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Innovative agri-business leaders from across the globe gather in Washington to share ideas

Hills overlook a hops farm in the Columbia Basin, one of the stops on the Alltech Crop Science tour in Washington.

[LEXINGTON, Ky.] – To stay competitive in agriculture today, stakeholders are looking for the latest innovative ideas to apply to their operations. Sometimes that means stepping out of their known geography and areas of crop expertise and into other arenas to look for new ideas.

“Innovation to me means straying off the expected path and going in a new direction, even if that new direction ends up in a cul-de-sac,” said Simon Allen, an independent agronomy consultant based in the United Kingdom.

For Allen, that unexpected path led him to a farm tour of the Pacific Northwest with like-minded individuals. The tour, sponsored and coordinated by Alltech Crop Science included a visit to the Warden Hutterian Colony in Moses Lake, Washington.

At the colony, Allen found a willingness among the Hutterites to “accept and hunt down new ideas and then embrace technology and interpret it in their own way.” The colony’s ongoing efforts to understand the needs of McDonald’s, leading them to become one of the company’s largest potato producers, stood out to Allen.

The tour also took the group to the Prosser Experiment Station and the Washington State University Vegetable Farm Station in Pasco, Washington.

Silvia Suzuki Nishikawa from Tri-S Agribusiness in Brazil noted that both big and small ideas were gathered from the tour, which took place May 16 through May 20, 2016. Both she and Allen were looking for ideas that would scale up — or down — back in their countries. Located in São Gotardo, Minas Gerais, Tri-S began as a family business with potato planting in the region and is now nationally recognized for its importance to the agri-community. The 180-member co-op produces avocadoes, garlic, coffee, carrots, corn, soybeans and wheat in addition to potatoes.

As a third-time tour participant, Nishikawa noted that Alltech’s founder and president, Dr. Pearse Lyons, has emphasized the importance of research when applying new technology. Nishikawa said that while touring the Washington State University research station, she saw small changes that had been made to machinery that she could apply back in Brazil and that would “make a big difference in our potato operation.”

This “cross-pollination” of sharing ideas with others on the tour allowed participants to step outside their areas of expertise, shared Allen. He explained that while he has no experience in banana or citrus production, he appreciated visiting one-on-one with fruit producers from Brazil and Spain to learn how they approach common crop production hurdles.

“We’re fundamentally all the same,” he added. “We’re working with root systems and leaf systems, but different farming types.”

 

Sustainable agriculture

New production methods that are more sustainable and that require fewer inputs were also of interest to Nishikawa and Allen. As water is becoming increasingly regulated in the U.K., Allen enjoyed learning how the Hutterites efficiently use water in their pivot irrigation systems.

“Each of their pivots covered 100 acres,” he said. “That’s larger than most farms in the U.K., but their mindset (toward water efficiency) is something that is scalable.”

For Nishikawa, maintaining soil health is a concern, and she has been working with Alltech to incorporate biologicals into her operation.

“I’m learning to repopulate the soil with beneficial bacteria and fungi, bettering the soil for future generations,” she said. “I want something I can leave for my children.”

After completing the farm tours of the Pacific Northwest, Allen and Nishikawa joined more than 3,000 participants from 71 countries who attended ONE: The Alltech Ideas Conference in Lexington, Kentucky.

The Alltech Idea Lab: Access world-changing ideas and innovation in business, science and agriculture

Many of the presentations from ONE: The Alltech Ideas Conference are now accessible online at the Alltech Idea Lab.

[LEXINGTON, Ky.] – Alltech welcomed more than 3,000 attendees from 71 countries to Lexington, Kentucky, USA, for ONE: The Alltech Ideas Conference, an international forum for world-changing ideas and inspiration. Speakers, including Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, former CEO of Ford Alan Mulally, former Global Marketing Officer of Procter & Gamble Jim Stengel, renowned author and water expert Seth M. Siegel, Singularity University co-chair of Energy and Environment Ramez Naam and more shared their ideas to revolutionize business, science and agriculture.

Recordings of many of the presentations are now accessible on the Alltech Idea Lab, following registration here:

KEYNOTE

  • “One and Done - One Season to Teach Skills Designed to Last a Lifetime,” John Calipari, head coach of the University of Kentucky men's basketball team

  • “One World Phenomenon: The Story of Riverdance,” Padraic Moyles, associate director of Riverdance

  • “One Vision: One World of Abundance and Endless Opportunities,” Dr. Pearse Lyons, president and founder of Alltech

  • “One Finite Planet,” Ramez Naam, author and co-chair of Energy and Environment, Singularity University

  • “One Idea that Changed the World,” Steve Wozniak, co-founder, Apple Computer, Inc. and chief scientist, Primary Data

  • “How to Make Your Competition Irrelevant,” Damien McLoughlin, Anthony C. Cunningham Professor of Marketing at the University College Dublin Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School

  • “One Idea, One Change, One Brighter Future,” Dr. Pearse Lyons, president and founder of Alltech

BUSINESS OF AGRICULTURE

  • “Rule Number One: There Are No Rules,” Mary Shelman, director of Harvard Business School’s Agribusiness Program

  • “Holistic View of the Food Chain,” Dr. Johanna Fink-Gremmels, former head of the Department of Veterinary Pharmacology, Pharmacy and Toxicology at Utrecht University, Netherlands

  • “An Integral Part of the Food Chain,” Dr. Stephen Collett, clinical associate professor at the Poultry Diagnostic and Research Center, University of Georgia

  • “How Consumers Influence Food Production - The Antibiotics Example,” Aidan Connolly, chief innovation officer and vice president, corporate accounts, Alltech

FUTURE OF FARMING

  • “Imagine That: Profitability and Sustainability on Your Farm,” Jay Johnston, CEO, Ritchie Feed and Seed Inc.

