Social Media Helps Teach Consumers About "The Real Farmville"
December 10, 2009 - Every day, more than 65 million people log in to harvest their virtual crops on the popular Facebook application "Farmville." The Animal Agriculture Alliance recently released a video designed to help online farmers learn what it really takes to feed the world. In Farmville, pink cows produce strawberry milk and soybeans take only two days to grow. "The Real Farmville" helps viewers understand the important role that farmers and ranchers play in providing a safe, affordable, and plentiful food supply. The video is available on the Alliance’s Youtube channel at www.youtube.com/animalagalliance. More.
Ninth Stakeholders Summit Dates Announced
December 4, 2009 - The ninth annual Stakeholders Summit will be hosted by the Animal Agriculture Alliance (Alliance) April 28-29, 2010 in Arlington, Virginia. Each year, the Summit brings together stakeholders from across the food chain to address the most challenging issues facing animal agriculture, including animal welfare, public health, farm security, and the animal rights movement. The event will feature prominent speakers and aims to educate attendees while facilitating a meaningful dialogue among industry leaders about these important challenges facing modern agriculture. More.
Alliance Statement on Undercover Video at Country View Family Farms
November 17, 2009 - The Animal Agriculture Alliance has long condemned the abuse, mistreatment and neglect of animals. We work to promote the implementation of animal care guidelines on all farms across the United States, emphasizing the importance of training employees on the proper care and handling of animals to ensure both animal well-being and worker safety. In the recent case of Country View Family Farms, it is evident these guidelines were followed. Through their own internal audit, the actions shown in the video were found and corrected months ago - long before they were provided the video taken through illicit employment by an animal rights activist organization's employee. More.
Do the Right Thing... and Do it Right Now!
November 6, 2009 - Once again, videos taken either on farms or in processing facilities by activists on behalf of various animal rights groups have gained the media spotlight. The images portray indefensible acts of animal cruelty, and although isolated incidents, cause the public to think negatively about the agriculture industry as a whole. The Animal Agriculture Alliance wishes to remind producers and processors that it is absolutely essential that all businesses and individuals responsible for the care of animals do the right thing, and do it right now! More.
Issue 2 and Beyond
November 5, 2009 - On November 3, Ohioans showed their overwhelming support for local farmers and food safety by voting in support of Issue 2. The proposed Livestock Care Standards Board passed with more than 63 percent of the vote thanks to an inspiring grassroots effort by farmers and ranchers, agriculture organizations, veterinarians, and consumers to protect Ohio's agriculture industry. These individuals should be commended for effectively reaching out to the public to share the importance of animal agriculture within their state. More.
Stakes Are High for Issue 2
November 2, 2009 - Ohio voters will influence the future of animal agriculture in their state on November 3. Issue 2 calls for the creation of a 13-member Livestock Care Standards Board that would include Ohio's agriculture director, family farmers, veterinarians, a representative from a local humane society, and consumers. This is a unique opportunity for Ohioans to come together in support of a ballot measure that aims to protect farm families and locally-grown food. More.
PETA Deceives with Downed
October 30, 2009 - On October 28, PETA released Downed, its latest video designed to malign the dairy industry by telling the story of "one anonymous cow" that was allegedly abused at Walton Stockyards in Kentucky. The video includes horrendous footage of a cow being kicked, prodded, and housed in filthy conditions. These images are disturbing and are in no way compliant with national animal welfare guidelines. More.
College Aggies Online Competition Kicks Off Across United States
October 15, 2009 - After months of preparation, the Animal Agriculture Alliance (Alliance) is excited to announce the official launch of College Aggies Online, a competition for college students interested in agriculture. More.
Against Meat or Against Agriculture?
October 13, 2009 - The Animal Agriculture Alliance is disappointed that yet another anti-agriculture activist voice has been welcomed into the media spotlight. New York Times readers were confronted with some of the most negative stereotypes of modern agriculture on Oct. 11, when Jonathan Safran Foer's "Against Meat" ran in the food edition of the Sunday magazine. More.
Activists With Hidden Agenda Should Also Be Held Accountable
October 1, 2009 - The Animal Agriculture Alliance has a long track record of promoting the implementation of science-based animal care guidelines and proper employee training on animal care and handling on farms and in processing facilities. The overwhelming majority of American farmers and ranchers adhere to nationally accepted animal care guidelines and demonstrate their commitment to their animals and their land on a daily basis. More.
