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Bison Business Notches Record Strength, Growth in 2017

As a record year of profitability and stability came to a close at the end of December, bison producers were mapping out plans for continued growth in 2018. These plans include the expansion of efforts to connect with consumers. The National Bison Association will also be working to bring new producers into the fold, according to Dave Carter, the association’s Executive Director.

IMG_6422“Six months ago, the National Bison Association and partners in the InterTribal Buffalo Council and the conservation community announced an ambitious goal to restore 1 million bison to North America, effectively more than doubling the size of today’s herds,” Carter said. “For bison ranchers, that means we must continue to introduce deliciously healthy bison to more people, and we must expand our production from coast to coast.”

The bison business is riding a sustained wave of profitability as sales of the meat continued to grow. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the prices marketers paid for dressed bison bulls averaged higher than $4.80 per pound throughout 2017. Dressed prices refer to the amount paid to ranchers once the animal is harvested. “We anticipate that prices will remain strong as demand for bison meat continues to grow,” Carter said.

Carter said that the National Bison Association is planning several programs to reach out to new producers in 2017. The association’s winter conference and live bison show and sale at the National Western Stock Show in Denver January 17-20 provide an opportunity for prospective producers to investigate the business.

“More than 400 ranchers will gather for the winter conference to discuss issues and share information,” Carter said. “And the association’s Gold Trophy Bison Show at the National Western Stock Show has the largest number of entries in nearly 20 years, so there’s plenty of opportunity for people to purchase great animals to build or to start their herds.”

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Trade Group Announces Plans for International Asparagus Days

International Asparagus Days is a new international event dedicated to the asparagus supply chain to be held October 16-18, 2018 in the renovated exhibition spaces of Cesena Fiera. It’ll be a collaborative event between asparagus expert Christian Befve and Cesena Fiera, which organizes Macfrut.

The three-day trade fair will involve four initiatives. The first of those will be an exhibition with exhibitors coming from all over the world to be hosted in Cesena Fiera’s pavilions. In addition, it will include a full program of conferences on agronomic, commercial, strategic and technical aspects, to be held in three conference rooms, focusing especially on aspects concerning low environmental impact techniques, such as antagonistic micro-organisms for traditional and organic crops, and varieties. There will also be a series of live field demonstrations, which will take place in an area adjacent to Cesena Fiera. Last but not least, technical tours with visits to major asparagus producers in the Emilia-Romagna region.

The event stems from a partnership between Cesena Fiera and Christian Befve. As an agronomy and sales consultant to many companies in 30 different countries, Befve has three decades of experience in growing this vegetable, so much so that he is internationally recognized as an expert in this field. Luciano Trentini, who is also an asparagus and fruit and vegetable specialist, facilitated the partnership between Cesena Fiera and Befve.

This highly specialized global trade fair arises from an event promoted by Befve five years ago in Bordeaux. Today, this kind of event is much needed, according to its organizers, since there is a lack of opportunities for discussion on this topic, but also because this crop is attracting great interest worldwide.

At present, 210,000 hectares of asparagus are grown around the world, of which 7,500 hectares are cultivated in Italy. The world’s leading asparagus producing countries are Peru and China. Global demand is increasing, and so are prices. The entire supply chain is interested in increasing quality as well as promoting this product on the market more effectively, given the low consumption rate among Italian families, which is just over 40 percent.

The International Asparagus Days addresses the entire supply chain with an event that’s expected to be of particular interest to all stakeholders. Specifically: seed companies, plant nurseries, manufacturers of field processing machines (transplanters, bed formers etc.), including harvesting machines, but also producers of technologies for calibration and warehouse processing, packaging, greenhouses for protected crops and services, as well as distributors and buyers.

Pacific Pickle Works Achieves Non GMO Project Verification

Pacific Pickle Works has announced that the company’s award-winning line of 11 all-natural pickled vegetables has earned Non GMO Project Verification.

Pacific Pickle Works nonGMO pickle trioHand-packed within 24 hours of delivery, every batch of bold and spicy “West Coast” pickles features peak-season produce, sourced locally and organic whenever possible. Sporting playful names such as Jalabeaños, Unbeetables and Brussizzle Sprouts, all of Pacific Pickle Works’ Non GMO Project Verified products are also naturally gluten free, fat free and kosher, with zero artificial ingredients or refined sugars.

For Founder and CEO, Bradley Bennett, maintaining the Non GMO Project Standard aligns seamlessly with the company’s enduring commitment to a superior-quality, clean label consumer experience. “As a small business, we may lack the resources to run national ad campaigns,” Bennett said. “But the effort that the Non GMO Project has put into building consumer trust and educating consumers on GMOs helps our brand cut through the noise to reach a wider audience.”

The Non-GMO Project’s Verification seal indicates that a product has been manufactured according to best practices for GMO avoidance, including thorough vetting of the supply chain and ongoing product evaluation. New labels bearing the organization’s iconic butterfly logo roll out online and to stores beginning January 2018.

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