Industry Feed en Lechtenbergs To Receive Don L. Good Impact Award <p>Kelly &amp; Marcie Lechtenberg and family, proud supporters of the Kansas State University mission, have been selected to receive the 2020 Don L. Good Impact Award. Plan to join the K-State ASI Department and the Livestock and Meat Industry Council Inc. (LMIC) on Sunday, October 11 at 7 pm as the Lechtenberg family is honored during an online presentation.</p> <p>The award, presented annually by LMIC, is named in honor of Good, who is a former head of the ASI department, and recognizes positive impact on the livestock and meat industry or agriculture. Traditionally, the Impact Award has been presented during the K-State ASI Family &amp; Friends Reunion. Due to COVID-19 this year's reunion has been canceled.</p> <p> <img data-embed-button="image_media" data-entity-embed-display="view_mode:media.thumbnail" data-entity-type="media" data-entity-uuid="97a2d5f3-242a-44d7-b95c-64dd204dd53a" src="" width="500" /></p> <p>The awards presentation and honoree video will be broadcasted live on the K-State Family &amp; Friends Facebook page at approximately 7 pm Sunday evening.</p> <p>The Lechtenberg family's K-State pride took root in 1983 when Kelly started veterinary school at the K-State College of Veterinary Medicine. Kelly simultaneously completed a DVM and doctorate in ruminant nutrition through the Department of Animal Sciences and Industry. During this time, Marcie taught at Riley County High School while working on a master's degree in Speech Communication from K-State. In 2014, Marcie completed her doctorate in what is now the College of Health and Human Sciences. She is currently serving as the clinic director for the Couple and Family Therapy Program and the K-State Family Center.</p> <p>A passion for purple runs deep in the Lechtenberg family. Combined, the family, including their three daughters Jana, Brooke and Paige, and their spouses, have accumulated 18 K-State degrees – soon to be 19, when Jana completes her doctorate studies in 2021.</p> <p>"Kelly's education at KSU was critical to founding successful research-based companies in Kansas and Nebraska that provide services focused on the development and regulatory approval of safe, efficacious products for cattle, swine and poultry," says Patsy Houghton, K-State ASI Family &amp; Friends Reunion chairman from McCook, Nebraska, in her nomination letter to the Don L. Good Impact Award committee. "The Lechtenberg family is passionate about fostering lifelong relationships through the power of mentorship, education and friendship that makes us all part of the K-State family."</p> tmp-ks_flint_hills.jpg (Angie Denton 18002 Sun, 18 Oct 2020 11:55:03 CDT Industry Feed Nalivka: Beef Industry Transformation <p><em>The following commentary is from John Nalivka, president, Sterling Marketing, Vale, Oregon.</em></p> <p>I gave a presentation at a meat industry conference in 2006 where I discussed industry outlook and major challenges facing the red meat industry. Included in that list of challenges were labor, food safety, and capacity as the industry “builds brands and adjusts to a changing livestock industry.” That is the same statement I have made repeatedly in 2020 – 14 years later.</p> <p>Further, in that 2006 presentation I stated the industry would face 1) more mergers and acquisitions to secure value-added production, 2) increasing trade disputes, and 3) increased consolidation. Last, I discussed that successful companies would 1) increasingly add more consumer value to the final product, 2) increasingly integrate through ownership and/or control all components of the supply chain into their business, and 3) increasingly define risk exposure faced by the business in order to manage that risk in dynamic, changing environment. I could use those same slides in 2020!</p> <p>We tend to view packing-processing capacity in terms of slaughter. However, that is only the beginning. It is past the kill floor that the value-added process begins. Value-added production through further-processing is increasingly the key to success and profitability in this industry and this is where the challenge of labor also begins.</p> <p>The challenge did not just begin with COVID-19. It began well before this year. So, how does a plant address the uncertainty of labor – automation and robotics. Robotics will be increasingly employed in the meat packing and processing industry which in turn also changes the education and skill set of future employees. Look at today’s dairy industry – robots! The entire topic of labor in the packing industry will turned on its head going forward. COVID-19 only magnified an already onerous issue.</p> <p>New capacity is not simply building a plant to slaughter and fabricate cattle. Capacity is a much more complex topic including the entire process from selecting the right cattle to produce beef products that consumers demand. The future of cattle economics from genetic selection to herd management, and marketing will be increasingly tied to the final product and continually searching for efficiencies across that entire process.</p> <p>The beef industry has and continues to move well beyond the old version of capacity to a new version that is supply chain oriented and requires a new vision of the beef business well beyond just building more packing plants.</p> media:image:939d90f8-6ccf-4191-a79f-59a3fd17ae31 (John Nalivka) 17869 Sun, 18 Oct 2020 11:55:03 CDT Industry Feed USDA APHIS Updates Interim Guidance for Veterinary Health Certificates <p>The USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) continues to recognize the unprecedented challenge that the COVID-19 pandemic poses to trade. To alleviate the impact on animal origin commodities imports, APHIS provides the following interim guidance to U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agriculture specialists assigned to review required import information for animal products and by-products regulated by USDA APHIS. This guidance replaces previous editions that were communicated with CBP.</p> <p>CBP’s agriculture specialists may accept all import documents ‒ including veterinary certificates ‒ uploaded to the Automated Commercial Environment (ACE)-Document Image System (DIS) regardless of disease status of the exporting country. ACE is the U.S.’ single window customs system used by CBP to collect information on imports (import declarations). ACE manages DIS to collect scans of documents and requires specific customs brokerage software. Acceptable import documents include veterinary certificates and supporting documents for veterinary import permit requirements.</p> <p>USDA APHIS continues to require original hard copy veterinary health certificates under the following conditions:<br /> <br /> <strong>Shipments of high-risk products:</strong><br /> •    Bovine serum: fetal bovine serum, newborn calf serum, calf serum, donor bovine serum, adult bovine serum from all countries, and<br /> <br /> •    Fresh and/or frozen meat and poultry from all countries in situations when the original hard copy veterinary health certificate has not been provided to USDA’s Food Safety Inspection Service (FSIS); if the original certificate has been provided to FSIS, CBP agriculture specialists may accept a copy of the certificate uploaded to ACE-DIS.</p> <p>Shipments arriving in the U.S. without a veterinary health certificate, either original or copy uploaded into ACE-DIS, will be refused entry or held until the required documents are received. If there is reason to believe a certificate uploaded into ACE-DIS is fraudulent, CBP retains the shipment on hold until the original hard copy veterinary health certificate is reviewed.