2018 TCA Convention’s Youth Day Agenda Announced

131291469483653926_tn2During the 2018 TCA Convention and Trade Show, youth of all ages will have the opportunity to learn leadership development skills on Saturday, Jan. 27 at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Murfreesboro. The full agenda is listed below:

SATURDAY, JANUARY 27, 2018 | Registration opens at 8:00 am

8:30-9:20 Young Agriculture Professional Panel Discussion featuring Kelsey Rose TN FFA Executive Director, Dr. Emalee Buttrey Assistant Professor of Animal Science, UT Martin, Will Mayfield with Farm Credit Mid America and Dr. Jason Smith Beef Cattle Specialist with UT Extension.  

9:00 Quiz Bowl Competition with Dr. Loveday begins. Rounds will last until lunchtime. Participants in between quiz bowl rounds are invited to participate in all the workshops and come and go as your teams compete.

9:20-9:40 Visit Trade Show/Farm Bureau Simulator

9:40-10:40 “Developing Your Ag Community” Young Adults leading the Agvocacy  efforts

10:40-11:10 Visit Trade Show/Farm Bureau Simulator

11:10-12:10 Hannah Thompson Weeman with the Animal Agriculture Alliance speaking about Agvocacy and issues they are involved with on National Level.

12:10 Lunch included with registration, Depart for home

A Scavenger Hunt with Prizes is offered for elementary age children as well.

$10 Registration Fee includes lunch at noon.

FFA Register now at http://www.tnffa.org.

Quiz Bowl teams register with Dr. Dwight Loveday at hloveday@utk.edu.

All other youth, email charles@tncattle.org with names and ages to reserve your spot. 


USDA Announces Cattlemen’s Beef Promotion and Research Board Appointments

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Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue announced yesterday the appointment of 27 members to the Cattlemen’s Beef Promotion and Research Board. Twenty-five of the appointees will serve three-year terms. Two appointees will serve the remaining one-year portion of vacant positions.

  • Bruce T. Jackson, Lockesburg, Ark.
  • J. Kent Bamford, Haxton, Colo.
  • Cliff W. Coddington, Bradenton, Fla.
  • Jared Brackett, Filer, Idaho
  • Phil Perry, Oskaloosa, Kan.
  • Trista Brown Priest, Satanta, Kan.
  • Ryan Miller, Bardstown, Ky.
  • Leon James, Hurdland, Mo.
  • Turk Stovall, Billings, Mont.
  • Katie Cooper, Willow Creek, Mont.
  • Bill Baldwin, Mitchell, Neb.
  • Jim Eschliman, Ericson, Neb.
  • Raymond Erbele, Streeter, N.D.
  • Blayne Arthur, Stillwater, Okla.
  • Jimmy Taylor, Cheyenne, Okla.
  • Dick McElhaney, Hookstown, Pa.
  • Bill Slovek, Philip, S.D.
  • Jackie White Means, Van Horn, Texas
  • Jason Peeler, Floresville, Texas
  • Michael Wayne White, Vernon, Texas
  • Sean P. Jones, Massey, Md., Mid-Atlantic Unit
  • Rob Von Der Lieth, Copperopolis, Calif., Southwest Unit
  • Laurie Bryant, Burke, Va., Importer
  • Rob Williams, Chase, Md., Importer
  • Jeffrey Isenmann, Rochester Hills, Mich., Importer
  • Nicholas Brander, Wilmette, Ill., Importer (1-year term)
  • Steven Hobbs, Larkspur, Colo., Importer (1-year term)

“The Cattlemen’s Beef Board works to build demand for beef by helping to maintain and expand markets through their research, promotion, and information sharing efforts,” said Perdue. “Their work represents all segments of the beef industry and I know that the agricultural sector will be well served by them.”

The Cattlemen’s Beef Promotion and Research Board is composed of 99 members, all of whom are beef producers or importers of cattle, beef or beef products. The board is authorized by the Beef Promotion and Research Act of 1985.

Since 1966, Congress has authorized the establishment of 22 industry-funded research and promotion boards. They empower farmers and ranchers to leverage their own resources to develop new markets, strengthen existing markets, and conduct important research and promotion activities. USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service provides oversight, paid for by industry assessments, which ensures fiscal accountability and program integrity for participating stakeholders.

