a farmer or rancher’s grazing management decisions impact soil health and, in turn, how soil health can positively impact land and producer well-being. The inaugural field sampling took place on Noble Research Institute’s ranches in southern Oklahoma in April 2022 with a second sampling session completed June 29. Field sampling was also conducted in June at the Michigan sites, and a final sampling session has been scheduled in August for the project’s Wyoming locations.
  • Dairy industry leaders joined hunger relief organizations from across the Midwest to exchange ideas and discuss business models that will help get more dairy into the hands of people experiencing food insecurity. The first Dairy Nourishes America Midwest Symposium was organized by Feeding America®, Dairy Farmers of America (DFA) and the Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy. DFA hosted the meeting, June 22-24.
  • R-CALF USA will host its 23rd annual convention and trade show “Code of the West,” Aug. 18-19, 2022, in Deadwood, South Dakota. With an exciting lineup of speakers, the group looks forward to its success in further developing strategies to improve the trajectory of the U.S. cattle industry.
  • As of June 1, there were 72.5 million hogs and pigs on U.S. farms, down 1% from June 2021 and down slightly from March 1, 2022, according to the Quarterly Hogs and Pigs report published by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS).
  • The Animal Agriculture Alliance recently welcomed Grace Platte as coordinator, membership and communications. In this role, Platte will assist in managing the organization’s membership and sponsorship processing, recruitment and engagement. She assumed her new role on June 27.
  • It’s not too late to register for the 2022 Cattle Industry Summer Business Meeting, which will be held in Reno, Nevada, July 25-27. Register at www.ncba.org before July 6 for discounted rates. All registrants will be entered in a drawing for a chance to win a Dell Rugged Laptop package, valued at more than $2,000. Discounted air travel through United Airlines is also available.
  • GENYOUth, the national nonprofit organization formed through a partnership between America’s dairy farmers and the NFL, announced the appointment of Ann Marie Krautheim to CEO.
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