Animal Ag News 5/28

Carrie Muehling

  • Since the detection of H5N1 in dairy cattle in March, USDA has worked swiftly and diligently to assess the prevalence of the virus in U.S. dairy herds and to use the latest scientific data to learn about the virus and to quickly contain the disease event. As part of this multifaceted approach, on May 10, USDA announced several financial assistance options for producers with affected herds.
  • The American Feed Industry Association (AFIA) is pleased to receive $800,000 in federal funding through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Regional Agricultural Promotion Program (RAPP). In October, the USDA initiated the $1.2 billion RAPP program aimed at developing new export markets for U.S. food and agricultural products, extending beyond the traditional partnerships with Canada, Mexico, the European Union and China.
  • The 70th annual Texas A&M Beef Cattle Short Course on Aug. 5-7 in Bryan-College Station is open for registration. The event is hosted by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and the Texas A&M College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Department of Animal Science.
  • Learn from past Environmental Stewardship Award Program regional winners Nick Jorgenson, Jorgenson Land & Cattle (South Dakota); Keith Tuck, Tuck Farms (Virginia); and Emily Fulstone, Fulstone Ranches (Nevada) at the next National Cattlemen’s Beef Association Cattlemen’s Webinar Series. These guests will share practical steps to create a grazing management plan and how to overcome common hurdles.
  • The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) thanked the House Agriculture Committee for passing the next Farm Bill, known as the Farm, Food, and National Security Act of 2024. This Farm Bill includes top priorities for cattle farmers and ranchers including cattle health, voluntary conservation, and food security provisions.
  • Edge Dairy Farmer Cooperative is investing in the future of the next generation through its annual scholarship program. Five young adults will receive $2,000 scholarship awards to pursue higher education. Two scholarships will be awarded to students currently enrolled in college or university, and three scholarships will be awarded to graduating high school seniors. This year’s recipients include high school seniors Olivia Killian of Whitehall Memorial High School, Eli Staudinger of Valders High School and Joseph Peterson of Providence Academy, and current college students Katelyn Meinholz of the University of Wisconsin Platteville and Brady Gille of the University of Minnesota Twin Cities.
  • The National Milk Producers Federation thanked members of the House Agriculture Committee for their work to advance a 2024 Farm Bill through Congress this year, with bipartisan approval for a plan introduced by Chairman Glenn “GT” Thompson that includes numerous provisions important to dairy farmers and the cooperatives they own.
  • The National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) joined forces with the American Farm Bureau Federation to garner support from 900+ agricultural stakeholders supporting the federal fix to California Prop. 12 to be included in the 2024 Farm Bill. Laying out robust arguments in a letter to U.S. House Agriculture Committee Chairman G.T. Thompson (R-PA) and Ranking Member David Scott (D-GA) on Prop. 12’s damaging implications, the coalition highlighted several points.
  • Legislative changes, export opportunities, taxes and technological advances all play a huge role in poultry and egg companies’ financial management. Combine these challenges with the daily activities involved in reporting and cybersecurity protections, and you get a very complex role for financial managers. USPOULTRY’s 2024 Financial Management Seminar, developed by poultry and egg industry financial professionals, will give you the necessary tools to help keep your company operating efficiently. This year’s seminar will be held June 26-28 at the JW Marriott Marco Island Beach Resort in Marco Island, Florida.
  • By 2035, Generation Z will be the primary purchasers of protein and will significantly impact how chicken is raised, processed and marketed. Industry experts scheduled to speak at Chicken Marketing Summit 2024 will preview the consumer of 2035 and the issues that will influence their protein choices. The annual executive conference is scheduled for July 29-31 at the Renaissance Birmingham Ross Bridge Golf Resort & Spa. Registration is open with early savings available until May 31.
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