June 11, 2024

Inside VIV Africa 2024: an exclusive interview with the show's Project Manager

June 11, 2024 - With VIV Africa 2024 a few months away, the anticipation and excitement within the animal protein industry are becoming more and more visible. VIV Africa, an evolution from the previously known Poultry Africa, now includes dairy and agriculture pavilions, making it a comprehensive event that caters to the diverse needs of the industry. Set to take place on October 2-3, 2024, in Kigali, Rwanda, with a Leadership Conference on October 1, this event promises to be a landmark gathering for professionals from around the globe. With the event's exhibitor space already sold out and visitor pre-registration now open, we sat down with the VIV Africa Project Manager, Ms Natalie Taylor, to discuss the event's significance, the expanded scope, and what attendees can expect from this year's edition.

Can you tell us a bit about the evolution of Poultry Africa to VIV Africa in 2024 and what attendees can expect from this year's event?

"VIV Africa 2024 marks an exciting milestone from what was previously known as Poultry Africa. By expanding our scope to include dairy and agriculture, we are addressing the broader needs of the animal protein industry and welcoming those that are more into CEA and arable farming as well. Attendees can expect a more comprehensive event with a wider range of exhibitors, more diverse content, and new opportunities for networking and learning. This year's event will feature not only the latest advancements in poultry but also innovations in dairy and agricultural sectors, providing a holistic view of the industry."

This year's exhibiting space is already completely sold out. What do you think contributed to this overwhelming response?

"Africa is a new market to many of the exhibitors, and they see the growth potential. The aim has been to ease their entry into the market and connect them with the industry leaders and clients across the region. I think with the proven track-record of the previous editions, alongside the expansion of the show with dairy and agriculture, exhibitors benefit from the VIV quality, network and marketing. These combined have been the main contributing factors to the overwhelming response."

VIV Africa 2024 will feature a Leadership Conference the day before the main event. What are some key topics and issues that will be addressed during this conference?

"As with previous editions editions, the program is being developed with our local and international stakeholders who are committed to selecting top topics to provide the tools and knowledge to address current business challenges farmers face in Africa. Once again the main focus will be on poultry - and next to that we will introduce specific Agriculture and Dairy content to the program. Break-out sessions will ensure that there is always a session on each sector. More will of course come, as we get closer to the show, so it is important to keep an eye on our newsletters and updates on the website."

How do you see the animal protein industry evolving in Africa over the next few years, and what role does VIV Africa play in this development?

"The animal protein industry in Africa is forecasted to witness significant growth, driven by increasing demand for quality protein sources. VIV Africa plays a crucial role by providing a platform for knowledge exchange, innovation and industry networking. By bringing together key stakeholders and industry leaders, VIV Africa facilitates the adoption of best practices and the introduction of new technologies, which are essential for a sustainable development."

With visitor pre-registration now open, what advice do you have for attendees to get the most out of their experience at VIV Africa 2024?

"Planning your visit in advance will help you make the most of the two-day event and ensure you don't miss any key sessions or networking opportunities. Therefore, pre-registering now online, although it might seem early for some, will take you a couple of minutes, but will save you a lot of time onsite. Not to mention that once registered you will be included early enough in all communication around the event so you will not miss anything coming up. Be sure to reserve a ticket for the Leadership Conference, as there are limited tickets available. On our website, you can view the exhibitor list and technical seminars to plan your 2-day experience."

How can interested stakeholders, who were unable to secure exhibitor slots, still participate or engage with VIV Africa 2024?

"Even if you couldn't secure an exhibitor slot, we encourage you to visit the show in Kigali. It's an excellent opportunity to network, attend workshops and gain insights from the industry's best. Your presence will still be highly valuable, and our team will do its best to facilitate ways to engage with other professionals and industry leaders."

Are there any special sessions, or events within VIV Africa 2024 that you are particularly excited about?

"There are many sessions and special events during VIV Africa 2024, so it's hard to choose just one! special for exhibitors, we will host a special networking cocktail with local talent on the first night of the event to connect exhibitors directly with industry leaders and peers. There are also many technical best practices for visitors to attend during the 2-day exhibition, and of course with the addition of the new pavilions, our partners will be hosting in-depth workshops for visitors to attend. Visitors can definitely look forward to a memorable business experience."

Finally, what message would you like to convey to the global animal protein industry as VIV Africa 2024 approaches?