A list of board members is available on the AMS Cattlemen’s Beef Board webpage. More information can also be found on the Cattlemen’s Beef Promotion and Research Board’s website.

UT AgResearch Announces 2018 Field Day Schedule

IMG_0956The University of Tennessee AgResearch has released the 2018 field day schedule, which includes 13 field days and four special events.

Field days are held at the 10 AgResearch and Education Centers located throughout the state. These events offer farmers, ranchers, gardeners, foresters and the general public a chance to see research findings, learn from university and industry experts and network with peers.

The 2018 schedule features several new events, including a Beef Heifer Development School to be held in March at the Tennessee Beef Heifer Development Center in Lewisburg, and a trio of Horse Management Field Days – one for each region of the state.

2018 also marks the return of the biennial Milan No-Till Field Day. This event is always held on the fourth Thursday in July of even-numbered years.

More information about each field day will be posted closer to the scheduled time at the UT Institute of Agriculture “News and Announcements” site. You can also visit eachAgResearch Center’s homepage or call their main office for details.  Center addresses and phone numbers can be found at agresearch.tennessee.edu.

The complete schedule is as follows:

Field Days

• Beef Heifer Development School – March 22, Beef Heifer Development Center (Lewisburg)

• Tennessee Healthy Hardwoods – May 19, Forest Resources AgResearch and Education Center – Highland Rim Forest (Tullahoma)

• Fruits of the Backyard – June 19, Middle Tennessee AgResearch and Education Center (Spring Hill)

• Tobacco, Beef & More – June 21, Highland Rim AgResearch and Education Center (Springfield)

• Summer Celebration – July 12, West Tennessee AgResearch and Education Center (Jackson)

• Milan No-Till – July 26, AgResearch and Education Center at Milan

• Steak and Potatoes – August 7, Plateau AgResearch and Education Center (Crossville)

• Turf and Ornamental – August 30, East Tennessee AgResearch and Education Center – Plant Sciences Unit (Knoxville)

• Cotton Tour – September 5, West Tennessee AgResearch and Education Center (Jackson)

• Horse Management – September 13, UTIA Campus (Knoxville)

• Horse Management – September 20, Middle Tennessee AgResearch and Education Center (Spring Hill)

• Horse Management – September 27, Ames Plantation (Grand Junction)

• Northeast Tennessee Beef Expo – October 11, AgResearch and Education Center at Greeneville

Special Events

• UT Gardens Green Industry – June 26, UT Gardens, Knoxville

• UT Arboretum Butterfly Festival – August 4, Forest Resources AgResearch and Education Center – UT Arboretum (Oak Ridge)

• Fall Gardeners Festival – August 28, Plateau AgResearch and Education Center (Crossville)

• Fall Folklore Jamboree – October 20, AgResearch and Education Center at Milan

Through its mission of research, teaching and extension, the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture touches lives and provides Real. Life. Solutions. ag.tennessee.edu.

University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture Hosts Bull Test Sale January 18

Bull TestThe University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture will host the Bull Test Sale on Thursday, January 18, 2018.  More than 70 bulls will be sold at the public auction, which begins at noon CST at the Middle Tennessee AgResearch and Education Center.

The bulls featured in the sale come from some of the top breeding programs in the region. All have recently passed UTIA’s performance test, which measures each bull’s weight gain, frame score and reproductive soundness.  The sale will feature primarily Angus bulls, but will also include SimAngus, Hereford, Simmental and Charolais.

All bulls in the sale have also undergone DNA testing that can improve the accuracy of genetic predictions, allowing producers who purchase these bulls to make better breeding and management decisions for their herds. This testing will also qualify buyers for an additional $400 in cost-share reimbursement from the Tennessee Ag Enhancement Program.

The High Gain Award went to a Mills Angus consignment that finished the test with an average daily gain of 6.73 pounds. He is a Quaker Hill Rampage-sired calf, and finished the test at a weight of 1,802 pounds and a 6.5 frame score. As a class, the bulls averaged a daily gain rate of 4.94 pounds.

Complete test reports and sale catalogs can be found online at middle.tennessee.edu, or you can pick up a catalog at any UT Extension office. Catalogs will also be provided at the sale.

This will be the only UT Bull Test Sale of 2018. It begins at noon CST.

