Preview of CattleCon 2024

Chuck Zimmerman

Hello and welcome to the ZimmCast. This week we’re going to get a preview of the new CattleCon. I love that name. It is new and perfect for the Cattle Industry Convention and NCBA Trade Show. In fact, CattleCon is the official new name. To learn all about what’s new and different with CattleCon I talked with Kristin Torres, Executive …

Ag Groups, Animal Health, Audio, Beef, Cattle Industry Conference, Meat, NCBA, ZimmCast

2023 Ag Media Summit Drew a Big Crowd

Chuck Zimmerman

The 2023 Ag Media Summit is concluding with a tour today but I’m on my way back to ZimmComm World Headquarters. We had a great conference which included 100 USDA communicators joining in for the first day of professional development sessions. It wasn’t all work though as we had fun with the famous welcome party to get things started. Marilyn …

AAEA, Ag Media Summit, LPC, Meat

CattleCon Session on Pilot Cattle Contracts Library

Cindy Zimmerman

Just as the Cattle Industry Convention and NCBA Trade Show was getting underway last week, USDA launched its pilot Cattle Contracts Library on the Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) Cattle Contract Library webpage. That provided a timely opportunity for USDA AMS Administrator Bruce Summers and Associate Deputy Administrator Taylor Cox to update the cattle industry during an early morning session at …

Audio, Beef, Cattle Industry Conference, Livestock, Marketing, Markets, Meat, USDA

USDA Announces Value Added Producer Grants

Cindy Zimmerman

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack Thursday announced the awarding of $9.6 million across the country and taking several other steps to help farmers, ranchers, processors and rural businesses diversify the nation’s meat supply. The Department is awarding 23 Value Added Producer Grant program grants totaling $3.9 million to help producer-owned companies process and market new products. USDA is also providing guarantees …

Audio, Beef, Livestock, Meat, USDA

Lower Food and Fuel Cost Act Passes House

Cindy Zimmerman

The U.S. House of Representatives today passed the Lower Food and Fuel Costs Act, a diverse package of initiatives from meat packing plants to year round E15, despite opposition by the majority of Republicans. The final vote was 221-204, with seven Republicans siding with the majority and five Democrats voting against the bill. The act includes a package of ag-related …

Audio, Ethanol, Food, Livestock, Meat

House to Vote on Lower Food and Fuel Costs Act

Cindy Zimmerman

The U.S. House of Representatives is expected to vote Thursday on the Lower Food and Fuel Costs Act led by Rep. Abigail Spanberger (D-VA), a package of legislation designed to address supply chain issues for the American energy and agriculture sectors, combat rising fertilizer prices and increase the availability of higher ethanol blends and other biofuels. The legislation includes Spanberger’s …

Audio, Ethanol, Food, Livestock, Meat, Poultry

U.S. Agricultural Exports Shattered Records in 2021

Cindy Zimmerman

The American agricultural industry posted its highest annual export levels ever recorded last year, according to the final 2021 trade data from the Department of Commerce. The report shows exports of U.S. farm and food products to the world in 2021 totaled $177 billion, topping the 2020 total by 18 percent and eclipsing the previous record, set in 2014, by …

Audio, Beef, Cattle Industry Conference, Exports, Markets, Meat

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