"As VIV Africa 2024 approaches, I'd like to emphasise the incredible opportunities that Africa presents for the agrifood industry. This event is not just about showcasing products but also about building connections, sharing knowledge and enabling innovation. We are excited to welcome you to Kigali, where together, we can contribute to the sustainable growth and development of the industry in Africa and beyond."

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Turkey Stops Wheat Imports: Decline in global markets

June 11, 2024 - The Ministry of Agriculture announced on June 21 that it would halt wheat imports until at least October 15. This decision was taken to protect farmers from price fluctuations, to ensure that raw materials are supplied from domestic sources and to create a favourable market for producers.

US and European wheat futures fell sharply following the announcement, with both markets losing around 2 per cent. The move is expected to severely affect wheat exports from Russia and wheat destined for Turkey will have to be sold at lower prices in other markets.

As the world’s fifth largest wheat importer, Turkey buys most of its wheat from Russia. Therefore, this decision caused major impact on the international wheat market.

In a statement released by the Ministry of Agriculture, it was stated that wheat imports will be halted and additional measures will be taken to protect producers in line with the recommendations of the Ministry of Trade.

Wheat prices fell to the lowest levels of the last one month as a result of the news that Turkey will stop imports and the decrease in demand expectations. Wheat futures contracts traded on the Paris and Chicago stock exchanges fell sharply after Turkey’s decision.

The effects of this decision are felt not only in Turkey but also in the global wheat market. Turkey’s decision to halt imports may lead other countries to reconsider their wheat procurement strategies. This may cause wheat prices to fluctuate in the coming months.

Turkey’s decision is considered as an important step to support domestic production in the agricultural sector and increase the market share of farmers. However, the impact of this step on international wheat markets will continue to be closely monitored.

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June 10, 2024

USPOULTRY provides course on safely responding to highly pathogenic avian influenza events

June 10, 2024 - USPoultry is offering a new training course entitled, 'The Safe Response to Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza'. The course provides educational instruction to industry workers on what avian influenza is; safe response methods; safe usage of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE); depopulation, decontamination and disposal methods; and general safety precautions. This training is intended to be a resource for workers and supervisors on safely responding to highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) events.

The hazards and issues covered in this training are dynamic and require vigilance and flexibility. Users must understand applicable rules and regulations.

The new course is available free of charge to USPOULTRY members through USPOULTRY's Learning Management System, which can be accessed HERE.

For more information and to gain access to the Learning Management System, contact Matt Spencer at mspencer@uspoultry.org.

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USDA proposes next steps to promote fairer poultry markets

June 10, 2024 - The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced the next steps it is proposing to address the many, complex competition issues in agricultural markets and create a fairer playing field for poultry growers and farmers. 

USDA is proposing the rule 'Poultry Grower Payment Systems and Capital Improvement Systems', to address a range of abuses that have occurred in relation to grower ranking (commonly known as 'tournament') payment systems and additional capital investment requirements that poultry companies commonly ask of their contract growers for broiler chicken. This rule is the third in a suite of Packers and Stockyards Act rules that USDA has undertaken to create fairer markets, which ultimately can lead to lower grocery prices for hardworking families. These and previous actions are intended to enhance transparency, stop retaliation and discrimination, reduce costs and support market fairness in a range of circumstances.

"Under the direction of President Biden, USDA has sought to utilise every tool at its disposal to uphold fair competition, protect producers, lower costs for consumers and combat unfair, deceptive and discriminatory practices," said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. "As part of this effort, USDA is committed to issuing new, stronger rules under the Packers and Stockyards Act, to provide greater clarity and strengthen enforcement under the Act. And, by continuing to provide more market transparency tools, we are also continuing to pull back the curtain to ensure every producer has access to the market information they need. With these actions, USDA is holding steadfast to this commitment, and is building ever more momentum towards delivering the fairer markets that those who raise America's livestock and poultry deserve."

"poultry growers deserve a fair shake and consumers deserve fair prices," said USDA Senior Advisor for Fair and Competitive Markets Andy Green. "This proposed rule is intended to provide growers with a clear base price in contracts, a contracting partner that designs and operates any comparisons fairly, and access to the information that growers - and USDA - need to identify and halt coercive investment demands before growers take on large debts. We look forward to taking comment from all interested parties."

The proposed rule 'Poultry Grower Payment Systems and Capital Improvement Systems' would, if finalised, prohibit deductions from the base price in contracts for broiler chicken growers, permitting only bonuses for performance. It would also provide critical tools to enable growers to better identify risks that may arise on capital improvement practices and enhance the ability for USDA to enforce existing prohibitions on unfair capital improvement practices. The rule would also establish a duty of fair comparison to ensure grower comparisons (tournaments) are conducted in a reasonable and equitable way that does not disadvantage specific growers.

