The Western Folklife Center and its 32nd National Cowboy Poetry Gathering recently announced the launch of the third annual spoken word poetry competition on YouTube for the next generation of poets ages 18-35.
Youth scholarships: Four $500 scholarships are available to high school seniors planning to major in agriculture at a short course, vocational technical college or a four-year university. Any high school senior who has participated in FFA, 4-H, any of the various breed organizations or any other agricultural organizations is eligible to apply.
Students may receive one scholarship as a high school senior and one while in college for a maximum of two scholarships during their academic career. Students who have already received two scholarships through this program are not eligible to apply. For more information, visit www.
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) last week issued a second call for public nominations to fill three positions on its national Wild Horse and Burro Advisory board. The BLM published its second request for nominations in the Federal Register on Nov. 25.
The first incident report from private land in the Upper Williamson River area, states a rancher reported an injured 350-pound heifer on Oct. 31. The next morning the carcass of a different calf was found in the same pasture, and on Nov. 2 another injured calf was found.
Cardinal Meat Specialists, Ltd., Vice President of Operations John Vatri will serve as Treasurer and Sara Lilygren, Executive Vice President of Corporate Affairs for Tyson Foods, Inc., will serve as Secretary. Dave McDonald, President and Chief Operating Officer of OSI Group, LLC, will serve as immediate past chairman.
“JBS has enjoyed a longstanding partnership with Mountain States and believes today’s announcement will benefit both parties, notably the more than 120 JBS team members who will have the opportunity to continue their careers in the U.S. lamb industry,” said Andre Nogueira, CEO, JBS USA.
By the time this issue reaches mailboxes, Thanksgiving and Black Friday will have taken place and the start of the harvest season for retail stores has begun. It has been a very interesting past few months for the cow/calf producer, especially for those who didn’t manage risk earlier in the year.
The American Farm Bureau Federation’s 30th annual informal price survey of classic items found on the Thanksgiving Day dinner table indicates the average cost of this year’s feast for 10 is $50.11, a $0.70 increase from last year’s average of $49.41.
Leaders from five state departments of agriculture and 26 U.S. agribusinesses and organizations accompanied U.S. Department of Agriculture Deputy Secretary Krysta Harden on a mission to sub-Saharan Africa last week, to expand export opportunities for U.S. food and agricultural products in that market.
The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA), along with the Public Lands Council and 37 additional agriculture groups, sent a letter to House and Senate leadership last week urging Congress to take up legislation addressing expired tax extenders.
Wyoming Governor Matt Mead kicked off the first workshop of the Species Conservation and Endangered Species Act (ESA) Initiative earlier this month with a nod to the significance of wildlife in the West and a request to find the best way to employ state expertise to conserve it responsibly.
ASI has long supported the eradication of scrapie from the U.S. and appreciates the work of the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), state animal health officials, markets, dealers, producers, equipment manufacturers and others who have made contributions to the progress that has been made towards eradication.
A unique set of challenges in livestock care is associated with the management of young animals—this is especially true with calves in blustery fall and winter weather. Problems can center on inexperience of the dam, illness within the herd, or age of the animals.
Human and animal health experts came together in Atlanta, GA, recently to discuss issues related to antibiotic resistance and to work toward increased antibiotic stewardship in both human medicine and animal health.
Andy White, Ashland, OH, was recently named Champion at the 2016 World Livestock Auctioneer Championship (WLAC) Eastern Regional Qualifying Event. Franklin County Livestock in Carnesville, GA, hosted the second of three WLAC qualifying events.
In 1999, prominent Purdue Economist Michael Boehlje said the “new agriculture” in the 21st century would include a focus on differentiated, branded production. At the time, most ag commodities were sold unbranded. Are we making progress? There’s evidence that says we are, especially in the beef sector.
The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association’s (NCBA’s) Cattlemen’s College series will kick off its 23rd year Jan. 26-27, 2016 in San Diego, CA. The educational event, sponsored by Zoetis, will feature speakers and live animal demonstrations that give cattlemen and women the tools to connect, learn and innovate.
The board is composed of six producers, three feeders, one seedstock producer, and three first handlers. The secretary of agriculture appoints approximately onethird of all board members each year. — WLJ.