Livestock

COOL reform needed to avoid WTO retaliation

The COOL Reform Coalition, of which the National Corn Growers Association is a member, asks farmers to join them in respectfully urging Congress to authorize and directing the Secretary of Agriculture to immediately suspend the Mandatory Country of Origin Labeling regulations for meat upon a final WTO adjudication of non-compliance with international trade obligations. Such [...]

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How do you handle questions about water quality?

How would you respond to the following question, “Why don’t you farmers keep the crap out of the water?” It was a question one of my friends encountered during a conversation while vacationing in the Lake Erie area this summer — before the Toledo water crisis. The crisis will continue to generate conversations locally, regionally, [...]

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WTO rules against COOL

It appears that the U.S. has lost its case at the World Trade Organization (WTO) over its country of origin labeling law (COOL). The hard fought internal battles over COOL in the U.S. left a law on the books that many critics said was open to retaliation by the WTO. Canada and Mexico challenged the [...]

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ASAS shows support for Sheep Experiment Station

In a letter sent to U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, the American Society of Animals Science (ASAS) voiced its support for keeping open the U.S. Sheep Experiment Station (USSES), explaining how closing USSES “will result in immeasurable losses to the sheep industry, animal agriculture and animal science.” “The research, extension and educational prolificacy [...]

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Ohio State Fair Commercial Sheep Pen results

This year’s commercial pen of 5 contest had the largest group of lambs entered since its inception with 100 head of lambs from three different states. All lambs brought $2.01 per pound and were marketed through Ohio Kroger stores. ” This group of lambs would work for any market on any given day,” said Rick Reynolds, [...]

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National Pork Board examining international marketing opportunities

The National Pork Board recently announced a study that will explore alternatives for promoting pork’s quality and sustainability benefits with international consumers.  The study, to be conducted by SIAM Professionals, LLC, will evaluate existing marketing strategies and partners to identify methods for improving pork’s position as the global meat of choice. Funded through America’s Pork [...]

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2014 Indiana State Fair Draft Horse Show

Click here for general scenes from the fair The Indiana State Fair hosted three national draft horse shows. The the National Clydesdale Show (Aug. 10-12), the National Belgian Show (Aug. 14-17), and the National Draft Haflinger Show (Aug. 14-17). They also hosted the Mid-American Percheron Show and a draft pony show. The Indiana State Fair [...]

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Regional Feed Industry Seminar

The Ohio AgriBusiness Association, in conjunction with the Agribusiness Council of Indiana and the American Feed Industry Association, is hosting a regional seminar Sept. 10 to help the feed industry prepare for new rules of the Food Safety Modernization Act. The event is designed to help companies understand how one proposed rule — “Current food [...]

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Humphreys hired to lead Ohio Pork Council

The Ohio Pork Council is pleased to announce Bryan Humphreys as their new Executive Vice President. Bryan will join the team effective October 1. “The Ohio Pork Council is a tremendously strong organization that has thrived under the leadership of Dick Isler. While his achievements will be difficult to follow, I am humbled and eager [...]

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