NCBA Hosts ARC Internship

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The Agricultural Relations Council (ARC) is entering year two of its internship program and the 2018 Intern will be hosted by the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA), under the mentorship of Daren Williams, NCBA’s senior executive director, issues management and media relations, and past ARC president.

Students interested in a career in agricultural public relations are encouraged to apply for the valuable internship. The winning student will spend the summer in Denver, Colorado working on projects for the beef checkoff issues management and media relations team. The student will participate in daily issues monitoring and assist in responding on behalf of the beef industry, and will attend the 2018 Annual ARC Meeting June 20-21 in Louisville, Kentucky.

The internship is unique in ag communications in that it is a collaboration of the organization (ARC) and the host company. The ARC portion of the funding comes from a grant from Gardner & Gardner Communications to the ARC Foundation. The internship is worth a total of $5,000 — $4,000 stipend and $1,000 to be used to attend the ARC meeting and the intern will spend 80% of his/her time on host organization projects and 20% to support and attend the ARC annual meeting. The internship will be 10-12 weeks long.

Students interested in applying for the ARC Internship should fill out the 2018 ARC Intern Candidate Application and submit it to by Feb. 28, 2018.

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Cattlemen Kick Off Campaign to Prevent Regulation

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The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) kicked off a media campaign aimed at spotlighting and correcting a recent court decision that will require livestock producers to comply with laws that are only meant to apply to highly toxic Superfund sites.

The Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) was enacted to provide for cleanup of the worst industrial chemical toxic waste dumps and spills, such as oil spills and chemical tank explosions. The Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA) was enacted to ensure that parties who emit hazardous chemicals submit reports to their local emergency responders to allow for more effective planning for chemical emergencies. Both of these laws include reporting requirements connected to the events at hand.

Neither of these laws was ever intended to govern agricultural operations, for whom emissions from livestock are a part of everyday life. To make this clear, in 2008, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finalized a rule to clarify that farms were exempt from CERCLA reporting and small farms, in particular, were exempt from EPCRA reporting, given that low-level livestock emissions are not the kind of “releases” that Congress intended to manage with these laws.

“This is just another example of radical environmental groups using the courts to wildly distort the original Congressional intent behind legislation,” said NCBA President and Nebraska cattleman Craig Uden. “Unless this ridiculous situation is fixed, agricultural producers will soon have their operations treated like toxic Superfund sites, and government agencies like the U.S. Coast Guard will be inundated with unnecessary questions and reports.”


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Ethanol Report on 2017 Production

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Ethanol production averaged over a million barrels per day (b/d) for 44 out of 52 weeks in 2017 which means another record year for the industry. And despite a very average growing season, corn yield for 2017 is estimated at a record high 176.6 bushels per acre, and production was only down four percent because farmers planted less acres.

In this edition of The Ethanol Report podcast, Renewable Fuels Association senior vice president Geoff Cooper talks about the continued trend of higher corn and ethanol production in 2017 and what it means for the industry going forward.

Listen to it here: Ethanol Report 1-15-18

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Corn Yields and Soybean Acres Set 2017 Records

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Corn yields and soybean acreage set records in 2017, according to the Crop Production summary from USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) out Friday.

Corn production was four percent lower in 2017 compared to 2016, but a record high 176.6 bushel per acre yield helped to make up a little bit for the five percent drop in harvested acres. The 2017 corn objective yield data indicate the third highest number of ears per acre on record for the combined objective yield states with record high ear counts in South Dakota. Yields were two percent higher than 2016, which NASS attributes to a lack of extreme heat across the Midwest last year.

Meanwhile, the nation’s soybean yield was down 6 percent from 2016, but production reached a record level due to record high acreage. Soybean production for 2017 totaled a record 4.39 billion bushels, up 2 percent from 2016 with harvested acreage at a record 89.5 million acres is up 8 percent from 2016.

All cotton production in 2017 is up 24 percent from 2016, at 21.3 million 480-pound bales. The U.S. yield is estimated at 899 pounds per acre, up 32 pounds from last year’s yield. Harvested area, at 11.3 million acres, is up 19 percent from last year.

Sorghum grain production in 2017 is estimated at 364 million bushels, down 24 percent from 2016. Area planted for sorghum, at 5.63 million acres, is down 16 percent from last year. Harvested area, at 5.05 million acres, is down 18 percent from 2016. Grain yield is estimated at 72.1 bushels per acre, down 5.8 bushels from last year. Record high yields are estimated in Colorado, Georgia, and Missouri.

