National Pork Board continues to lead on antibiotic awareness

Ongoing research, education and engagement remain center stage

The National Pork Board continues to take a prominent role in the ongoing conversation about antibiotic use in pork production. From the Don’t Wait… Be Ready! national producer awareness and education campaign, to ongoing engagement with consumers and influencers, to increased investment in antibiotic research, the National Pork Board is taking unprecedented action on this globally important topic. [Read more…]

Sustainable Funding for Sustainable Farms: Cost Share Programs Benefit Organic Agriculture

HARRISBURG, PA — Organic certification can be more affordable for Pennsylvania farmers thanks to funding now available through the National Organic Certification Cost Share Program (NOCCSP) and the Agricultural Management Assistance (AMA) Organic Certification Cost Program.

The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture secured $453,400 in federal funds through NOCCSP and $163,600 through AMA to reimburse farmers and handling facilities for expenses related to organic certification. [Read more…]

Supplementing the organic dairy herd diet with flaxseed

CW-MR-40-1-Supplementing-with-flaxseedby Katie Navarra

Flaxseed is an oilseed rich in fat, making it an energy source for livestock. When flaxseed is fed as a supplement to forage grazing, it can boost Omega-3 fatty acids in milk.

A two-year study by Cargill reported that 98 percent of consumers understand what Omega-3 fatty acids are and they will pay more and choose Omega-3 products over others. Omega-3s provide health benefits to cattle, too. [Read more…]

Consumer trends headline beef conference

“The prosperity of this entire industry lies with the consumer.”

Ag economist Ted Schroeder made that statement during the recent Beef Improvement Federation meetings in Manhattan, KS, June 15-17, but it summed up the theme of the opening session.

Schroeder and fellow Kansas State University ag economist Glynn Tonsor kicked off the conference, talking about beef demand in the next two decades. [Read more…]