</p> <p>This guidance is effective for shipments arriving through December 31, 2020. APHIS will continue to evaluate the situation and provide updated guidance as appropriate.<br /> <br /> <strong>Related articles:</strong></p> <p><a href="" rel="bookmark">CBP Seizes 201 Pounds of Pork Hidden in Ford Truck Engine</a></p> <p><a href="" rel="bookmark">Ag Groups Warn Congress of Major Ag Inspection Funding Shortfall</a></p> <p><a href="" rel="bookmark">LAC Priorities: COVID Assistance, Ag Inspection Funding</a></p> <p> </p> 7BC4ADBF-968E-4CBB-89F419BC0C905454.jpg (USDA) 17844 Sat, 17 Oct 2020 08:57:52 CDT Industry Feed Livestock and Sportsmen Groups Enter Conservation Partnership <p>The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) and the Public Lands Council (PLC) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Ducks Unlimited (DU) and Safari Club International (SCI) to outline the groups’ shared commitment to conservation of natural resources through sustainable multiple use. The MOU outlines these groups’ efforts to cultivate healthier ecosystems, wildlife populations, and economies through active management. Hunting, fishing, and livestock grazing are all key components of successful, comprehensive management plans for our nation’s public lands and resources.</p> <p>The MOU highlights decades of successful voluntary conservation programs and formalizes a partnership to allow these groups to coordinate multi-sector projects in the future. Cattle and beef producers, hunters, and conservationists often engage in conservation partnerships that maintain open space, honor the cultural and historical value of landscapes, and empower local communities and rural economies. Signatories of the MOU are proud of the meaningful conservation achieved, and today reaffirmed their commitment to voluntary conservation.</p> <p>“One thing cattle producers and the sportsmen communities have in common is a shared commitment to being good stewards of the land. Combining efforts under this memorandum, will boost conservation efforts and management of wildlife habitat,” said NCBA President Marty Smith. “We want to thank everyone who has made this partnership possible.”</p> <p>“This MOU is a great step in putting the hard work from long-standing partnerships on paper,” said PLC President Bob Skinner. “Ranchers are true conservationists, and I am proud to partner with groups whose members also work to protect open spaces and manage our country's natural resources for a better future.”</p> <p>"As sportsmen and cattle producers both know, land that is used, is land that is loved," said SCI CEO W. Laird Hamberlin. "We are committed to prioritizing partnerships that help deliver results for conservation and cementing that with the signing of this MOU. SCI and its members look forward to working together in the future to ensure sportsmen, cattle producers and the American public can enjoy these lands for generations to come."</p> <p>“DU members and ranching families alike know protecting wildlife habitat and working lands go hand in hand,” said Ducks Unlimited CEO Adam Putnam. “The signing of this agreement solidifies the strong bond between sportsmen and ranchers. America’s farmers and ranchers both feed the world and host a wide range of wildlife on their working lands and have done so for generations. Together, we are ensuring our natural resources and our food security are provided for.”</p> <p> </p> 7E3A3BD6-381A-4D2B-BF8E2A6720E3CE12.jpg (NCBA) 17675 Sun, 18 Oct 2020 11:55:03 CDT Industry Feed Koffman To Lead Allflex Livestock Intelligence in North America <p>Allflex Livestock Intelligence announces the appointment of Paul Koffman to North America Lead, with responsibility for the company’s livestock identification, monitoring and traceability businesses in the United States and Canada. In his new role, Koffman will continue the legacy of customer focus and innovation that symbolizes  Allflex Livestock Intelligence with the goal   to continue to improve dairy and beef productivity, profitability and animal well-being.</p> <p> <img data-embed-button="image_media" data-entity-embed-display="view_mode:media.thumbnail" data-entity-type="media" data-entity-uuid="ce3ddd6b-de75-4e3f-bdba-a63def429840" src="" width="200" /></p> <p><em>Paul Koffman</em></p> <p>“As a leading provider of identification and monitoring systems, Allflex is well-equipped to build the future of animal health. By identifying animals at birth and tracking data throughout their lives, we gain knowledge that will lead to better management decisions and earlier, more effective health interventions,” Koffman says. “I’m excited to be a part of this incredible opportunity.”</p> <p>Koffman adds that Allflex Livestock Intelligence is positioned to help secure broad adoption of individual animal identification and traceability systems. “With our robust, data-driven products, Allflex Livestock Intelligence looks forward to working with industry partners to help provide traceability solutions for cattle producers and the supply chain,” he says.</p> <p>Koffman previously led the company’s North American monitoring business after Merck Animal Health acquired Antelliq, former parent company of Allflex Livestock Intelligence, in 2018. He has a 28-year career in the animal health industry, with experience in sales, marketing, distribution and technology in domestic and global markets for Merck Animal Health and several predecessor companies.</p> <p>"Paul’s extensive background in the animal health business, and strong focus on the customer will serve him well in this new role,” says Jeroen van de Ven, Chief Operating Officer, Antelliq.“Paul will continue the legacy of  bringing data driven solutions and animal well-being  to lead our North America team.”</p> <p>Koffman grew up on a cow-calf operation in Iowa and is a graduate of Iowa State University, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in animal science.</p> <p> </p> 6191BE4A-0B01-46F3-93FD6BA97FF6846D.jpg (Industry Press Release) 17672 Sun, 18 Oct 2020 11:55:03 CDT Industry Feed NCBA Adopts Policy To Support U.S. CattleTrace <p>The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) board of directors adopted a new policy in support of U.S. CattleTrace and its mission of advancing disease traceability in the U.S. cattle industry. The policy resolution was brought forward by state cattlemen’s associations in Florida, Kansas, Kentucky, Missouri, Tennessee, Texas and Washington.</p> <p>“The NCBA policy process starts with individual producers – it’s a true grassroots process. To see this policy resolution receive unaminous support through the committee process and with the board of directors further demonstrates that U.S. CattleTrace is a producer-led, industry-driven effort to advance disease traceability,” said Callahan Grund, U.S. CattleTrace executive director. “We thank NCBA for its support and are excited to work with the organization going forward. Support from NCBA, individual cattle producers from across the country, and our partners throughout the industry will be paramount to the success of achieving a robust animal disease traceability system in the United States."