Animal Ag News 12/11

Carrie Muehling

  • Alltech Wisconsin presented the 2023 Most Valuable Employee (MVE) Award to Carlos Galvan of Weltzien Farms in Arcadia, Wisconsin. This award recognizes the value of a dairy farm employee with an exceptional work ethic who exhibits integrity and who engages in their responsibilities on a dairy farm in the region, which includes Wisconsin, Minnesota and northern Illinois.
  • The Meat Import Council of America (MICA) is pleased to announce that Bill Westman has been hired as the new Executive Director, succeeding Stephen Sothmann.
  • In recognition of his lifetime of exemplary leadership and service in the agriculture industry, Illinois Farm Bureau (IFB) honored Ed Mullins, former CEO of Prairie Farms Dairy, with the 2023 Charles B. Shuman Distinguished Service Award during the organization’s annual meeting in Chicago, Dec. 2-4. The award is the highest given by IFB.
  • Smithfield Foods will end contracts with 26 hog farms in Utah to optimize its supply chain for more efficient operations in the face of an industry oversupply of pork, weaker consumer demand and high feed prices.
  • Edge Dairy Farmer Cooperative has added an experienced field services professional to its members services team, with a focus on serving the co-op’s members in South Dakota and Minnesota, including farmers who are part of the Minnesota Milk Producers Association.
  • The American Feed Industry Association (AFIA) appreciates Representatives Greg Pence (R-Ind.-06), Jim Baird (R-Ind.-04), Kim Schrier (D-Wash.-08), and Angie Craig (D- Minn.-02) for leading the introduction of a key piece of legislation that will improve the regulatory environment for new animal feed ingredients. The Innovative Feed Enhancement and Economic Development (Innovative FEED) Act will amend the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act to establish a regulatory pathway for a new category of animal food substances that act solely within animals’ gut microbiomes or in the feed they are digesting to provide a wide range of benefits, giving the Food and Drug Administration the power it needs to ensure regulations keep pace with scientific innovation in feed.
  • The International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA) recognized six individuals whose leadership in food, nutrition and agricultural policymaking has helped to support the U.S. dairy industry. At the annual Celebration of Dairy event held at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., IDFA President and CEO Michael Dykes, D.V.M., recognized the following officials with the IDFA Leadership Award: U.S. Sens. Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin, Jerry Moran of Kansas and Debbie Stabenow of Michigan; U.S. Reps. John Moolenaar of Michigan and Dan Newhouse of Washington; and Under Secretary Alexis Taylor of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).
  • Fifth-generation cattle producer and farmer Kristin Tentinger has assumed the role of General Manager of TenCorp, Inc. She continues a 100-plus year legacy of the family’s beef production business. Ms. Tentinger has been TenCorp, Inc.’s Operations Manager and Community Liaison since 2019.
  • University of Florida researchers found that Florida consumers most willing to buy lamb and goat meat were adventurous, younger (Millennials and Gen Z), had tasted these meats before and liked them or held a belief of cultural significance for these meats.
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