  • “Making Animal Agriculture Exciting to New Generations,” Dr. Karl Dawson, vice president and chief scientific officer, Alltech

  • “One Centimeter of Soil,” Robert Walker, global general manager, Crop Science, Alltech

  • “The Digital Farm,” David Hunt, co-founder of Cainthus and member of the Exponential Advisory Board, Singularity University

BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES

  • “The One Hundred,” Jim Stengel, former global marketing officer, Procter & Gamble

  • “One Sweet Problem: Sugar,” Dr. Mark Lyons, global vice president and head of Greater China, Alltech

  • “One Job at a Time: How Our Vision is Rebuilding a Community,” Brad Thomas, associate manager of economic development for East Kentucky Power Cooperative

BUSINESS LEADERSHIP

  • “How the Desert Country of Israel Became Water Abundant,” Seth M. Siegel, businessman, water activist and bestselling author

  • “One Brand, One Break: Implications for Leaders from the Brain and Behavioral Sciences,” Dr. Aoife Lyons, director of educational initiatives, Alltech

  • “One Decision Away from a Crisis,” David Byrne, former European commissioner for health and consumer protection

  • “Trust, Chemistry, Teams and Sales,” Doug Flynn, former Major League Baseball infielder

DAIRY

  • “The Keenan Experience,” Ian Lahiffe, new business development director, Alltech; and François Derot, French business manager, Keenan

  • “Fertility: The Role of DHA, Selenium and Other Nutrients,” Steve Elliott, global director of the equine and mineral divisions, Alltech

  • “Methane Digesters,” Dr. Michal Hulik, general manager, Alltech

  • “Facial Recognition,” David Hunt, co-founder at Cainthus and member of the Exponential Advisory Board, Singularity University

BEEF

  • “EPNIX and the Rise of Profitable Nutrigenomics,” Dr. Vaughn Holder, research project manager – beef nutrition, Alltech

  • “The Building Blocks for Better Beef Production,” Dr. Dan Dhuyvetter, director of marketing, research and development and nutrition services, Ridley Block Operations

  • “Origin Green: The Irish Food Approach,” Damien McLoughlin, Anthony C. Cunningham Professor of Marketing, University College Dublin Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School

  • “Beef's Growth in China,” Ian Lahiffe, new business development director, Alltech

PIG

  • “Disease Prevention and Eradication,” Russell Gilliam, U.S. swine business manager, Alltech

  • “Engaging the 98 Percent,” Lance Barton, director of wean to finish and genetic services, Belstra Milling Co.

  • “Novel Proteins,” Ernie Hansen, manager of swine nutrition and tech services, Hubbard Feeds

  • “The Danish Program,” Jacob Dall, swine nutritionist, technical and R&D manager, swine, Vitfoss, VILOFOSS Group

  • “One Favorite: The China Pork Story,” Dr. Mark Lyons, global vice president and head of Greater China, Alltech

POULTRY

  • “The Future of Genetics,” Dr. Peter Ferket, professor of nutrition and biotechnology, department of poultry science, North Carolina State University

  • “Feed Efficiency and Water Utilization,” Dr. Fernando Rutz, professor of physiology and monogastric nutrition, Universidade Federal de Pelotas

  • “Vet in the Poultry House: The Veterinarian's Role in the Poultry Industry,” Dr. Stephen Collett, clinical associate professor at the Poultry Diagnostic and Research Center, University of Georgia

  • “The World Post-Antibiotics,” Aidan Connolly, chief innovation officer and vice president, corporate accounts, Alltech

AQUACULTURE

  • “The Verlasso Story,” Brian Lawless, programmed nutrition coordinator, Alltech

  • “The Fish Oil Dilemma,” Becky Timmons, global director of applications research and quality assurance, Alltech

  • “The Future of Fish Farming,” Dr. Ioannis Nengas, aquaculture nutrition expert, Alltech

  • “Get it Right from the Start: Feeding the Young Fish,” Patrick Charlton, CEO, Coppens International

BRAIN HEALTH

  • “Alzheimer’s Disease: What We Know and What is on the Horizon,” Dr. Gregory Jicha, professor of neurology, Sanders-Brown Center on Aging

  • “Traumatic Brain Injury and CTE: Long-term Links to Neurodegenerative Disease,” Dr. Kathryn E. Saatman, professor in the departments of physiology and neurosurgery, University of Kentucky; associate director, Spinal Cord and Brain Injury Research Center

  • “Mitochondrial Dysfunction: Linking Metabolic Decline to Neurodegeneration,” Dr. Ronan Power, vice president, Alltech Life Sciences, Alltech

CRAFT BREWING AND DISTILLING

  • “Brewing Up a Storm,” Dr. Pearse Lyons, founder and president of Alltech

  • “Working with Supermarkets and Distributors,” George Fisher, founder and president, Cavalier Distributing

