01-04-18 CSU SEA Extension: New Year’s Resolutions…

New Year’s Resolutions…

By Abby Weber

OTER-csuE4H-C1cA resolution is a simple resolve to change our lives or some undesired behavior in order to accomplish a goal or improve our lives. . . . . . So many of us take part in this annual activity to make a single resolution or, list of New Year’s Resolutions. This tradition spans the globe with individuals in both the Western and Eastern Hemispheres who participate in this ritual that dates back through a number of religious origins: Continue reading

01-04-18 ASI Offers Convention Scholarship for Young and Beginning Sheep Producers

ASI Offers Convention Scholarship for Young and Beginning Sheep Producers 

DENVER (January 4, 2018) –With the national sheep industry convention just around the corner, the American Sheep Industry Association wants to remind young and beginning sheep producers that once again scholarships are available to help offset the cost of registration. From the Hill Country to Capitol Hill, the annual meeting of ASI will be held Jan. 31 – Feb. 3, 2018 in San Antonio, Texas. ASI Young Entrepreneur Committee Chairman Burdell Johnson said this convention offers unparalleled opportunities for everyone in the sheep industry, including new producers.
“The ASI Annual Convention provides a forum where every facet of American sheep and wool production come together,” said Johnson. “From sheep industry researchers to congressional leaders, I have always taken something away from convention that helps me improve my operation. While we understand that the cost of attending any convention is a challenge for young and first-time attendees, the information and networking opportunities are tremendously important for those just starting out in our industry.” Continue reading

01-04-18 CO Simmental Association Spotlight on Reeves and Betsy Brown of Beulah, Colorado…

Reeves and Betsy Brown peruse the High Altitude Bull Sale catalog in 2016.

CO Simmental Association Spotlight on Reeves and Betsy Brown of Beulah, Colorado…

Written & submitted to The BARN by: Rachel Spencer Gabel

Reeves and Betsy Brown of Beulah, Colorado, were hit particularly hard by the drought conditions that plagued southern Colorado in past years. In 2000, they cut their Angus cow herd to below 500 cows. With fewer cows and few diminishing expenses, Betsy Brown said they decided it “was high time to try a little hybrid vigor”.

The 3R Ranch, Inc., in Beulah, Colorado, had their first set of SimAngus calves on the ground last year. With challenging weather conditions and the absolute need for calves to grow quickly and thrive, the Browns selected Simmental genetics for use on their Angus herd.

The Simmental breed was the Brown’s choice and the wild weather swings in their area were among the main reasons for the choice. Last spring was their first SimAngus calf crop and the weather was as challenging as it could have been.

“We needed vigor,” she said. “We had 56 inches of snow during calving and we’re pleased. We got what we were looking for.”

Many calving seasons prior to the addition of the Simmental genetics were marked by pastures so muddy they were unable to reach all of the cattle during a time when it is crucial to do so. While one year doesn’t stand out to Reeves, she said calving in difficult weather conditions can be horrible. Continue reading

01-04-18 USDA Secretary Perdue Announces Farm Service Agency State Committee Appointees

USDA Secretary Perdue Announces Farm Service Agency State Committee Appointees

Washington, D.C., January 4, 2018 – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today announced a slate of Farm Service Agency (FSA) State Committee Appointees. State committees are selected by the Secretary, serve at the pleasure of the Secretary, and are responsible for carrying out FSA’s farm programs within delegated authorities.

“The State Committees will help to ensure USDA is providing our farmers, ranchers, foresters, and agricultural producers with the best customer service,” Secretary Perdue said. “They serve as a liaison between USDA and the producers in each state across the nation by keeping them informed and hearing their appeals and complaints. The committees are made up mostly of active farmers and ranchers, representing their peers and ensuring USDA’s programs are supporting the American harvest.”

The following is a list of State Committees released today:

  • Alabama
    • Committee Chair Monica Carroll – Ozark
    • Andy Lavender – Brundidge
    • Rodney Moon – Harvest
    • Steve Penry – Daphne
    • Doug Trantham – Alexandria
  • Alaska
    • Committee Chair Scott Mugrage – Delta Junction
    • Joe Orsi – Juneau
    • Richelle Plummer – Matanuska Valley
    • Al Poindexter – Kenai Peninsula
  • Arizona
    • Committee Chair Pamela Griffin – Globe
    • Andy Grosetta – Prescott
    • Steven Killian – Phoenix
    • David Lamoreaux – Gilbert
    • Lyndon Smith – Gilbert
  • Arkansas
    • Committee Chair Ron Chastain – Faulkner County
    • Gary Churchill – Pope County
    • Sarah Dunklin – Desha County
    • Nathan Reed – Lee County
    • Vivien Wright – Sevier County
  • California
    • Committee Chair Greg Wegis – Buttonwillow/Bakersfield
    • Blake Alexandre – Crescent City
    • Thomas J. Butler – Woodland
    • Joe Egan – Susanville
  • Colorado
    • Committee Chair Jo Stanko – Steamboat
    • Glenn Hirakata – Rocky Ford
    • Robert Mattive – San Luis Valley
    • Alex Rock – Wray
    • Nathan Weathers – North Yuma County Continue reading

01-04-18 Scientific societies create sustainability, food security blog

Scientific societies create sustainability, food security blog

Educational content to be evidence-based and relatable for gardeners, more

Jan. 4, 2018 – The American Society of Agronomy (ASA) and Crop Science Society of America (CSSA) have created a new, informational blog about sustainability and food security for the general public. Sustainable, Secure Food can be found at https://sustainable-secure-food-blog.com/.  The blog will be published twice a month.

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Wheat it is a very important source of vegetable protein for humans worldwide and one of the most consumed crops in the world. Credit: Rafael Maeoka

Gary Pierzynski, Kansas State University, and John Shanahan, Fortigen, worked with teams from each society to create the blog, along with staff from the societies. “Reaching out to the public with relatable topics about sustainability and food security is one of our key goals,” says Pierzynski, who is also president-elect of ASA. “Our member scientists and practitioners are looking forward to the interactions we can have in this public space.”

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01-04-18 The 2018 BQA Producer Forum is Open to All Cattle Producers

The 2018 BQA Producer Forum is Open to All Cattle Producers

BQA producer forum

*CORRECTED* Attention all dairymen, cattle farmers and ranchers: There will be a Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) Producer Forum during the annual Cattle Industry Convention in Phoenix, Arizona in February. The forum is open to all cattle producers and BQA stakeholders. This is a time for cattle producers to have their voices heard about the checkoff-funded BQA program and where it’s headed in the future.

Join us for the checkoff-funded Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) Producer Forum at the 2017 Cattle Industry Convention on Thursday, February 1, at 11:00 am. The producer forum will feature updates on BQA’s most recent initiatives including online training and the launch of the BQA Transportation Training and Certification program.  Continue reading

01-04-18 International, regional keynotes announced for 2018 High Plains No-Till Conference

International, regional keynotes announced for 2018 High Plains No-Till Conference

KIT CARSON, Colo. – Jan. 2, 2018 – The Colorado Conservation Tillage Association has announced that Dr. Christine Jones, an internationally renowned soil ecologist, and Nathan Haile from Hamilton, Texas, will be featured as keynote speakers for the 2018 High Plains No-Till Conference on Feb. 6-7 at the Community Center in Burlington, Colorado.

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