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Water is Focus of USFRA Toledo Food Dialogues

Last year’s toxic algae bloom in Lake Erie at Toledo, Ohio, that left half a million people without clean water, underscored the delicate balance that exists between farming and drinking supplies. So it’s no wonder the U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance (USFRA) chose Toldeo as the site for the next Food Dialogues on Tuesday, May 28, starting at 9 a.m.... Read More

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

Tom Stossel Attempts to Debunk the Conflict-of-Interest "Myth"

Yesterday, I interviewed Thomas P. Stossel, M.D., visiting scholar at the American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research, about his new book, PharmaPhobia, and his call to action against the "Conflict of Interest Movement," which he claims undermines American medical innovation. Show More Summary

Podcast #222 – Erin S. DuPree, M.D., FACOG, Joint Commission Center for Transforming Healthcare

MP3 File (run time 38:22) Joining me for episode #222 of the podcast is Erin S. DuPree, M.D., FACOG, the Chief Medical Officer and Vice President for the Joint Commission Center for Transforming Healthcare. Dr. DuPree is an OB/GYN by training, was previously the Chief Medical Officer and Senior Vice President for Medical Affairs at The […]

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

Gemba in the NICU: More Notes from our “Kaizen Live” Experience at Franciscan

In my first post about the on-site Kaizen learning experience at Franciscan St. Francis Health, an event I came to call “Kaizen Live,” I wrote about some of the initial presentations and discussions from Franciscan leaders. You can also see my tweets from the days. A big part of the 1.5-day event was the three “gemba […]

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

Okay, Who's Gonna Go Argue That the Nun Threatened National Security?

Anybody? Somebody's gotta go do it, guys. Oral argument's coming up in the Sixth Circuit.... No, we can't just dismiss the charges. Yes, you have to do it with a straight face. C'mon. I need a volunteer here....          Related Stories...Show More Summary

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

Amicus: Ready for Her Close-Up

Listen to Episode 18 of Slate’s Amicus: Subscribe in iTunes ? RSS feed ? Download ? Play in another tab The biggest Supreme Court news this week was Natalie Portman’s upcoming role as Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg in the film On the Basis of Sex. Show More Summary

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

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