</p> <p> <img data-embed-button="image_media" data-entity-embed-display="view_mode:media.thumbnail" data-entity-type="media" data-entity-uuid="fdd84a7f-f347-478e-8d56-d9ac4cd9a2de" src="" width="200" /></p> <p> </p> <p>The policy resolution calls for NCBA to support the expansion of U.S. CattleTrace and directs the organization to encourage and help facilitate state affiliate support and educational efforts. Animal disease traceability is a priority in the U.S. beef cattle industry and has been included in both the 2016-2020 and the 2021-2025 Beef Industry Long Range Plans. In 2016, the plan called for a feasibility study, which has been a guiding document for U.S. CattleTrace, and the newly released plan supports aggressive animal disease traceability growth and expansion targets.</p> <p>“We are humbled to have NCBA’s support and partnership,” said Brandon Depenbusch, U.S. CattleTrace Board of Directors chairman. “To truly achieve a nationally significant animal disease traceabilty system in the United States we need partners across the industry – individual producers in all segments, industry organizations, like NCBA, technology, data and identification companies, and private-sector traceability organizations. This new partnership is a critical step in the expansion of U.S. CattleTrace and disease traceability.”</p> <p>In August 2018, CattleTrace Inc. was formally established as a private, not-for-profit corporation to securely maintain and manage the data collected as part of the disease traceability pilot project. A board of directors with representatives from cow-calf, livestock market and cattle feeding sectors was named to lead CattleTrace Inc. In January 2020, the board voted to change the name to U.S. CattleTrace Inc. to formally establish the multi-state initiative to advance disease traceability. To learn more about U.S. CattleTrace or receive information on how to participate, visit <a href=""></a></p> 913FBFCA-F12B-47FA-99B775BA27BF2797.jpg (Industry Press Release) 17605 Sun, 18 Oct 2020 11:55:03 CDT Industry Feed USDA-APHIS Distributes Oral Rabies Vaccine Bait In Select U.S. States <p>Rabies is an ongoing disease issue in the U.S. While farmers and ranchers were most concerned about infected dogs biting cattle 20 years ago, that’s not the case today. A bite from an infected wild animal, such as a fox or raccoon, is the more common method of infection in cattle. According to the Centers for Disease Control, about 90% of reported rabies cases in the U.S. are in wildlife.</p> <p>To address the problem, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) will began its annual distribution of Raboral V-RG, an oral rabies vaccine (ORV) bait, in select states in parts of the East, South and Southwest to prevent the spread of raccoon rabies into the Midwest.</p> <p>An APHIS news release reports that the ORV baits will be distributed in these select areas and time periods:<br /> In Northeast to Mid-Atlantic states during August:<br /> •    The Houlton, ME, project will cover parts of northern Maine and distribute approximately 385,000 ORV baits by airplane and vehicle;<br /> •    The Allegheny, PA, project will cover the Greater Pittsburgh region of western Pennsylvania and distribute approximately 309,000 ORV baits by helicopter and vehicle;<br /> •    The North Lima, OH, project will cover parts of western Pennsylvania and distribute 198,000 ORV baits by airplane;<br /> •    The Upshur, WV, project will cover parts of western Pennsylvania, southwestern Virginia, and West Virginia and distribute approximately 740,000 ORV baits by airplane and vehicle.</p> <p>In Southern states, during October:<br /> •    The Abingdon, VA, project will cover parts of North Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia and distribute more than 881,000 ORV baits by airplane, helicopter and vehicle;<br /> •    The Dalton, GA, project will cover parts of Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina and Tennessee, distributing approximately 989,000 ORV baits by airplane and helicopter;<br /> •    The Guntersville, AL, project will cover parts of Alabama (including the Greater Birmingham area) and distribute approximately 855,000 baits by airplane, helicopter, and vehicle.</p> <p> <img alt="rabies oral vaccine bait for raccoons" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="8e510564-6150-4422-9c74-75e89882ca3b" height="393" src="" width="584" class="align-left" />The vaccine has been deemed safe in more than 60 different species of animals, including domestic dogs and cats. People should leave the baits undisturbed if they are encountered. Dogs that consume large numbers of baits may experience an upset stomach, but there are no long-term health risks, APHIS reports.</p> <p>Costs associated with rabies detection, prevention and control may exceed $500 million annually in the United States.</p> <p>For more information on the ORV program and a map showing the states where the baits will be placed, go to</p> <h4 class="node__title"><a href="" rel="bookmark"><span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden" data-quickedit-field-id="node/2704/title/en/teaser">Watch for Rabies in Cattle</span></a></h4> <h4 class="node__title"><a href="" rel="bookmark"><span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden" data-quickedit-field-id="node/2595/title/en/teaser">Cattle Rabies is no Laughing Matter</span></a></h4> <p>Coming to a screen near you Aug. 25-27 – the Farm Journal Field Days!    |    Register at <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p> </p> D50FA770-5F65-4405-A4916C3C90B77244.jpg (Rhonda Brooks) 17576 Sun, 18 Oct 2020 11:55:03 CDT Industry Feed Elanco Closes $6.89 Billion Acquisition of Bayer Animal Health <p>Elanco Animal Health Incorporated has closed the acquisition of Bayer Animal Health. The transaction, valued at $6.89 billion, brings over 166 years of legacy between the two companies, said Jeff Simmons, president and CEO of Elanco, during a press conference on Monday.</p> <p>“Ultimately, today is not about us. It's about farmers, veterinarians, pet owners, protein consumers. We believe without question what these two companies can do with over 166 years of legacy between us is to create significant value with a great portfolio that has expanded more services, a lot more innovation and the ability to impact society’s need for more high quality, nutritious protein in the center of the dinner table, and paths that are at the center of the family are never more significant than they are today,” Simmons said. </p> <p><strong>Historic Times: ASF and COVID-19</strong><br /> Food supply disruptions and unemployment continue to increase due to COVID-19, creating food security challenges around the world. At the same time, Simmons said research shows the increased time at home has changed the long-term relationship between pets and their owners, as pets increasingly provide valuable emotional support. </p> <p>“Nearly two years into our journey as an independent company, we have made significant progress in creating a purpose-driven, independent global company dedicated to animal health – all while weathering the century’s most significant animal and human health pandemics: African Swine Fever and COVID-19,” Simmons said. “Delivering on the timely close of the acquisition and bringing momentum into Day 1 in this challenging environment underscores the deep capability and disciplined execution from both companies.”</p> <p>The pandemic has pushed key trends forward that are transforming the industry, particularly pet owners’ desire to access veterinary care and animal health products in a variety of forms, from curbside care and telemedicine to online purchases shipped direct to the doorstep.