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News Update

November 25, 2014

Angus Offers Internship and Scholarship Opportunities

The American Angus Association and its entities take great pride in investing in the beef industry’s future generations. With paid internships and scholarship programs, the Association provides a chance for students to gain real-world knowledge and experience in the cattle industry, as well as financial support to further the education of undergraduate and graduate students passionate about Angus cattle.

Deadlines and details for each internship and scholarship are listed below.

Angus Internships
The American Angus Association Events and Education Department provides an internship experience focused on planning for youth events hosted by the National Junior Angus Association. The selected intern will assist with preparations, communications and correspondence for junior shows and events.

The Association Communications and Public Relations Department is accepting applications from college juniors or seniors studying journalism, agricultural communications or related fields. Applicants should have strong writing and design skills, in addition to having completed coursework in news and feature writing, editing and design.

The Angus Journal offers a college junior or senior the opportunity to be part of its editorial team for the summer. The writing-intensive internship allows the selected intern to participate in producing various publications, including the Angus Journal, the Angus Journal Digital, the Angus Beef Bulletin, the Angus Beef Bulletin EXTRA, the Angus Journal Daily, editorial websites, and social media efforts.

Angus Scholarships
Certified Angus Beef’s (CAB) Colvin Scholarship Fund will award six scholarships totaling $26,000. This year, $20,000 will be split among five undergraduate scholarships, in the amounts of $6,000, $5,000, $4,000, $3,000 and $2,000. A $6,000 graduate level scholarship will be awarded to a deserving full-time master’s or doctoral student conducting research related to high-quality beef production.

The Angus Foundation offers general scholarships to students pursuing undergraduate and graduate degrees in higher education.

The Allied Angus Breeders Scholarship, also through the Angus Foundation, will provide $1,000 to three students who use Angus genetics in their seedstock or commercial operation.

Deadlines summary:

  1. Dec. 8, 2014 — CAB Colvin Undergraduate Scholarship
  2. Jan. 12, 2015 — CAB Colvin Graduate Scholarship
  3. Feb. 6, 2015 — American Angus Association Activities and Events, Communication and Public Relations, and Angus Journal Internships
  4. May 1, 2015 — Angus Foundation Scholarships

For more information, please view the full release here.

Producers See Benefits of Adding On-farm Storage

As owner of one of the state’s largest dairies, Logan County farmer Lee Robey is a very busy man. In the fall, he and his crew are all-hands-on-deck, as they work to harvest his grain crops in a timely manner to maintain optimum quality. Any unnecessary downtime could be a real inconvenience and detrimental to the harvest progress.

To make the harvest run smoother, Robey has taken some of his profits from the past few years of record grain prices and invested in on-farm storage. In the past four years, he’s nearly doubled his storage capacity.

“It does give you flexibility, and in most cases, futures prices and basis will pay for your storage costs and facility maintenance,” he said. “It also helps us with labor management and allows us to keep our grain equipment running in the field instead of waiting in line at an elevator.”

According to grain experts at the University of Kentucky (UK) College of Agriculture, Food and Environment, Robey is not the only Kentucky farmer seeing the benefits of adding on-farm storage structures.

More Kentucky farmers are seeing the positives of on-farm storage this year as tight profit margins and high yields have forced some to rent storage or seek temporary or alternative storage structures in hopes of higher prices.

“The silo bags that are really popular in South America have made their way to the U.S.,” said Todd Davis, UK grain marketing specialist. “While those bags are an inexpensive way to store grain, they are designed to turn corn material into silage, so it’s important for producers to keep the grain in good condition, as it could really damage the quality. Alternative storage structures are a risky proposition, but you can make a lot of money if it works.”

While some producers may be feeling pressure to add on-farm storage structures to their farm, the decision to do so should be based on each individual’s situation, UKAg experts said.

For more information, please view the full release here.

Missouri Livestock Symposium, Dec. 5-6,
Offers Something for Everyone

At the 2014 Missouri Livestock Symposium Dec. 5-6 at William Matthew Middle School in Kirksville, experts from across the nation will speak on topics ranging from beef cattle to forage, sheep and goats to estate planning, and horses to stock dogs.

“We try to touch base with a lot of people,” says Gary Mathes, Missouri Livestock Symposium committee chairman. “I think that is what draws people to the symposium.”

Mathes says the event usually draws around 2,000 people from the United States and abroad.

The symposium kicks off Friday, Dec. 5, with the trade show and classic tractor contest. Following a free beef dinner, retired University of Missouri (MU) Extension specialist Bruce Lane will be honored as 2014 Missouri Livestock Person of the Year. The winner of the Agricultural Educators Lifetime Achievement Award will also be named.

Ron Plain, MU Extension agricultural economist, will present the keynote address, “When Will Land and Cattle Prices Peak?” Other speakers include forages expert Jim Gerrish, equine clinician Ken NcNabb and sheep expert Richard Ehrhardt.

On Saturday, the trade show will continue and speakers will present on a wide variety of livestock topics. A “governor’s-style” luncheon will be served from noon to 2 p.m.

For more information, please view the Angus Journal Virtual Library calendar of upcoming events here.

AgriLife Extension sets Farm and Ranch Management Symposium for Dec. 3

The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service will host the annual Farm and Ranch Management Symposium during the Amarillo Farm and Ranch Show Dec. 3 in the Amarillo Civic Center Grand Plaza, 401 S. Buchanan St. in Amarillo, Texas.

“A Focus on the Technologies and Advancements of Commodities in the Panhandle” will begin with registration at 1:15 p.m., followed by the program at 1:30 p.m.

Four Texas Department of Agriculture continuing education units — two general, one integrated pest management and one drift minimization — and four certified crop advisor credits will be offered.

Registration is $10 at the door and checks should be made payable to Potter Ag Committee, according to Nathan Carr, AgriLife Extension agriculture and natural resources agent for Potter County.

For more information, please view the Angus Journal Virtual Library calendar of upcoming events here.

Warm Texas Welcome at IDEAg’s 30th
Annual Amarillo Farm & Ranch Show

The 30th annual IDEAg Amarillo Farm & Ranch Show will warmly welcome farmers and agricultural enthusiasts alike, Dec. 2-4 at the Amarillo Civic Center in Amarillo, Texas. One of the fastest-growing trade shows in the country, this year’s show floor will feature more than 350 exhibitors, displaying everything from pest-control products to lifestyle goods and heavy equipment. The show is expected to draw 20,000 attendees from the Texas and Oklahoma panhandles, New Mexico, Colorado and Kansas.

“IDEAg will end 2014 with a bang, bringing the absolute best in agricultural products, services and educational forums to the Amarillo Farm & Ranch Show,” said Raymond Bianchi, senior director, expositions and events, for the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) and IDEAg Group.

Attendees will also want to take a few minutes to stop by the IDEAg booth (#C2132) to meet friendly and knowledgeable IDEAg show staffers including Bianchi, in addition to entering to win a Komatsu WA500 Wheel Loader Die Cast Model from Kirby-Smith.

For more information, please view the Angus Journal Virtual Library calendar of upcoming events here.


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