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News Update

July 14, 2015

Stay Connected with the 2015 NJAS

Angus juniors and their families are gathering in Tulsa, Okla., this week for the 2015 National Junior Angus Show (NJAS) at the Built Ford Tough Complex of Tulsa’s Expo Square. The activities began Monday, July 13, and continue through Saturday, July 18. The six-day event is jam-packed with cattle shows, showmanship competitions and a variety of educational contests.

Whether you’re attending the event in person or keeping up from home, you can stay up-to-date with the latest show news and information by tuning in to the following.

For more information, please view the full Angus news release on the Association’s website.

House Ag Committee Approval of Safe & Accurate Food Labeling Act Continues Forward Momentum on Bill

The National Council of Farmer Cooperatives (NCFC) July 14, lauded the House Agriculture Committee’s approval of H.R. 1599, the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act, during a business meeting of the Committee. The bill, which would establish a national, science-based standard for the safety and labeling of food containing genetically modified ingredients (GMOs), was passed by a voice vote.

“The House Agriculture Committee has taken an important step in moving forward legislation to ensure that farmer co-ops, their producer-owners and other agribusinesses have the certainty of a uniform, national standard when it comes to labeling foods made with biotech-derived ingredients,” said NCFC President Chuck Conner.

The American Soybean Association (ASA) is calling on the House of Representatives to take up and pass legislation that would establish a clear and consistent national framework for the voluntary labeling of GMO-free foods, as well as foods containing biotechnology. ASA praised the House Agriculture Committee for its work earlier in marking up and approving the bill.

“Consumers continue to demand more transparency and accountability from food producers. This bill ensures that a multi-state patchwork of state regulations is avoided, as the wide range of potential individual and conflicting non-GMO labeling schemes,” said Wade Cowan, ASA president.

For more information, please view the full news releases from the NCFC and the ASA.

Stewardship of Antimicrobial Use in
Livestock Focus of 12 Workshops

Stewardship of medically important antimicrobial drugs in food-producing animals is the focus of 12 workshops organized across the United States by Farm Foundation NFP.

These regional workshops are an opportunity for livestock producers, their feed suppliers and veterinarians to gain a comprehensive understanding of two Guidance for Industry (GFIs) briefs issued by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regarding the use of medically important antimicrobial drugs in food-producing animals, as well as the FDA’s revised Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD) rule. The workshops are also an opportunity for other stakeholders, such as state and federal agencies, colleges of veterinary medicine and university extension personnel, to gain insights into the changes needed to meet the requirements.

The workshops will be Aug. 14 in Raleigh, N.C.; Aug. 18, Dover, Del.; Aug. 20, Albany, N.Y.; Aug. 25, Birmingham, Ala.; Sept. 9, Flagstaff, Ariz.; Sept. 11, Amarillo, Texas; Sept. 16, Ames, Iowa; Sept. 28, Denver, Colo.; Oct. 6, Davis, Calif.; Oct. 13, Rapid City, S.D.; Oct. 15, Twin Falls, Idaho; and Oct. 22, Lexington, Ky. Details on each location will be available on the Farm Foundation website.

For more information, please view the full news release online.

Grazing Management Clinic set for Aug. 5 in Sonora

The multi-agency clinic and tour is set for Aug. 5. The day will start with registration at 8:30 a.m. followed by the program from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Sutton County Civic Center, 1700 Crockett St. in Sonora, Texas. Participants will travel to the Ross Ranch at 1 p.m. for the tour there set from 1:30-4 p.m.

The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, Edwards Plateau Soil and Water Conservation District, and the Eldorado-Divide Soil and Water Conservation District are teaming up with the Texas Grazing Lands Coalition to offer the clinic, said Pascual Hernandez, AgriLife Extension agent in Sutton County.

“The featured speaker will be Jim Gerrish, a grazing specialist with over 20 years experience in beef-forage systems with the University of Missouri and the Forage Systems Research Center and an additional two decades of experience managing a commercial cattle and family farm in northern Missouri,” said Hernandez.

Clinic topics will include efficiently capturing solar energy, creating a more efficient water cycle, building a dynamic mineral cycle, enhancing biodiversity in pastureland and rangeland, and grazing system design.

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

Cattle Working, Brush Busters Demonstrations
Planned for Beef Cattle Short Course

Fence building, live cattle working and Brush Busters are among several demonstrations planned for the Texas A&M Beef Cattle Short Course scheduled Aug. 3-5 at Texas A&M University in College Station.

All demonstrations will be Aug. 5 at various locations, and will begin at 8:30 a.m. and conclude at noon.

The fence-building demonstration will cover different types of fencing materials and designs. Participants will learn how to build pipe and wood fences, stretch wire fence sections and string multiple types of wire.

The Brush Busters demonstration will cover how to manage prickly pear, mesquite, green briar, Chinese Tallow trees, huisache and other species.

“The demonstrations offered at the Texas A&M Beef Cattle Short Course provide participants with hands-on opportunities in a variety of beef cattle activities,” said Jason Cleere, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service beef cattle specialist, College Station, and conference coordinator.

A beef cattle business management workshop, beef carcass value determination workshop and live cattle handling and chute-side demonstrations are also planned.

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


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