Geni Wren

Feedyard Foodie blog puts a face on the industry

I guess you could call Anne Burkholder an overachiever in the beef industry. Aside from being a wife and mother of three daughters, the first NCBA National Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) Cattle Producer of the Year (2009) and the owner of Will Feed Inc., a 3,000-head feedlot in Cozad, Neb., Burkholder has just launched an excellent blog aimed at consumers that talks about life on the feedyard and doing a job she loves. FULL STORY »

Collect DNA samples when doing bull BSEs

The best time to collect DNA samples is when you are already working cattle — such as during bull soundness exams. FULL STORY »

Dairy herdsman short course in Texas

A multi-location herdsman short course has been developed by the Texas AgriLife Extension Service dairy specialists and associates. This year the herdsman short course will target dairy workers involved with handling and taking care of dairy animals with emphasis on workers involved directly with postpartum cows. FULL STORY »

Props to MO for fixing Prop B

Missouri Farmers Care, the state’s leading coalition of agriculture advocates, is applauding Governor Nixon and the General Assembly for their bi-partisan efforts to fix Proposition B. FULL STORY »

Online Vet Portal from Pfizer

Pfizer Animal Health introduces a new U.S. web portal to better engage and connect with its customers and to create an interactive community for practicing and student veterinarians. FULL STORY »

KSU's International Animal Health and Food Safety Institute - Ribbon-cutting Play video

Kansas State University's new Olathe, Kan. campus had its grand opening April 26 with more than 1,000 supporters in attendance, including Gov. Sam Brownback. FULL STORY »

FBI kicks off agroterrorism symposium

This week the Federal Bureau of Investigation kicked off the 4th International Symposium on Agroterrorism in Kansas City, Mo. The 750+ in attendance represented local, state and federal law enforcement, the military, the scientific and veterinary communities and other government entities such as USDA, and 22 countries were represented. FULL STORY »

Can we feed a 2050 world?

Last week the Global Harvest Initiative (GHI) released the first of five policy issue briefs bringing a global focus to meeting the agricultural needs of a rapidly growing global population by increasing the rate of agricultural productivity; a recent GHI report suggests that the rate of agricultural productivity must increase at a minimum of 25% per year to meet future demand and double output over the next 40 years. FULL STORY »

NIAA Honors Three

The National Institute for Animal Agriculture honored three outstanding individuals at its annual conference on Tuesday, April 12, in San Antonio, Texas. FULL STORY »

Bilingual cattle management training certification offered

An online non-ambulatory cattle management training program that allows tracking of the people who have completed the training is now available in English and Spanish for animal caregivers on beef and dairy cattle operations. FULL STORY »

Times Square billboard pokes HSUS

A new HumaneWatch billboard was put up in New York City’s Times Square last week that criticizes the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) for its deceptive fundraising practices. FULL STORY »

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