  • “The Craft Distilling Industry,” Mark Coffman, master distiller and chief engineer, Alltech Lexington Brewing and Distilling Company

  • “One Thirsty Nation: The China Beer Market,” Dr. Mark Lyons, global vice president and head of Greater China, Alltech; and Patrick Lin, Asia brand ambassador, Alltech Lexington Brewing and Distilling Company

CROP

  • “Pesticides and Fungicides,” Dr. Steven Borst, compliance manager, Alltech Crop Science, Alltech

  • “Water Worries: Efficiency in Arid Times,” Jomi Bernad Blanch, Iberia regional director, Alltech

  • “Water Works: Hydroponics and Aquaponics,” Nicolas Body, European technical manager, Alltech Crop Science, Alltech

  • “What do Consumers Want?,” Rebecca Noble, business development executive, Alltech Crop Science, Alltech

EMERGING MARKETS & TRENDS

  • “One Goal: Creating Exciting and Sustainable Pet Food Products, What You Need to Know,” Dr. Juan Gomez-Basauri, global director for companion animal business, Alltech

  • “Ornamental Fish Feeds: One High Profit Aqua Segment May Become Your Reality,” Alex Tsappis, applications nutrition specialist, Alltech

  • “Cuba: One-of-a-Kind Opportunity in a One-Party State,” Dr. Jorge Arias,
    global aqua director, Alltech

FINANCE

  • “Global Megatrends Affecting Agribusiness,” Christopher W. Nolan, Sr., managing director, PricewaterhouseCoopers Corporate Finance LLC

  • “Food Integrity: Trends and Solutions,” Sally Bernstein, advisory partner, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP

  • “Risks and Opportunities in the Global Food Supply Chain,” Sally Bernstein, advisory partner, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP; and Joe Mack, director of global supply chain, Alltech

  • “Mergers & Acquisitions,” Christopher W. Nolan Sr., managing director, PricewaterhouseCoopers Corporate Finance LLC

RISK ASSESSMENT

  • “The Chipotle Crisis,” Aidan Connolly, chief innovation officer and vice president, corporate accounts, Alltech

  • “Against The Grain,” Dr. Gearóid Cahill, European director of brewing science, Alltech

To be part of this thought-provoking, life-changing conference next year, mark your calendar and register now for ONE: The Alltech Ideas Conference, May 21–24, 2017, in Lexington, Kentucky, USA. To learn more and register, visit one.alltech.com.

Keep pig profits from melting this summer

[LEXINGTON, Ky.] – Stress is not only bad for the animal and the producer’s profits, but it also short-changes the consumer. Stress right before slaughter can result in pale, soft pork with greater drip loss, while long-term stress can cause dark, firm and dry pork.

Stress also has major implications on the animal’s overall health, and with the summer heat approaching comes a perfect storm for stress. Pork producers not only have to worry about the normal sorting, loading and hauling stress on their herd, but they also have to address the additional challenges from heat stress.

“Respiratory rates begin to increase around 70 degrees Fahrenheit, and with high humidity, it becomes difficult for pigs to find relief from the heat on their own,” said Russell Gilliam, United States swine business manager for Alltech.

When pigs become agitated from stress, one of the first things affected is their eating habits. When pigs eat less, they convert less feed into muscle, thus reducing average daily gain and potentially increasing their days to market. This also opens the door to an increased risk of health challenges and ultimately additional costs for producers.

Though stress cannot be fully avoided, it should be a goal to minimize it as much as possible. Gilliam suggests some quick tips to reduce stress and its effects:

  • Reduce instances of large swings in temperature in the barn.

  • Ensure each pig has enough space and ventilation.

  • Provide pigs with unlimited access to fresh and cool drinking water.

  • Move, transport and work pigs early in the day.

  • Tailor diets to include technologies that support pigs during stress.

Data has shown that offering pigs a combination of organic acids, electrolytes, enzymes and probiotics can support young animals during times of stress. Organic acids support probiotic growth in the gut, and enzymes can help enhance intake and digestibility. Electrolytes keep the animal hydrated, especially in times of heat stress.

“A combination of technologies in the pig’s feed can work quickly to lower the pH of the water, as water is the major component in reducing stress and increasing feed intake,” said Gilliam. “Depending on the type of water and the target level for pH, these technologies can work on their own or with a combination of other ingredients to help optimize the gut environment.”

Alltech acquires Ranch-Way Feeds in Colorado

[MANKATO, Minn.] – Alltech, through Hubbard Feeds, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Ridley USA Inc., has acquired Ranch-Way Feeds, a leading animal nutrition company that has done business in the Western United States for more than 60 years.

Ranch-Way Feeds employs more than 50 people, producing over 50,000 tons of feed annually. The company markets its animal nutrition products and programs through an extensive dealer network in the Rocky Mountain region. The acquisition includes The Feed Bin, Ranch-Way Feeds’ retail store in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Ranch-Way Feeds’ sales, marketing and technical teams will merge with Hubbard’s operations to create a strong on-farm support network for dealers and Western region livestock producers. This support includes the delivery of superior animal nutrition backed by scientific research and tailored feeding programs supported by the expertise and experience of the technical and sales teams. Because of its long history and trusted name recognition, Hubbard Feeds plans to continue to market and sell the Ranch-Way brand at this time.