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Animal Ag Bites 1/15

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  • The American Angus Association announces the addition of Kathy LaScala as Angus Productions Inc. corporate sales manager. LaScala began her role Jan. 3 and will be overseeing industry sales operations to ensure profit maximization and realization of sales targets.
  • The Missouri Department of Agriculture is spearheading an initiative to get more beef in schools across the state, with support from local beef producers, meat processors, Opaa Food Management, and the Missouri Beef Industry Council. MoBeef for MoKids connects local schools with area producers and processors that donate beef products to be used in the school lunch program.
  • Two men who dedicated their lives to furthering the American wool industry have been chosen as 2018 recipients of the Wool Excellence Award. Mark Kent and Dr. Carl Menzies were selected for the annual honor by the Wool Roundtable and will be recognized at the 2018 ASI Annual Convention in San Antonio. Kent will be honored posthumously as he died unexpectedly at age 55 on Sept. 24, 2017. He became President of Kent Manufacturing Co. at age 29 and was the fifth generation in his family to lead Kentwool. Menzies served as director of research at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center in San Angelo from its opening in 1971 until his retirement in 1996.
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ZimmCast on January Ag Events

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2018 has already started off with a bang at the American Farm Bureau Federation annual convention in Nashville with the first appearance by a U.S. president in over 25 years and some pretty exciting mainstream media news coverage of agriculture.

Jamie was there to take it all in and she talks about the experience in this edition of the ZimmCast, which also includes previews of two other big events happening this month – the 25th National Biodiesel Conference in Fort Worth, and the Cattle Industry Conference and NCBA Trade Show coming up at the end of this month in Phoenix.

Listen to the ZimmCast here: ZimmCast 571 on January Ag Events

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Proud Part of the Cattle Community? Attend #CattleCon18

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There is no question cattlemen and women across the country are in need of some sunshine. I fit into that mix and know where we all can get some in just a few weeks. Let’s all Blaze a Trail to Phoenix, AZ for the 2018 Cattle Industry Convention and NCBA Trade Show January 31 – February 2. Believe it or not, it’s not too late to register. We just spoke with NCBA’s ‎Senior Vice President, Industry and Member Services, Marvin Kokes, to get all the details.

Prior to the actual kickoff of the event will be the 25th Anniversary of Cattlemen’s College. “We have sessions that really help producers learn from experts across the industry. Topics include everything from genetics to managing calves to forage production. People can take home really practical information and that is what we really pride ourselves on,” said Kokes.

Attendees will also be treated to the Pioneer Women, Ree Drummond, who is the opening general session speaker. (Who do I need to talk to for a chance to interview her?…wink, wink)

“CattleFax will be doing a three-hour outlook session on Thursday morning, helping people really understand what is going on in this market, what are some of the things cattle producers can look forward to in the coming months,” Kokes said. Attendees will also hear from former MLB Pitcher, Jim Abbott, who will share his motivating story of success, despite having been born without a right hand.

To engage cattle producers, NCBA has held a couple of contests over the course of the year. One was the National Anthem Contest where a young lady from Western Kansas won. She will be singing it a couple times during the convention. A Cowboy Poet Contest ties into the Comedy Club taking place Friday night and I believe voting is still taking place for members to vote for their favorite.

Business also takes place. Committees meet on all topics including environmental issues, taxes, and the international market. Kokes reminds us those meetings are open and anyone can attend and stay up-to-date on the beef community.

Many aspects to the event draw different attendees, but they all make a point to visit the trade show a number of times during the three-day event. Kokes said space has actually been sold out for over six months, over seven acres in size. Still wondering if the trade show deserves your attention? Here are 40 reasons NCBA thinks you should stop by!

Join us in Phoenix as we bring you the official Virtual Ag Newsroom for #CattleCon18 and listen to Chuck’s complete chat with Marvin here: Interview with Marvin Kokes, NCBA

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National Biodiesel Conference to Celebrate 25 Years

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The biodiesel industry is heading to Fort Worth January 22 – 25 for the silver anniversary of the National Biodiesel Conference & Expo.

“Every conference we’ve sponsored has been an exciting event for our industry,” said National Biodiesel Board (NBB) CEO Donnell Rehagan. “But this one is obviously going to be special as we take the opportunity to not only recognize the milestones we’ve passed over the last two-and-half decades, we’ll also look forward to meeting the challenges ahead as the industry continues to grow and plays an even greater role in America’s ever more critical energy sector.”

One of this year’s highlights will be a session with the filmmakers who premiered “Hot Grease” at the DOC NYC film festival before its debut on the Discovery Channel last November. The feature length documentary tells the story of biodiesel’s rise and the industry fight for survival in the face of numerous public policy challenges.