New Program Prepares Young Agriculture Advocates
September 16, 2009 - The Animal Agriculture Alliance (Alliance) is excited to announce the launch of College Aggies Online, a new program aimed at helping today's college students become confident advocates for the agriculture industry. More.
Animal Ag Alliance Appoints New Communications Coordinator
August 31, 2009 - The Animal Agriculture Alliance has appointed Sarah Hubbart as Communications Coordinator. In her new role, she will design and implement all aspects of the Alliance's communications strategy. Hubbart hopes to strengthen the Alliance's relationship with the media and will work to expand the organization's online presence in order to educate a wider audience about the importance of animal agriculture. More.
Alliance Responds to August 21 Time Magazine Article
August 24, 2009 - Most people enjoy the safe, affordable food supply that farmers and ranchers work hard to provide without ever setting foot on a corn field or cow pasture. Less than two percent of the population takes on the gargantuan task of feeding the nation on ever-shrinking farmland. One farmer today provides enough food for 144 consumers - an amazing feat accomplished through innovations in science that have increased productivity while maintaining high standards for animal welfare and environmental sustainability. More.
AVMA Finds Pew Report Biased, Inaccurate
August 21, 2009 - The American Veterinary Medical Association released a detailed statement this week that identifies "significant flaws and major dalliances from both science and reality" in the Pew Commission on Industrial Farm Animal Production's 2008 report Putting Meat on the Table: Industrial Farm Animal Production in America. More.
Statement about Food Inc.
June 11, 2009 - Thanks to modern technology and research advances, one farmer today is able to produce enough food to feed 144 people, almost 100 more than just 50 years ago. This fact is important because of the 300 million people living in the U.S., less than two million - or less than 2% - are directly involved in raising animals and crops to feed our entire nation. More.
Misleading Ad Campaign May Lead to Animal Suffering
June 5, 2009 - A new ad campaign calling for the elimination of certain animal health products that prevent disease in farm animals could lead to unnecessary pain and suffering. Using the guise that antibiotics used for disease prevention in farm animals enhances antibiotic resistance in human health - even without substantive evidence to back their claim - this campaign targeted at members of Congress and their staff is intended to drive policy changes on the use of animal medicines already approved under the stringent process of the federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA). More.
Aaron Putze, Barbara Jackson and Derek Yancey Join Animal Agriculture Alliance Board
June 2, 2009 - The Animal Agriculture Alliance (Alliance) is pleased to announce that Aaron Putze, Executive Director of the Coalition to Support Iowa's Farmers (CSIF); Barbara Jackson, Regional Director of American National CattleWomen’s Inc. (ANCW); and Derek Yancey, President of Morning Fresh Farms; recently joined the non-profit organization's Board of Directors. More.
Baptist Minister Warns Against Animal Rights Groups' Attempts to Co-opt Religion
May 14, 2009 - "Animal rights activists are using religious messages to recruit a segment of the millennial generation that has little doctrinal anchor in order to advance their vegetarian agenda", said Dr. Wes Jamison, an ordained Baptist Minister and Associate Professor of Communications at Palm Beach Atlantic University, addressing participants at the Animal Agriculture Alliance's (Alliance) Eighth Annual Stakeholders Summit, held May 12-13 in Alexandria, VA. More.
Ag Activist Warns Against Conflict Industry, Then Provides Answers
May 14, 2009 - "Beware of today's conflict industry," warned Bruce Vincent, a third generation logger from Montana and Executive Director of Provider Pals. "Groups involved in this industry generate cash by marketing fear." More.
Dr. Elizabeth Parker Assumes Leadership Post at Animal Agriculture Alliance
May 14, 2009 - The Animal Agriculture Alliance (Alliance) Board of Directors named Dr. Elizabeth Parker, Chief Veterinarian for the National Cattlemens' Beef Association (NCBA), to Chair the non-profit organization on May 11, 2009. Dr. Parker, who came to Washington, DC as the 1999-2000 American Veterinary Medical Association's Congressional Science Fellow for the American Association for the Advancement of Science's Fellowship Program, has served on the Alliance board since 2007. More.