“Hubbard Feeds and Ranch-Way Feeds represent a dynamic team of like-minded, science-driven and ag-passionate people,” said Kevin Levi, president of Ridley U.S. Feeds Operations. “We are confident that Western U.S. livestock producers will benefit from increased nutritional offerings, expanded sales and technical support, and access to cutting-edge technologies through the combined resources of Ranch-Way Feeds, Hubbard, Ridley and Alltech. This acquisition is driven by our shared motivation to strengthen our support of Western livestock producers.”

Terms of the purchase were not disclosed.

Transitioning to antibiotic-free? Tighten up these five areas of pig production

[LEXINGTON, Ky.] – Is 2016 the year of antibiotic-free products? After a brief look at the supermarket shelves today, many may say yes. Antibiotic-free brands, such as Open Prairie Natural Pork, Applegate Natural & Organic Meats, Farm Promise Pork and Niman Ranch, are popping up in meat counters across the United States.

According to Dr. Tom Gillespie, a veterinarian with Rensselaer Swine Services, this shift in production is likely to grow and stay.

“The movement has finally impacted consumer choices in the grocery stores, and ultimately the societal change has given the opportunity for independent producers and even integrators to respond by raising antibiotic-free pigs to meet this new demand,” said Gillespie.

Since production costs and health challenges can be quite different from conventionally-raised pigs, Gillespie suggests producers’ expectations need to be open to different types of challenges when raising antibiotic-free animals.

“There are numerous risks that can lead to a higher cost of production,” said Gillespie. “In order to address these issues, the producer has to reinforce biosecurity practices and implement a nutritional program that is designed to strengthen the animals’ natural immunity.”

Russell Gilliam, U.S. swine business manager at Alltech, advises his clients to focus on five key areas of production when reducing antibiotic use or making the complete transition:

  1. Educate your team on the health challenges your pigs are most at risk of in antibiotic-free production. Routine monitoring and developing a list of pathogens in a population is vital to the success of an antibiotic-free system.

  2. Re-evaluate your biosecurity. Examine herd flow, cleanliness, transportation and employee traffic.

  3. Establish and implement an effective vaccination program with your veterinarian that supports herd health and safety.

  4. Build a nutritional platform in your pigs’ diet that includes technologies to reduce the risk of pathogens and improve immunity.

  5. Be ready to adapt. Reducing antibiotics or implementing an antibiotic-free program takes time. Observing how these changes impact the animal’s health and production is an important part of this process. Make sure there is room in the plan to make improvements in the process.

Alltech has been pioneering antibiotic-free solutions since 1980. For more information on Alltech’s antibiotic-free program, visit the Alltech booth #V217 at the 2016 World Pork Expo in Des Moines, Iowa

Raise a Glass: Alltech Craft Brews and Food Fest, Kentucky Ale Horse Capital Marathon & Half Marathon, cap off week of great brews in Lexington

Dr. Pearse Lyons and Ryan Rahe, of Southern Tier Brewing Company, in front of the wall of beer judged in the 2016 Commonwealth Cup craft beer competition. Rahe took home the overall best beer award for Southern Tier 2X IPA.

[LEXINGTON, Ky.] – In spite of the rain, nothing could dampen the spirits of over 5,500 craft beer enthusiasts who attended this year’s Alltech Craft Brews and Food Fest at Heritage Hall in downtown Lexington. The third annual event, and the culmination of Lexington’s Craft Beer Week, was held Saturday, May 21 and featured over 50 local, regional and national craft breweries, craft distillers and local food vendors. 

Every 15 minutes attendees could experience special tappings of beers that highlighted what makes the craft beer industry so special—originality, passion, and unrelenting commitment to quality.  The brews were expertly paired with a host of culinary creations from a new, expanded food section with a variety of local and Kentucky Proud options.  

Another highlight of the event was the announcement of the Alltech Commonwealth Cup winners. More than 70 breweries from nine countries submitted unique beers, which were judged by an expert panel of 12 judges whose criteria included appearance, aroma, taste and mouth feel.  This year’s event included 344 total entries, resulting in 108 bronze medals, 65 silver and 25 gold.  The overall Commonwealth Cup was awarded to Southern Tier 2X IPA, a double India Pale Ale brewed by Southern Tier Brewing Company in Lakewood, New York. 

The day kicked off with a spirited 7 a.m. run at the second annual Kentucky Ale Horse Capital Marathon & Half Marathon—the only 26.2-mile marathon in Central Kentucky, the first in Lexington in 37 years, and a Boston Marathon qualifier. Runners gathered at Fasig-Tipton, the oldest Thoroughbred auction house in North America. This year’s race featured 1100 entries, from 38 states and six countries, and a course that took runners by 45 scenic Central Kentucky horse farms. All finishers received horse-inspired medals along with cold Kentucky Ale® at the finish line. A portion of the proceeds benefitted Bluegrass Farm Charities. 

The Alltech Craft Brews and Food Fest and the Kentucky Ale Horse Capital Marathon & Half Marathon mark the beginning of ONE:  The Alltech Ideas Conference, which will be held May 22-25 in Lexington, KY. For more information, visit one.alltech.com. 

