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Alltech survey reveals feed-industry trends

Globally, feed mills produced 963 million metric tons of livestock feed during 2013, according to results of a major survey from animal health and nutrition company Alltech. Aidan Connolly, vice president of Alltech and director of the company’s global feed survey says analysts expected feed production to top 1 billion tons this year, but several factors contributed to slower-than-expected growth. FULL STORY »

Chipotle revs up more anti-ag propaganda

Just as the buzz surrounding Chipotle’s “Scarecrow” promotion dies down, the restaurant chain is set to launch its new satirical series about farming next month. FULL STORY »

Rural economic growth continues, factors create long-term concern

Rural communities across the Midwest heavily dependent on agriculture and energy continue to see economic growth but at a slower rate than previous months. FULL STORY »

Dannon Oikos ‘Full House’ ad ignites Super Bowl battle Play video

Dannon’s Oikos is bringing its “A-game” to the Super Bowl this year with a yogurt-filled “Full House” reunion. But will it be enough to beat out Chobani’s Super Bowl debut? FULL STORY »

USDA trains veterinarians on foreign animal diseases

Animal agriculture is an important part of people’s livelihoods – and the economy – across the globe, with more than 19 billion chickens, 1.5 billion cows, 1 billion sheep and 1 billion pigs worldwide. The world is growing increasingly interconnected, with greater international travel and larger volumes of international trade. A significant animal disease outbreak could quickly move across the world and bring with it devastating consequences. FULL STORY »

Kappelman named to Heifer International board

Pete Kappelman, a fourth-generation dairy farmer from Two Rivers, Wis., has been elected to an at-large position of the board of directors of Heifer International, an international development organization whose mission is to end hunger and poverty. FULL STORY »

On Wisconsin: Dairy drives ag income engine

Dairy led the way in terms of increasing Wisconsin total farm revenue in 2013. Gross milk sales in 2013 were a record $5.6 billion, about $400 million more than 2012. FULL STORY »

California Dairy Future Task Force update planned

California's Dairy Future Task Force working groups will provide progress reports to the full task force on Wednesday, Jan. 22, according to the latest weekly newsletter from California's Milk Producers Council. FULL STORY »

FAO: International dairy, meat values higher in 2013

The United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Food Price Index held steady in December 2013, with a sharp increase in dairy prices and firming meat values largely balancing out a steep decline in sugar quotations and lower cereal and oil prices. FULL STORY »

The return of the polar vortex?

Just two weeks after it brought an arctic cold snap to two-thirds of the country, the infamous polar vortex is poised to return. FULL STORY »

Stephenson shares Wisconsin dairy outlook

While most signs point to a positive year for Wisconsin dairy producers, if improved economic conditions stimulate too much milk production, 2014 prices could be pressured lower, according to Mark Stephenson, director of the UW Center for Dairy Profitability at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. FULL STORY »

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