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Tyson Foods, Springdale, Arkansas, is saying thank you to its frontline and hourly team members by giving them approximately $50 million in year-end bonuses for their efforts over the past year, according to a company news release. For team members in the United States, these one-time bonuses will be based on tenure, range from $300 to $700, and be distributed starting in December. Read more

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In January 2021, the South Dakota State University Extension small ruminant team, in collaboration with colleagues throughout the United States, kicked off a survey inviting sheep and goat producers to share their interests and needs to help direct future Extension programming. After receiving significant responses nationwide, the SDSU Extension small ruminant team would like to invite producers, allied members and academia to join them for an online discussion as they continue to the results. Read more

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In 2015, the Obama administration enacted its Waters of the United States Rule. The absurdly overreaching scheme would have gone as far as regulating drainage ditches and streams that only flow after heavy rainfall. Fortunately, it was replaced with the more sensible Navigable Waters Protection Rule, or NWPR, in 2020. That rule set clear and reasonable standards for federal regulation of water features that property owners could interpret without spending tens of thousands of dollars on … Read more

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As part of their ongoing commitment to agriculture and their surrounding community, the men of the Pi Chapter of Alpha Gamma Rho Fraternity at Oklahoma State University are once again sponsoring the Heart of a Champion livestock show for special needs students during their annual Winter Bonanza Expo Livestock Show in Stillwater, Oklahoma, Dec. 3 to 5. According to Billy Marchy, AGR vice noble ruler for activities, this event is a great opportunity for students who may not have the chance… Read more

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The cattle industry received a shot in the arm when a Green Bay, Wisconsin-based company recently announced it had chosen Warren County, Missouri, to be the site for a beef processing plant. Once opened in three years, the American Foods Group plant will harvest about 2,400 head of cattle a day at its site near Archer Road and Veterans Memorial Parkway in eastern Missouri. Read more

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Replacement heifers are one of the most important groups we can manage in the cowherd; therefore, managing our heifers from weaning to breeding will be a very important time for developing females that remain in the herd for years to come. Read more

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The Kansas Forage and Grassland Council and Kansas State University will be holding a Winter Forage Conference at the Harvey County 4-H Building, 800 W. 1st St., Newton, Kansas, beginning at 8:30 a.m. on Dec. 8. Read more

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The American Angus Association spent a legendary weekend in Fort Worth, Texas, as members celebrated Angus passion, innovation and achievement at the 2021 National Angus Convention and Trade Show. In accordance with the Convention theme, the event featured three keynote addresses highlighting each of these concepts for attendees. The association welcomed Rorke Denver, former U.S. Navy SEAL Commander, to address achievement and the role it plays in the pursuit of progress. Read more

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The Dec. 1 live benefit auction at the Kansas Livestock Association Convention in Wichita will sell livestock equipment, bull sale credits, premium whiskey and framed prints. Proceeds from these items will help support programs and initiatives for the KLA Political Action Committee, Ranchland Trust of Kansas and the Kansas Livestock Foundation. Read more

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Jordan Levi has found a solution to help alleviate some of the food insecurity for Colorado kids on the weekends. The Beef Sticks for Backpacks partnership fueled by passion is working to give school-aged children beef sticks for their weekend protein source, as well as give Colorado State University students experience in producing, manufacturing and processing the sticks in the meat lab. Read more

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Wichita, Kansas, will be hosting the American Forage and Grassland Council annual conference, Jan. 9 to 12, 2022. The meeting will be held at the downtown Hyatt Regency, with over 300 scientists, students, land managers, and industry leaders attending to hear presentations and to view the latest developments in technology advancing the field of forages in Kansas and throughout the U.S. Read more

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The National Pork Producers Council on Nov. 12 commended the U.S. Department of Agriculture for allowing some pork packing plants to run faster line speeds, a move that could increase packing capacity and alleviate supply issues in the face of strong demand. Read more

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Turkeys get top billing this time of year. From the silver screen to the White House to your dinner table, everyone wants to talk turkey. And while these famous birds have been integral to our Thanksgiving holiday for generations, our desires for different types of turkeys have been ever changing. Read more

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For the first time since 2006, Texas Tech University’s Horse Judging Team within the Department of Animal & Food Sciences in the College of Agricultural Sciences & Natural Resources, captured the national championship at the Farnam American Quarter Horse Association World Horse Judging Contest. Read more

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Drought has impacted livestock producers in much of the United States, and Extension experts from Nebraska, South Dakota, Idaho and Montana, gave their perspectives on a webinar panel discussion Nov. 11. Drought Challenges and Strategies was hosted by Ward Laboratories online. Read more

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Vietnam has confirmed it will lower its Most Favored Nation tariff on imported frozen pork to 10% from 15%. The reduction is expected to be implemented on July 1, 2022. Getting better market access to Vietnam, a major pork-consuming country, has been a top trade priority for the National Pork Producers Council. Read more

