The American Meat Institute’s Curious ‘Scorched Earth’ Strategy

In Animal rights, Current News, Ethanol, Food vs Fuel, General, Guest Blogger, Livestock, Politics by Mark

By Rick Tolman CEO, National Corn Growers Association  An old saying states that you can tell the measure of someone by the company they keep.  In that regard, the American Meat Institute is keeping some rather curious company these days as it wages war on an imagined enemy, the corn ethanol industry.  AMI recently signed onto political letters and advertisements …

Paranoid? You be the Judge

In Activism, Animal rights by Cindy

The head of the Humane Society of the United States says agriculture interests are just “paranoid” about the organization’s motives. In an interview with Brownfield Network about the proposed “puppy mill” ballot initiative in Missouri that would impose new regulations on dog breeders, HSUS president Wayne Pacelle refuted the idea that they were ultimately targeting the livestock industry. “I don’t …

Ethanol Feed Product Contributing to Higher Quality Beef

In Animal rights, feed, General by Mark

 The adoption of distillers grains feed product from the ethanol industry is making the nation’s beef supply better, higher quality and recent numbers show the trend first noted last fall is continuing. While many debate the pros and cons of corn or grass fed beef, the nation’s cattle producers continue to do what they do best which is provide tasty, …

Michigan Meat-In

In Activism, Animal rights, General by Cindy

Michigan ag groups held a celebration of meat on National Ag Day Saturday, which was also Michigan Meatout Day. Hundreds attended a barbeque on the grounds of the Michigan State Capitol, even though it was organized at the very last minute and the weather was cold and wet. The “Ag Day Meat BBQ Cookout” was organized by Barry County farmer …

Governor Faces Fall Out from Michigan Meatout

In Activism, Animal rights, government by Cindy

The manure really hit the fan in the office of Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm today as media reports picked up on protests over the governor’s proclamation of Michigan Meatout Day. While the governor herself has not commented on the situation, explanations from her press secretary did not improve the situation with agriculture interests. According to spokesperson Liz Boyd, “We did …

Michigan Governor Supports Anti-Meat Day

In Activism, Animal rights by Cindy

Make room for Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm on the funny farm because she must be crazy! The governor of a state that has a nearly $2.5 billion livestock industry has to be insane to officially ask people not to eat meat – even for a day. Yet that is just what Gov. Granholm has done, jumping on board with the …