June 1, 2020

RTK Summer Matching Challenge

Due to these unusual times, Ranchland Trust of Kansas (RTK) has made the difficult decision to cancel the Pre-Symphony in the Flint Hills Luncheon. However, the mission to protect and conserve the Kansas landscape will continue to be a reality this summer. Thanks to the event ...

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May 29, 2020

Cattle On Feed Numbers Show Dramatic Impact Of Pandemic

The latest USDA cattle on feed report reflects the severe disruptions in cattle slaughter last month due to the coronavirus pandemic. The May 1 U.S. feedlot inventory was 11.2 million head, down 5.1% year-over-year. The Kansas inventory was down 3% at 2.32 million head.  ...

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May 28, 2020

Beef Checkoff Provides Nutrition Information To Health Professionals And Consumers

As part of Beef Month, the Kansas Beef Council (KBC) is leveraging a multitude of strategies to highlight the nutritional benefits of beef and to dispel myths related to America’s favorite protein. From sponsored sessions for dietitians to digital content reaching thousands of...

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May 27, 2020

K-State Vet Students Receive Merck Cartridges For Cash Scholarships Through KLF

The Kansas Livestock Foundation (KLF) has awarded 28 scholarships totaling $31,000 for the 2020-21 school year. Five students attending the Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine each were given a $1,500 scholarship through the Merck Animal Health Cartridges fo...

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May 26, 2020

CFAP Application Period Opens Today

The application period for the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP) now is open. Producers should apply through their local Farm Service Agency (FSA). Applications can be submitted electronically either by scanning, emailing or faxing. The application form, AD-3114, can ...

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May 22, 2020

KDA Issues Guidance For Livestock Shows

Under the state’s re-opening framework established through Executive Order No. 20-29 from Gov. Laura Kelly, competitions and events not affiliated with fairs or festivals were allowed to resume as of May 22. This includes livestock shows for which the Kansas Department of Agri...

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May 21, 2020

Checkoff-Funded Program Reaches Public Health Nutritionists

The Kansas Beef Council (KBC) recently partnered with the Kansas Nutrition Council (KNC) to provide a presentation to more than 100 registered dietitians and public health nutritionists during the virtual KNC Annual Conference. The checkoff-sponsored session, titled “What is Y...

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May 20, 2020

CFAP Details Released

USDA yesterday announced the details of the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP), including how it will be implemented and how payments will be dispersed. The program will provide $16 billion in direct payments to agricultural producers from two funding sources, the Coro...

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May 19, 2020

Hours-Of-Service Waiver Extended Into June

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has extended its hours-of-service waiver another four weeks for livestock haulers in response to the nationwide coronavirus pandemic. The exemption was due to expire May 15, but has been extended through June 14.  Drivers wi...

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May 18, 2020

KBC To Launch New Portal Connecting Consumers With Producers

In response to a growing number of people searching for local and online meat sales, the Kansas Beef Council (KBC) is creating a digital platform to directly connect consumers looking to purchase beef with those who produce it. The online Kansas beef listing site also will pro...

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May 15, 2020

KLA To Host Webinar For Members To Address Disaster Relief Program

The final details of the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP) have yet to be released. However, expectations are the official program rules will be available from USDA in the coming days. With that in mind, KLA will host a webinar Wednesday, May 20, at 7:30 p.m. to provi...

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May 14, 2020

KLA Endorses Congressman Marshall For Senate

KLA is endorsing Congressman Roger Marshall, M.D., for the U.S. Senate. As the first agricultural organization to endorse Dr. Marshall in his successful congressional bid in 2016, KLA believes he has represented the state’s farmers and ranchers exceptionally well over the past...

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May 13, 2020

USDA To Host Webinar Tomorrow On Application Process For Direct Payments

USDA and the Farm Service Agency (FSA) will host a webinar tomorrow (5/14) at 12:00 p.m. CDT, for farmers, ranchers and other producers interested in applying for direct payments through the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP). This webinar is an opportunity for produce...

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May 12, 2020

KLA Engaged In Market Discussions

The current market dynamics have led to many discussions in the industry as to what can be done to improve the situation in the short- and long-term. Although these issues are not new to the industry, they have been exacerbated by the coronavirus pandemic and all that surround...

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May 11, 2020

Webinar Series Addresses Industry Issues

A new webinar series being hosted by North Dakota State University Extension, Texas A&M Agrilife Extension and West Virginia University is focusing on current issues in the cattle and beef industries. Topics being addressed during the Intersection of the Cattle and Beef In...

