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

ZeaKal and Perdue Agribusiness Work for Sustainable Poultry

Cindy Zimmerman

Perdue AgriBusiness and ZeaKal have announced a multi-year development agreement to raise more sustainable poultry through improved soy genetics and feed quality. ZeaKal’s PhotoSeed® trait technology increases photosynthetic capacity, converting more carbon dioxide and sunlight into energy for the plant. In soybeans, this has consistently resulted in improved oil and protein content while improving the sustainability index of the crop. …

Agribusiness, AgWired Animal, AgWired Precision, Audio, Poultry, Soybean

Partnership Acquires Willamette Egg Farms

Cindy Zimmerman

Breaking news in the egg industry today. Northwest Farms and Proterra Investment Partners (Proterra) has acquired the operations and assets of Willamette Egg Farms (Willamette) in the Pacific Northwest from Michael Foods, Inc., a subsidiary of Post Holdings. Northwest Farms is a newly formed company that includes several egg farming families who also are owners in Versova Management (Versova). Versova, …

Poultry

USDA Announces Pandemic Livestock Indemnity Program

Cindy Zimmerman

USDA’s Farm Service Agency will begin taking applications for the Pandemic Livestock Indemnity Program (PLIP) starting next Tuesday, July 20th Livestock and poultry producers who suffered losses during the pandemic due to insufficient access to processing can apply for assistance for those losses and the cost of depopulation and disposal of the animals from July 20 through Sept. 17, 2021. …

Livestock, Pork, Poultry, USDA

Alltech ONE Focus on Future of Flock

Cindy Zimmerman

Poultry is undoubtedly the most important segment of the livestock industry worldwide but the poultry industry must continue to find solutions that meet the needs of people and the planet. Alltech U.S. Poultry Business Manager Karyl Hedden says the poultry track at the Alltech ONE this year gives producers a lot to think about. “We have four different presentations and …

AgWired Animal, Alltech, Animal Agriculture, Animal Health, Poultry

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

COVID Relief Bill Passes with Help for Agriculture

Cindy Zimmerman

Agricultural groups and farm state lawmakers are pleased that the new COVID relief package passed by Congress last night includes help for producers excluded from previous aid legislation. Sen. John Thune (R-SD) says relief includes the Paycheck Protection Program for Producers Act. “The bill also includes funding to allow the Department of Agriculture to provide additional assistance to ag producers …

Audio, Biofuels, Dairy, Ethanol, Farming, Food, NCBA, Poultry

Wayne Farms Chef’s Craft Gourmet Chicken

Chuck Zimmerman

When I got a news release from Wayne Farms that included a product sample if I would like to do a taste test, I said, Yes, please. So I received the grilled chicken breast fillets and grilled chicken breast chunks. I sliced the breast fillets into a spaghetti sauce, paired with a small side salad and glass of chianti. It …

Food, Poultry

2021 American Farm Bureau Convention Goes Virtual

Cindy Zimmerman

It is starting to look like most conventions kicking off 2021 will be going virtual. The American Farm Bureau Federation announced today that its 102nd Annual Convention will be held virtually following the cancellation of all events through Jan. 31, 2021, at the San Diego Convention Center where the convention was scheduled to take place. The AFBF virtual convention will …

AFBF, Ag Groups, Beltwide Cotton, Biodiesel, Cotton, IPPE, National Biodiesel Conference, Poultry, Poultry Expo

Alltech Tackles Antibiotic Resistance in Poultry

Carrie Muehling

Managing antibiotic resistance in poultry is a key topic for Dr. Kayla Price, poultry specialist and technical manager, Alltech Canada. Price is part of the Poultry Focus Session of the Alltech ONE Virtual Experience. She said although antibiotics are being banned in many cases as growth promoters, that is only part of the story as sick animals still need treatment …

AgWired Animal, Alltech, Animal Agriculture, Poultry