Weekly News Bulletin: January 7, 2021

oysters Robots in Aquaculture
Dee Shore, NC State CALS

Researchers are testing robots to improve oyster production on the North Carolina coastline.

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Beef packing plant

Custom Prime Beef Packers 
Greg Henderson

A 500-head per day custom beef packing plant plans to open later this month in Missouri.

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Jimmy Dean adds plant-based breakfast patties Tyson Foods is adding a plant-based option to the iconic sausage line.

Meatless Mondays at Starbucks Starbucks is offering customers $2 off vegetarian breakfast meals every Monday in January.

Nebraska rancher thanks healthcare workers A rancher in Nebraska pays a tribute to healthcare workers through a unique video.

More funds for USDA food program USDA announces $1.5 billion worth of food to be distributed through the Farmers to Families Food Box Program.

Temple Grandin offers alternatives to livestock farmers Animal welfare expert, Temple Grandin, shares business models that farmers should consider for their operations as a result of 2020 pandemic bottlenecks. 

First American Humane Certified Dairy on east coast Kreider Farms, Pennsylvania, becomes first American Humane Certified Dairy east of the Mississippi. 

Impossible Foods cuts back wholesale prices  The alternative protein company has cut wholesale prices by 15% for the second time in a year to increase demand for their products.



OPPORTUNITIES in Animal Agriculture

Aspire Food Group Seeking Senior Animal Nutritionist

The Animal Nutritionist will spearhead a research program to improve the cricket feed, with an eye on improve the quality and quantity of the macro and micronutrients of the crickets while reducing overall costs. The role is within the R&D division and will report to the VP of Research & Development. 

This role will be an important component to our existing team and will position Aspire Food Group to address the massive market potential ahead. The position is located in Austin, TX. 

Learn more or apply here.

Livestock Marketing Association hiring Government and Industry Affairs Administrator

LMA is hiring a Government and Industry Affairs Administrator. The role will be a key member providing administrative and organizational support our Government and Industry Affairs and Legal team.

The ideal candidate will have administrative experience and an appreciation for the livestock industry. However, early career candidates or people looking for a change in career path are also encouraged to apply. The position will serve the Livestock Marketing Association in Overland Park, Kansas. 

For more information or to apply, click here.

Maryland Department of Agriculture Accepting Proposals for 2021 Animal Waste Technology Grants

The Maryland Department of Agriculture is accepting FY 2021 grant proposals for the department’s Animal Waste Technology Fund. Vendors, businesses, and individuals offering technologies that can demonstrate innovative, economically-feasible animal waste projects should apply.

Learn more by visiting here.


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