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First Farming Film Festival Seeks Game Changing Storytellers

[Lexington, KY] – In connection with the Alltech 27th Annual International Animal Health and Nutrition Symposium being held in Lexington, Kentucky from May 22-25, 2011, Alltech is launching the first Farming Film Festival. The Farming Film Festival tasks budding videographers to tell a farmer’s game changing story. Following the theme of Alltech’s Symposium, The Game Changers, video submissions should focus on an idea or technology that helps farmers meet the tough challenges in their career.


“Emerging new media such as YouTube and other social media outlets have been game changers for many in the agriculture industry,” said Dr. Pearse Lyons, president and founder of Alltech. “Sharing these game changing stories with others ignites a new wave of hope and innovation, and that’s what we hope to do with the Farming Film Festival.”


Participants in the Farming Film Festival may enter by uploading their video to YouTube and more

Five Newly Elected to NIAA’s Board of Directors

COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO.— Members of the National Institute for Animal Agriculture elected five members to their first three-year term on its Board of Directors and re-elected three to their second term. Newly elected to NIAA’s Board were Linda Campbell, American Dairy Goat Association; Colin Forster, Y-TEX Corporation; Dr. Karen Jordan, Dairy Farmers of America; Erika Rachal, Alltech, Inc.; and John Saunders, IMI Global. Re-elected to NIAA’s 21-member Board were Dr. Tony Forshey, Ohio Department of Agriculture; Stan Mannschreck, National Livestock Producers Association; and Dr. David Meeker, National Renderer Association.


“The expertise, passion and experience of these individuals fit well with other members currently serving on NIAA’s Board,” stated Dr. Robert Fourdraine, Chairman of NIAA’s Board. “We have a well-rounded Board that can take a 360-degree look at challenges and opportunities within animal agriculture and help us advance proactive solutions for the industry.”

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NIAA Honors Three

COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO.— The National Institute for Animal Agriculture honored three outstanding individuals at its annual conference on Tuesday, April 12, in San Antonio, Texas. These individuals were brought to the forefront by the NIAA membership which is comprised of animal agriculture organizations and individuals from the beef, dairy, swine, sheep, goat, equine and poultry industries. Membership includes national and state livestock associations and poultry and equine organizations as well as veterinarians, government regulatory personnel, academia, researchers, extension specialists, producers and allied industry businesses and organizations.


Presented NIAA’s highly regarded Meritorious Service Award was Dr. Taylor Wood, Missouri Department of Agriculture’s State Veterinarian and Director of the Department of Agriculture’s Animal Health Division. NIAA’s Meritorious Service Award is given in recognition of leadership, dedication and contributions to the organization and animal agriculture.


NIAA’s prestigious Chairman’s Award, was presented to Dr. Richard Breitmeyer, director of the California Animal Health more

Global Animal Health and Nutrition Leader Establishes Home in the Heartland

Alltech Opens 16th North America Office in Iowa


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[Ames, IA]– Global animal health and nutrition company Alltech moved into America’s heartland on Wednesday, April 20, with the opening of its 16th office in North America. Alltech president and founder, Dr. Pearse Lyons, along with Iowa Governor Terry Branstad, Lieutenant Governor Kim Reynolds, and Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey snipped the ribbon on the company’s newest location in Ames, Iowa, and moved Alltech from its long-term presence in the region to full-time residence.


“I am pleased today to welcome Alltech to Iowa,” said Iowa Governor Terry E. Branstad. “Alltech has consistently demonstrated a commitment to quality in all facets of their business and I believe they will thrive in Iowa where they will have access to a superior workforce and provide valuable resources to Iowa’s agriculture and livestock industry.”

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AgriLabs Named Vendor of the Year by Fuller Supply Company

St. Joseph, MO (April 19, 2011) - William S. Fuller, Jr., President and CEO of Fuller Supply Company, announced at Fuller’s Annual Banquet that AgriLabs, Inc. was the livestock distributor’s choice as ‘Vendor of the Year’ “In recognition of superior service and unmatched sales support.” Mr. Fuller presented the award to AgriLabs Territory Manager Dana Ankerstar (photo) and stated that “In handing you this award, it must be understood that the decision to name AgriLabs as our ‘Vendor of the Year’ was not just mine, but is an honor voted on by all Fuller Sales and Management.”


