Ohio beef farmers partner with Kroger to provide beef to local families for the holidays

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The Ohio Beef Council, representing beef farmers throughout the state, is pleased to partner with Kroger and the Ohio Corn Marketing Program to provide beef to Ohio families in-need this holiday season. The beef donation will be made to the Mid-Ohio Foodbank through a campaign that launched December 2 on Facebook. It encourages social media enthusiasts to ‘share’ a post on Facebook, and ‘like’ both the Ohio Beef Council and Kroger Facebook pages. Each Facebook ‘share’ will result in the donation of two pounds of ground beef, which is enough to feed eight people. The campaign runs through Dec. 25.Ohio beef farmers and Kroger representatives are excited to work together to help local families. “This promotion is a great example of collaboration to achieve a common goal,” said Deborah Thompson, public affairs manager of Kroger’s Columbus Division. “Together, with our friends at the Ohio Beef Council, we are looking to donate 28,000 beef meals to local families. Kroger is proud to support our community, especially around the holidays.’’“The holidays are a special time to celebrate family, community, and the things that we are truly thankful for,” said beef farmer Bev Roe of Hamilton, Ohio. “Providing meals to families in-need gives them the opportunity to celebrate with loved ones at this special time of year.”The Ohio Beef Council (OBC) engages with Ohio’s producers and consumers to strengthen the demand for beef with the goal of maintaining the profitability and growth of Ohio’s beef industry. It is part of a coordinated state/national marketing effort funded by beef producers through the beef checkoff program. OBC collects the $2 per head beef checkoff each time cattle are sold. Fifty cents of the federal dollar is invested in national beef demand building programs by the Cattlemen’s Beef Board. The remaining fifty cents and the state $1 are invested in Ohio by the OBC. The organization is directed by a 15-member Operating Committee of cattlemen appointed by the Ohio Director of Agriculture, representing the state’s beef, dairy and veal producers.last_img read more

Culinary Center building beef demand through education

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest What once was an Italian restaurant, serving chicken parmesan and lasagna on the outskirts of Wooster, Ohio, now only has one thing on the menu — beef.The hostess station and the full bar is all that remains from the once garlic-filled establishment, but what Certified Angus Beef has added to the facility, now known as The Culinary Center, is something that will continue to bolster demand for beef products.“We realized about five years ago that there was a huge need out there with the partners we work with from the grocery business, food service, chefs and everyone in between,” said Mark McCully, Vice President of Production with Certified Angus Beef. “They had a lot of questions about meat production and agriculture so we made the decision to create a venue to bring those folks in and teach them about where the cuts come from, beef fabrication and merchandising, beef quality and the job farmers and ranchers do to supply high-quality meat.”The Culinary Center consists of a world-class culinary team that is very passionate about beef quality and the Certified Angus Beef brand. These experts help others along the supply chain, from packers to chefs to consumers, learn the ins and outs about beef with demonstrations in a meat lab showcasing top-notch carcasses and learning sessions in a gourmet kitchen on how to best prepare the many cuts that beef has to offer.“We knew when we built The Culinary Center that there was a need for something like this, but we were surprised with how extensive that need has been,” McCully said. “We have people visiting us from literally around the world to spend a few days with us and submerse themselves in Certified Angus Beef brand products.”Those visits almost always include a field trip for guests to see an area farm producing Certified Angus Beef. This is an important part of the whole experience given how many people, including those that prepare food, have no farm experience.“For everything taught inside The Culinary Center, we know how important it is to show our guests a working farm and let them meet the people that are making their livelihoods raising cattle,” McCully said. “A fashionable idea in the food service industry today is locally grown and taking groups out and helping them understand how cattle are raised and how those farming families take care of the animals and the land is vital. It is incredibly rare that we have someone come back from those farm visits where they are not all in and any skepticism they might have had in the past is essentially gone.”The advantage of hosting high-caliber chefs and other members of the food service industry is that while they learn more about Certified Angus Beef, they are also able to share some of the food trends being seen across the globe, which keeps The Culinary Center ahead of the curve.“It is definitely a two-way street,” McCully said. “We have the luxury of bringing a group of chefs in and taking a cut of meat that may not be utilized to its fullest and collectively brainstorm some different applications. Chefs are artists and many come back time and time again because they affectionately refer to The Culinary Center as a playground where they can come in and try some different things that they may not be able to try at their restaurant and there has been a lot of creativity in that kitchen.”For those not so savvy in the kitchen, beef can be a bit complicated with a wide variety of cuts and uses. That is why The Culinary Center also invites in supermarket personnel to educate them about the versatility of Certified Angus Beef brand products, in hopes that those ideas will be passed on over the meat counter.“Today, employees of your local grocery store’s meat department wear so many more hats and have responsibilities that span farther than being behind the counter,” McCully said. “We have created video training guides in this facility for major retailers to use as education tools to keep their associates current with questions that may be coming from customers or a newer cut that may being promoted or a new recipe application. There is no such thing as too much education and there is always an opportunity to learn more and get better and that is the goal not only for us with The Culinary Center, but for everyone that pays us a visit.”Providing education about Certified Angus Beef at every level of the supply chain will enhance the experience with beef at the dinner table which, in turn, promotes demand, which has been perennially strong in the U.S. Now, the beef industry is setting its sights on growing that demand overseas.“Last year, we sold a little over 1 billion pounds of product and about 15% of that would have gone outside of the U.S. borders,” McCully said. “We sold into almost 50 different countries last year as more and more consumers crave high quality, highly marbled, grain-fed U.S. beef and they are looking at Certified Angus Beef to deliver that product.”The largest growth for Certified Angus Beef in 2016 was realized in Japan, where 31 million pounds of beef equated to a 153% increase year-over-year. That country was the No. 2 importer of Certified Angus Beef last year. Of course Japan is no stranger to beef, specifically high quality Wagyu and Kobe varieties, so positioning Certified Angus Beef in that part of the world is different than here in the U.S.“Here, Certified Angus Beef is positioned as the premium beef but Japan has beef that sells for hundreds of dollars a pound,” McCully said. “So there we are positioned as the premium of the imported beef and we have to understand that they don’t enjoy a steak the same way that we do. They prefer more thinly sliced cuts and smaller portions, so it is a different market, but they do understand quality and that’s why we are having a lot of success in that region.”Also in the top three as far as importers of Certified Angus Beef are Canada and Mexico. There has been a lot of discussion lately about trade with our northern and southern border neighbors and the beef industry is keeping a close watch.“If we can sell some cuts in other parts of the world that we can’t sell domestically then we can drive more value back to the total carcass,” McCully said. “We see that there is a need for healthy, sound trade agreements that allow beef to move where the market dictates and we think that is a good recipe for growing beef demand for U.S. cattlemen.”last_img read more

