House Ag Committee Hearing on Livestock Industry

Cindy Zimmerman

The House Agriculture Committee held a hearing Thursday to address the current state of the livestock industry, meat processing, production and supply. Among the witnesses testifying were Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA), Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association Vice President Todd Wilkinson of South Dakota, and François Léger of FPL Food, on behalf of the North American Meat …

Audio, Beef, Livestock, Meat, NCBA, USDA

Hearing Focuses on State of Beef Supply Chain

Cindy Zimmerman

The U.S. House Agriculture Subcommittee on Livestock and Foreign Agriculture held a hearing Wednesday to examine how to address challenges within the beef supply chain during which several members of Congress echoed the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association’s (NCBA) longstanding call to expand processing capacity. Ranking Member Rep. Dusty Johnson (R-SD) recently introduced the Butcher Block Act, a bipartisan bill that …

Audio, Beef, Livestock, Marketing, Meat, NCBA

USDA Announces Pandemic Aid for Producers

Cindy Zimmerman

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced implementation of additional aid to agricultural producers and businesses as part of the USDA Pandemic Assistance for Producers initiative, including support to timber harvesters, biofuels producers, dairy farmers and processors, livestock farmers and contract growers of poultry, assistance for organic cost share, and grants for PPE. “USDA is honoring its commitment to get financial …

Biofuels, Dairy, Food, Livestock, Meat, Poultry, USDA

Beef Drool Log Returns for the Holidays

Carrie Muehling

Fans of the Hallmark Channel can look for the return of the popular Beef Drool Log as they watch holiday movies throughout the month December. The successful online video from last year is now also a 15-second television advertisement. “The stars have kind of aligned for us,” said Alisa Harrison with the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, a contractor with the …

Animal Agriculture, Audio, Beef, Beef Checkoff, Meat, NAFB, NCBA

Iowa Governor Allocates $100 Million for Agriculture Relief

Cindy Zimmerman

Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds has allocated approximately $100 million of federal CARES Act relief funds for a range of agricultural programs to offset the impact of COVID-19 on farmers, producers and agricultural industries. “Iowa is at the foundation of our global food supply chain and the epicenter of the renewable fuels industry,” said Gov. Reynolds. “COVID-19 and a devastating derecho …

AgWired Animal, Animal Agriculture, Biofuels, Ethanol, Livestock, Meat

Trump Orders Meat Packing Plants to Stay Open

Cindy Zimmerman

President Donald Trump signed an Executive Order Tuesday to keep meat and poultry processing facilities open during the COVID-19 national emergency. During a Tuesday press availability, President Trump said the order “will solve any liability problems” for the plants. “We’re working with Tyson… and we always work with the farmers. There’s plenty of supply.” :30 Under the Executive Order and …

Audio, Beef, Livestock, Meat, NCBA

The Countdown Begins: 100 Days to ONE

Cindy Zimmerman

ONE: The Alltech Ideas Conference (ONE) returns to Lexington, Kentucky May 17–19 for its 36th year. ONE draws on Alltech’s global reach and business scope to assemble thought-leaders from the agriculture, business, health and wellness, and brewing and distilling sectors. “Science, technology and human ingenuity converge at ONE,” said Dr. Mark Lyons, president and CEO of Alltech. “The topics up …

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2020 Cattle Industry Convention & NCBA Trade Show Preview

Chuck Zimmerman

Cattlemen and cattlewomen from around the nation are heading Deep in the Heart of Texas for the 2020 Cattle Industry Convention and NCBA Trade Show in San Antonio, Texas Feb. 5-7. The convention will feature business meetings of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, Cattlemen’s Beef Board and the American National CattleWomen. Kicking off the event at the Opening General Session …

Ag Groups, AgWired Animal, Animal Agriculture, Audio, Beef, Beef Checkoff, Cattle Industry Conference, Meat

Pork Producers Say Impossible Pork is Impossible

Cindy Zimmerman

Pork producers have a beef with impossible pork. As Impossible Foods debuted its latest plant-based food offering at the Consumer Electronics Show this week, the National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) called out the company for violating food labeling laws. Citing law that prohibits the use of words that redefine pork as it has been known by consumers for centuries, Dr. …

AgWired Animal, Animal Agriculture, Food, Meat, NPPC, Pork

National Pork Board Study Assesses China Market

Cindy Zimmerman

A new report from the National Pork Board defines China’s growing need for protein and details ways U.S. pork can fill the immediate protein gap. The new report, Pork 2040: China Market Assessment, also reveals the impact that African swine fever (ASF) is having on both China’s short- and long-term protein needs and how the Chinese pork industry and supply …

Exports, Meat, Pork, Pork Checkoff