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.

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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.

UT Workshops to Teach Farmers How to Keep Records for Value-Added Enterprises

Sirloin SteakKeeping good business records is critical for any value-added farm business, says Hal Pepper, Financial Analysis Specialist with the University of Tennessee Extension. “Direct marketers, food processors and agritourism operators who keep good records are better able to analyze their costs and returns and evaluate market outlets.”

In December of this year and March 2018, Pepper along with Les Humpal, Dallas Manning and Danny Morris from UT Extension will present a seven-hour workshop designed to help farmers learn to keep better financial records. Participants will be introduced to QuickBooks accounting software and learn about setting up a chart of accounts, items, customers, and vendors, entering sales and recording deposits, paying bills and writing checks and creating reports. The workshop is designed for producers who sell fresh and processed farm products at direct marketing outlets such as farmers markets, on-farm stands, pick-your-own and agritourism operations.

“Record Keeping for Successful Value-Added Enterprises” will be held on the following dates at several locations across the state:

  • December 12, Martin
  • December 13, Carthage
  • December 14, Chattanooga
  • March 13, Memphis
  • March 14, Franklin
  • March 15, Knoxville

Pre-registration is required, and the workshop will begin with check-in at 8:30 a.m. local time. The workshop will end at 4 p.m.

The registration fee is $20 per person and lunch is provided. Space is limited and pre-registration is required no later than five business days prior to each workshop. Information about the workshop is available on the Center’s website: ag.tennessee.edu/cpa and registration is now open online at tiny.utk.edu/farmrecords.

This workshop fulfills a TAEP educational requirement in only the following Producer Diversification sectors: Agritourism, Fruits & Vegetables and Value-Added. For additional information regarding educational programs for TAEP requirements, please contact Clay Dunivan at the Tennessee Department of Agriculture, 615-837-5348.

The “Record Keeping for Successful Value-Added Enterprises” workshop was developed by the UT Center for Profitable Agriculture through funding provided by Southern Risk Management Education and is based upon work supported by USDA/NIFA under Award Number 2015-49200-24228.

Learn more about the Center for Profitable Agriculture at ag.tennessee.edu/cpa. Contact Pepper with questions about the workshop at hal.pepper@utk.edu or 931-486-2777.

New Program to Help Veterans, Others Who Want to Become Farmers

American Flag On A Barn

Fewer than 1 percent of the population of America can count themselves as farmers, so the question becomes, “Who will comprise the next generation of farmers?”

A nationwide movement by the Farmer Veteran Coalition (FVC) believes that veterans might serve their country in a new capacity, as providers of the nation’s food and fiber – and help themselves in the process. USDA and many in Tennessee, including University of Tennessee Extension, Tennessee State University Extension and the Tennessee Department of Agriculture, agree.  With support from the USDA, a new program is coming to Tennessee to help the dreams of some veterans become a reality. It may also help others who would like to farm, but don’t know where or how to start.

The Tennessee Beginning Farmers Development Program (TBFD) will provide resources and assistance to beginning farmers, especially those who are military personnel, veterans, and farmers with disabilities. Funded with two 3-year awards from USDA, the TBFD will launch in early 2018 in upper Middle Tennessee, and then expand statewide. Upper Middle Tennessee was chosen because of its proximity to Fort Campbell, which has a high concentration of military personnel including those who are on active duty, discharged and retired. The program will be expanded statewide in years 2 and 3.

Agriculture offers purpose and opportunity, as well as physical and psychological benefits. The TBFD will work to connect the opportunity of agriculture to Tennesseans who hope to start, develop and fund an agriculture-based enterprise.

Eileen Legault, UT Extension Area Specialist with the Tennessee AgrAbility Project (TNAP), says, “Another goal of TBFD is to help build a network of veterans across the state who are beginning farmers. We are looking for farmers who are interested in mentoring these beginning farmers or maybe offering a learning internship at their farm.” Legault is excited to help beginning farmers. “With all the USDA resources available and Extension educational programs, AgrAbility and TBFD are helping farmers with disabilities see that farming with a disability is possible with modifications and assistive technology. Veterans with disabilities may see their disability as a barrier to their dream of farming, but through this grant we will offer hope and resources to make those dreams happen,” she said.