Prospective buyers from East Tennessee who can’t make it to the auction site can enjoy the convenience of bidding on bulls at one of the two TeleVideo centers located at the University of Tennessee Animal Science Building in Knoxville and the Clyde Austin 4-H Center in Greeneville.

The purpose of the Bull Testing Station is to provide a standard, impartial post-weaning gain test that will furnish records that will be useful in breeding programs.  The Station also provides a market for completely performance-tested bulls and serves as an educational tool for beef cattle improvement.

Through its mission of research, teaching and extension, the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture touches lives and provides Real. Life. Solutions. ag.tennessee.edu.

Angus Offers Summer Internships

utia press releaseIf you’re a college student interested in working in the Angus business, what better way to spend the summer than learning from the teams at the American Angus Association®? Internships are available to college students for summer 2018.

These 10-week, paid internships provide opportunities through the communications group, Angus Journal, events and education group, Angus Foundation and Angus Genetics, Inc. (AGI). Students interested in applying should send a resume, cover letter and references to careers@angus.org by Feb. 1.

The events and education intern will assist in planning and executing youth events hosted by the National Junior Angus Association (NJAA), including preparations, correspondence and communications for junior shows and events. Applicants should be a self-starter, detail-oriented and outgoing with the ability to work well with others. Livestock and event planning experience is a plus but not required. Travel to the 2018 National Junior Angus Show (NJAS), Leaders Engaged in Angus Development (LEAD) Conference, and other events is expected.

From print stories to TV scripts, photography, graphic design and more, the communications intern will truly gain valuable ag communications experience. Applicants should have strong writing and design skills and have completed coursework in news and feature writing, editing and design. Experience in photography, video and social media would be helpful.

College juniors or seniors are encouraged to apply to be part of the Angus Journal internship. The writing-intensive opportunity offers the chance to participate in producing publications, including Angus Journal, Angus Journal Digital, Angus Beef Bulletin, Angus Beef Bulletin EXTRA, Angus Journal Daily, editorial websites and social media. The internship can be tailored to applicants’ strengths, but many duties can be anticipated, including traveling to industry events. Experience in news and feature writing, editing and photography are strongly suggested.

For an interest in 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organizations, resource development (fundraising) and purebred livestock association related careers, the Foundation internship is an excellent opportunity. This intern will be integral in facilitating the Foundation’s activities, programs and projects. The intern will learn about the functionality of a non-profit and how the Angus Foundation successfully raises funds to support youth, education and research for the advancement of the Angus breed, beef cattle and agricultural industries. The intern will assist staff in all facets of the Angus Foundation’s operations including engaging major supporters and benefactors.

For students pursuing their master’s degree or PhD in animal breeding and genetics, AGI has an opportunity to work on one of the world’s largest beef genomic databases. The internship will be focused on research that involves data analysis. Candidates should have experience in analyzing animal breeding data sets, and experience analyzing genomic data is preferred.

For more information about summer internships with the American Angus Association, visit http://www.angus.org.

Apply for Angus Foundation Scholarships

NJABToday’s college costs are astronomical—it’s a known fact. The Angus Foundation seeks to help Angus youth offset some of those steep costs by awarding undergraduate and graduate level scholarships.

“Angus youth are the future of our Association and the industry,” said Milford Jenkins, Angus Foundation president. “We want to help them get a head start in any way that we can, and awarding scholarships is one way to do that.”

Undergraduate and graduate student scholarship applications are available online at angusfoundation.org and are due May 1. Applicants must have, at one time, been a National Junior Angus Association member and must currently be an active Junior, Regular or Life member of the American Angus Association®. Applicants must be a graduating high school senior or enrolled at a junior college, four-year college/university or other accredited institution and have a minimum 2.0 GPA. Eligibility requirements and application guidelines are included. Applicants will want to strictly adhere to the guidelines and provide the information requested when submitting their application to the Angus Foundation.

Applicants are required to submit the following for consideration: the 2018 application form; three letters of recommendation; copy of current high school/college/university transcript; and applicant’s Association member code.

In 2017, the Angus Foundation awarded more than $213,000 in scholarships to more than 115 undergraduate and graduate students. When combined with other endowed and non-endowed scholarship funds administered by the Angus Foundation, nearly $300,000 was invested in more than 130 students pursuing their higher education.

For more information, please contact Jenkins at 816-383-5100 or mjenkins@angusfoundation.org.