from November 25
SPROUL RANCH WINS MAJOR AWARD FOR VOLUNTARY STEWARDSHIP EFFORTS
Sand County Foundation, in partnership with the Kansas Association
of Conservation Districts (KACD) and Ranchland Trust of Kansas (RTK),
has awarded Sproul Ranch of Sedan the first Kansas Leopold Conservation
Award. The $10,000 award and crystal depicting Aldo Leopold was
presented to the Sprouls November 23 at the KACD annual convention in
Wichita. It honors Kansas landowner achievement in voluntary stewardship
and management of natural resources.
Sproul Ranch is a
2,200-acre native grass stocker operation in Chautauqua County. When
Bill Sproul and his family purchased the ranch, it had a long history of
overgrazing and was rapidly transforming into woodland. After removing
the invasive plants, the tall, native prairie was managed through
patch-burn grazing. While the cattle graze the burned areas, the
unburned grass accumulates, providing wildlife habitat and fuel for
When the drought reduced forage production, Sproul cut stocking
rates to help the land recover. This meant deferring grazing on some
rangeland altogether. This is part of Sproul’s approach to conservation,
which is “letting the prairie dictate what I do.”
“We know firsthand the conservation and stewardship of the Sproul
family,” said RTK Board Chairman Bill Eastman. “It is with great
pleasure we see their efforts and leadership recognized with an award
that epitomizes the conservation movement in America.”
The Leopold Conservation Award is named in honor of renowned
conservationist and author Aldo Leopold, who called for an ethical
relationship between people and the land they own and manage. Award
applicants were judged on their demonstration of improved resource
conditions, innovation, long-term commitment to stewardship, sustained
economic viability, community leadership and multiple-use benefits.
from November 24
BROAD INPUT NEEDED DURING KLA BUSINESS MEETINGS IN WICHITA
Members will have the ability to provide input on issues affecting
their business interests at the KLA Convention, December 2-4 in Wichita.
The membership will hear issue reports and discuss and approve
resolutions on matters important to the livestock industry during
committee and council meetings Thursday afternoon.
Animal Health & ID Committee members will hear a review of the
current Animal Disease Traceability program and be brought up to date on
the National Bio- and Agro-Defense Facility. The agenda for the Natural
Resources Committee includes an update on the Kansas Smoke Management
Plan and a report on Water Conservation
Areas. Tax Committee members will hear about possible changes to the
Kansas tax system and the status of the state budget. The committee will
discuss the current property tax lid, which will be addressed during
the upcoming legislative session, and several recent proposals that
would have increased taxes on agriculture.
Kansans serving on the U.S. Roundtable for Sustainable Beef (USRSB)
will give a report to the KLA Stockgrowers Council. Members of the
Stockgrowers Council also will hear a KLA staff outlook on the 2016
Kansas legislative session.
Members of the KLA Cattle Feeders Council (CFC) will hear an update
on the progress of USRSB. In addition, the CFC agenda includes a report
on the record dividend declared by the KLA workers’ compensation pool.
Both the Stockgrowers and Feeders Councils will consider amendments
to current KLA policy regarding animal identification and traceability.
The new beef industry long-range plan suggests a more comprehensive
individual animal identification program.
Registration, schedule and hotel information is available here. Members and guests can register on-site once the meeting starts at the Century II Convention Center in Wichita.
from November 23
AG GROUPS CALL ON CONGRESS TO RENEW DEPRECIATION PROVISIONS
NCBA and 38 other ag groups have sent a letter asking U.S. House
and Senate leadership to take up legislation addressing expired tax
extenders. The letter focused on Section 179 and bonus depreciation,
which allows farmers and ranchers to write off a greater share of
capital expenditures the year purchases are made rather than
depreciating these assets over time.
Under the expired law, the maximum amount a small business can
immediately expense when purchasing business assets is $25,000, adjusted
for inflation. The remainder must be depreciated over time. Groups
signing the letter encouraged Congress to restore the maximum amount of
expensing under Section 179 to $500,000, as it was in 2014.
