Animal Ag News 7/25

Carrie Muehling

  • There were 98.8 million head of cattle and calves on U.S. farms as of July 1, 2022, according to the Cattle report published by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS).
  • The U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) recently updated its export numbers and the value to corn and soybean farmers. The study shows in 2021, beef and pork exports accounted for 537 million bushels of corn usage, which equals $2.94 billion (estimated using an average corn price of $5.48 bushel).
  • The Dairy Farmers of Wisconsin (DFW) board of directors unanimously elects Janet Clark as Board Chair at its annual reorganization meeting. Clark is a second-generation dairy farmer from Rosendale representing District 16 (Fond du Lac, Green Lake and Marquette counties). She, along with the newly elected Executive Committee, will lead the organization through the next fiscal year, which began July 1 and will conclude June 30, 2023.
  • Cargill and Continental Grain Company announced the completion of the previously announced acquisition of Sanderson Farms, Inc. by a joint venture between Cargill and Continental Grain. The acquisition was announced on August 9, 2021. As a part of the closing of the transaction, Cargill and Continental Grain have combined Sanderson Farms with Wayne Farms, a subsidiary of Continental Grain, forming a new privately held poultry business. The new business, named Wayne-Sanderson Farms, will be headquartered in Oakwood, GA.
  • The Missouri Beef Industry Council announced the addition of Sydney Thummel as Executive Director. Thummel will work directly with the MBIC Board of Directors and will be responsible for all operational and budgetary functions of the organization. As the Executive Director she will also serve as a representative at all state and national functions.
  • Dairy Management Inc. (DMI) has hired Lori Captain as executive vice president of global sustainability strategy, science and industry affairs, effective July 25. Captain comes to DMI after serving more than 20 years working at Corteva Agriscience and its predecessor DuPont, most recently as chief of staff, external affairs and counsel to the CEO. She also has worked at Syngenta and has significant experience in sustainability, corporate communications, media relations, policy, and executive and stakeholder engagement.
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