The proposed rule is posted on the AMS website in advance of formal publication in the Federal Register when it will be available for public comment. Stakeholders and other interested parties have 60 days from the date of publication in the Federal Register to submit comments via the web portal.

USDA is finalising a series of rules under the Packers and Stockyards Act as part of President Biden's historic Executive Order on Promoting Competition in America's Economy. These rules complement a series of other all-encompassing actions by USDA to increase competition in agricultural markets, create a fairer playing field for farmers, lower grocery costs for consumers, and strengthen local and regional food systems. Actions include enhancing independent meat and poultry and other diversified food processing capacity, expanding domestic, innovative fertiliser production, creating a fairer market for seeds and other agriculture inputs, investing in State Attorney General enforcement capacity and supporting more robust and resilient supply chains. 

Livestock Mandatory Reporting (LMR) Live Cattle Data Dashboard

To complement these regulatory actions, USDA is launching a new data visualisation tool, the Livestock Mandatory Reporting (LMR) Live Cattle Data Dashboard, providing users the ability to view and access LMR live cattle market information in a manner that is easy to use and understand. AMS also will begin publishing additional information on the actual net premiums and discounts paid to cattle producers by packers under formula marketing arrangements and detailed quality grade price distribution information. In the last several years, AMS has offered this data in new and modern ways to ensure all stakeholders have access to the information they need to efficiently market their agricultural products. The enhanced insight gained from these powerful tools places producers on a more equal footing with large volume data users and fosters a fairer and more competitive marketplace. Public access to this dashboard will be available this summer.

For more information, visit HERE.

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Registration now open for DLG-Impulse Pitches: Inhouse Farming, Feed & Food award

June 10, 2024 - Exhibitors at the 'Inhouse Farming - Feed & Food Show' held in November in parallel with the EuroTier exhibition can now enter novel solutions for an award that recognises innovative products, concepts and technologies with practical relevance. The 'DLG Impulse Pitches: Inhouse Farming, Feed & Food' award scheme held for the first time at EuroTier underlines the importance of new concepts in the food and feed value chain. The nominated products will show the potential offered by indoor farming, including vertical farming as well as alternative feed and food production. The concepts must be market ready for application. Registration deadline is July 26, 2024.

The award scheme is open to exhibitors as well as any companies supplying products, concepts or technologies to an exhibiting company. A key criterion is that nominated innovations must contribute to the development of indoor farming, a sector still in development. Products or concepts from the following areas are eligible: Cellular agriculture and food, alternative protein sources, algae, insects, vertical farming, aquaponics and aquaculture. Joint applications are permitted.

A neutral and independent jury of experts will shortlist the most innovative concepts in advance of EuroTier, the leading animal farming exhibition where Inhouse Farming, Feed & Food show is featured. Nominated companies are invited to present their innovations at EuroTier 2024 as 'impulse pitches' in front of an expert audience, including the jury who will select and announce the winners on site. Evaluation criteria include the degree of innovation, practical relevance, economic viability and contribution to the environment and energy efficiency. The award scheme was incepted by the DLG (German Agricultural Society), the organiser of EuroTier and the associated feature Inhouse Farming, Feed & Food show. The award scheme was launched at last year's Agritechnica, the leading exhibition for agricultural machinery.

"Many start-ups set out to contribute to improving agricultural and food systems with their visions and ideas. The DLG provides an ideal platform that promotes an open exchange with these entrepreneurial companies for a successful transformation of the agriculture and food industry. The DLG Impulse Pitches offer a great opportunity to draw the attention of potential investors and leading experts to the innovations," says Dr Nils Borchard, Head of Research and Innovation at the DLG Competence Centre Agriculture.

Inhouse Farming - Feed & Food Show

The 'Inhouse Faring - Feed & Food Show' is DLG's platform for self-contained agricultural and food systems of the future. Closely networked with agricultural practice, the venue offers specialist information, perspectives, innovations and business - from feed to food. Taking place on November 12-15, 2024 at the exhibition grounds in Hanover, Germany, Inhouse Farming - Feed & Food Show is a premiering feature of EuroTier 2024, the world's leading trade for professional animal husbandry and livestock management.

To register, visit HERE.