Follow the Kentucky Ale Facebook page or @KentuckyAle on Twitter for updates as well as information on the Alltech Craft Brews and Food Fest. For more information about Alltech Lexington Brewing and Distilling Co., visit www.kentuckyale.com. 

Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, former Ford CEO Alan Mulally to receive Humanitarian Award and Medal of Excellence at ONE: The Alltech Ideas Conference

Steve Wozniak, co-founder of Apple, and Alan Mulally, former CEO of Ford, will receive, respectively, the Alltech Humanitarian Award and Alltech Medal of Excellence, the highest awards bestowed by Alltech. The awards will be presented when both men speak at ONE: The Alltech Ideas Conference.

[LEXINGTON, Ky.] – Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak and former President and CEO of Ford Motor Company Alan Mulally will receive the Alltech Humanitarian Award and Medal of Excellence, respectively, during ONE: The Alltech Ideas Conference, an event dedicated to inspiring innovation in Lexington, Ky., USA, May 22-25. Now in its 32nd year, the annual international conference is expected to draw more than 3,000 attendees from 71 countries to network and discuss world-changing ideas about business, science and agriculture.

The Humanitarian Award is bestowed annually to someone of strong character, who uses their accomplishments to positively influence and inspire other people. Previous award recipients include Lopez Lomong, a Lost Boy of Sudan who became a two-time Olympic athlete and founder of the Lopez Lomong Foundation, and John Calipari, head men's basketball coach for the University of Kentucky, who has guided six college basketball teams to the NCAA Final Four Championship, led one to a national championship and helped 38 players make it to the NBA during his 23-year college coaching career.

Wozniak is currently the chief scientist at Primary Data and the author of the New York Times best-selling autobiography “iWoz: From Computer Geek to Culture Icon.” He has also been involved in numerous business and philanthropic ventures that focus on encouraging creativity in young students through hands-on learning. In particular, he has adopted the Los Gatos School District and donated state-of-the-art technology equipment to the schools, founded the Electronic Frontier Foundation and was the founding sponsor of the Tech Museum, Silicon Valley Ballet and the Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose.

For his dedication to inspiring innovation through education and for creating one of the world’s most peaceful revolutions through Apple technology, Alltech will honor Wozniak during ONE, where he will give a talk on entrepreneurship as well as how to grasp opportunities and change the world.

Wozniak will be preceded on the main plenary stage by Mulally, who will be one of the opening keynote speakers and will expound on his strategic leadership skills to inspire audience members to enhance their organizations.

Mulally is the recipient of the Alltech 2016 Medal of Excellence for his ability to create a strong team focused on a single objective that led to the resurrection of one of the all-time great brands: Ford. The Medal of Excellence is Alltech’s highest distinction, awarded annually to someone of great achievement and character. Previous honorees include former U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell and agricultural leaders such as Norman Borlaug, the “father of the Green Revolution.”

Mulally led Ford's transformation into the number-one automobile brand in the United States. He guided the company through implementation of the One Ford plan, a compelling vision and comprehensive strategy to deliver profitable growth for all of the company's stakeholders. In 2006, when Mulally was appointed president and CEO, he led the Ford Motor Company out of an enormous crisis, including a $12.7 billion loss, downgrade in stock-value and brand mismanagement, then remarkably made Ford the only American car manufacturer to not accept a bailout from the United States government.

Throughout his career, Mulally has been recognized for his contributions, industry leadership and service, including being named number three on Fortune magazine’s World's Greatest Leaders list, named one of The World's Most Influential People by TIME magazine and honored with the American Society for Quality's medal for excellence in executive leadership.

Other renowned speakers in their fields, such as Jim Stengel, former global marketing officer of Procter & Gamble, and Seth Siegel, businessman, water activist and bestselling author, will share their insights during this event.

Registration is still open for ONE: The Alltech Ideas Conference in Lexington, Ky., USA, from May 22-25. Visit one.alltech.com for more information and to register. Join the conversation online with #ONEBigIdea.

LPC selects four finalists for 2016 Forrest Bassford Student Award

[LEXINGTON, Ky.] – Four young agricultural journalists have made the cut for the 2016 Forrest Bassford Student Award competition to be held at the Ag Media Summit in St. Louis, Missouri, July 23–27.

The Livestock Publications Council (LPC) recently announced the four agricultural journalism students that will be rewarded for their excellence, leadership and professionalism with the 2016 Forrest Bassford Student Travel Award. The award, sponsored by Alltech, supports the journalists’ travel fees and participation at the LPC annual convention as well as the 18th annual Ag Media Summit, the largest meeting in the United States for the agricultural industry’s top writers, editors, photographers, publishers and agricultural communication specialists.

“We are excited to partner with Alltech to recognize some of the top upcoming agricultural communicators and provide them opportunities for their future in the industry,” said Julie White, LPC Student Award committee chairperson.

The four finalists are:

  • Nora Faris, Concordia, Missouri: Faris is a sophomore at the University of Missouri and is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in science and agricultural journalism.

  • Audrey Green, Stockton, Kansas: Green is a senior at Kansas State University and is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in agricultural communications and journalism.

  • Chamonix Mejia, Encinal, Texas: Mejia is a junior at Texas Tech University and is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in agricultural communications.