</p> <p>“The combination of Elanco and Bayer Animal Health joins Elanco’s existing strong relationship with the veterinarian with Bayer Animal Health’s focus in retail and online in order to create an omni-channel leader best positioned to serve veterinarians and pet owners where they want to shop,” the company said in a release.</p> <p>The combined company is expected to generate significant operating cash flow as a result of the durable industry and resilient portfolios, the company said. Despite the challenges caused by COVID-19, Elanco expects to deliver $275 to $300 million in synergies by 2025.</p> <p><strong>A Robust Pipeline</strong><br /> The company plans to launch 25 new products between now and 2024 – with five of those expected to launch by the end of 2021. The transaction also adds new R&amp;D capabilities, including innovative dosing and delivery technology platforms, and provides access rights to Bayer’s Crop Science R&amp;D pipeline and de-prioritized clinical pharma assets, the company said in a release.</p> <p>“We're going to be able to bring global breath, size, scale, pipeline and capabilities to bring a constant flow of innovation in a much better way than the two companies could independently,” Simmons said.</p> <p>Innovation is the number one thing customers expect, Simmons said. “Give consumers what they want, pet owners what they want, give animals what they need, and allow the farmer and the veterinarian to be able to utilize that,” he added.</p> <p><strong>A 50/50 Approach to Animal and Pet Health</strong><br /> The combination expands Elanco’s portfolio to provide farmers, pet owners and veterinarians more comprehensive animal health solutions. By combining Elanco’s longstanding focus on the veterinarian with Bayer’s direct-to-consumer experience, the transaction opens new opportunities for growth, the company said.</p> <p>“As you bring Bayer and Elanco together, we're now going to be 50/50 when you look at livestock and pets. More diversity and more durability – that's going to fuel a lot of opportunity,” Simmons said.</p> <p>Elanco’s pet business will become approximately 50% of revenues and nearly triples the company’s international pet health business. The transaction also adds a number of anchor cattle brands, enhances the company’s global bio-protection portfolio, and expands the company’s aqua presence into warm water fish.</p> <p>“There’s a demand for protein globally, and it’s significant. We need to not lose 20% to mortality and morbidity of animals and that’s where Elanco comes into play,” Simmons said. “These two companies are going to bring together a stronger, more global pork business. We're going to bring one of the broadest cattle portfolios that exists, bringing Bayer into Elanco.”</p> <p>If COVID-19 has made anything clear, Simmons believes it’s that the world has never needed animals and the work farmers and veterinarians do more. </p> <p>“We're excited about the opportunity to create a company that will make the lives of animals better, ultimately making life better,” he said.</p> <p><br /> <strong>Read more:</strong></p> <p><a href="" rel="bookmark">PORK Perspectives: A Minute with Jeff Simmons</a></p> <p><a href="" rel="bookmark">Hunger, Climate Change, Loneliness: Are Healthy Animals the X-Factor?</a></p> <p><a href="">20 Ways Climate Impacts Agriculture</a></p> <p><a href="" rel="bookmark">Elanco Agrees To Buy Bayer Animal Health</a></p> <p>Coming to a screen near you Aug. 25-27 – the Farm Journal Field Days!    |    Register at <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p> </p> D5E53B3D-6A42-4C22-A79352E72885F644.jpg (Jennifer Shike) 17559 Sat, 17 Oct 2020 09:47:49 CDT Industry Feed Beef Sales Increase $3.5 Billion During Pandemic <p>Retail beef sales have increased $3.5 billion during the COVID-19 pandemic which began March 15. That’s according to data analysis by IRI and reported by Anne-Marie Roerink, 210 Analytics.</p> <p>The week ending July 19 was expected to bring declining retail meat sales as consumers begin reengaging with foodservice. The spiking number of cases of COVID-19, however, has scaled back restaurant and foodservice activities which is shifting dollars back to retail again.</p> <p>“For the week of July 19, the elevated everyday demand resulted in a 23.4% increase in dollar sales versus year ago for the meat department,” Roerink said. “This is two percentage points higher than the prior week and the highest gain since late May.”</p> <p>The week ending July 19 was also the 18th week of double-digit gains since the onset of the pandemic. While higher prices drove much of this gain, volume gains hit double digits for the first time since the week of June 21, Father’s Day week, at +10.3%, according to IRI.</p> <p>“So far during the pandemic, starting March 15 through July 19, dollar sales are up 35.3% and volume sales have increased 21.9% versus the same period last year,” Roerink said. “This translates into an additional $7.7 billion in meat department sales during the pandemic, which includes an additional $3.5 billion for beef, $1.1 billion for chicken and $814 million for pork.”</p> <p>Beef production has also increased in recent weeks after the coronavirus-induced slowdowns.</p> <p>“This week's cattle harvest was relatively flat with year-ago levels, with total beef production up 2.2% on heavier cattle weights,” said Christine McCracken, executive director Food &amp; Agribusiness for Rabobank. “The USDA Inventory report released Friday shows a slight drop in on-feed supplies versus year-ago, but ample supplies to harvest in coming months. Retail beef interest has been slow and likely reflects higher shelf prices (lower discounting) and adequate inventories. With sluggish white table cloth sales, stimulus funds about to expire and high unemployment, we expect total beef demand to remain under some pressure.”</p> <p>The overall 23.4% meat department gain the week ending July 19 was fueled by double-digit gains for all proteins, including chicken that improved dollar gains from 8.8% the week of July 12 to 14.2% the week of July 19. Lamb and beef had the highest percentage growth, at +40.5% and +30.4%. Beef easily had the highest absolute dollar gains (+$135 million), followed by chicken (+$31 million) and pork (+$20 million).</p> <p>Ground beef increased 24.9% in dollars and saw its largest increase in volume since mid- April, at +8.0%.</p> <p>Related stories:</p> <p><a href="">CAB Insider: Greater Eligibility Assists CAB Supply</a></p> <p> </p> 2DDBDE66-4F73-426E-A08A2A73189097E9.jpg (Greg Henderson) 17542 Sun, 18 Oct 2020 11:55:03 CDT Industry Feed Integrity Beef Sustainability Pilot Project Completes Two-Year Study <p>The Integrity Beef Sustainability Pilot Project, the first U.S. Roundtable for Sustainable Beef (USRSB) supported program to test USRSB tools and resources, completed its innovative two-year study to validate, track and trace beef sustainability claims across all segments of the supply chain.</p> <p>The study applied the U.S. Beef Industry Sustainability Framework to 36 ranches, 92,577 acres of land, and 3.5 million lbs. of beef raised, processed, and served in the United States. The pilot project determined the scalability of the Framework, a comprehensive set of beef sustainability indicators, metrics and guidance material for every segment of the supply chain.</p> <p>Industry leaders who came together on the pilot were Noble Research Institute, Integrity Beef Alliance, Beef Marketing Group, Tyson Foods, Golden State Foods, and McDonald’s Corporation. The results of the pilot are summarized in the Integrity Beef Sustainability Pilot Project Summary Report.