Karla Kean, TSU Extension Agent in Montgomery County and West Tennessee Program Manager, says that TBFD programs will not only address traditional agriculture, but will also offer opportunities in the fields of horticulture, horticultural therapy and the tree care industry. “This project is going to be very beneficial for beginning farmers and especially those transitioning out of the military who want to learn more about farming.” 

Jenni Goodrich, the East Tennessee Program Manager with TSU Extension in Morgan County, encourages all farmers to establish realistic goals, a farm business plan, a farm safety and health plan and a marketing plan so they are successful and profitable.  As the TSU Small Farm Veteran outreach contact, Goodrich shares her voice of experience as a veteran’s widow and offers background information on farming to those new to the endeavor.

Over the last 4 years Tennessee Extension has referred beginning farmers to Tennessee New Farmer Academy, a seven-month certification program with hands-on farming led by Finis Stribling, TSU Area Extension Specialist. The academy will expand statewide in 2018 and tie in with beginning farmer education opportunities.

The USDA awards, which amount to nearly $739,000 over the course of 3 years in separate grants to the two universities, will help fund UT and TSU Extension specialists as they meet with farmers to develop a business and financial plan for their farms to help beginning farmers’ efforts lead to success. TBFD is a partnership between University of Tennessee Extension, Tennessee State University Extension, Tennessee AgrAbility Project, the Farmer Veteran Coalition and Tennessee Department of Agriculture, which supports the Homegrown by Heroes project through their Pick Tennessee Products program. Tim Prather, a specialist with UT Extension, will serve as the principal investigator for the UT portion of the grant and for the Tennessee AgrAbility Project. Dr. Roy Bullock, TSU Extension Professor and Agriculture Program Leader, is coordinating the TSU grant.

Among the first steps of the project is gathering citizen input. TBFD specialists have developed a survey to help assess beginning farmer needs across the state. The survey will close December 1, 2017, and can be found at extension.tennessee.edu/beginningfarmers. More information can also be found on the Tennessee Beginning Farmer Development Facebook page. 

The UT/TSU Montgomery County Extension office will hold a Tennessee Beginner Farmer Development stakeholder meeting on Monday, December 4, at 6 p.m.  This will be held at the Montgomery County Courthouse, 2 Millennium Plaza, Clarksville, in the third floor meeting room. Those who can’t attend can contact Kean for more information, 931-648-5725,kkean1@tnstate.edu.

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.

Tennessee Cattlemen’s Association to Hold 33rd Annual Convention and Trade Show

1-1The Tennessee Cattlemen’s Association (TCA) will celebrate 33 years of serving the state’s cattle producers with its annual convention and trade show in Murfreesboro, Tenn. on January 26-27. Nearly 1,000 attendees will hear from top livestock industry speakers addressing topics like herd health, forage systems, sustainability, and the current state of the beef business.

Members will have the opportunity to vote on two TCA resolutions and Board of Directors appointees at the Delegate Session on Friday, Jan. 26.

Informational breakout sessions called, “Cow Colleges” will be held on both Friday and Saturday. The speakers at these sessions include: Craig Uden, president of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA); Ashley Lyon McDonald, ‎Senior Director of Sustainability for NCBA; Tom Short with Zoetis, who will discuss adding value to Tennessee feeder calves; Gregg Braun, USDA Grazing Specialist, who will discuss maximizing forage use; Hannah Thompson-Weeman, vice president of communications for the Animal Agriculture Alliance, who will discuss how animal agriculture is under attack; and finally, representatives from the Tennessee Department of Agriculture, Tennessee Beef Industry Council and Center for Profitable Agriculture will share updates on their program areas.

“I am excited about our speaker line up this year,” said Steve Anderson, TCA’s president and cattle producer from Smith County. “Attendees are going to learn a lot of valuable information for their farms. They’ll also have a chance to network with other cattle producers and vote on association policy which gives us all a voice at the capitol.”