  • Tim Taylor, Vinita, Oklahoma: Taylor is a junior at Oklahoma State University and is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in agricultural education and agricultural communications.

During the Ag Media Summit, the travel award winners will need to complete an interview process and submit a portfolio for review. The Forrest Bassford Student Award winner will receive a $2,000 scholarship, and the other three candidates will each receive $750 travel scholarships to attend the convention.

The LPC student award program was started in 1985. Forrest Bassford’s name was appended to the award in 1992 in honor of his contribution to LPC and his particular interest in furthering the award program. Alltech has co-sponsored the award since 2012.

“It is a privilege to once again support this award program as these four young journalists get the opportunity to network and learn from the best in the industry,” said Ann Hess, on-farm communications manager for Alltech. “As livestock and crop production continues to prosper through innovation and technology, we need the next generation of agricultural communicators ready to tell the story to an increasingly consumer-driven marketplace.”

The ONE Place to be this May: Attendees from 69 countries attending ONE: The Alltech Ideas Conference

[LEXINGTON, Ky.] — As registered attendees from 69 countries prepare for ONE: The Alltech Ideas Conference in Lexington, Kentucky, USA, from May 22–25, Alltech is adding to its line-up of expert speakers and engaging discussions.

Attendees will have the opportunity to hear from Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, former CEO of Ford Alan Mulally, former Global Marketing Officer of Procter & Gamble Jim Stengel, renowned author and water expert Seth M. Siegel, Singularity University co-chair of energy and environment Ramez Naam, as well as the following newly added speakers* for our plenary sessions and four main topic tracks:

*Speakers and talk titles are subject to change.

Plenary session:

  • “Apollo 13: A Successful Failure” by Captain Jim Lovell, former NASA astronaut and retired U.S. naval captain

Business and Entrepreneurship

Keynotes

  • “Iran and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia: Can You Afford to Overlook Such Opportunities?” by Dr. Marc Larousse, vice president of business development, Alltech

Finance

  • “Global Megatrends Affecting Agribusiness” by Christopher W. Nolan, Sr., managing director, PricewaterhouseCoopers Corporate Finance LLC

  • “Food Integrity: Trends and Solutions” by Sally Bernstein, advisory partner, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP

  • “Risks and Opportunities in the Global Food Supply Chain” by Sally Bernstein, advisory partner, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP; and Joe Mack, director of global supply chain, Alltech

  • “Mergers & Acquisitions” – Trends and lessons from recent big deals, Christopher W. Nolan Sr., managing director, PricewaterhouseCoopers Corporate Finance LLC

Risk Assessment

  • “‘ROC’ Solid: The Alltech Reputation Overview Committee” by Mike Castle, CEO of the Feed Division, Alltech

  • “Which One Are You?” – Crisis management lessons by David Byrne, former European commissioner for health and consumer protection

  • “Against The Grain” – A case study about producing gluten-free beer without risking reputation for taste and quality by Dr. Gearóid Cahill, European director of brewing science, Alltech

  • “The Chipotle Crisis” by Aidan Connolly, chief innovation officer & vice president, corporate accounts, Alltech

Agriculture

Keynotes

  • “Leadership and Education: Making Animal Agriculture Exciting to New Generations” by Dr. Karl Dawson, vice president and chief scientific officer, Alltech

  • “A Holistic View of the Food Chain” by Prof. Johanna Fink-Gremmels,
    former head of the Department of Veterinary Pharmacology, Pharmacy and Toxicology, at Utrecht University, Netherlands

  • “An Integral Part of the Food Chain: The Unique Perspective of Veterinarian, Nutritionist and Professor on the Future” by Dr. Stephen Collett, clinical associate professor at the Poultry Diagnostic and Research Center, University of Georgia

  • “Imagine That: Profitability and Sustainability on Your Farm” by Jay Johnston, CEO, Ritchie Feed and Seed Inc.

Emerging Markets & Trends

  • “Not One Size Fits All: Emerging Markets of Asia” by Dr. Mark Lyons, global vice president & head of Greater China, Alltech

  • “Cuba: One-of-a-Kind Opportunity in a One-Party State” by Dr. Jorge Arias,
    global aqua director, Alltech

  • “One Goal: Creating Exciting and Sustainable Petfood Products, What You Need to Know” by Dr. Juan Gomez-Basauri, global director for companion animal business, Alltech

  • “Ornamental Fish Feeds: One High Profit Aqua Segment May Become Your Reality” by Alex Tsappis, applications nutrition specialist, Alltech

Global Beef Opportunities

  • “One New Menu Item: Beef’s Growth in China” by Ian Lahiffe, new business development director, Alltech

  • “Origin Green: The Irish Food Approach” by Prof. Damien McLoughlin, Anthony C. Cunningham professor of marketing, UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School

  • “EPNIX and the Rise of Profitable Nutrigenomics” by Dr. Vaughn Holder, research project manager – beef nutrition, Alltech

  • “The Building Blocks for Better Beef Production” by Dan Dhuyvetter, director of marketing, research and development and nutrition services, Ridley Block Operations

Cash Cows: Dairy

  • “The Keenan Experience” – Improving feed production using a unique information system by Ian Lahiffe, new business development director, Alltech; and François Derot, French business manager, Keenan

  • “Fertility: The Role of DHA, Selenium and Other Nutrients” by Steve Elliott, global director of the equine and mineral divisions, Alltech

