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Jennifer Shike
5 Hard Lessons Learned from a Year of Virtual FFA

A virtual FFA community can only fill the gap so far. I am grateful FFA has found solutions during the pandemic, but I believe the things FFA members have missed drive home the reasons why FFA is so important today.

Increased Stability and Demand Expected for Livestock Sector, Meyer Says

During USDA’s 97th Agricultural Outlook Forum, USDA chief economist Seth Meyer provided insight into what the livestock and poultry sectors can expect in 2021. 

Winter Storm Disaster Assistance Available to Livestock Producers

As winter weather conditions rage across the country, USDA reminds livestock farmers affected by the winter storms that assistance is available. 

Misinformation During COVID-19: Caulfield to Speak at 2021 Virtual Summit

The author of bestselling book ‘Is Gwyneth Paltrow Wrong About Everything?’ Timothy Caulfield is set to provide keynote at the Animal Agriculture Alliance's 2021 Virtual Stakeholders Summit.

Is the Livestock Industry Prepared for a Foreign Animal Disease Outbreak?

FADs are a constant threat to the livestock industry. The country is more tuned in to this struggle than ever before with the recent COVID-19 pandemic. National Pork Board's Dave Pyburn and NCBA's Ethan Lane discuss why.

New Program Assesses Tyson Foods’ COVID-19 Risk Mitigation Efforts

Tyson Foods, Inc., is piloting a new Matrix Medical Network program that assesses, addresses, verifies and monitors the effectiveness of Tyson’s efforts to protect its workforce from COVID-19. 

COVID-19 Case Rates Still Lower in Packing Plants Than General Population

A new report from the Meat Institute shows new COVID-19 infection rates among meat and poultry workers are 60% lower than in the general U.S. population and two-thirds lower than case rates in the sector in May 2020.

Vilsack Returns to USDA With A Different Attitude

He’s the only USDA secretary that has served in one administration and has been asked to come back years later. For Tom Vilsack, it’s an opportunity he is looking forward to for many reasons.