</p> <p>The self-assessment developed through the pilot along with the U.S. Beef Industry Sustainability Framework are now being incorporated into the USRSB’s interactive educational modules for each segment of the industry, which will be available to the public free of charge by the end of 2021. These interactive tools will be the basis for trainings and seminars across the country to further implement the Framework at scale.</p> <p>“This pilot successfully tracked animals from birth to the beef patties at the restaurants,” said Dr. Wayne Morgan, corporate vice president of Golden State Foods and current USRSB chair. “Providing information up and down the supply chain is valuable when identifying opportunities to improve, and ultimately allows us to answer the questions our customers are asking.”</p> <p>Project managers worked with ranchers and feedyards to keep detailed production and health records as well as completing a self-assessment to identify specific management practices on the operation. Assessments and sustainability outcomes were also measured at the packer, processor, and retail level to determine carcass performance, resource use, and the safety and wellbeing of both animals and people. Across all sectors, feedback from participants showed there was value in utilizing a self-assessment tool which identified opportunities for improvement at every level in the supply chain. </p> <p>“Receiving feedback about the quality of my carcasses demonstrated the practices and genetics I invested in were paying off,” said Meredith Ellis, a rancher involved in the pilot. “Understanding the value of sustainable practices helps motivate ranchers and demonstrates how the Framework can benefit operations in the long term.”</p> <p>More than 20 additional USRSB supported programs continue to test the U.S. Beef Industry Sustainability Framework and strive to find innovations to make the U.S. beef industry the globally recognized leader in environmentally sound, socially responsible, and economically viable beef.</p> <p>Learn more about the project, the free self-assessment tool and the U.S. Beef Industry Sustainability Framework at and </p> <p>Related stories:</p> <p><a href="">Initiatives Tracking Beef's Sustainability</a></p> 9CB105D3-DECF-4B77-91F560063C3D1BDF.jpg (Drovers news source) 17533 Sun, 18 Oct 2020 11:55:03 CDT Industry Feed NCBA Kicks Off Campaign to Generate Dietary Guidelines Comments <p>Last week the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) launched a nationwide campaign to encourage cattlemen to submit public comments supporting beef’s role in updated dietary guidelines.</p> <p>The Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (DGAC) last week released its Scientific Report, laying the groundwork for five years of federal nutrition guidance. Americans now have until Aug. 13 to submit official comments as the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) work to finalize the 2020-2025 Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGAs).</p> <p>NCBA has engaged for the past two years to ensure the Dietary Guidelines are focused on nutrition and based on sound science. NCBA applauded the DGAC’s recommendations released last week, but anti-meat advocates are already working to downplay the important role meat plays in these guidelines.</p> <p>“Study after study shows that beef plays an important role in a balanced, healthy diet across the lifespan,” said NCBA President Marty Smith. “NCBA has made it a priority to protect the scientific credibility of Dietary Guidelines and promote accurate information about the nutritional advantages of beef as part of a balanced diet.”</p> <p>No process is perfect and NCBA believes there is room for improvement when the final guidelines are released later this year.</p> <p>“The science is on our side when it comes to the #BenefitsofBeef. We’re now in the home stretch of this process. NCBA is calling on cattle producers to submit public comments to ensure the strong science reinforcing beef as a food for health is adequately reflected in the final 2020-2025 Dietary Guidelines for Americans,” Smith said.</p> <p>NCBA will generate public comments by reaching out to cattle producers via e-mail blast, text messages, social media, and earned media between now and Aug. 13. Producers can also file comments <a href="">by clicking here.</a></p> <p> </p> 21D511D5-52CD-4E28-838C43C1522951B4.jpg (NCBA) 17524 Sun, 18 Oct 2020 11:55:03 CDT Industry Feed 7 Must-See Livestock Speakers at Farm Journal Field Days <p><em><strong><span>By Mary Magnuson</span></strong></em></p> <p>In the old days—like last year—you’d have to pack your boots, raincoat and sunscreen and take three days away from your farm to get the cutting-edge information a farm show offers. Not any more. </p> <p>Tune into <a href="">Farm Journal Field Days</a>—Aug. 25 to Aug. 27—and enjoy all the benefits of the first virtual farm show experience. Of course, there’s no travel. So no time away from your farm. It’s free—and convenient—so anyone on your team can jump online and take in a session or two. And you’ll find all the exclusive resources, amazing sessions, and insider tips you expect from a great event.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">View the current agenda.</a></p> <p>Check out these 7 don’t-miss speakers—and register your team today! </p> <h3>What Will Livestock Technology Look Like in the Face of COVID-19?<br /> Speakers: Dan Thomson &amp; Aidan Connolly</h3> <ul> <li>Dan Thomson is a third-generation bovine veterinarian from Clearfield, Iowa. An internationally recognized leader in animal welfare, beef cattle production and cattle health management, Thomson is the founder and host of Doc Talk, a nationally aired television show about beef cattle health that reaches more than 45 million homes world-wide.</li> <li>Aidan Connolly is CEO of Cainthus, an Irish artificial intelligence company that uses computer vision to monitor animals. Cainthus combines unparalleled expertise and cutting-edge innovation to passively monitor cows and farm management practices 24/7, alerting the farmer when it matters most. </li> </ul> <hr /> <h3>Prenups, Postnups and Buy-Sell Agreements ... Oh My! How to Keep Assets in the Blood<br /> Speaker: Polly Dobbs</h3> <ul> <li>As the owner of Dobbs Legal Group, LLC, Polly Dobbs focuses on estate and wealth transfer planning and business succession planning. Having grown up on a farm, she understands the issues facing farm families, and she has extensive experience in farm succession planning. Her passion lies in helping family-owned farms and closely held businesses achieve a smooth succession.</li> </ul> <hr /> <h3>COVID-19’s Financial Impact on Farmers<br /> Speaker: Paul Neiffer</h3> <ul> <li>Paul Neiffer, CPA, is an agribusiness certified public accountant and business adviser with CliftonLarsonAllen specializing in income taxation, accounting services and succession planning for farmers and agribusiness processors. He’s a regular speaker at national conferences and he authors a monthly column for Top Producer and </li> </ul> <hr /> <h3>How Do I Motivate "Joe" And Myself?