Animal Ag News 10/5

Carrie Muehling

  • The National Cattlemen’s Foundation is now accepting applications for 2021-2022 beef industry scholarships sponsored by CME Group. Ten scholarships of $1,500 each will be awarded to outstanding students pursuing careers in the beef industry. Online applications should be submitted by Nov. 13, 2020 at midnight Central Time. To apply, or learn more about the scholarship, click here.
  • Twelve U.S. Senators, led by John Hoeven (R-ND) and Michael Bennet (D-CO) sent a letter to USDA Under Secretary Greg Ibach urging approval of the National Bison Association’s request for a $17 million purchase of bison meat under the Section 32 surplus removal program.
  • About three dozen farmers, cheese processors and others got the undivided attention of the country’s top agricultural official when Edge Dairy Farmer Cooperative hosted a meeting with Sonny Perdue to discuss challenges facing farmers. The setting was a 250-cow dairy farm in eastern Wisconsin run by Edge President Brody Stapel, his brother, Jory, and his father, Rudy.
  • The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association and the Public Lands Council released the following statement in response to the House of Representatives passing bipartisan legislation to protect livestock from predation, compensate livestock producers who experience depredation by federally protected species, and fund methods to reduce conflicts between humans and predators. Introduced by Senate Environment and Public Works Chairman John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) and Ranking Member Tom Carper (D-Del.), the America’s Conservation Enhancement Act contains a number of provisions designed to address impacts that wildlife and wildlife management can have on livestock production.
  • The International Dairy Foods Association applauded the joint announcement by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and U.S. Food and Drug Administration that they agencies have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to ease U.S. dairy exports, in which each agency’s roles and responsibilities are clearly delineated.
  • Tailgating season is officially here and while fans are missing from the parking lots and stands of their favorite stadiums, the National Hot Dog and Sausage Council and National Pork Board have teamed to create the Ultimate Homegating Guide, which focuses on the versatility and flavors of that gameday favorite, sausage. October is National Sausage Month, and while sausage is a craveable favorite any time of year, it’s a guaranteed crowd pleaser the day of the big game.
  • The dairy checkoff has awarded 12 academic scholarships to students enrolled in programs that emphasize dairy and who have shown potential to become future dairy leaders. The National Dairy Promotion and Research Board, through Dairy Management Inc., which manages the national dairy checkoff, annually awards $2,500 scholarships to 11 students. In addition, the NDB awards a $3,500 James H. Loper Jr. Memorial Scholarship to one outstanding scholarship recipient.
  • The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, a contractor to the Beef Checkoff, is announcing an exciting slate of speakers and topics for their renowned Stockmanship and Stewardship program. With the COVID-19 pandemic causing industry meetings to shift how they meet and learn, the Stockmanshp and Stewardship program will be going virtual this fall. For more information and to register visit,
  • The 19th Annual MILK Business Conference, the only event that focuses exclusively on every business aspect of progressive dairy operations, will go virtual Nov. 16-17, 2020, to ensure the health, safety and accessibility of participants.
  • WATT Global Media announces the launch of the website, formerly, as the industry’s source for solutions to current challenges and preparation for future opportunities.
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