Congressional leaders also were asked to reinstate the expired 50% bonus
depreciation for the purchase of new capital assets, including ag
equipment and buildings.
NCBA President Philip Ellis, who will speak at next week’s KLA
Convention in Wichita, said it is critical to address these provisions
for long-term business planning purposes. He said greater certainty in
the tax code would support small businesses and rural America.
from November 20
NEW ROAST APP DESIGNED TO GIVE CONSUMERS MORE COOKING CONFIDENCE
Certified Angus Beef (CAB) has launched a free
app for smartphones and tablets that is designed to help consumers
easily purchase, prepare and enjoy a variety of beef roasts. Roast
Perfect, available for both Apple and Android devices, helps consumers
select the right roast for the occasion and determine how many pounds
will be needed for the number of people being served. It features
recipes accompanied by video tutorials and step-by-step directions, as
well as a roasting timer.
“The ultimate goal is to give consumers more confidence in cooking
beyond ground beef dishes and steak,” said CAB Assistant Director of
Digital Marketing Margaret Coleman.
A new survey funded by CAB and the beef checkoff found nearly a
quarter of consumers never have cooked a beef roast and 43% cook one or
less per year. Consumers cited “not enough time” and “don’t know how”
among reasons for not roasting. The survey showed 30% consider beef
roast appropriate for a holiday meal, making now an ideal time to
introduce the app, according to Coleman.
from November 19
LIVESTOCK, HUMAN HEALTH EXPERTS WORK TOGETHER ON RESISTANCE ISSUE
Animal and human health experts recently gathered in Atlanta, GA,
for a meeting hosted by the National Institute for Animal Agriculture
(NIAA) to discuss antibiotic resistance. Key stakeholders within the
livestock and human health communities worked on developing strategies
for reducing antimicrobial resistance.
Under the direction of Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Chief
Evaluation Officer Tom Chapel, attendees worked in groups to create a
road map for decreasing antibiotic resistance, while continuing to
provide a safe and adequate food supply.
Kansas State University Professor of Production Medicine and
Clinical Pharmacology Mike Apley, one of the speakers at the NIAA forum,
said it seems inevitable that producers and veterinarians will need to
keep more detailed animal treatment records. He said this is part of
greater antibiotic stewardship.
According to CDC, discussions about reducing resistance also are
taking place in the human health community, making it natural for both
sides to work together.
from November 18
EVERSMANN, THOMSON AMONG HIGHLIGHTS ON CONVENTION PROGRAM
The program at the KLA Convention will provide
members and guests everything from inspiration to practical information.
Highlights for the December 2-4 meeting in Wichita include a military
hero who will describe how he survived a perilous experience in a
hostile country and a veterinarian with clarification of a new rule on
Retired Army First Sgt. Matt Eversmann, who was immortalized in the epic
movie “Black Hawk Down,” will headline the Wednesday evening banquet.
He will focus on attributes that brought him through a harrowing
experience alive in 1993 and how those qualities can lead to success in
business and in life. His appearance will be sponsored by Zoetis and
Kansas State University veterinarian Dan Thomson will explain what
the government’s new Veterinary Feed Directive means for ranchers,
feeders and dairymen during his Beef Industry University presentation,
sponsored by the Farm Credit Associations of Kansas. The Jones professor
of epidemiology and production medicine at the K-State College of
Veterinary Medicine will clarify how certain antibiotics soon will
require veterinary approval on a case-by-case basis for the product to
be included in livestock feed.
The preregistration deadline for the KLA Convention is November 20.
An online registration form, schedule and hotel information can be
from November 17
KANSAS RANCH TAKES TITLE AT WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP RANCH RODEO
Lonesome Pine Ranch of Cedar Point beat out 22 other teams from
across the country to win the 20th World Championship Ranch Rodeo
(WCRR), November 12-15 in Amarillo. The team won the ranch bronc riding
and wild cow milking and placed in the team branding average to capture
the title. Members of the Lonesome Pine team were Frank, Bud, Troy and
Makenzie Higgs, Chris Potter and Travis Duncan. The team set an arena
record in the wild cow milking with a time of 18.7 seconds.