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May 8, 2020

First Quarter Beef Exports On Record Pace

According to data released this week by USDA and compiled by the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF), beef exports trended higher year-over-year in March, establishing a record first quarter pace. Driven by solid growth in Japan, where U.S. beef is benefiting from reduced tari...

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May 7, 2020

Still Awaiting Details on CFAP

The Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP), which was approved in April, has been submitted to the White House Office of Management and Budget. Upon completion of this review, USDA will publish the program rules.    This $19 billion relief package is directed at ...

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May 6, 2020

EIDL Program To Focus On Ag Businesses

The Small Business Administration (SBA) announced Monday they have resumed processing Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) applications. Additionally, SBA will begin accepting new EIDL and EIDL Advance applications on a limited basis. At this time, only agricultural business a...

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May 5, 2020

KLA Members Now Can Access Kansas Stockman Two Ways

Members now will have the option to view the Kansas Stockman magazine online. This will be offered in addition to the printed version of the magazine members will continue to receive in their mailboxes 10 times per year.  The digital edition will be made available on the ...

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May 4, 2020

Kansas Ranchers Connect Virtually With Consumers During Beef Month

Although the coronavirus has upended many long-held traditions, Beef Month and the many contributions of those in the beef community will not be overlooked. If anything, the pandemic has put a spotlight on the vital role those in food production play in the stability of the na...

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May 1, 2020

KLA Urges KDHE To Implement CDC Guidance For Agricultural Workers

KLA staff has fielded numerous calls where continuity of agricultural operations is facing serious issues in Kansas. In an effort to address these matters, KLA Chief Executive Officer Matt Teagarden sent a letter urging Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) Secret...

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April 30, 2020

Consumer Interest In Beef Recipes On Pinterest Spikes

Apps and social media platforms are playing a key role in the new world of social distancing. Pinterest long has been a leading social media platform for finding recipes, but with more consumers under stay-at-home orders, use has skyrocketed. The app recently was ranked as the...

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April 29, 2020

President Signs Executive Order To Keep Packing Plants Open

President Donald Trump yesterday signed an executive order that instructs beef packing plants to remain open and employees in those plants to remain at work through the coronavirus pandemic. This action will help keep the beef supply chain intact and ensure beef remains availa...

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April 28, 2020

Kansas Leopold Conservation Award Application Deadline Nearing

Applications for the Kansas Leopold Conservation Award are due June 1. Given in honor of renowned conservationist Aldo Leopold, the $10,000 award honors Kansas farmers, ranchers and other private landowners who are dedicated to stewardship of the land, water, soil and wildlife...

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April 27, 2020

New Project Will Support Local Groundwater Recharge And Sustainability

A new enterprise to address declining aquifer levels soon will be available in Wichita and Greeley counties. The Natural Resources Conservation Service is investing $1.4 million in a partner-driven groundwater recharge and sustainability project to support local communities th...

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April 24, 2020

Latest Relief Package Would Allow Ag Operations To Qualify For EIDL

Congress this week approved emergency relief legislation that would deliver an additional $321 billion in funding for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and $50 billion for the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program, both of which are provided through the Small Busine...

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April 23, 2020

Beef Promotion Reaches Millions

As home cooks have been stocking up on staples like beef over the past several weeks, the national beef checkoff has ramped up efforts to provide preparation tips and recipes. Part of those efforts included working with three popular chefs to launch a campaign encouraging cons...

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April 22, 2020

KLA Urges Secretary Perdue To Raise Payment Limit

KLA President Harry Moser yesterday sent a letter on behalf of the association to USDA Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue requesting an increase in the payment limit included in the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP) that was passed last week. While many details of ...

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April 21, 2020

USDA Provides Comprehensive Guide For Available Federal Rural Resources

Last week, USDA unveiled a one-stop shop of federal programs that can be used by rural communities, organizations and individuals impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. The Federal Rural Resource Guide provides information on resources available to agricultural producers; rural...

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April 20, 2020

USDA Relief Package Announced, Official Details Pending

USDA late last week announced the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP), which is a $19 billion relief package directed at agricultural producers impacted by the pandemic and funded through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act. According to USDA, the prog...

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April 17, 2020

Hours-Of-Service Waiver Extended

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has extended its hours-of-service waiver another five weeks for livestock haulers in response to the nationwide coronavirus pandemic. The exemption was first issued March 13 and was due to expire April 12. It now is set t...

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April 16, 2020

KLF Scholarship Application Deadline Fast Approaching

The deadline to apply for Kansas Livestock Foundation (KLF) scholarships is next week. Applications must be postmarked by April 20. Students pursuing a degree in agriculture or a related field, including veterinary medicine, can click here for details.  KLF scholarships a...