  • “Facial Recognition” – How to take advantage of new technology with your herd by David Hunt, co-founder at Agrilarity and member of the Exponential Advisory Board, Singularity University

  • “Methane Digesters” Converting waste into energy by Michal Hulik, general manager, Alltech

Aquaculture Around the World

  • “Get it Right from the Start: Feeding the Young Fish” by Patrick Charlton, European vice president, Alltech

  • “The Future of Fish Farming” by Dr. Ioannis Nengas, aquaculture nutrition expert, Alltech

  • “The Fish Oil Dilemma” by Becky Timmons, global director of applications research and quality assurance, Alltech

  • “The Verlasso Story” – A case study about a company at the forefront of clean and sustainable boutique salmon production in Chile by Brian Lawless, programmed nutrition coordinator, Alltech

Opportunities in the Poultry Industry

  • “Feed Efficiency and Water Utilization” by Dr. Fernando Rutz, professor of physiology and monogastric nutrition, Universidade Federal de Pelotas

  • “Vet in the Poultry House: The Veterinarian's Role in the Poultry Industry” by Dr. Stephen Collett, clinical associate professor at the Poultry Diagnostic and Research Center, University of Georgia

  • “The Future of Genetics” by Dr. Peter Ferket, professor of nutrition and biotechnology, department of poultry science, North Carolina State University

  • “The World Post-Antibiotics” by Aidan Connolly, chief innovation officer & vice president, corporate accounts, Alltech

Opportunities in the Pig Industry

  • “The Danish Program” – Denmark’s formula for success in their pig program by Jacob Dall, swine nutritionist, technical & R&D manager, swine, Vitfoss, VILOFOSS Group

  • “Novel Proteins” – Reformulating diets to suit local circumstances by Ernie Hansen, manager of swine nutrition and tech services, Hubbard Feeds

  • “Disease Prevention and Eradication” by Russell Gilliam, U.S. swine business manager, Alltech; and Jon Hoek, vice president of pig production, Belstra Milling Co.

  • “One Favorite: The China Pork Story” by Dr. Mark Lyons, global vice president & head of Greater China, Alltech; and Gordon Gao, business general manager, Alltech

Crop and the Future of Farming

  • “Pesticides and Fungicides” by Dr. Steven Borst, compliance manager, Alltech Crop Science, Alltech

  • “What do Consumers Want?” by Rebecca Noble, business development executive, Alltech Crop Science, Alltech

  • “Water Works: Hydroponics and Aquaponics” by Nicolas Body, European technical manager, Alltech Crop Science, Alltech

  • “Water Worries: Efficiency in Arid Times” by Jomi Bernad Blanch, Iberia regional director, Alltech

Craft Brewing and Distilling

  • “Brewing Up a Storm” by Dr. Pearse Lyons, founder and president of Alltech

  • “Working with Supermarkets and Distributors” by George Fisher, founder and president, Cavalier Distributing

  • “One Thirsty Nation: The China Beer Market” by Dr. Mark Lyons, global vice president & head of Greater China, Alltech; and Patrick Lin, Asia brand ambassador, Alltech Lexington Brewing & Distilling Company

  • “The Craft Distilling Industry” by Mark Coffman, master brewer, Alltech Lexington Brewing & Distilling Company

Brain Health

  • “Mitochondrial Dysfunction: Linking Metabolic Decline to Neurodegeneration” by Ronan Power, Ph.D., vice president, Alltech Life Sciences, Alltech

  • “Traumatic Brain Injury and CTE: Long-term Links to Neurodegenerative Disease” by Kathryn E. Saatman, Ph.D., professor in the departments of physiology and neurosurgery, University of Kentucky; associate director, Spinal Cord and Brain Injury Research Center (SCoBIRC)

  • “Alzheimer’s Disease: What We Know and What is on the Horizon” by Dr. Gregory Jicha, MD, Ph.D., professor of neurology, Sanders-Brown Center on Aging

The full list of topics for the conference’s sessions is available here. ONE: The Alltech Ideas Conference has been approved by the American Registry of Professional Animal Scientists for six continuing education units (CEUs).

In addition to the intellectual inspiration, ONE attendees will experience opportunities for fun, entertainment and networking, such as:

  • ONE Vision, a 10,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art interactive and immersive digital experience that explores the future of food and our planet.

  • The Alltech Craft Brews & Food Fest, May 21. Click here to register for this bonus event.

  • The International Welcome Dinner, which features world-class entertainment and international networking opportunities.

  • Alltech’s Fun Run, a 3K mini-marathon.

  • Various brewery and distillery, sightseeing and farm tours.

  • The presentation of the Alltech Young Scientist Award, the world’s most prestigious agriscience competition for undergraduate and graduate students.

  • A special live performance by Riverdance, an international Irish dance phenomenon that has been seen by more than 25 million people in 46 countries. Critics have called them “hypnotic,” “a perfect gem,” and “one of the most entertaining shows you will ever see.”

Held for 32 years in Lexington, Alltech’s international symposium has a substantial economic impact on Kentucky. In 2015, Alltech’s REBELation symposium was estimated to have an impact of more than $7.2 million.

