Geni Wren

Repopulating rural veterinarians

In last Sunday’s Kansas City Star an article by John Milburn from the Associated Press talked about Kansas Governor Sam Brownback signing a new law to create Rural Opportunity Zones in counties that have faced large population declines in the past decade. These counties are in need of resident, jobs, and even veterinarians. FULL STORY »

NMC wants SCCs lowered to 400,000

For the fifth time the NMC (formerly the National Mastitis Council) has voted to submit a proposal to the National Conference on Interstate Milk Shipments (NCIMS) to lower the somatic cell count (SCC) regulatory limit in the United States from the current 750,000 to 400,000 cells/ml. FULL STORY »

Video 'HSUS Revealed!' gets 34,000 hits Play video

The newly launched Missouri Farmers Care Web site encourages people to find out more about farmers and how food gets from field to plate, and offers stories from farmers around the state who farm because they care. The group recently released a YouTube video, “HSUS Revealed!” which has already garnered 34,000 hits. FULL STORY »

Alaska Congressman Refuses Award from HSUS

Alaskan Congressman Don Young refused an award this evening from The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) and the Humane Society Legislative Fund that would have honored his work for animals in 2010. FULL STORY »

Help consumers understand animal care

At the recent 2011 NMC meeting in Arlington, Va., Mike Lormore, DVM, MS, MBA, Pfizer Animal Health, discussed some messages that dairy veterinarians and their producers can use to help consumers understand animal health and veterinary practices. FULL STORY »

Vigilance Keeps BSE Risk Low

A January 13 press release from the Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Veterinary Medicine indicates that feed enforcement activities to limit the spread of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) appear to be successful. FULL STORY »

BQA Still Vital To Food Safety

The Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) Program grew from its 1980 start as a Beef Safety Assurance Program (residue avoidance) in five states to a national education program. FULL STORY »

On the Road with Geni: Red Meat Tour Rocks Republicans

On Tuesday night attended conservative talk radio host Chris Stigall’s 4th “Red Meat Tour” here in Kansas City, Mo. FULL STORY »

Them Is Fightin' Words

A couple of weeks ago I was reading a commentary in the Kansas City Star that mentioned some readers recently objected to Kansas City being referred to as "Cowtown" in some article headlines. One reader said, "Isn't it time that The Star took the lead in getting rid of that name? Does the paper want other cities to think we’re all a bunch of hicks?" FULL STORY »

California Puts A Face On Dairy Farmers

In the last couple of years TV has portrayed our nation’s livestock farmers in a bad light with some undercover videos. Those bad apples have painted a poor image of the rest of the country’s hard-working producers who care for their animals and care about the food they produce.

A View From The Valley

Previously my colleague from Drovers wrote about his daughter’s high school graduation and the message from the graduation speaker. This week while I vacationed in California for my niece’s high school graduation outside of Los Angeles, I have my own story to tell. But this one is about food.

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