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Changing Media ZimmCast from Alltech REBELation

It has been interesting to see some of the tweets and Facebook posts following my panel discussion on The Changing Face of Media during the Alltech REBELation. I was hoping a lively discussion with good audience questions would stir up some debate and feedback. Show More Summary

REBELS – Challenged to Think Differently

Alltech REBELation is in the books, but that doesn’t mean our wheels should stop spinning. This week attendees have been sent home with a challenge. A challenge to see the world as it is by embracing risks, taking action and seeing rewards. Dr. Pearse Lyons told us to “do what makes our hearts sing” and to “never say never.” Innovation... Read More

Congress to Decide Fate of COOL

By a vote of 38 to 6, the House Agriculture Committee today approved legislation to effectively repeal country of origin labeling (COOL) requirements for beef, pork, and chicken. “This bill is a targeted response that will remove uncertainty...Show More Summary

WTO rules against country of origin labels on meat - AgMinute for May 19, 2015

The ruling is a victory for the U.S. meat industry, which has said the labels are burdensome and challenged them in court. Click here for the full story

Colin Powell

Former U.S. Secretary of State and retired General Colin Powell took the stage today to talk about becoming a REBEL. He offered the international audience some insights into what it means to be an American and why people want to come to our country. Since the conference is mostly educational sessions on food and the business of animal agriculture he... Read More

Dr. Pearse Lyons – An Alltech REBEL

During the morning plenary session of the 2015 Alltech REBELation Dr. Mark Lyons introduced his Dad, Dr. Pearse Lyons. Mark says Pearse has always been a REBEL and it is his innate curiosity that has driven the growth of his business. Mark says you can never tell him, “It can’t be done.” Then Dr. Pearse Lyons took the stage to... Read More

Alltech International Dinner Entertainment

World class singers graced the stage at the 2015 Alltech REBELation International Dinner. Of course Ronan Tynan really wowed the crowd. But let’s also enjoy the fantastic Dr. Everett McCorvey and his amazing students at the University of Kentucky. A tradition here at the Symposium is to sing My Old Kentucky Home. Dr. McCorvey did so, backed up by his... Read More

Undercover Videos – A Proactive Approach

Dr. Helen Wojcinski, DVM DVSc ACPV, Science & Sustainability Manager, Hybrid Turkeys, provided a case study on how they proactively managed an undercover video at the recent Animal Ag Alliance Stakeholders Summit. “We always want toShow More Summary

Ronan Tynan Wows Alltech REBELation

I can’t say how thankful I am to Alltech for introducing me to Ronan Tynan. Back in 2011 Ronan performed during the Alltech Symposium. This year he did it again during the opening International Dinner at the 2015 Symposium known as REBELation. I personally would love to hear him sing it anytime or all the time. I get choked up... Read More

2015 Alltech Commonwealth Cup Winner

During the Alltech Craft Brews & Food Fest Dr. Pearse Lyons presented the Alltech Commonwealth Cup 2015 to Dayton Beer Company. Receiving the award in the picture with Dr. Lyons is John Wiley. The winning beer is a Belgium style golden strong ale. I asked John if Dayton Beer Company is The Ohio Craft Brewery. He says that they say,... Read More

Meet Another New Holland Next Gen Winner

It’s time to meet another of the New Holland Voice of the Next Gen Contest winners. Will Bundy is from Lebanon, Va. and found out about the contest while scrolling through his Facebook newsfeed. Music is a passion of his family’s, stemming back to his grandpa’s clan playing bluegrass. He has since got the country bug and enjoys singing and... Read More

Analysis shows COOL costs outweight benefits - AgMinute for May 15, 2015

An analysis by university ag economists contracted by USDA has found that the economic benefits of mandatory country of origin labeling would be insufficient to offset the cost of the requirements. For more information visit

Ag Urges Senate to Pass TPA

Senate Republicans and agriculture industry leaders held a press conference in Washington today to discuss the ways new trade deals could benefit the agriculture community and urge passage of the bipartisan Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) legislation. Show More Summary

Online sales disrupt grocers, profit farmers - AgMinute for May 14, 2015

Grocers are expecting a disruption from online sales in coming years, but experts say the shift will likely profit farmers and food processors. For more information visit

College Aggies Online Engage to Advocate

Zach Hollingsworth and Kaylynn Million are part of the Dairy Science Club at Oklahoma State University. Their club was honored at the recent Animal Ag Alliance Stakeholders Summit as the 1st place team in their College Aggies Online (CAO) competition. Show More Summary

Dealer Involvement with New Holland Next Gen Contest

Before we meet the rest of the New Holland Voice of the Next Gen Contest winners let’s meet one dealer who really got involved with the promotion. His name is Cory Forrester, Forrester Farm Equipment. He’s pictured with Tyler Hubbard, Florida Georgia Line, and his family. Special thanks to Tyler’s photographer for the image. Cory is what he calls a... Read More

Study predicts Ag jobs available, not enough graduates to fill them - AgMinute for May 13, 2015

The USDA study predicts nearly 58,000 job openings annually through 2020 in food, agriculture, natural resources and environmental fields – and not nearly enough college graduates to fill them. For more information visit

Nationwide Efforts of Protect the Harvest

Protect the Harvest is an advocacy group that started in Missouri five years ago to fight back against animal activists groups. During the Animal Ag Alliance Stakeholders Summit, policies impacting the future of animal agriculture was an important issue discussed. Show More Summary

Agworld Developing Apple Watch App

AgNerd’s everywhere, rejoice! You will soon have an app to use when you get your new Apple Watch thanks to AgWorld. Agworld, a leading global information management and cloud collaboration software for growers and consultants, announced that it is developing an app for the Apple Watch in response to the growing demand for a new breed of field-ready, connected apps.... Read More

Apple growers on fire blight watch - AgMinute for May 12, 2015

Washington state may escape its fire blight danger zone relatively unscathed, but growers in New York are on the bubble, a tree fruit specialist says. Click here for the full story

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