<br /> Speakers: Sarah Beth Aubrey &amp; Bob Milligan</h3> <ul> <li>Sarah Beth Aubrey’s mission is to enhance success and profitability in agriculture by building capacity in people. She strives to foster that potential through one-on-one executive coaching, facilitating peer groups and leading boards through change-based planning initiatives. She’s the author of five books, she serves as adjunct faculty member at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, and she writes the Farm CEO Coach column in Top Producer. </li> <li>Bob Milligan is a senior consultant with Dairy Strategies, LLC, and Professor Emeritus at Cornell University. His goal: Success for owners, managers, and employees through increased performance and enhanced job satisfaction. He focuses on human resource management, strategy, and organizational development for small business managers.</li> </ul> <hr /> <h3>Trends and Predictions for Used Machinery Values<br /> Speaker: Greg Peterson</h3> <ul> <li>Greg Peterson has over 25 years of experience in the machinery business. His website,, is the premier, online destination for farmers and dealers, providing a comprehensive used farm equipment search experience with tens of thousands of farm equipment listings. The site also offers dealers innovative multimedia marketing solutions, including local market intelligence, targeted online advertising and site analytics. His auction pricing database (available with subscription) totals close to 500,000 auction sale prices on roughly 70 categories of equipment, making it the most comprehensive and complete of its kind. He authors regular columns for Farm Journal and Top Producer.<br />  </li> </ul> <h2><a href="" target="_blank">Register now for the Farm Journal Field Days!</a></h2> <p><a href=""> <img alt="FJFD" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="ca3651ce-f1fd-43bc-86af-6c1b0623b40c" src="" width="800" /></a></p> CB92A14F-1D90-452D-81474ED7D6059D76.jpg (Sara Schafer) 17518 Sat, 17 Oct 2020 09:55:11 CDT Industry Feed Burger King Ditches TV Ad, Asks Leading Extension Scientist For Help <p>Burger King pushed a lot of animal agriculture’s buttons last week with its new commercial, released July 14, touting the use of lemongrass in cows’ diets to reduce methane emissions by “up to 33%.”</p> <p>The company’s goal to reduce methane and produce a more eco-friendly Whopper is a positive, acknowledges Frank Mitloehner, University of California-Davis air quality Extension specialist, department of animal science.</p> <p>The negative: much of the information the fast food giant touted in the advertisement is inaccurate.</p> <p>Members of the livestock industry and Mitloehner reacted quickly.</p> <p>“IT'S. NOT. THE. COW. FARTS. Nearly all enteric methane from cattle is from belching,” Mitloehner tweeted, after seeing the commercial. “Suggesting otherwise turns this serious climate topic into a joke. Reducing methane is a HUGE opportunity. That should be a goal. But we shouldn't trivialize it for trendy marketing. #COWSMENU.”</p> <p>During his conversation with Mitloehner on Tuesday, AgriTalk Host Chip Flory asked him to set the facts straight about the contributions of cattle to the methane issue.</p> <p>“Beef production in the U.S. contributes 3% of all greenhouse gases,” Mitloehner says.</p> <p>By comparison, he says fossil fuel use and production contribute 80% of the greenhouse gas to the environment.</p> <p>“That (includes) transportation, power production use and the cement industry,” he says. “These three sectors have for the longest time been masterful in making people think that it is people’s eating habits that drive the climate (problems), and that is simply not true.”</p> <p>Furthermore, Mitloehner says he doubts lemongrass, at the level the company will feed it, will have the desired effect. He cites two separate studies that have been conducted. The one by UC Davis was inconclusive. The other one, conducted at the Autonomous University of Mexico, has not been published yet.</p> <p>“So this whole messaging was very premature,” he says. We don't know yet what (lemongrass) does and how it works. But it's likely that because the active ingredient is not very important that the effects will not be very high.”</p> <p>Burger King officials contacted Mitloehner after seeing his response to the company’s commercial, saying they were surprised by his reception to their campaign.</p> <p>“I educated them on the facts, and they made several changes,” Mitloehner says. “They took content out that was demeaning to farmers….and they pulled the content from all TV stations. So, to me, that is very positive and it is indicative that they ‘get it’ – that the mistake was made and that it needs to be corrected.”</p> <p>The company also asked Mitloehner to work with them, moving forward. “They have asked me to cooperate with them in order to infuse science-based research on the one hand and get communication out -- and check it before it reaches the masses,” he says.</p> <p>Listen here to get more insights on the story:</p> <p></p> <p>Read More:</p> <p class="content-title"><a href="" hreflang="en">Burger King Tells A Whopper!</a></p> Burger King Pulls Ad AgDay 7 24 20 1F8F0408-B3C9-4A7C-9C05BAFC94A21263.png (Rhonda Brooks) 17497 Sat, 17 Oct 2020 09:55:11 CDT Industry Feed Texas Veterinary School Takes Shape <p>The first veterinary school to be built in Texas in 100 years is well underway on the campus of Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center in Amarillo.</p> <p>Construction of the School of Veterinary Medicine is on time and progressing as planned, according to Billy Breedlove, vice chancellor of Facilities Planning and Construction at the Texas Tech University System.<br />  <br /> “We had some really good weather through the winter in Amarillo, which can be a big factor in our construction schedule,” Breedlove said. “Since we are going vertical with the steel, you can see the building taking shape.”<br />      <br /> The two-story Amarillo campus will consist of two state-of-the-art learning wings, both designed hand-in-hand with development of the curriculum.<br />  <br /> The east wing consists of three large classrooms, breakout rooms, a reading room and student support services on the first floor, with faculty and some staff offices, conference rooms and graduate space on the second floor. The west wing will consist of teaching and research laboratories as well as locker rooms, surgery suites, housing for small animals and support rooms for all teaching activities that occur in this wing. The two wings are connected by a lobby that serves as the entry to the building and as a place for students to each lunch and to hold events.<br />  <br /> Construction of both Amarillo Campus and Mariposa Station are scheduled to be completed in the fall of 2021 as the School of Veterinary Medicine welcomes its first class of approximately 60 students. Occupancy will likely occur in stages to allow for efficient delivery of the veterinary program while some of the complex laboratory spaces are complete. It was made possible by the generous support from donors and civic leaders, who have pledged more than $90 million for infrastructure, construction and scholarships.<br />  <br /> The School of Veterinary Medicine will recruit and select students with a passion to practice and succeed in rural and regional communities, according to Breedlove. Its curriculum is focused on the competencies and skills necessary for success. It is also focused on affordability for the students, the University and the state.<br />  </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> C225EC27-0BF3-4C90-98B4EBCE0B031AAD.jpg (George Watson Texas Tech) 17411 Sun, 18 Oct 2020 11:55:03 CDT Industry Feed John Phipps: Is the Meat Processing Bottleneck Just a U.S. Problem? <p>Kirk Barkel from Presque Isle, Michigan asks a pertinent question:</p> <p>“What are the foreign meat processors doing or don't they have the COVID problem in their facilities?”