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The Novus Pork Team

Cindy Zimmerman

This good-looking bunch represents the Novus International Pork Team on duty at the World Pork Expo in Des Moines. Novus is a relatively new pork industry partner, only about two years, but the company has been well known in the poultry industry for many years in the animal health and nutrition field. They actually have products and programs for beef, …

Audio, Livestock, Novus International, Pork, Poultry, Swine, World Pork Expo

Deputy Secretary at World Pork

Cindy Zimmerman

Deputy Agriculture Secretary Chuck Conner visited the 20th annual World Pork Expo on Thursday and spoke with producers about some of the challenges and opportunities facing the industry. On the opportunity side is exports. “Thanks to this industry for your role in leading US exports to another remarkable level,” Conner said. The latest forecast calls for agricultural exports to hit …

Audio, Livestock, Novus International, Pork, Swine, World Pork Expo

An International Welcome from Novus

Cindy Zimmerman

World Pork Expo is a natural fit for an international corporation like Novus. Pictured here by the multi-lingual welcome sign are Mark Klamfoth and Randy Anderson with Novus. Randy says they have already had visitors at the tent today from China, Brazil and Mexico and they expect many more from other countries over the course of the expo. With producers …

Livestock, Novus International, Pork, World Pork Expo

Lunching and Learning About Beef

Cindy Zimmerman

Yesterday I had lunch with 5000 head of cattle – and about 60 people. It was the season kick-off of Missouri’s Lunch and Learn program, a summer series sponsored by all the ag groups in the state where they invite local community leaders to visit agricultural operations. The first event for this summer was held at Circle A Ranch in …

Beef, Farming, Food, Livestock

Biodiesel Reigns in Food Prices, Boosts Livestock

Laura McNamara

Diesel consumers wanting to alleviate soaring fuel prices and high grocery bills should consider using biodiesel. The Missouri Soybean Association says biodiesel helps extend the nation’s limited fuel supply. Plus, it creates an abundance of livestock feed. The state’s House Transportation Committee recently held a hearing on legislation that would require all diesel fuel sold in Missouri to be blended …

Ag Groups, Biodiesel, Dairy, Livestock

Mysterious, New Beef Could Vanish

Laura McNamara

An agricultural research facility in Florida fears the 10 percent reduction in ag research funding will close its doors… and abruptly abort research on a nameless, mixed breed of cattle. The St. Petersburg Times reports: Indeed, few people have ever seen cattle like these. Unless you’re knowledgeable in bovine research, the cross-bred calves huddled in tall grass of the pastures …

Ag Groups, Agribusiness, Animal Health, Beef, Farm Policy, Farming, Livestock, Research, Technology

Kansas Promotes Healthy Cattle

Laura McNamara

Kansas State University wants ranchers and livestock owners to keep the cattle clean and healthy. The university is hosting the Beef Cattle Welfare at its Beef Cattle Institute May 28-30. Animal welfare is one of the fastest growing concerns among consumers throughout the country, according to Dr. Dan Thomson, a Kansas State University veterinarian and expert on the impact of …

Ag Groups, Agribusiness, Animal Health, Beef, Education, Environment, Farming, Livestock

I Don’t Want To Be Green

Chuck Zimmerman

I really hate to bring up the color green here even though it used to be my favorite color. But after reading on Meatingplace.com about a Greenpeace study that says that people should all become vegetarians in order to reduce global warming I can’t keep quiet. C’mon. They supposedly say according to the article (I don’t even want to waste …

Livestock, Wackos