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Jim Wayt new chairman of USAPEEC

Jim Wayt, managing director of Intervision Foods in Atlanta, has been elected chairman of the board of the USA Poultry & Egg Export Council (USAPEEC) for 2015-16.

US legislation ensures reporting of pork prices

Legislation that recently passed the US House of Representatives would ensure mandatory reporting of beef, lamb and pork prices continues in the event of another government shutdown.

Jan Dijkstra at Wageningen UR receives AFIA Award

The American Dairy Science Association (ADSA) announced Jan Dijkstra (Animal Nutrition Group, Wageningen University) as the 2015 recipient of the American Feed Industry Association Award.

The dairy farming crisis

The chairman of the NFU's south-west dairy board, Mark Oliver, has announced that he is selling his herd and quitting agriculture. He has seen the milk price he receives from his dairy fall from 33-34p a litre a year ago to 25p a litre today, with the prospect of further drops. Show More Summary

New Holland T8 Tractor on the Farm

Let’s go back to La Bellotta Sustainable Farm in Italy for another look at New Holland Smart in action. This time it’s the T8 Series tractors. While I was out in the field Neil Payne, New Holland EMEA Business Marketing Manager, T8 and T9 Tractors, gave me an overview of the new T8. When farmers make equipment for farmers, you... Read More

Resources for a Woman-Owned Value Added Agriculture Project

I was asked what organizations would help with grants or loans to a woman-owned start up value added agriculture project. I found quite a few sources, including the national USDA Value Added Producer Grant program, accepting applications until July 7, 2015. Iowa was the locale of interest. Show More Summary

Northwest wheat growers eye early harvest. Ag Minute For June 22, 2015

Pacific Northwest wheat farmers are eyeing an early harvest due to dry conditions. Click here for full story.

Zimfo Bytes

St. Louis marketing and communications firm Osborn Barr (O+B) welcomed 18 of the nation’s best and brightest for its internship program, one of the largest intern classes in St. Louis. BIO’s new Board Chair, Ron Cohen, CEO of AcordaShow More Summary

NCGA Announces Fields-of-Corn Photo Contest

The National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) wants to tell the story of corn farming through its first annual Fields-of-Corn Photo Contest. NCGA is calling for high-resolution photos of corn growth at every stage from seed to harvest and the families that grow it. Show More Summary

American Agri-Women Drive Across America Support

Syngenta is the latest sponsor to sign up to support American Agri-Women Drive Across America, joining several others including Bayer CropScience, the Renewable Fuels Association and AgriPulse in the five-month educational and advocacy tour. Show More Summary

Natural enzyme as antibiotics alternative for pigs

Lysozyme, a naturally occurring antimicrobial enzyme, is used in food and beverage applications such as cheese- and wine-making. Now, it may also prove useful as an antibiotic alternative for improved feed efficiency and growth in pigs, according to studies by US Department of Agriculture (USDA) scientists.

Steps to successful poultry retailing

Producing or processing poultry meat is one thing, being successful in selling it, is a profession in itself. The success retailers have in marketing the poultry sector’s produce depends on client knowledge. Establishing a client ?database is key to client retention for retail poultry departments.

US: NPPC to ‘key vote’ TPA rule

The National Pork Producers Council will score two votes on Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) in the US House as “key votes.”

Ra-Se Genetics: Boars populate new AI station in Serbia

The new AI-station ‘Velt Plus’ is based in Gornji Milanovac, Serbia. The country may not be known as a major pig producing one, but the country can rely on strong traditions and has some advantages to further develop it.

Lallemand announces scholarship programme

To support the future generation of animal agriculture, Lallemand Animal Nutrition is now introducing the Lallemand Forward Scholarship Programme in North America.

AFGRI sells poultry business

AFGRI sells its poultry business, as well as AFGRI’s Kinross Animal Feeds Mill (“Kinross Mill”), to AFPO Consortium Proprietary Limited (“AFPO”), a Black Economic Empowerment consortium (“the BEE consortium”) led by Matome Maponya Investments (Proprietary) Limited (“MMI”).

Nutriad develops prototype rapid test kit for mycotoxins

Nutriad and Ghent University joined forces on a two year project developing a prototype rapid test kit for mycotoxins. The rapid testing techniques may not require complicated sample pretreatment except for one-step extraction and/or dilution.

PMA hosts Eating by Example Twitter party

PMA’s Eating by Example initiative has been making its way through the produce industry.

Pope Francis Calls for Better Care of Our Home

Pope Francis is calling on humankind to take better care of our home. The Pope, like those before him, has been vocal about climate change and the role humans have played. In LAUDATO SI’ On Care of Our Common Home, Pope Francis writes that our lifestyle of a “throw-away” society – consumption and waste – must change or humans will... Read More

California Giant forms charitable foundation

Caring for the community is nothing new for California Giant Berry Farms, but now the owners of the Watsonville-based company have upped the ante with the formation of the 501(c)(3)nonprofit California Giant Foundation, said Cindy Jewell, director of marketing.

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