GRSB Connect for June 17, 2014
Dear GRSB Member,
We are pleased to welcome several new members to GRSB, and have featured each of them in the column of the right. Thank you all for joining and we look forward to working with you. To all of our existing members I would like to call again for your news, particularly as it relates to sustainability actions you are involved with.
Dateline: 06/10/14, Source: Canadian Cattlemen's Association
Leaders from across various industries have come together to form the first Canadian Roundtable for Sustainable Beef (CRSB). With over 68,500 beef farms contributing more than $33 billion to Canada's economy and conserving over 50 million acres of Canada's environmentally significant grasslands, the Roundtable aims to be a leader in the continuous improvement and sustainability of the beef value chain. Fundamental to the success of the Roundtable will be science-based information, multi-stakeholder engagement, communication and collaboration.
Dateline: 06/10/14, Source: By Matthew Cawood, The Land
When Meat and Livestock Australia (MLA) and importers recognised an American trend towards grass-fed beef a few years ago, they set in place initiatives that have made Australian grass-fed one of the fastest-growing niche markets in the United States.
Dateline: 06/09/14, Source: By Inga Stunzner, Queenlsand Country Life
Burdekin graziers Barry and Leanne O'Sullivan won the rural section at the Premier's Sustainability Awards on Friday, May 31, for their leadership and innovation in the beef industry and commitment to the grazing best management practice (BMP) program.
Dateline: 06/11/14, Source: By Jeff Tollefson, Bloomberg News
The morning after I landed in the Brazilian state of Pará, I joined a pair of state government officials heading to an event in a municipality of Terra Alta, located 70 miles inland from the capital of Belém. It turned out they were honored guests, and as we approached we discovered that a parade was literally waiting for them on the side of the road before rolling into town. A man was shooting fireworks out the back of one truck, and a stack of concert speakers belted music out of another.
Dateline: 06/16/14, Source: Beef Central
Beef industry sustainability and the growing influence of consumer expectation, two of the most contentious subjects currently before the agricultural sector, will feature at the AgForce 360 Series Roma event on 25 June.
Dateline: 06/09/14, Source: By Stephanie Brittain, Imperial College London News
Today, family farming – crop, livestock, forestry and fishery production that is managed, operated and laboured by both men and women's families – still predominates in both developing and developed countries. Globally, about 1.5 million people are part of family farms and of the 525 million farms worldwide, 85% are considered small or no larger than 2 hectares.
Dateline: 05/29/14, Source: By Matthew Cawood, The Land
The beef industry hit "reset" on the fractious beef sustainability debate last week, regrouping around an internally-driven sustainability initiative driven by the Red Meat Advisory Council (RMAC).
Dateline: 06/10/14, Source: The Meat Site
Farmers are seeing the value of switching to outcome measures to increase profitability as part of building on their sustainable farming practices.
Dateline: 05/27/14, Source: SunUpTV, Oklahoma State University
Sara Place has an overview of the practice of sustainable agriculture. See Video HERE.
Members in the News
Dateline: 06/12/14, Source; By Kathryn McMackin, The Cochrane Eagle
Tuesday (June 10) marked the official opening of the Canadian Roundtable for Sustainable Beef (CRSB), which will open up the lines of communication between multiple stakeholders to advance economic, social and environmental sustainability of Canadian beef product.
Cargill Chief Executive Discusses Role of Responsible Supply Chains in Future Food Production at Fortune Brainstorm Green
Dateline: 05/20/14, Source: PR Newswire
Speaking at the Fortune Brainstorm Green 2014 conference, Cargill President and Chief Executive Officer David MacLennan highlighted complexities and tradeoffs involved in producing more food, more sustainably as a growing global population becomes more urban and more prosperous. MacLennan commented on the implications of prices, changing diets and climate change on the future of food and cited some of the collaborative efforts in which Cargill is involved to address challenges inherent in producing food sustainably.