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As fall begins, winter is not too far behind. Cattle producers are starting to decide how much hay will be needed to make it through the winter. Some basic calculations can be used to help determine an appropriate amount to have on hand. Read more

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The Wyoming Stock Growers Land Trust, in partnership with Miller Land Livestock Company, has conserved 2,004 acres of the Dunham Ranch near Big Piney, Wyoming, through an agricultural conservation easement. Read more

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Both U.S. beef and U.S. pork exports are on a record pace through September, according to data released by USDA and compiled by the U.S. Meat Export Federation. Beef exports posted one of the best months on record in September, with value climbing nearly 60% above last year. Pork export volume was slightly below last September, but value still increased 8%. Read more

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The state of Maine has made headlines in the agricultural world. On Nov. 2, Maine approved a “right to food” amendment to their state’s constitution. This is the first of its kind in the nation. It states that “All individuals have a natural, inherent and unalienable right to food.” Read more

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Approximately 70 people working in 24 states and two Canadian provinces have completed the American Sheep Industry Association’s Targeted Grazing Survey, available at http://s.alchemer.com/s3/ASI-Targeted-Grazing-Survey, but ASI is looking for more information and additional respondents to complete the survey. Read more

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Andrew Sylvester of Wamego, Kansas, was named champion at the 2022 World Livestock Auctioneer Championship Midwestern Region qualifying event. The competition was held at Cherokee Sales Co., in Cherokee, Oklahoma on Oct. 10. A total of 30 contestants competed for a top 10 placing, which would grant them a spot in the 2022 WLAC semifinals at Shipshewana Auction, Inc., in Shipshewana, Indiana. Read more

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We all have that one friend who eats the spiciest food and doesn’t seem bothered by it, while the rest of the people at the table break out into a sweat from the heat of the food. That friend has adapted well to the spice and they handle it with ease. Read more

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The Sentinel brand of equine products is celebrating Veterans Day in partnership with Wounded Warrior Project to provide critical support for warriors who benefit from equine therapy. Sentinel, manufactured by Kent Nutrition Group under the regional brands Kent and Blue Seal, is proud to demonstrate that commitment with an initial investment of $100,000 to help expand WWP’s efforts with equine therapeutic riding. Riding sessions can help warriors overcome physical and emotional wounds of… Read more

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While 2023 might seem a long way off, it’s not too early for livestock producers think about how recent Food and Drug Administration guidance might affect their operations, says University of Missouri Extension veterinarian Craig Payne. Read more

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Acting United States Attorney Dennis R. Holmes announced that a Corsica, South Dakota, man convicted of wire fraud and money laundering was sentenced t0 91 months and ordered to pay $24.2 million in restitution on Nov. 4 by U.S. District Judge Karen E. Schreier. Read more

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What do all profitable cow-calf operations have in common? A healthy calf crop on the ground, ready to develop for market. To help Iowa cattlemen and women prepare for a successful calving season and subsequent breeding period, Iowa Beef Center is offering four Beef Cow Clinics over two days in early December. Each clinic is in a different Iowa location, according to Iowa State University extension beef specialist Erika Lundy-Woolfolk. Read more

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Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, you should be able to easily get a turkey for Thanksgiving this year. And you probably will not pay any more for it than usual. It may not be the exact size or weight you wanted, though. Read more

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Ames, Iowa, entrepreneur Ray Schmidt started Farm Story Meats in 2018 to offer quality meat and poultry products directly to consumers. The name reflects his mission to share the story of the farmers who supply his products. It’s also a nod to Story County, where the business is located.

“Essentially, it's about telling the farmer story because I think a lot of consumers don't know where their food comes from. Some people think it comes from the grocery store, but there's actually a farmer behind it—and every farmer has a story on how they got started or how they raised their animals,” Schmidt said. Read more

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Boot Hill Museum has been home to the Kansas Cowboy Hall of Fame since 2002. Each year since then five or more legendary cowboys or cowgirls that have contributed to the western heritage lifestyle in Kansas, have been inducted into the hall of fame. Each inductee personifies the cowboy ideals of integrity, honesty and self-sufficiency. This year the committee has chosen to select six men of the American West into the Hall of Fame. Read more

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Scott Schaake says he’s not a history buff—until it comes to the livestock industry. Schaake, associate professor of Beef Cattle Production and Management at Kansas State University, gave producers a beef cattle history lesson at the 2021 Cattle U and Trade Show, July 30, at United Wireless Arena in Dodge City, Kansas. Read more

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Marketing options are really about putting the value of feeder cattle from a genetic standpoint in to the price equation, according to Troy Marhall, the director of commercial industry relations for the American Angus Association. Read more

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The National Cattlemen's Beef Association recently signed onto an industry-led letter to U.S. House and Senate leadership to strongly oppose a proposal that would require providers of financial services to track and submit to the Internal Revenue Service information on the inflows and outflows of every account above a de minimis threshold of $600 during the year. Read more