Animal Ag News 1/9

Carrie Muehling

  • EmGenisys, Inc., an animal health technology company on the path to revolutionize the bovine embryo industry, was one of the ten semi-finalists competing in the 2023 American Farm Bureau Federation Ag Innovation Challenge this week in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
  • Under the theme of “The Bison Benefit – Good for US, Good for our Planet”, preparations are in full swing to welcome roughly 400 North American bison ranchers, processors and marketers who will convene at the Westin Westminster Hotel January 18-21. This is the annual meeting of the industry’s largest bison organization, the National Bison Association (NBA).
  • From National Milk Producers Federation President and CEO Jim Mulhern: “NMPF is disappointed that once again dairy farmers, who every day strive to be leaders in environmental stewardship, may need to live under a WOTUS rule that is cumbersome, unclear and overly complicated. Because the EPA’s most recent iteration fails to resolve what is now a 50-year struggle to define what constitutes a water body subject to federal regulation under the Clean Water Act, our members will face continued uncertainty as they attempt to comprehend and comply with unclear regulations.” Read the full statement here.
  • Chad Vincent, CEO of Dairy Farmers of Wisconsin (DFW), is featured in BizTimes Media’s “The Wisconsin 275” highlighting Wisconsin’s Most Influential Business Leaders of 2022.
  • Individuals 8-21 years of age are invited to compete in the Larry Higgins Bison Junior Judging Contest on Friday, January 20th at 9 a.m. in the Yards at the National Western Stock Show. This event is hosted by the National Bison Association and the Rocky Mountain Bison Association and held in conjunction with the Gold Trophy Show and Sale (GTSS) during the National Western Stock Show in Denver, Colorado.
  • U.S. beef exports to East Asia in 2022 are again on record pace after a record year in 2021. Despite economic uncertainties due to the COVID-19 pandemic, continued global supply chain challenges, and a competitive global beef market, U.S. beef exports to East Asia, both in value and volume, were outstanding in the first half of 2022. East Asia’s relatively robust middle class has supported the demand for high-quality beef, and a developed e-commerce retail sector has provided flexible avenues for suppliers to promote beef products during the pandemic.
  • The Animal Agriculture Alliance announced that registration is now open for the 2023 Stakeholders Summit, themed “Partners in Progress: Building a Sustainable Future for Animal Ag.” The event is set for May 4-5 in Arlington, Va. An outline of the Summit agenda has been posted on the event website and the full speaker lineup will be announced soon. To register, visit Early registration discounts are available through March 10. Discounted hotel rooms are available to attendees through April 11 at the Renaissance Arlington Capital View hotel.
  • With over twelve million dollars raised for livestock operations, Harvest Returns continues to successfully raise capital in this agricultural sector. The crowdfunding platform recently assisted American Beef Ranch (ABR) in completing a $470,000 raise.
  • Texas & Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association (TSCRA), the largest and oldest livestock association based in Texas, announced the opening of registration for the 2023 Cattle Raisers Convention & Expo. The annual event, which will be held March 24-26 in downtown Fort Worth, is the largest gathering of livestock producers in the Southwest, drawing more than 3,500 landowners together.
  • The nation’s premier bison show and sale will culminate with a live animal auction at the National Western Livestock Auction Arena starting at 10 a.m., Saturday, January 21 at the National Bison Association’s Gold Trophy Show and Sale (GTSS).
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