Modern Farm Animal Housing Reduces Disease Risks
May 1, 2009 - The Animal Agriculture Alliance is extremely dismayed, but not surprised, to learn that a number of groups have attempted to use the recent outbreak of H1N1 influenza to advance their anti-modern agriculture and animal rights agendas. More.
Statement Regarding North American Influenza
April 28, 2009 - The public is concerned about media reports on influenza in humans. The Animal Agriculture Alliance (Alliance) wants to assure the public that pork is safe and will continue to be safe to eat. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has made it clear that people cannot contract North American influenza from eating pork or pork products. More.
State Coalition Workshop Added to Stakeholders Summit
April 24, 2009 - The Animal Agriculture Alliance will hold a special workshop focused on "Building A Successful State Agriculture Coalition" scheduled directly after its eighth industry-wide Stakeholders Summit. The half day workshop will be held the afternoon of May 13 at the Hotel Monaco in Alexandria, Virginia. The workshop will address two major topics: the successes and challenges of building a strong state coalition and a case study of a state coalition's past and future efforts. More.
Rush Limbaugh Supports Animal Rights Organization
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April 17, 2009 - The Animal Agriculture Alliance (Alliance) has learned that Rush Limbaugh has, probably mistakenly, lent his voice to Public Service Announcements supporting the vegan-driven Humane Society of the United States (HSUS). Worse yet, one of the two audio spots promotes HSUS' outreach to religious organizations. More.
Stakeholders Summit Registration and Hotel Early Discount Deadlines Fast Approaching
April 16, 2009 - The early registration and hotel discount deadlines for the Animal Agriculture Alliance's eighth industry-wide Stakeholders Summit are just around the corner. Current registration is up from last year and the hotel, being a luxury boutique hotel, is a bit smaller, so make your hotel reservations and register for the Summit as soon as possible to ensure you get the discounted rates. Hotel deadline for the excellent discounted rate of $219 is this Sunday, April 19. Advance Summit registration for the discounted rate is April 25. More.
Stakeholders Summit to Address Most Critical Animal Welfare Issues
April 15, 2009 - The Animal Agriculture Alliance's eighth industry-wide Stakeholders Summit will address the most critical issues in animal welfare today. The day and a half conference will be held May 12-13 at the Hotel Monaco in Alexandria, Virginia. This year's theme will be "Politics, Activism and Religion: Influencing the Debate on Animal Welfare in America." For the third year in a row, Mike Adams, host of AgriTalk and one of America's best-known agricultural journalists, will moderate this event. More.
2009 Stakeholders Summit Silent Auction
April 6, 2009 - Don't miss out on your opportunity to participate in the Animal Agriculture Alliance (Alliance) Silent Auction to be held May 12-13, 2009, at the Animal Agriculture Alliance's Eighth Annual Stakeholders Summit to be held in Arlington, VA. There's still time to participate by making an item contribution to be auctioned off during the meeting. Auction donations may include artwork, quilts, jewelry, gift baskets, gift certificates, food and wine, event tickets, etc. More.
Stakeholders Summit: Influencing the Debate on Animal Welfare
March 9, 2009 - The Animal Agriculture Alliance (Alliance) announced plans to host its eighth industry-wide Stakeholders Summit. This day and a half conference focusing on animal welfare, "Politics, Activism and Religion: Influencing the Debate on Animal Welfare in America," is scheduled for May 12-13, 2009 at the Hotel Monaco in Alexandria, Virginia. More.
Extremist Attacks on Global Food Chain Increase 42% in 2008
February 24, 2009 - Attacks on the global food chain from animal rights and environmental extremists jumped 42% - from 155 in 2007 to 220 in 2008 - according to Arlington, Virginia-based Animal Agriculture Alliance (Alliance). Worse yet, claimed attacks on food retailers in the USA from groups like the Animal Liberation Front exploded 377%. More.
Charitable Donations to AR Groups Increase 11%
January 7, 2009 - In 2008, there appeared to be an increase in well-funded animal rights activities directed at animal agriculture. Based on our research, the Animal Agriculture Alliance understands why. In 2007, the latest reporting period available for review, charitable donations to animal rights groups rose 11% providing activist groups with more funds to develop wide ranging activities such as California's Proposition 2, undercover video operations, legislative initiatives and legal actions. Donations to the extremist People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) and its subsidiaries increased 11%. More.
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