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Turn Employees from Potential Brand Assassins to Brand Ambassadors at Animal Ag Alliance Summit

Food and agriculture companies spend a lot of time looking outward – focusing on external image, responding to pressure from adversarial groups, and finding new customers. In the process, these companies often overlook their most critical audience: employees. Hinda Mitchell, founder and president of Inspire PR Group, will share how to turn team members from potential brand assassins to brand …

Early Onset Muscle Weakness Syndrome Officially Recognized as Undesirable Genetic Condition

Holstein Association USA will declare Early Onset Muscle Weakness Syndrome (MW) as an officially recognized genetic condition beginning in February 2024. Holstein Association USA’s Genetic Advancement Committee recently endorsed a recommendation from staff to do so. The recommendation comes after their analysis of the MW haplotypes following the December 2023 genetic evaluations. Comments from Holstein breeders and scientific researchers further …

Animal Agriculture Alliance’s 2024 Stakeholders Summit: Ready, Set, Solve!

The Animal Agriculture Alliance has opened registration for its 2024 Stakeholders Summit, themed “Ready, Set, Solve! Advancing Animal Agriculture.” The 2024 Summit is set for May 8-9 in Kansas City, Mo. Register by March 8 for the lowest rates offering savings up to $100. Register here! Dozens of speakers. Hundreds of perspectives. Countless ideas. And that’s just at the starting …

USDA Surveying California Beef & Dairy Cattle Operations

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) will survey about 2,000 cattle operations in California to provide an up-to-date measure of U.S. cattle inventories. “This information helps producers make timely, informed business decisions and plan for herd expansion or reduction. It also helps packers and government leaders evaluate expected slaughter volume for future months and determine potential …

Considering the Livestock Risk Protection Program for Your Dairy

As dairy producers increase their investment in beef to diversify their income amidst lower milk prices, they may want to consider protecting their investment with the USDA’s Livestock Risk Protection program.  Watch this brief interview with Matt Wolf from Ever.Ag, as he explains why. Please thank this video’s sponsor afimilk for their industry support.

Managing Toxic Plants in Grazing Fields

Some plants thrive even in dry years, while others need wet years to really blossom. It’s no surprise, then, that this year the University of California Cooperative Extension (UCCE) Fresno office has received several inquiries about potentially toxic plants and how to deal with them. Even if these species have always been present in the seed bank or on neighboring …

539 Attacks from Animal Rights Extremists Targeted Ag in 2022

Today, the Animal Agriculture Alliance released two reports detailing the interconnectedness of the animal rights movement, as well as tactics targeting animal agriculture. The Animal Rights Extremist Web exemplifies how animal rights groups are strategically connected in many ways, including personnel and financial support. The Radical Vegan Activism in 2022 report highlights efforts to attack animal agriculture and the true …

100,000 Dairy Cows Relocated Due to Central Valley Flooding

March Madness was taken to a whole new level this year when torrential rainfall and snowmelt caused unprecedented flooding in the Southern San Joaquin Valley, necessitating the evacuation of homes, communities and about 100,000 dairy cattle.  Watch this brief video with Anja Raudabaugh, CEO of Western United Dairies as she clarifies what really happened and how this tragedy has impacted the …

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