The public is also invited to the conference to explore the event’s Conference Central, where they can learn all about how biodiesel is made from an increasingly diverse mix of resources such as recycled cooking oil, soybean oil and animal fats, and to participate in a “ride-and-drive” with vehicles provided by area dealers and equipped with the latest diesel engines. A Texas driver’s license is required for local residents to attend free of charge.

Learn more in this interview: Interview with NBB CEO Donnell Rehagen

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Zimfo Bytes 1/12

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  • The Agricultural Relations Council will hold a webinar entitled Growing Your Tribe on January 18 from 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. EST. Vance Crowe, Director of Millennial Engagement at Monsanto, shares what tribes are about and how organizations can expand their tribal connections by identifying tribes and recruiting tribal natives.
  • The Agricultural Business Council of Kansas City will host an Ag Innovation Forum on February 22 from 1:00 – 5:00 p.m. at the American Royal in Kansas City. This session will be especially helpful to those on the path to entrepreneurship, as well as anyone trying to keep pace with emerging technologies.  The program includes entrepreneurs from the region and related businesses who provide the necessary ingredients for success. Click here for registration information.
  • GAP Connections (GAPC) is proud to announce a new certification program that distinguishes tobacco growers in the marketplace who adhere to GAPC’s standards for socially responsible agronomic, environmental and labor practices. For more information on the GAPC certification program or to begin the certification process, visit or call (865) 622-4606.
  • L.L. Bean, the Freeport, Maine-based retailer of outdoor gear and apparel, has confirmed its commitment to sourcing responsible cotton by joining the Cotton LEADS program. The leading global retailer joins more than 470 program partners that acknowledge the ongoing sustainable gains by United States and Australian cotton growers.
  • Peanut producers can improve the bottom-line of their farming operation with knowledge, connections and information gained at the 42nd annual Georgia Peanut Farm Show and Conference, held at the University of Georgia Tifton Campus Conference Center, Jan. 18, 2018, from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
  • Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue today announced the appointment of six individuals to serve on the National Honey Board. More information about the board is available on the National Honey Board page on the AMS website and on the National Honey Board website.
  • As part of its ongoing commitment to support the next generation of agricultural leaders, Case IH is awarding three new Farmall 50A tractors and six large tool chests with $500 Case IH parts gift cards to finalists in each category of the 2018 American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) Young Farmers & Ranchers awards program. The winners were announced at the AFBF’s 99th Annual Convention held this week in Nashville, Tennessee.
  • The Alltech Facebook #CDNPicMeONE18Contest offered Canadian producers the opportunity to submit their favorite farm photo for a chance to win a trip to ONE: The Alltech Ideas Conference (ONE18), held in Lexington, Kentucky, May 20–23, 2018. The winner with the most Facebook likes is Rhonda McCarron from Antigonish, Nova Scotia. McCarron and a guest will receive free registration and travel expenses paid to ONE: The Alltech Ideas Conference.
  • broadhead has hired Angie Skochdopole to join its Engage team as a media director. Skochdopole will lead engagement planning for several of the agency’s agriculture clients.
  • Lee Enterprises Consulting is pleased to announce the additions of Corinne Young, Chris Guske and Tim Davies to its team.
  • The National Agri-Marketing Association (NAMA) has announced that Martin Williams, a full-service advertising agency in Minneapolis, MN, is now a Sustaining Partner. NAMA Sustaining Partners receive all the sponsorship benefits of a Platinum Level Sponsor plus additional benefits including complimentary registrations at national events, use of the SustainingPartner logo in advertising and promotion, recognition on NAMA website, advertising on digital signage at the annual conference as well as logo and verbal recognition for all three national NAMA events.
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The Farmhouse Movement – Magazine and Movement

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I found this magazine, The Farmhouse Movement, on a store rack and the name made me buy it. I think it was our local Winn Dixie. I have not had time to read much yet. I’m planning to do that on a plane tomorrow.

But, I thought I’d bring it to your attention to see what you think. As I’ve looked at the website and in the first edition of this magazine it’s more of a movement. It appears to be in a very starter stage so I guess if the community grows we’ll learn more.

Here’s an excerpt explaining the movement:

We believe there is a movement happening in our generation. That many of us are drawn to the concepts, beauty, simplicity, and personality of a well-loved place from yesteryear… a place we call: the farmhouse. A place that is less about the farm, and more about the house.

We believe it’s the epitome of days gone by and the expectation of what lies ahead. That within its walls, the farmhouse represents a foundation of our culture and a freeing of our hearts.

So, what do you think of the concept? Feel free to comment.