01-31-20 THE BEEF CHECKOFF: Exports and Imports Help Bring Value to Our Industry

Greg Hanes, CEO, Cattlemen’s Beef Board

THE BEEF CHECKOFF: Exports and Imports Help Bring Value to Our Industry

by Greg Hanes, CEO, Cattlemen’s Beef Board

Beef exports and imports are certainly a challenging topic to tackle for American cattle farmers and ranchers, but they are an integral part of our beef industry here in the United States.

At first glance, the idea of importing foreign beef into the U.S. may strike cattlemen and women here as a curious practice. If we grow arguably the best beef in the world in this country, why bring in more? The reason lies in the types of beef we Americans love to eat – mainly steaks and ground beef. In fact, CattleFax estimates that over 51% of the beef consumed in the United States is ground beef.   Continue reading

01-31-20 Dave Carter Inducted into National Buffalo Hall of Fame

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Dave Carter, National Bison Association executive director, holds his granddaughter, Cecilia Grace Carter, during his induction into the National Buffalo Hall of Fame last week. Carter has served U.S. bison ranchers, marketers and supporters for nearly two decades.

Dave Carter Inducted into National Buffalo Hall of Fame

NBA Director Joins Turner, Goodnight and 28 Other Bison Leaders

DENVER, CO (January 31, 2020) – The National Buffalo Foundation has inducted Dave Carter, executive director of the Westminster, CO-based National Bison Association (NBA), as the 31st member of the National Buffalo Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame is housed in the National Buffalo Museum in Jamestown, ND.

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01-31-20 CYFEA and 4RIVERS EQUIPMENT RAISES OVER $14,000 AGAIN WITH THEIR “TRACTOR HOURS” LIVE AUCTION EVENT AT THE 56th CO FARM SHOW!

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COLORADO YOUNG FARMERS EDUCATIONAL ASSOCIATION and 4RIVERS EQUIPMENT RAISES OVER $14,000 AGAIN WITH THEIR “TRACTOR HOURS” LIVE AUCTION EVENT HELD ON THURSDAY, JANUARY 30th, AT THE 2020 CO FARM SHOW

JANUARY 31, 2020 – The Colorado Young Farmers Educational Association is pleased to announce that  $14,200 was raised for the CYFEA Academic Scholarship fund at the 2020 CO Farm Show in Greeley!  The CYFEA’s annual “Tractor Hours” live auction fund raising event was held at noon on January 30th, at the 4Rivers Equipment booth inside the Events Center.

A total of 175 tractor hours were auctioned off and split between five buyers that included: Continue reading

01-31-20 Northern Water: State grants 401 Water Quality Certification to NISP

Northern Water: State grants 401 Water Quality Certification to Northern Integrated Supply Project

BERTHOUD – The Water Quality Control Division of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment has issued a state water quality certification for the Northern Integrated Supply Project.

The Colorado 401 Water Quality Certification is required as part of the federal permitting process through Section 401 of the Clean Water Act, and its issuance serves as an important milestone for the project. State officials notified Northern Water leaders about the decision via a letter received this week.

“After a three-year process to evaluate water quality effects of the project on the Poudre River and the development of extensive mitigation measures, the Water Quality Control Division has concluded that no significant degradation is expected because of the project,” said Northern Water Environmental Services Division Director Esther Vincent. Continue reading

01-31-20 CSU, Zoetis leaders herald launch of new research lab

Colorado State University, Fort Collins and Zoetis leaders celebrate the opening of Zoetis’ Incubator Research Lab at CSU’s Research Innovation Center with a ribbon-cutting ceremony, January 28, 2020. Credit: William A. Cotton/CSU Photography

CSU, Zoetis leaders herald launch of new research lab

Officials from Zoetis, the world’s leading animal health company, and Colorado State University gathered on the Foothills Campus on Jan. 28 to celebrate the opening of a new lab.

The 3,000-square-foot Zoetis Incubator Research Lab is located at the Research Innovation Center. Scientists in this lab will explore the livestock immune system and target new immunotherapies, paving the way for new alternatives to antibiotics for treating illnesses in food-producing animals.

CSU President Joyce McConnell described the new partnership as “extraordinary.” Having Zoetis researchers on campus and in the same facilities as university scientists offers the opportunity for people to “collaborate, collide and catalyze,” she said.

Kristin Peck, CEO of Zoetis, said her team was struck by the spirit of collaboration at CSU, from the start. “This partnership has been growing over a number of years,” she said. “We are excited about the new research incubator, and other ways we can collaborate.” Continue reading

01-31-20 REVERENCE FOR THE PAST, INNOVATION FOR THE FUTURE PERMEATES ASI ANNUAL CONVENTION

REVERENCE FOR THE PAST, INNOVATION FOR THE FUTURE, PERMEATES ASI ANNUAL CONVENTION

DENVER — Reverence for the Past, Innovation for the Future was more than just a theme for the 2020 American Sheep Industry Association Annual Convention. Sheep industry leaders from across the United States came together Jan. 22-25 at the Scottsdale (Ariz.) Plaza Resort to put those words into action.

Front and center was the ASI Board of Directors’ financial support of a commercial wool testing lab at Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center in San Angelo, Texas. The American wool industry has been researching the need to continue wool testing in a facility in the United States for the last couple of years. In 2019, wool industry leaders met first in San Angelo to discuss options, and later traveled to New Zealand to tour that country’s testing facility.

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01-31-20 AWARDS HANDED OUT AT ASI ANNUAL CONVENTION

AWARDS HANDED OUT AT ASI ANNUAL CONVENTION

DENVER — North Carolina sheep producer Bill Sparrow Jr. attended what was billed as the “First American Sheep Industry Convention” in San Antonio, Texas, in 1988. It was nearly his last sheep convention.
“I got home on Jan. 24 and on the 25th our middle child was born. Had the timing of that been a little different, you might have never seen me again,” he joked in accepting the American Sheep Industry Association’s Distinguished Producer Award last week in Scottsdale, Ariz., during the ASI Annual Convention.
While the National Wool Growers Association – the predecessor to ASI – has held conventions dating back to 1865, the 1988 convention marked the first that brought together NWGA and its auxiliary along with the American Sheep Producers Council and the National Lamb Feeders Association. NWGA and ASPC would later merge to form ASI.
“When Benny (Cox, ASI President) called a couple of days before Christmas to tell us about the award, we were truly shocked,” Sparrow said. “Over the years of my association with this organization, I have met people from nearly every state in the nation. It’s been a pleasure to be involved with the sheep industry, and I look forward to being a part of this organization for many years to come.”
Sparrow was joined on the winner’s stage by: Frank Moore of Wyoming, McClure Silver Ram Award winner; Reed Anderson of Oregon, Industry Innovation Award winner; Mike Caskey of Minnesota, Camptender Award winner; Lane Nordlund of Montana, Shepherd’s Voice Broadcasting Award winner; and Susan Crowell of Ohio, Shepherd’s Voice Print Award winner.

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