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Being Thankful for the Small Things

I don’t usually reflect much on the abundant amenities of where I live. Generally I take the wide open spaces, fresh air, breathtaking sunsets, and a million other things (all of which I deeply cherish) for granted. But a recent post...Show More Summary

The Elephant in the Cornfield

With the title, “The Elephant in the Cornfield,” Chris Clayton’s first book draws you in just to find out what it’s all about. Chris is the policy editor for DTN/The Progressive Farmer and an issue near and dear to his heart is climate change. I share that interest and was able to sit down with him at the NAFB convention... Read More

A Good Read... The Center Newsletter!

The Center for Rural Affairs November-December newsletter is online. You’ll find 7 stories to stimulate your rural news appetite. If you hunger for ag and policy, check out how veterans are learning how to become farmers with a little...Show More Summary

#NAFB15 Offers Better Blogging with Sabrina Hill

Members of the National Association of Farm Broadcasters had the opportunity to learn how to better their blogs with the help of presenter Sabrina Hill. Hill shared her experience blogging and walked participants through the important steps of creating a successful online presence. Show More Summary

Lipman hires chief financial officer

Immokalee, Fla.-based tomato grower Lipman has hired Drew Yurko as chief financial officer. Yurko, who previously worked as chief financial officer for FreshPoint, brings 20 years of experience in financial management to Lipman. “We are fortunate to have someone of Drew’s caliber join our team,” said CEO Kent Shoemaker in a news release. Show More Summary

TPP Big Topic for Ag Groups at #NAFB15

The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is no doubt the biggest issue for ag groups at the National Association of Farm Broadcasting convention in Kansas City this week. Representatives from six national farm groups joined USDA Foreign Agricultural Service Administrator Phil Karsting in Kansas City Wednesday for a press event to discuss the TPP. Show More Summary

Business Update – Large takeover; award season

Every week, Pig Progress looks back on the previous week’s business news, conveniently capturing and summarising the most important business updates in the pig industry. Here are this week’s highlights.

Shannon Oleen Shares Tips and Tricks with #NAFB

Shannon Oleen recently shook up the 2015 National Association of Farm Broadcasters Convention with a little information about building your business and your brand.  As a business owner and a millennial herself, Oleen has a lot of experience connecting with customers and clients through online platforms, email marketing, and social media. Show More Summary

New Board Leadership at USFRA

The U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance (USFRA) has elected new leadership. The group, which is dedicated to leading national consumer dialogue on how America’s food is grown and raised, says the vote was taken at USFRA’s annual meeting. Show More Summary

Alltech to acquire Masterfeeds in Canada

Alltech and Masterfeeds have entered into a share purchase, under which Alltech will acquire 100% of the outstanding shares of Masterfeeds, Inc., from Ag Processing Inc (AGP). This will give Alltech complete ownership of Masterfeeds LP, a leading commercial animal nutrition company in Canada.

Case Study: Spanish broiler growth flat lines

Lower feed prices and an expected higher demand on domestic consumption allowed Spanish broiler production to increase by 10% in 2014. However, production in the country is not expected to continue to grow in 2015 and 2016 due to the current low economic margins received by broiler producers.

Andrew Knowles wins David Black Award

This year’s edition for the David Black Award has gone to Andrew Knowles, formerly head of communications, knowledge transfer, research and development for the British Pig Executive (BPEX – now AHDB Pork).

People on the move

The global poultry industry is always on the move - and so are the people who work in the industry.

Photos from FPAA annual convention

TUBAC, Ariz. -- The Fresh Produce Association of the Americas, Nogales, held its 47th annual meeting Nov. 5-7 in Tubac. The Packer Editor Greg Johnson covered the event and took these photos.

State Senators Engage with Constituents at Townhalls

From August to October, the Center for Rural Affairs organized and co-hosted a series of town hall events that connected about 120 Nebraskans with their elected officials. These events were designed to engage Nebraska state senatorsShow More Summary

#NAFB15 Scholarship Winners

NAFB Convention Photo Album The first big event at the 2015 National Association of Farm Broadcasting annual convention Wednesday was the awarding of the NAFB Foundation Scholarship winners. The scholarships were presented during the NAFB Foundation Scholarship luncheon sponsored by the CME Group. Show More Summary

LPC’s Vision Event Tackles Food Issues

The Livestock Publications Council’s Vision event took place in Kansas City, MO where they brought thought leaders together for a panel discussion on agriculture. Panelists included Ryan Goodman, ag advocate, Karen Hanson, registered dietician for Hy-Vee and Margaret Zeigler, executive director of Global Harvest Initiative. Show More Summary

FarmHer, Inspiring Young Women in Ag

Lexi Marek attended the National FFA Convention representing FarmHer— an organization created to change the image of women in agriculture.  Marek is interning with the company and she loves how her job lets her inspire other young women in the industry. “The most amazing thing I’ve seen is women just being inspired by our booth and that is just the best.... Read More

Welcome to #NAFB15

The 72nd National Association of Farm Broadcasting (NAFB) annual convention is officially underway, back in Kansas City as usual. The man in charge of the convention is Brian Winnekins of WRDN Radio in Wisconsin, the president-elect of NAFB, who is especially excited about welcoming FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai on Friday. Show More Summary

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