In conjunction with TCA events, the Tennessee Dairy Producers Association (TDPA) will also meet. TDPA will hold its own meetings but will come together for general sessions. Additionally, UT Agriculture Extension Veterinarian Dr. Lew Strickland is once again arranging for a Veterinarian Continuing Education Seminar to be held in conjunction with the meeting.
Beginning at 8 a.m. on Friday, attendees can visit the trade to talk with more than 100 exhibitors. Vendors will be showing off new products, services, and the latest technology for the beef and dairy industries. Also in the trade show, there will be a live cattle video auction, followed by an analysis from UT’s Agricultural Economist Dr. Andrew Griffith and Jodee Inman from the USDA.

Also on Friday, TCA will be presenting several scholarships to youth and honoring outstanding members during the awards luncheon.

On Saturday, there will be a special opportunity for the youth participate in activities including a quiz bowl, scavenger hunt, and workshops led by some of Tennessee’s brightest young agriculture advocates.

Pre-registration is $20 for Friday or $15 for Saturday. It is $30 for both Friday and Saturday. This includes admission to all Cow Colleges, the trade show, and the Best of Beef Reception. Lunch is extra. Pre-registration ends Jan. 19. Late registration and registration at the door will be an additional $10 over pre-registration fees.

Attendees should register by calling the TCA office at (615) 896-2333 or by downloading and mailing in the online form which can be found at www.tncattle.org. A full schedule of events can also be found on the TCA website. If attendees would like to register for the TDPA sessions, they need to register with Stan Butt. If they are attending the Veterinarian sessions, they’ll register with Dr. Strickland. For hotel reservations, call the Embassy Suites Hotel at (615) 890-4464 or online: www.murfreesboro.embassysuites.com.

TCA was founded in 1985 and has nearly 7,000 members from across the state and the southeast. The organization works to provide the cattlemen of Tennessee with an organization through which they may function collectively to protect their interests and work toward the solution of cattle industry problems and to build the necessary goodwill that will bring both governmental esteem and recognition to the industry.

For more information visit www.tncattle.org, email info@tncattle.org or call (615) 896-2333. Be sure to follow the TCA on our Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/tncattle and Twitter account: @TennesseeCattle.

Plateau AgResearch and Education Center Announces Annual Fall Sale

utia press release The University of Tennessee Plateau AgResearch and Education Center will host its annual fall sale of cattle onFriday, November 17, 2017, at 10 a.m. CST.

The sale includes the largest offering of bred heifers ever offered at the Plateau AgResearch and Education Center, with over 40 bred registered Angus heifers that are TAEP qualified. The sale will also feature open and bred cows from the center’s herd, all of which are registered Angus. Minimum bids per head will be required. The cows will be penned and available for viewing beginning November 16. Registration documentation will also be available.

For more information, including a list of the cattle to be sold, or to make arrangements to preview sale stock, contact the Plateau AgResearch and Education Center at 931-484-0034 or e-mail Jennifer Burns at jburns35@utk.edu.

The sale will be conducted by Marcka Auction Services and will be conducted at the center’s headquarters on U.S. Highway 70 North, approximately 8 miles west of Crossville. The address is 320 Experiment Station Road. A map and directions are available on the center’s website: plateau.tennessee.edu

The 
Plateau AgResearch and Education Center is one of 10 outdoor laboratories operated by UT AgResearch, a division of the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture.

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

ABS Offering Expanded Opportunity for Student & Graduate Internships

Heifers-webABS Global, Inc., a global producer and marketer of bovine genetics and related products, is currently seeking North America internship candidates for Summer 2018. Several positions are available in several different departments: Sales, Biotechnology, Reproduction, Genetic Management System, Genetic Data Analytics, Research & Development, Animal Handling and Embryo Transfer/IVF/OPU. For more information regarding location and qualifications, please visit www.absglobal/internships
Candidates should be eligible to work in the US and/or Canada, currently enrolled at an accredited 2 year or 4 year school, and available to work full time for 12 weeks during summer 2018. Internships opportunities in Research & Development and Embryo Transfer/In Vitro Fertilization are also available for graduate and veterinary students.
As a part of the internship experience, students will spend one week at the global headquarters in DeForest, Wisconsin and have the opportunity to view semen collection & processing, learn about the history of ABS, and gain exposure to all aspects of the business.
A summer internship with ABS provides college students the experience necessary to launch a successful career in the dairy, beef, and biotechnology industries. Please visit our website career page for more information. Applications are due by November 12th, 2017, with interviews to be held during November and December. ABS Global is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer M/F/D/VM, and we politely request no phone calls or recruiter inquiries.
About ABS
Headquartered in DeForest, Wisconsin, U.S.A., ABS Global is the world-leading provider of bovine genetics, reproduction services, artificial insemination technologies, and udder care products. Marketing in more than 70 countries around the globe, ABS has been at the forefront of animal genetics and technology since its founding in 1941. ABS Global is a division of Genus plc.