Extremists kill five persons in Assam

first_imgSuspected extremists gunned down five youths in eastern Assam’s Sadiya police district on Thursday. Police did not rule out the involvement of the United Liberation Front of Asom-Independent (ULFA-I), though the outfit did not claim responsibility.Additional Superintendent of Police Prakash Sonowal said some motorcycle-borne men indiscriminately opened fire on the youths at a dhaba at Kherbari village under the Dhola police station limits about 8.55 p.m.The victims were identified as Ananta Namasudra, Abinash Namasudra, Subal Das, Dhanai Namasudra and Syamal Biswas.“I condemn the killing of innocent people. Perpetrators of the crime would be dealt with firmly,” Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal said. He asked two Ministers and senior police officers, including Director-General of Police Kuladhar Saikia to rush to the site and deal with the situation.This is the second subversive strike in a little over a fortnight. The ULFA-I had claimed responsibility for a bomb blast in Guwahati on October 13, in which five people were injured.“This explosion was directed against those opposing the National Register of Citizens update and against those organisations supporting settling of Hindu Bangladeshis in Assam,” the outfit’s military chief Paresh Baruah had said in a statement then. Rajnath anguished In New Delhi, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh expressed deep anguish over the killings, saying strongest possible action would be taken against the perpetrators of the heinous crime. Mr. Singh spoke to Mr. Sonowal and took stock of the situation.Outfit denies roleIn a late night statement, the United Liberation Front of Asom-Independent (ULFA-I) has denied its hand in the killings. “The killings might have happened due to the BJP government’s bid to derail NRC by pushing Citizenship Amendment Bill, 2016”, a statement from the outfit said. (With PTI inputs)last_img read more

NHM confirms control of Zika virus in Rajasthan

first_imgThe National Health Mission has confirmed the control of Zika virus in Rajasthan after the detection of more than 150 cases of infection, including those of some pregnant women, during the last few weeks. The diagnosis and treatment facilities at the government hospitals in the State were found to be in order.Effective measuresNHM Mission Director Manoj Jhalani, who is also Additional Secretary, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, said the spread of both Zika virus and dengue fever had been controlled in the State by taking up anti-larva and fogging activities on a large scale to get rid of mosquitoes spreading the virus.Mr. Jhalani said the State government’s Medical and Health Department had taken effective steps to control the spread of mosquito-borne diseases in the densely populated areas of Jaipur and other cities. He visited an urban primary health centre in Mansarovar locality here to observe the services rendered to the patients.He laid emphasis on medical treatment in an integrated manner, proper screening for non-communicable diseases and establishment of an effective referral mechanism. Additional Chief Secretary (Medical and Health) Veenu Gupta said the Zika virus had been controlled with the support and cooperation of the citizens and no fresh case had been detected in the last few days.last_img read more