</p> <p>Great question. The best comparison would be with Europe, I think, since their system more similar to ours than Asia or Africa. While the EU has very large slaughterhouses, such as the new facility in Huesca, Spain which has a capacity of 30,000 pigs per day, roughly the same size as the largest US facility which is in Tar Heel, North Carolina. The US has over 2500 slaughterhouses where animals are harvested, with 800 of them USDA inspected. There are more large meat processing plants. What is unique about our industry is the concentration. The four largest firms handle over 60 percent of all meat processing, and 80 percent of beef slaughter. Europe is less concentrated, and they still have many smaller abattoirs.</p> <p>There have been COVID related problems in Europe, notably in western Germany and Ireland, but the numbers of workers ill were much smaller – 100-200. European meat processing has not been seriously impaired during the pandemic.</p> <p>Several reasons are offered for the difference. Experts suggest the most important is stronger unions for workers and much stricter worker safety rules and sick leave policies. Since almost all European nations have some form of public health care access, and coverage is not tied to employment, workers were less likely to work when not feeling well. This greatly curtailed contagion. European countries also responded much earlier to the threat of COVID19 with personal protection and other contagion prevention actions, even though COVID outbreaks in countries like Spain, Italy, and the UK were quite serious. These differences also contributed to the higher retail cost of meat in Europe – 20% or more higher.</p> <p>Purdue economist Jayson Lusk has <a href="">written helpfully</a> about decentralizing the US meat processing system. While this may have some merit from an economic monopoly point of view, he shows it is not the answer to the pandemic-related problems. No matter how big, how many or where slaughterhouses are, workers and output will be at risk without better health care access and worker protection. The pandemic turmoil combined with labor shortages and immigration friction, suggests massive investment in automation is the most likely route for improving our meat processing industry.  </p> USFR-CUSTOMER SUPPORT 5.30.20 24A4DF0A-2FF5-4C4F-B208820EB42706C6.jpg (John Phipps) 17224 Sat, 17 Oct 2020 10:57:03 CDT Industry Feed USDA: Meatpacking Facilities Practicing Safe Reopening <p>U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today applauded the safe reopening of critical infrastructure meatpacking facilities across the United States. These meatpacking facilities have resumed or plan to resume operations this week following <a href="" target="_blank">President Trump’s Executive Order</a> directing the facilities to implement the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) guidelines specifically created for the meat and poultry sector response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) in conjunction with the CDC and state and local health officials have been working around the clock to ensure a safe and stable supply of protein is available for American consumers all while keeping employees safe.</p> <p>“President Trump took decisive action last week to ensure America’s meatpacking facilities reopen in a safe way to ensure America’s producers and ranchers will be able to bring their product to market,” said Secretary Perdue. “I want to thank the patriotic and heroic meatpacking facility workers who are returning to work this week so the millions of Americans who depend on them for food security can continue to do so.”</p> <p>The following major meatpacking facilities are resuming operations across the United States this week:</p> <ul> <li>Tyson Perry, IA (pork)</li> <li>Tyson Waterloo, IA (pork)</li> <li>Tyson Logansport, IN (pork)</li> <li>Tyson Robards, KY (poultry)</li> <li>Tyson Portland, ME (further processor)</li> <li>Tyson Pasco, WA (beef)</li> <li>Tyson Dakota City, NE (beef)</li> <li>Aurora Packing, Aurora, IL (beef)</li> <li>JBS Green Bay, WI (beef)</li> <li>JBS Worthington, MN (pork)</li> <li>Smithfield Monmouth, IL (pork)</li> <li>Smithfield Sioux Falls, SD (pork)</li> <li>Indiana Packers, IN (pork)</li> <li>Jennie-O Turkey Store, Wilmar, MN (poultry)</li> </ul> <p>CDC and OSHA have put out guidance for plants to implement to help ensure employee safety to reopen plants or to continue to operate those still open. Under the Executive Order and the authority of the Defense Production Act, USDA will work with meat processing facilities to affirm they will operate in accordance with the CDC and OSHA guidance, and then work with state and local officials to ensure that these plants are allowed to operate to produce the meat protein that Americans need. USDA will continue to work with the CDC, OSHA, FDA, and state and local officials to ensure that facilities implementing this guidance to keep employees safe can continue operating.</p> <p>On May 5, 2020 Secretary Perdue <a href="" target="_blank">issued letters</a> to Governors across the nation and leadership of major meat processing companies. These letters establish the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) clear expectations for the implementation of President Donald J. Trump’s <a href="" target="_blank">Executive Order</a> signed last week.</p> <p><strong>Related: </strong></p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">Interactive Map: Meat Packing Plant Status Amid COVID-19 Pandemic</a></p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">COVID-19 Impact: Beef Packers Reduce Harvests and Producers Face Crisis</a></p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">COVID-19 Impact: Pork Packing Plant Closures and Market Disruptions</a></p> 2693737B-82A9-433A-9DD29DD201C91EA1.jpg (USDA) 17116 Sat, 17 Oct 2020 10:55:21 CDT Industry Feed Wendy's Faces Beef Shortages At Some Restaurants <p>About one in five Wendy’s restaurants are out of beef. According to the financial firm Stephens, 18% of Wendy’s 5,500 restaurants are not serving hamburgers or other meat-based items. The Wendy’s fast-food chain is “more exposed” to beef shortages due to the coronavirus crisis because of its reliance on fresh beef as opposed to using frozen beef.</p> <p>Wendy's said some of its menu items might be "temporarily limited at some restaurants in this current environment." The company said its delivery schedule remains unchanged, but supply has been tight because beef suppliers across North America face production challenges during the pandemic.</p> <p>"We're working diligently to minimize the impact to our customers and restaurants, and continue to work with our supplier partners to monitor this closely," a Wendy's spokesperson said.</p> <p>Despite supply issues with fresh beef, a representative told Business Insider on Tuesday it has no plans to serve hamburgers from frozen beef.</p> <p>"It is widely known that beef suppliers across North America are currently facing production challenges," the representative said in a statement.</p> <p>The severity of Wendy's shortages depends on the "geographic nature of processing plant closures," wrote Stephens analyst James Rutherford. In states such as Ohio, Michigan and New York, around 30% of Wendy's are out of fresh meat. Other states, like Arizona, Nevada and Louisiana, aren't affected.