TCA Spring Internship Application Available

Internship Outline

DDUxBZWVYAAC4sEThe Tennessee Cattlemen’s Association is the certified nonprofit organization that provides the cattlemen and women of Tennessee with an organization through which they may function collectively to protect their interests and work towards the solution of cattle industry problems.

This internship program is offered as either a full-time or part-time program depending on the applicant’s availability. The full-time internship will run from approximately January 8 through April 30 and will be Monday-Friday at 40 hours per week. The part-time internship will be a 12-15 hour per week position structured around the student’s class schedule during the 2018 spring semester.  Occasional evening and weekend work may be required.

Responsibilities will include assisting with the annual convention and trade show, producing content for our magazine, and attending committee hearings while the Tennessee General Assembly is in session. Applicants with a background in cattle production and agriculture are encouraged to apply.  In addition, candidates should have a motivated work ethic, be well organized, able to work independently and have excellent verbal and written communication skills.

Internship Criteria

Students interested in participating in the Tennessee Cattlemen’s Association internship must be enrolled in a Tennessee university, be currently enrolled in Communications, Agriculture or have a background in agriculture and have an overall GPA of 2.5. Junior status or above is preferred.

Application Procedures

Submit a resume, any required university forms, and the TCA Internship application form to Charles Hord: Charles@tncattle.org by October 16, 2017 CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE APPLICATION FORM.

Internship candidates who are selected for an interview will be notified by October 30, 2017.

Thank you for your interest in the TCA Spring Internship Program.

Tennessee Cattlemen’s Association – 530 B Brandies Circle, Murfreesboro, TN 37128, (615) 896 2333.

Ag in the Foothills on Display October 6

Black Angus on pasture at East TN AgResearch and Education Center webBlount County Event Focuses on Beef, Forage, Small Acreages, Beginning Farmers and Veterans

Everyone is invited to visit the University of Tennessee’s East Tennessee AgResearch and Education Center on October 6 for the Ag in the Foothills Field Day. The free event will be held from 7 a.m. – 3 p.m. at the center’s Blount Unit located at 4341 UT Farm Road in Louisville.

Ag in the Foothills will introduce visitors to some of the research efforts ongoing at the center and present educational seminars on topics such as soil health and forage production as well as a live animal handling demonstration. Those who own small-acreage tracts will be interested in presentations that focus on these topics:

  • Small Poultry Flock Management
  • Bee Health
  • Small Ruminant Management
  • Marketing
  • Buying a Tractor

Of particular community interest will be a special session that will focus on beginning farmers and veterans as farmers. Members from Tennessee AgrAbility Project, Tennessee State University’s Small Farm Veteran Outreach, and Homegrown by Heroes will be on hand to discuss resources available as well as the potential formation of a Tennessee State Chapter of the Farmer Veteran Coalition (FVC).
The free event will also feature a trade show and lunch. Preregister at your local county UT Extension Office for a lunch ticket. For more information call the East Tennessee AgResearch and Education Center at 865-974-7201.  Those who arrive early will be treated to biscuits and coffee while supplies last.

Details about the event and directions are available online at east.tennessee.edu.

The East Tennessee AgResearch and Education Center is one of 10 research facilities operated by UT AgResearch as part of the UT Institute of Agriculture. Through its mission of research, teaching, and service, the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture (UTIA) touches lives and provides Real. Life. Solutions. ag.tennessee.edu.