The Cattle Business Weekly
  • Keystone bill passes in House, Stabenow plans to stay on ag committee, new veteran/ag liasion 
  • Feedyard management program given major boost in Nebraska
    The gift from Norman and Sharon Timmerman of Indianola creates the Leo O. and Irene Timmerman Feedyard Management Specialization Program Fund as a permanent endowment at the University of Nebraska Foundation.  
  • Future career opportunities in fields related to Science, Technology, Engineering and Math, commonly referred to as STEM, are exciting, and especially STEM careers in agriculture. 
  • Gov. John Hickenlooper announced that Colorado’s Commissioner of Agriculture John Salazar will retire at the beginning of January 2015. He has served in the role since 2011. 
  •  The 2015 Stockman’s Ball honorees are Thompson Livestock, Whitewood, S.D.; Silvia Christen, Rapid City, S.D.; and Ken Kirkeby of Rapid City, S.D. The event is slated for Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015, at the Best Western Ramkota in Rapid City.  
  • U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack said in September he was serious about moving forward with the idea to create a second beef checkoff program. On Friday, November 7 the USDA’s Agriculture Marketing Service, which will oversee the new program, sent out a request for public input on how to develop the new program. 
  • Produce items adorned with oval-shaped gold stickers at Hiawatha Thiftway, located in northeast Kansas, are grown by local farmers. Store owner Tim White partners with the local farmers’ market to bring these locally grown foods into his store. 
  • “You’re not in the cattle business selling to people, you are in the people business selling cattle,” Kevin Ochsner emphasized in his remarks at the Hereford Genetic Summit held in September in Springfield, Mo. Ochsner, is host of the “Cattlemen to Cattlemen” show on RFDTV, and is also an agribusiness consultant.  
  • The American Angus Association elects new Board members, officers
    Those serving the Association for three-year terms are: Jerry Connealy, Whitman, Neb.; David Dal Porto, Brentwood, Calif.; John Grimes, Hillsboro, Ohio; James Henderson, Memphis, Texas; and Dave Nichols, Bridgewater, Iowa.
    Steve Olson, Hereford, Texas, was elected as the new Association president and chairman of the Board of Directors. He succeeds Gordon Stucky of Kingman, Kan. 
  • Interested parties have until Dec. 10 to file comments and suggestions on the proposed new beef checkoff by U.S. Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack. 
  •  The agreement, which allows in-vitro fertilized (IVF) bovine embryos to enter Canada from the U.S., opens up new herd development opportunities for Canadian producers. Previously, only IVF bovine embryos produced within Canada were accessible to producers. 
  • “The world cannot do without the family farmer,” says Amy McMillen, Partnerships and Outreach Coordinator for FAO.  “It’s because of the family farmer that we eat a variety of healthy foods every day.  And yet, family farmers still make up the majority of poor and hungry people in the world. We must do more to incentivize, celebrate and exponentially improve the lives of family farmers to ensure all people have access to fresh, healthy food.”  
  • Among the speakers during last week’s National FFA convention were Elanco president Jeff Simmons and Tyson President and CEO Donnie Smith. Both challenged those in agriculture to strive to be actively involved in their industry. 
  • Colorado youth selected as National FFA officer
    Kristen Schmidt of Colorado, an animal science and agricultural business major at Colorado State University, was elected central region vice president. 
  • Novice and experienced livestock showmen will compete Saturday, Nov. 15, during the 2014 Little International Show at the Cliff and Martha Hansen Teaching Arena near Laramie, WY.

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