</p> <p>Analysts say switching to frozen beef would create new challenges for Wendy’s in terms of supply chain management and operations. The company would have to source frozen beef for the first time ever, as well as change how workers prepare burgers in restaurants.</p> <p>Switching to frozen beef could also hurt Wendy's reputation. Wendy's has long emphasized its fresh, never-frozen beef in marketing. On Twitter, Wendy's has even mocked McDonald's for selling items made with frozen beef after it rolled out a fresh beef quarter pounder.</p> <p>Both McDonald’s and Burger King said last week they have not faced meat supply issues. Business Insider reported that McDonald's is temporarily changing how restaurants received pork and beef to combat potential shortages. McDonald’s executives said the company expects major reductions in meat production to continue through at least the first half of May.</p> <p>Related stories:</p> <p><a href="">Wendy's Launches 'Good Done Right'</a></p> A4D37146-D773-476C-BA4245B8332274F0.jpg (Greg Henderson) 17088 Mon, 19 Oct 2020 08:19:37 CDT Industry Feed FJ Live: Moran Says Livestock Industry has Trump's Attention <p> </p> <div> <div></div> </div> <p> </p> <p>Senator Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) placed a call to the White House last week. President Trump returned the call that same day and Moran pressed the president on the devastation growing in the meat packing industry that was overflowing downstream to Kansas farmers and ranchers. President Trump took action Tuesday, designating  packing plants as essential businesses and ordering them to stay open.</p> <p>"We have the President's attention and I appreciate him making this declaration," Moran told Farm Journal Editor Clinton Griffiths on Farm Journal Live. "It is important. We have large packing plants in Kansas, and we employ about 18,000 workers here in that regard, about $10 billion in economic activity, and about a fourth of the livestock on the beef side of the livestock industry is packed here in our state."</p> <p>Experts from the Centers for Disease Control have been on-site at packing plants in Kansas evaluating worker protections from coronavirus, according to Moran, and virus testing has been prioritized for counties that have livestock processors.</p> <p>Watch the recording of Farm Journal Live in the player above for Sen. Moran's full analysis of the order to keep packing plants open and further commentary from Drovers Editor Greg Henderson and Farm Journal Pork Editor Jennifer Shike.</p> D97C2601-5FBB-4246-B9D173DA94B0AD04.png (John Herath) 17061 Sat, 17 Oct 2020 11:08:03 CDT Industry Feed Three Ranches Apply For Hammond's Grazing Permits <p>At least three ranches have applied for U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) grazing permits once used by Hammond Ranches, Burns, Ore. The Hammond family lost their grazing allotment in a court ruling last year.</p> <p>Hammond Ranches may still reactivate an administrative appeal against the BLM by May 12 that would suspend the competition for the grazing allotments, at least until the legal challenge is resolved.</p> <p>The grazing permits cover 41 square miles of BLM land in Oregon the Hammond's cattle had grazed for years prior a controversial legal case that sent Steven and Dwight Hammond Jr. to prison. The grazing permits were revoked in 2014 but were restored in January 2019 by outgoing Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke.  </p> <p>Environmental groups Western Watersheds Project, Center for Biological Diversity and Wildearth Guardians protested Zinke’s decision and sued the Department of Interior claiming the government violated its own policies in restoring the Hammond's permits. A federal judge later revoked those permits.</p> <p>The Hammonds were the focus of a lengthy federal trial that convicted them of setting fires on BLM land in 2012, and the two spent several months in prison. After their release in 2015, federal prosecutors appealed the sentences, noting that under the statutes the Hammonds should have served 5-year mandatory terms.</p> <p>Their return to prison in January 2016 sparked the occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon led by Ammon and Ryan Bundy. President Trump pardoned the Hammonds in July 2018.</p> <p>The BLM said it’s not making information publicly available about who has applied for the Hammond's grazing permits.</p> <p>Related stories:</p> <p><a href="">Judge Blocks Hammond's Grazing Permits</a></p> <p><a href="">Trump Issues Pardons For Hammonds</a></p> <p><a href="">Protesters occupy Oregon wildlife refuge as dispute over Western range flares</a></p> 7DC181FD-FBD7-435F-9E8C570C75F4C0BD.jpg (Greg Henderson) 17012 Mon, 19 Oct 2020 08:19:37 CDT Industry Feed Interactive Map: Meat Packing Plant Status Amid COVID-19 Pandemic <p>Heartbreaking headlines and discouraging news continue for livestock producers as temporary closures of meat packing plants and rising employee absenteeism due to COVID-19 exacerbates an existing harvest facility capacity challenge due to a labor shortage in rural America.</p> <p>The map below shows harvest facilities across the United States. Click on the icon for details about the plant, its current operation status, and any related coverage from Farm Journal’s PORK and Drovers. This map will be updated as more information becomes available.</p> <p></p> <p>For the latest on this developing check out the coverage below.</p> <h2>Aid:</h2> <p><strong><a href="">Perdue Announces $19 Billion Coronavirus Food Assistance Program</a></strong><br /> USDA has announced a $19 billion program to provide direct payments to farmers and bulk food purchases for food banks.</p> <h2>Financial Impact:</h2> <p><strong><a href="" target="_blank">Pork Industry Faces $5 Billion Loss Due to COVID-19</a></strong><br /> Hog values are plummeting due to the impact of COVID-19 and creating a financial disaster for pork producers nationwide who face a collective $5 billion loss for the remainder of the year.</p> <p><strong><a href="" target="_blank">COVID-19’s Impact $14.6 Billion, USCA Analysis Says</a></strong><br /> An economic analysis released by the U.S. Cattlemen's Association says the total actual and future impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the cattle industry is forecast to exceed $14.6 billion.</p> <p><strong><a href="" target="_blank">COVID-19: Cattle Industry Losses Estimated At $13.6 Billion</a></strong><br /> Estimated cattle industry losses due to COVID-19 will reach $13.6 billion, according to a study by ag economists conducted to assist USDA in determining how best to allocate CARES Act relief funds to cattle producers.</p> <h2>For the latest from the pork industry:</h2> <p><strong><a href="">COVID-19 Impact: Packing Plant Closures and Market Disruptions</a></strong><br /> Discouraging news continues for pork producers as temporary closures of packing plants and rising absenteeism due to COVID-19 exacerbates an existing harvest capacity challenge. Here’s the latest from across the U.S.</p> <h2>For the latest from the beef industry:</h2> <p><strong><a href="">COVID-19 Impact: Packers Reduce Harvests and Producers Face Crisis</a></strong><br /> The COVID-19 Pandemic affects more of the country on a daily basis, forcing the closure or slowdown of packing plants, and impacting producer’s bottom lines. Here’s the latest around the beef industry.</p> (Katie James) 17013 Wed, 07 Oct 2020 10:22:03 CDT Industry Feed