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June 07, 2024

Nominations for DLG Agri Influencer Award 2024 open

June 7, 2024 - The DLG (German Agricultural Society) is inviting farmers active on social media to apply for the 'DLG Agri Influencer Award 2024'. The award recognises informative agricultural channels and profiles on social media that deliver high-quality content and reach a wider audience. Presented annually since 2022, the DLG's social media award serves to highlight remarkable agricultural influencers to the general public.

The DLG Agri Influencer Award encompasses 6 categories, 3 for German language and 3 for international channels:

1. DLG Best Agri YouTuber International
Open to farmers and farms active in agriculture and running a YouTube channel with agricultural and agricultural technology content in any non-German language. At least 1000 followers are required.

2. DLG Best Agri YouTuber in German
Farmers or farms who work in agriculture and operate a YouTube channel with German-language agricultural content and at least 1000 followers.

3. DLG Best Agri Instagrammer/Facebooker International
Open to farmers and farms active in agriculture and running an Instagram or Facebook channel with agricultural and agricultural technology content in non-German language. At least 1000 followers are required.

4. DLG Best Agri Instagrammer/Facebooker in German
Open to farmers and farms active in agriculture and running an Instagram or Facebook channel in the German language, delivering agricultural and agricultural technology content. At least 1000 followers are required.

5. DLG Best Agri TikToker in German
All channels that are farmers or farms, that work actively in agriculture while running a TikTok channel in the German language, delivering agricultural and agricultural technology content. At least 1000 followers are required.

6. DLG Best Agri TikToker in German
All channels that are farmers or farms, that work actively in agriculture while running a TikTok channel in the German language, delivering agricultural and agricultural technology content. At least 1000 followers are required.

Publishing agricultural content

The awards in each of the three categories - Youtube, Instagram/Facebook, TikTok - are conferred on a social media profile or channel that is especially committed to public relations work in agriculture. In exceptional cases, the jury may also honour social media profiles which, though not farmers, publish agricultural or agriculture-related content.

Criteria: from topic choice and creativity to interaction

Entries are judged on a range of selection criteria:

  • Reach
  • Quality of content
  • Creativity of appearance
  • Topic selection
  • Implementation of the topics in words and pictures
  • Highlighting the multifaceted nature of agriculture
  • Balance of content
  • Interaction with the community

The DLG has appointed an independent, international jury consisting of recognised media and communication experts. The submission deadline is September 1, 2024. The award ceremony will take place on November 14, 2024 at the Young Farmers Party at EuroTier, the leading exhibition for animal farming and livestock management, in Hanover, Germany.

For more information and to apply, visit HERE.

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Novus new sales manager supports dairy farmers

June 7, 2024 - Martin Behr, DVM, joined Novus earlier this year as the new sales manager serving dairy customers in the DACH region (Germany, Austria and Switzerland). With his extensive background, Dr Behr is brining more than sales pitches to customers. 

"We're very glad to have Martin join the Novus dairy team in Europe," says Regional Sales Manager for Dairy in EMEA Freek van Essen, DVM. "His extensive experience in dairy over the last 20 years enables him to provide advice on a full range of situations or challenges. He is not only a dairy expert, but is also customer-focused and able to respond fully to the needs of the customer."

With degrees in veterinary medicine from VetMed University of Budapest (Hungary), the University of Giessen (Justus-Liebig-Universität Gießen in Germany), and the University of Veterinary Medicine Hannover (Stiftung Tierärztliche Hochschule Hannover in Germany), Dr Behr's extensive knowledge in ruminant physiology, reproductive health and udder health allows him to provide a more comprehensive perspective on challenges and solutions in the dairy barn.

"Dairy farmers in this region don't want to be reactionary," Behr says. "If you are reacting to a problem, it's already costing you time, energy and money. Future-oriented farmers understand that healthy cows are high-producing cows. My goal is to help farmers optimise the health and performance of their herds, making them proactive instead of reactive."

Before joining Novus, Dr Behr served as business unit manager for ruminants at Ceva Tiergesundheit GmbH, ruminant technical manager at MSD Animal Health UK, cattle technical services manager at MSD Sharpe & Dohme GmbH, and key account manager at Essex Tierarznei (now MSD).

Novus is the intelligent nutrition company providing solutions for the global animal agriculture industry. The company's dairy portfolio includes bis-chelated organic trace minerals and methionine solutions, as well as a network of experts around the world to provide guidance on management best practices.

To connect with Dr Behr, visit HERE.

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