The impact is expected to be even greater this year with ONE. Underscoring its reputation as the city’s largest annual room booking, according to VisitLex – Lexington’s convention and visitors bureau, close to 7,400 nights/rooms have already been booked in nine local hotels over the week of the conference. To encourage ONE attendees to experience more of Alltech’s home in Lexington, Kentucky, ONE will also be hosting a series of special events for registered attendees:

  • Kentucky Night: Dinner with country and western entertainment at the Kentucky Horse Park’s Alltech Arena.

  • ONE Great Bite Dining Night: Thirty-one local eateries will be featured for guests in a dining guide and will offer specials for ONE attendees.

  • Each guest will receive a Passport Savings booklet with discounts to stores in downtown Lexington and at Fayette Mall and Lexington Green. Fifteen stores are already participating and more stores are expected to join.

  • A Kentucky Ale® Trail event on Tuesday night, May 24, will feature music in The Square’s bars in the heart of downtown Lexington.

Excitement for ONE is building, with registrations up more than 50 percent to date from last year. For more information or to register, visit one.alltech.com. Join the conversation online with #ONEBigIdea.

Alltech China and Western Kentucky University announce new internship program

[LEXINGTON, Ky.] — Alltech China and Western Kentucky University (WKU) are proud to announce a new internship program in conjunction with the Chinese Language Flagship Program at WKU.

One of only 12 such programs in the nation, the Chinese Language Flagship Program at WKU seeks to bring students from the beginning level of Chinese proficiency to the superior level during their undergraduate career. Sponsored by The Language Flagship, an initiative of the National Security Education Program within the Defense Language and National Security Education Office, the course offers many intensive Chinese language opportunities in the U.S. and China. Now those opportunities will include internships with Alltech in China, where Alltech established business in Beijing in 1994 to serve the local feed and livestock industry.

Participating in the Alltech China internship will not only allow selected WKU students to gain hands-on experience speaking the Chinese language, but also to explore China’s unique business environment. In addition to 30 hours per week of internship responsibilities assigned by Alltech, the participants will receive 10 hours per week of one-on-one language instruction. They will also have time to explore China and further enhance their cultural competencies.

The two inaugural students are both members of the WKU Honors College for academically talented, creative and high-achieving students. WKU junior Alexis Corbin from Lawrenceburg, Kentucky, is pursuing bachelor’s degrees in cultural geography and Asian religions and cultures. Corbin has volunteered at a permaculture farm in Taiwan, interned with the community garden program Top Crops, which works with the Bowling Green special needs community, and serves on the Student Government Association sustainability committee. WKU senior Megan Laffoon from Louisville, Kentucky, is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in biology. Laffoon, who was named a Goldwater Scholar in 2014, conducts research on the application of hugelkultur raised garden beds to karst rocky desertification topography with WKU hydrogeology professor Dr. Chris Groves and WKU biology professor Dr. Albert Meier. Laffoon has participated in a United Nations workshop on water resources and presented her research in China; she also interns with the WKU Office of Sustainability through the Project Grow program, assisting with the campus community garden.

Dr. Craig T. Cobane, chief international officer of global learning at WKU, said that the combination of excellent academic preparation, fluency in the Chinese language and the opportunity to “get their hands dirty” in their chosen profession will further enhance the students’ educations and jump-start their career trajectories as “global professionals.”

“WKU and Alltech have a long and mutually beneficial relationship,” said Cobane. “Alltech’s corporate culture of progressive and sustainable strategies is a good match for the vision of WKU and our students. Alltech, as a corporate leader in Kentucky, understands the need to ‘grow our own’ talent pool instead of relying on recruiting it from elsewhere.”

Dr. Mark Lyons, global vice president and head of greater China for Alltech, said the company was very excited to learn about the WKU Chinese language program as Alltech’s activities in China have expanded considerably in the past five years.

“Alltech has been active in the Chinese market since the mid-1980s with our own office opening here in 1994,” said Lyons. “We want to inspire more young people to experience different cultures and to decide to pursue careers in agriculture and science, and this program supports both of these initiatives. While the world has grown smaller through the development of the internet and social media, nothing replaces personal experiences and connections, and this program will help WKU students to experience the business world in China.”

Alltech and WKU have a longstanding friendship featuring many partnerships and collaborations. In addition to the new internship program, Alltech and WKU recently opened the largest brewing production facility on any university campus in the United States. The brewery will produce a beer called College Heights and will also support new undergraduate and graduate programs in brewing and distilling.

 

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Western Kentucky University (WKU) student Alexis Corbin is one of the first to participate in the new collaborative internship program between Alltech China and the Chinese Language Flagship Program at WKU. The internship offers selected students the chance to gain experiential learning with the Chinese language and business practices at Alltech’s facilities in Beijing.


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Western Kentucky University (WKU) student Megan Laffoon is one of the first to participate in the new collaborative internship program between Alltech China and the Chinese Language Flagship Program at WKU. The internship offers selected students the chance to gain experiential learning with the Chinese language and business practices at Alltech’s facilities in Beijing.


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A delegation from Western Kentucky University recently visited Alltech China in Beijing. Pictured (left to right): Dr. Ching-Hsuan Wu (WKU), Dr. Craig T. Cobane (WKU), Dr. Mark Lyons (Alltech China), Chanatip Padungdetpasuton (Alltech China) and Anna Lin (Alltech China).

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