Animal Ag News 11/27

Carrie Muehling

  • The American Feed Industry Association (AFIA) announced the addition of Madison Wyman as its policy communications specialist, effective Nov. 13.
  • The Indiana Sheep and Wool Market Development Program is sponsoring a shearing school, hosted by the Indiana Sheep Association (ISA) on Saturday, Feb. 24, at Purdue University’s Animal Science Research and Education Center sheep unit.
  • The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced the appointment of five members to serve on the American Lamb Board. All five of the appointees will serve three-year terms. The terms of the members start January 2024 and end January 2027.
  • Smithfield Foods has donated $1 million to launch the Southeastern Education and Economic Development (SEED) apprenticeship program in North Carolina. A partnership between the North Carolina Business Committee for Education (NCBCE) and Smithfield Foods, SEED is a comprehensive youth apprenticeship program that will provide career pathways and college education for high school students in southeastern North Carolina counties.
  • The winner of the 11th annual NCBA National Anthem Contest, sponsored by Norbrook, is Anna Sponheim of Winifred, Montana. Sponheim will sing the “Star-Spangled Banner” at CattleCon24 in Orlando, Florida, during the Opening General Session.
  • National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) Chairman Randy Mooney commended U.S. dairy farmers for their persistence in supporting positive change for their industry at the organization’s annual meeting in Orlando, noting that challenges are nothing new to producers and that their unity has brought progress in encouraging better federal farm policy.
  • In a surprising setback for U.S. dairy, the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) dispute settlement panel upheld Canada’s manipulative dairy quota administration practices, leaving U.S. dairy exporters struggling to realize the market access granted in the trade agreement. Despite the tireless efforts of the U.S. government team, this ruling reflects a glaring failure to safeguard the most fundamental rights outlined in the USMCA. Michael Dykes, D.V.M, president and CEO of the International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA), issued a statement sharing the group’s disappointment.
  • The poultry industry continuously invests in research to expand its knowledge and mastery of avian care and to identify processes and techniques that help increase the overall success of the industry. These research developments and related topics will be discussed at the International Poultry Scientific Forum (IPSF), held in conjunction with the 2024 International Production & Processing Expo (IPPE) in Atlanta.
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