Prime Minister Confident Country Will Achieve Growth Target

first_img Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, remains confident that Jamaica will achieve its target of five per cent growth in the next three years.“People have said it is an overly ambitious target, but I am strongly of the view that we will achieve the growth targets set. We are also very cognisant of the significant challenges that the Jamaican economy faces, but these challenges are not unique, as these are features of Caribbean economies,” Mr. Holness said.He was addressing the Sixth International Monetary Fund (IMF) High Level Caribbean Forum, held at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston on Thursday (November 16).The Prime Minister said some of the challenges include high public debt, vulnerability to natural disasters and external shocks, high energy cost/security, and migration of highly skilled workers.“We have significant structural problems as well that impede growth, such as inefficient bureaucracies within our public sector that need real and deep reforms to make them more efficient and more responsive and effective in service delivery and in carrying out their regulatory and permitting duties,” he argued.At the same time, the Prime Minister noted that Jamaica’s previous Extended Fund Facility and the current Precautionary Stand-by Arrangement with the IMF are yielding dividends.“Not only has Jamaica met all structural benchmarks through to the end of September 2017, but the focus on fiscal discipline, business process efficiency and managing our monetary programme is producing positive impacts (on the economy),” he noted.He highlighted that inflation has continued to remain low and that non-borrowed net international reserves now stand at US$1.8 billion at the end of June.Mr. Holness added that Jamaica continues to access local and international capital markets at competitive rates, while the Central Bank continues to lower policy rates.“What I am particularly proud of is that unemployment is declining. According to the latest quarterly economic performance review from the Planning Institute of Jamaica, the unemployment rate as at July 2017 was 11.3 per cent, representing the lowest quarterly rate recorded since July 2009,” the Prime Minister pointed out.Mr. Holness said he is particularly encouraged that youth unemployment has declined by 2.1 percentage points to 27.5 per cent.“So, we are making significant progress in reducing our debt, increasing our economic stability, and taking on a posture for growth,” Mr. Holness said.The one-day conference is being jointly hosted by the Government of Jamaica under the theme ‘Unleashing Growth and Strengthening Resilience in the Caribbean’.Among the key topics for discussion at the conference include ‘The Caribbean Growth Challenge: Crime and Youth Unemployment’, ‘Fiscal Policy and Political Cycles’, ‘Financial Sector: Stability and Growth Trade-offs’, and ‘Challenges and Opportunities in the Caribbean’.On Friday (November 17), the IMF Managing Director, Christine Lagarde, will hold bilateral talks with the Prime Minister and meet with the Leader of the Opposition, Dr. Peter Phillips, and women leaders.She will also visit the Mona Campus of the University of the West Indies (UWI) where she will participate in a book launch and hold an interactive session with students. “People have said it is an overly ambitious target, but I am strongly of the view that we will achieve the growth targets set. We are also very cognisant of the significant challenges that the Jamaican economy faces, but these challenges are not unique, as these are features of Caribbean economies,” Mr. Holness said. Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, remains confident that Jamaica will achieve its target of five per cent growth in the next three years. He was addressing the Sixth International Monetary Fund (IMF) High Level Caribbean Forum, held at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston on Thursday (November 16). Story Highlightslast_img read more

Belships Returns to Profit Expands Fleet

first_imgzoom Oslo-based bulk ship operator Belships returned to black during the twelve months ended December 31, 2017.The company said that its net result for the period reached USD 6.4 million, against USD ‐14.6 million reported in 2016 which was affected by impairment of the fleet of USD 13.8 million. Impairment reversal in 2017 amounted to USD 2.5 million.Operating income during the year increased to USD 27.3 million from USD 25.4 million seen in 2016.Belships’ net result for the fourth quarter of 2017 was USD 3.2 million, up from USD 1.7 million reported a year earlier, while its operating income reached USD 7.6 million, compared to USD 6.6 million in the fourth quarter of 2016. The figure for fourth quarter includes impairment reversal of USD 2 million.Following year end, the company expanded its fleet as it took delivery of M/S Belnippon on January 24, 2018. The ship, which was delivered by Imabari Shipbuilding, has been fixed on time charter to Cargill for 10‐13 months at USD 11,500/day.The company operates six Supramax/Ultramax vessels, of which M/S Belstar, M/S Belnor and M/S Belisland have continued the long‐term contracts to Canpotex of Canada, while M/S Belforest and M/S Belocean are both on time charter to Cargill.Belships has one 63,000 dwt eco‐design Ultramax bulk carrier remaining on order with Imabari Shipbuilding. The newbuilding has a long‐term time charter agreement including purchase option for delivery within the first half of 2020.Belships’ vessels are fully covered until October 2018 when M/S Belocean becomes open, followed by M/S Belforest in November and M/S Belnippon in January 2019.The company said that it is well positioned for a dry bulk market that “we believe will be strengthening in 2018‐19.”last_img read more