The recipient of this highly competitive distinction is determined by a vote of Fuller Supply Company’s internal and external sales teams and is judged on a number of criteria, including customer service, timeliness, attitude and communication. Mr. Fuller added that “AgriLabs was our top choice because Dana and AgriLabs had a most more

Novus International, Inc., Works with Progressive Agriculture Foundation®

Healthy lifestyle education pilot project aims to curb childhood obesity epidemic; Challenge Grant helps organizations join forces


BIRMINGHAM, Ala., April 18, 2011 — Novus International, Inc., a leading manufacturer of animal and human health and nutrition products, has teamed up with the Progressive Agriculture Foundation® (PAF) to educate children about healthy eating habits in an effort to help curb the growing obesity epidemic among children and adolescents. The organizations are working together to develop healthy lifestyle lessons that will be provided through the Progressive Agriculture Safety Day® program and will enable rural communities to find ways to have a healthier school lunch program for rural youth.


The pilot project is being made possible by a Healthy Lifestyle Challenge grant from Novus. The company will match up to $110,000 in contributions through the grant, meaning total funding for the project could reach $220,000. The grant will support five more

Brian Strobel Joins Osborne Industries as Customized Solutions Team Leader

Osborne Industries is pleased to announce that Brian Strobel has been named Livestock Equipment Innovation Manager. With a customer centric focus, Strobel will lead Osborne Industries in developing customized solutions for swine producers. “I am passionate about the swine industry. I am committed and eager to listen to producers. Having been a customer myself, I believe that successful solution providers must listen and understand what is important to the producer,” stated Strobel.


Strobel brings extensive experience and knowledge of the swine industry and the unique equipment challenges producers face. He has eight years of practical swine management, construction and maintenance experience. He was previously with Murphy-Brown LLC, Lucent Technologies and Environmental Management Solutions, LLC.


A native of Ohio, Strobel holds a BS in Agricultural Systems from The Ohio State University, a Certificate in Civil Engineering Technology from Edison State College, a MS in Agricultural Engineering from Purdue more

Future veterinarians learn how to combine Individual Pig Care and communication skills to gain optimum results


MADISON, N.J. (April 14, 2011) - Twenty-four veterinary students from Iowa State University participated in a unique learning experience combining the identification of sick pigs and communication skills. The first Individual Pig Care training/certification program for veterinary students was held on March 26, 2011 at Iowa State University and was sponsored by Pfizer Animal Health.


“We had the opportunity to take what we learned in the classroom and apply it in a pig production setting, doing health assessments and incorporating communication skills based on various personality types to ensure that protocols are followed,” says Chase Stahl, third-year veterinary student at Iowa State and president of the school’s AASV student chapter.


Ron White, DVM, manager, technical services at Pfizer Animal Health adds, “We wanted to provide an avenue for veterinary students to be able to identify pigs that may have health conditions or issues and then more

Diamond V Named 2011 Prometheus Awards Winner

Award Recognizes Achievements in High-Tech Businesses


Cedar Rapids, IA (April 2011) … Diamond V, the global leader in fermentation technology, received two awards at the 2011 Technology Association of Iowa Prometheus Awards. The Prometheus Awards are recognized as Iowa’s largest and most prestigious awards devoted to promoting and celebrating the innovation and high-tech excellence in Iowa.


Diamond V was recognized as Technology Company of the Year in the large business category and also named Life Sciences Company of the Year.


John Bloomhall, President and CEO, accepted the two awards on behalf of the company and its employees.


“We are extremely honored to have been named the Technology Company of the year as well as Life Sciences Company of the Year. I would like to thank the employees and customers of Diamond V and Embria for their part in making our company a success. more

Eby Opens New Sales and Service Facility in Logansport, Indiana

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Blue Ball, PA – M. H. Eby, Inc. announces the opening of their new sales and service facility in Logansport, IN. The facility will provide sales of Eby’s line of all-aluminum livestock and horse trailers, equipment trailers, and aluminum truck bodies for agriculture, landscape and commercial applications. In addition, Eby is an authorized dealer for Timpte, the number one selling grain trailer in the U.S. The facility will offer full repair and parts services for Eby and Timpte products, as well as other makes.


A groundbreaking ceremony was held at the Logansport site on March 28 and construction is scheduled to be completed in July. The facility will include five service bays and a parts showroom located on eight acres. During construction, equipment sales are available at a nearby facility. The full address and phone is:

M. H. Eby, Inc.

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