Dateline: 06/04/14, Source: By Jon Condon, Beef Central
Woolworths customers in Victoria and southern NSW will this week have access to a new range of value-added, MSA-graded, free-range grass fed lamb products that have been designed and developed by JBS Australia, and produced out of the company's southern region plants in Victoria and Tasmania.
Dateline: Archived, Source: High Plains Journal
For the beef checkoff, there are two important goals in the Beef Industry Long Range Plan around which key elements of the program are builtundefinedbuilding beef demand and protecting beef's image.
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Welcome to the Table!
We Welcome These Newest Members to the Roundtable
Dateline: June 2014
Beef + Lamb New Zealand Ltd is the farmer-owned industry organization representing New Zealand's sheep and beef farmers. They share their name and brand with Beef + Lamb New Zealand Inc, which is responsible for promoting beef and lamb in the New Zealand market.
Constituency: Commerce & Processing
With headquarters in Modena, Italy, INALCA S.p.A., the first national company in the beef production sector, carries out integrated industrial activities covering all working and transformation processes and is present on all main international markets.
Established in 2000 in Broadview, MT, Snappy Jack Cattle Company utilizes a proprietary integrated cattle selection, management and marketing program by BeefTek, Inc. to develop consistently uniform beef production.
Constituency: Observing Organization
As a farmer-owned and operated livestock cooperative in Columbus, OH, United Producers Inc. provides livestock marketing, financial and risk management services to the agriculture community in Kentucky, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Missouri and Ohio. It services 45,000 members in the region.
Constituency: Commerce & Processing
Located in Castle Rock, CO, Where Food Comes From® (d.b.a. IMI Global) is a provider of third-party identification, verification and traceability solutions for the livestock and agricultural industries. The Company supports more than 6,000 ranchers, feed yards, meatpackers, food retailers and restaurants with a wide range of solutions which annually verifies marketing claims for approximately one half of all U.S. beef exports.
Members in the News
Dateline: 05/22/14, Source: By Peter Seligmann, The Guardian
Walmart has a big responsibility. As the world's largest corporation, with more than two million employees, there's no denying its tremendous power. It operates over 11,000 stores in 27 countries, and millions of people depend on income from products that they sell to the company.
Source: AGA Website
American Grassfed Association, in collaboration with Savory Institute, will hold a ranch day on June 23, 2014 at Flying B Bar Ranch near Denver. For more about the day, click HERE. For more information on Allan Savory and other featured speakers, click HERE. For Ticket information, click HERE.
Dateline: 06/14/14, Source: By Matt Olberding, Lincoln Journal Star
A ground beef product derided by critics as "pink slime" and pulled from most grocery shelves two years ago is making a comeback.
Dateline: 06/03/14, Source: Food in Canada
The Alberta Livestock and Meat Agency (ALMA) invested $5 million, which Genome Alberta will administer. Some of the projects that will share the funds include those that will demonstrate the use of genomics-based tools to determine how the livestock industry can raise animals that are productive in specific environments and conditions.
Dateline: 06/08/14, Source: By Matthew Cawood, Queensland Country Life
Australian beef has a Dutch champion: meat importer and wholesaler Jan Zandbergen, which has developed the "1788" brand wholly dedicated to selling Australian grainfed beef. The brand was devised to better position Australian meat against beef from the United States, which has long held a privileged place in European affections.
Dateline: 06/06/14, Source: Voxy
Beef + Lamb New Zealand says it's important to have an understanding of the sector's workforce requirements, to be well placed to take full advantage of the opportunities ahead.
Dateline: 06/07/14, By Matthew Cawood, The Land
America's need for imported beef should remain strong for at least two years, and possibly four to five years as the country's beef industry struggles to recover in the face of persistent drought.
Dateline: 06/04/14, Source: By Mark Gongloff, The Huffington Post
McDonald's CEO Don Thompson recently suggested his company would support a bill, proposed by President Barack Obama, raising the federal minimum wage to $10.10 an hour from $7.25.
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