The cowboys and cowgirl from Lonesome Pine won the 2015 Kansas
Championship Ranch Rodeo at Medicine Lodge. Lonesome Pine finished as
reserve champions the last two years at WCRR before winning the title
Sandhill Cattle Company of Earth, TX, finished as the reserve world
champions this year. Third place was JO Bar Ranch & Hatchet Ranch
of Lordsburg, NM, and Hachita, NM.
Other Kansas teams placing in the top 10 of the average in
individual events at WCRR were Stock Ranch & Diamond E of Redfield,
Keith Cattle & Robbins of Morris/Chase/Allen counties, Broken H
& H Cross of Bronson and Lazy B of Ellsworth County.
Teams competing at WCRR must qualify at a sanctioned event. Contestants must be working ranch cowboys and cowgirls.
from November 16
IMPROVED WORKER SAFETY CREDITED FOR RECORD KLA WORK COMP DIVIDEND
The KLA workers' compensation program will issue a record $1.5
million dividend to pool members during next month’s convention in
Wichita. According to KLA Senior Vice President Rich McKee, who serves
as administrator of the program, the dividend is largely due to an
increased emphasis on safety.
“KLA members have made feedyards a safer place to work,” said
McKee. “That hard work is what made this record dividend possible.”
McKee said the mission of the work comp program is “to prevent
accidents and save lives.” He said if that is accomplished, “everything
else falls into place.”
With the announcement of this dividend, the KLA work comp program
will have returned more than $2.1 million to its members during the past
12 months. The size of dividend each member receives is determined by
individual safety records. Members with an average safety record will
receive dividends amounting to about 25% of their premium. Those members
with good safety records will have more than 60% of their premium
returned in the form of dividends.
All KLA members are eligible to apply for the program. For more information, contact McKee (email@example.com) at the KLA office.
from November 13
PARMAN NAMED TO LEAD AMERICAN ROYAL
The American Royal Board of Directors has named Lynn Parman as the
organization’s new president and chief executive officer. She succeeds
Bob Peterson, who is retiring from the position. Her employment is effective November 16.
Parman brings a strong understanding of agribusiness and the animal
health sector to the job. She currently is associate director of
community and workforce affairs for Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica.
Parman’s previous experience includes six years as vice president of
bioscience development for the Kansas City Area Development Council. She
directed the team responsible for the creation, launch and successful
execution of the KC Animal Health Corridor brand.
“I look forward to working with our engaged board of directors and
talented staff to develop a strategic plan to ensure a strong future for
the American Royal,” said Parman, who lives in the Kansas City region
with her husband and 12-year-old daughter.
from November 12
WILSON NAMED TOP OCTOBER RECRUITER
Bourbon County KLA Chair Lafe Wilson of Uniontown earned recruiter
of the month honors for October by signing up five new KLA members. He
will receive a $50 Cabela’s gift card for his accomplishment.
Wilson is in a five-way tie for fifth place in the 2015 Top Hand
Membership Contest, which will come to an end December 3. Leading this
year’s race is Russ Walker, Altoona, with 25 new members. The Coffey
County Committee is in second with 11 and the third place Anderson
County Committee has 10. In fourth is the Nemaha County Committee with
seven. Sharing fifth place honors with Wilson at six recruits each are
Gene Barrett, Grantville; Vernon Bohn, Dwight; Andy Larson, Green; and
Daniel Mushrush, Strong City.
All these individuals and groups have received a set of leather
coasters, a John Deere Buck knife and steak knives with the Eat Beef
message for signing up one, three and five recruits, respectively. In
addition, those reaching 10 new members will receive a complimentary
registration to the KLA Convention. Fifteen new members earn the
recruiter a pair of boots and those getting 20 or more receive a Marlin
John Deere is the exclusive sponsor of the KLA Top Hand contest.