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Two Years of @CIRBdc Emerging Leaders

This is the second year of the Crop Insurance and Reinsurance Bureau (CIRB) Emerging Leaders Program and it was so popular last year that this year’s class is almost double in size. Jim Konstanty, PartnerRe, was a member of the first ELP class and we followed up with him this year to see how the program helped him. “It’s really... Read More

Saving costs and the environment by mixing pig diets

By mixing feed phase rations for grow-finishing pigs, Canadian researchers have been able to reduce both feeding costs as well as the mission of harmful compounds in the environment.

Insect meal for shrimp: New insights

New studies in white leg shrimp (L. vannamei) showed that insect meal boosts weight gain, lowers feed conversion ratio and increases the defence mechanisms against EMS.

Record number of attendants for feed regulators meeting

The 10th annual International Feed Regulators Meeting (IFRM) brought together feed industry representatives and government officials from around the world to discuss critical issues facing the feed sector with IFIF and the FAO.

Tasteful Selections donates to Katie's Krops

The Bancroft, Wis.-based Tasteful Selections concluded its fourth annual campaign with Katie’s Krops. The specialty potato brand donated a portion of its profits from specially marked bags of Tasteful Selections’ Ruby Sensation and Honey Gold potatoes to the nonprofit, according to the release.

Beginning farmers: the quest to find land

You’ve decided that farming is for you, and the next step is to find your own land. As a new farmer, you want to identify when landowners are first thinking about a change. You want to know when a landowner’s children decide not to come home, or when a health condition forces a change in farming activity. Show More Summary

Alliance for Food and Farming names executive director, vice chairman

Watsonville, Calif.-based Alliance for Food and Farming has named Teresa Thorne as its executive director. The alliance board also selected Tim York, president of Salinas, Calif.-based Markon Cooperative, as the organization’s new vice chairman. “We’re really excited to work with Tim and bring in his perspective and thoughts,” Thorne said.

Consolidated Fruit Packers buys Graem Nelson Associates

British Columbia-based Consolidated Fruit Packers has finalized the acquisition of Okanagan Valley cherry marketer and distributor Graem Nelson Associates. Nelson has been a grower, packer, exporter and consultant for more than 40 years, according to a news release.

AFM transitions to Fanwich campaign

Avocados From Mexico is keeping its focus on sports fans as it moves into its next marketing campaign. AFM’s had marketed with football in mind leading up to the Super Bowl but now has turned its attention to the upcoming college basketball tournaments. The “Fanwich” campaign includes:

Vegetable shortage in U.K. prompting more imports from U.S.

A weather-induced vegetable shortage in the United Kingdom has prompted some wholesalers and retailers there to turn to U.S. suppliers to meet demand. Iceberg lettuce, broccoli, zucchini and eggplant were among the items in shortestShow More Summary

HAB launches heart-healthy recipe contest

Mission Viejo, Calif.-based Hass Avocado Board and the American Heart Association have launched a heart-healthy recipe contest. Mission Viejo, Calif.-based Hass Avocado Board and the American Heart Association have launched a heart-healthy recipe contest.

Driscoll’s names GM of northern production region

Watsonville, Calif.-based Driscoll’s has selected Brie Reiter Smith as general manager of the northern production region, which includes Watsonville and Salinas, Calif. Watsonville, Calif.-based Driscoll’s has selected Brie Reiter Smith as general manager of the northern production region, which includes Watsonville and Salinas, Calif.

Rain may cause supply gap for California citrus

A rainy week in California has citrus growers there expecting some shortages in mid-February. A rainy week in California has citrus growers there expecting some shortages in mid-February.

Aldi to remodel, expand more than 1,300 stores

Discount retailer Aldi plans to spend $1.6 billion on remodeling and expanding more than 1,300 of its U.S. stores by 2020. Discount retailer Aldi plans to spend $1.6 billion on remodeling and expanding more than 1,300 of its U.S. stores by 2020.

LEAD New York program seeks applicants

Cornell University’s Empire State Food and Agriculture Leadership Institute, also known as LEAD New York, is seeking applicants for the 2017 year. Cornell University’s Empire State Food and Agriculture Leadership Institute, also known as LEAD New York, is seeking applicants for the 2017 year.

Marketing company exec joins TV station’s advisory board

A Southern California television station has chosen Steven Muro, president of Fusion Marketing, as an agricultural specialist. A Southern California television station has chosen Steven Muro, president of Fusion Marketing, as an agricultural specialist.

Meet @CIRBdc Crop Insurance Coalition Members

The Crop Insurance and Reinsurance Bureau coalition members have been instrumental in being a voice for the industry on Capitol Hill. Representatives from four of those coalition partners joined the CIRB annual meeting last week to talk about what they do to advocate for crop insurance. Show More Summary

Cherkizovo aiming for parent flock self-sufficiency

Cherkizovo Group, the largest vertically integrated meat and feed producer in Russia, has launched its first replacement chick site at the new poultry production facility in the Lipetsk region. This marks a key step towards import substitution, which will help the group to ultimately achieve 90% self-sufficiency in hatching eggs.

Dear Mr. President: keep rural America a priority

February 8, 2017  President Donald J. Trump The White House 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. NW Washington, D.C. 20500 Dear Mr. President:  As organizations representing rural America, we look forward to working with your Administration in the coming years to help ensure that all Americans face a brighter future. Show More Summary

Animal Agriculture Alliance Celebrates 30th Anniversary

For three decades the Animal Agriculture Alliance has been working to unite the voices of all of animal ag to respond to anti-animal messaging. This year, on May 3-4, they’ll be celebrating that 30 year milestone at the 2017 Stakeholders...Show More Summary

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