Animal Ag News 9/6

Carrie Muehling

  • The National Cattlemen’s Foundation (NCF) is accepting applications for the annual W.D. Farr Scholarship program. Two $15,000 grants are awarded to graduate students who demonstrate superior achievement in academics and leadership and are committed to the advancement of the beef industry. Graduate students must apply online by Sept. 30, 2022.
  • USPOULTRY’s 2022 Poultry Protein & Fat Seminar, developed by a panel of rendering industry leaders, provides valuable insights into the latest technology, equipment and management techniques in poultry and egg rendering. Sponsored by USPOULTRY and the Poultry Protein & Fat Council, the seminar will be held Oct. 5-6 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Downtown in Nashville, Tenn.
  • Zoetis presented the company’s second donation to Folds of Honor recently, bringing the company’s total first half contribution to $292,000 to help support the work of the nonprofit in honoring America’s heroes. Based in Owasso, Oklahoma, Folds of Honor provides academic scholarships to the families of men and women who have fallen or been disabled while serving in the U.S. armed forces.
  • A Kansas State University-led study has found that reintroducing bison — a formerly dominant grazer — doubles plant diversity in a tallgrass prairie. The research involves more than 30 years of data collected at the Konza Prairie Biological Station and was recently published in the prestigious journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, or PNAS.
  • Wayne-Sanderson Farms garnered 14 separate safety awards at this year’s National Safety Conference for the Poultry Industry, proving once again that the company’s Zero Accident Culture approach to employee safety and health reduces lost time accidents and injuries.
  • The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) announced an additional $21.9 million of funding is being awarded to 111 grant projects through the Meat and Poultry Inspection Readiness Grant Program (MPIRG), bringing total funding to $54.6 million.
  • Walmart announced that it signed an agreement to invest in a minority stake in Sustainable Beef LLC, a rancher-owned company based in North Platte, Neb. Walmart’s equity investment is part of a broader strategic partnership to source top-quality sustainable beef from Sustainable Beef LLC’s new beef processing facility.
  • The Animal Agriculture Alliance’s annual College Aggies Online (CAO) scholarship competition kicks off on September 12. Participants will have the opportunity to network and learn from a variety of industry professionals and farm influencers. Undergraduates, graduate students, and collegiate clubs and classes are invited to sign up.
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