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April 15, 2020

Study Estimates Cattle Industry Losses At More Than $13 Billion

A study released yesterday estimates cattle industry losses as a result of the coronavirus pandemic will reach $13.6 billion. The study was commissioned by NCBA and conducted by a team of industry-leading agricultural economists led by Oklahoma State University Extension Lives...

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April 14, 2020

Multiple Air Quality Exceedances Registered Last Week

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) reported that multiple air quality standards were exceeded in Wichita, Topeka, Kansas City and Chanute on April 4, 7 and 8. These included one exceedance for ozone and five for fine particulate matter or PM2.5. While these...

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April 13, 2020

April Marks National Stress Awareness Month

Farming and ranching are stressful occupations, especially in these uncertain times. With April being National Stress Awareness Month, it’s important to highlight some of the resources available to those in the agricultural industry.   Last fall, the Kansas Departmen...

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April 10, 2020

Meat Sales Remain Elevated

According to 210 Analytics President Anne-Marie Roerink, as social distancing measures and stay-at-home orders ramped up, the final week of March showed ongoing stockpiling of food and beverages. Although packaged and frozen food are accounting for a greater share of grocery s...

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April 9, 2020

USDA To Expand Cattle Market Investigation

U.S. Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue announced yesterday that the agency would be expanding its investigation into the cattle markets. This announcement came after NCBA President Marty Smith sent a letter to President Donald Trump requesting the government act quickly to investigate...

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April 8, 2020

Cherokee County Qualifies For Seat On Chairmen’s Circle

Cherokee County has reached qualification to hold a seat on the KLA Chairmen’s Circle. Since his election as county chair in December, Joe Mooney of Columbus and his committee have been visiting with neighbors about the benefits and services KLA offers its members and hosted a...

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April 7, 2020

Agricultural Producers Eligible For Paycheck Protection Program

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act has allocated significant resources to the Small Business Administration (SBA) to help small businesses survive and keep workers employed amid the pandemic and economic downturn. Traditionally, agricultural producer...

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April 6, 2020

Kansas CRP Participants Encouraged To Postpone Burns

In response to the coronavirus pandemic currently impacting all states, including Kansas, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment and the Kansas Department of Agriculture are recommending landowners and managers voluntarily reduce the number of acres they burn this spr...

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April 3, 2020

KLA Sends Letter To USDA Regarding Market Investigation

KLA Letter To USDA Regarding Market Investigation KLA President Harry Moser this week sent a letter on behalf of the association to USDA Under Secretary Greg Ibach requesting the Packers and Stockyards Division of the Agricultural Marketing Service begin an investigation to de...

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April 2, 2020

KBC Connecting with Consumers

In response to the changing societal norms brought on by the coronavirus, the Kansas Beef Council (KBC) has increased its digital advertising to emphasize more retail purchasing information and is providing cook-at-home meal solutions for Kansas consumers.   With mor...

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April 1, 2020

Beef Checkoff Wins Court Case

The beef checkoff and fifteen grassroots-led state beef councils, including the Kansas Beef Council, won a major court victory last week when the U.S. District Court of Montana ruled in favor of USDA and the Montana Beef Council in the matter of R-CALF vs. Sonny Perdue and USD...

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March 31, 2020

A Message From KLA President Harry Moser

Fellow members, we are in unprecedented times. I first approached the coronavirus epidemic with a certain disbelief. Who would have thought it would have the impact it is having on people, businesses and our industry? Let me assure you that your volunteer leadership team and t...

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March 30, 2020

Rumors Surrounding Stimulus Package Inaccurate

With passage last week of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act, which includes support for livestock producers, there have been various inaccurate rumors circulating about how payments will be calculated and distributed. It is important to note that no...

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March 27, 2020

Agriculture Deemed Critical Infrastructure

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has issued guidance confirming food and agriculture as a critical infrastructure industry in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. This designation ensures that agricultural operations and those that support them can continue operating ...

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March 26, 2020

Senate Passes Coronavirus Aid Package

The U.S. Senate last night unanimously passed the $2 trillion Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act, which will deliver cash payments to individuals and provide support to industries impacted by the pandemic. The legislation specifically provides USDA with ...

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March 25, 2020

K-State Ag Economists To Address Impact Of COVID-19

Kansas State University will be hosting a series of webinars focused on the economics of agriculture during the coronavirus pandemic. K-State ag economists will address the current impact on the macroeconomy, grain markets and planting, livestock markets and land values. ...

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March 24, 2020

KLA County Meetings Cancelled

As a reminder to members, all KLA county meetings have been cancelled in compliance with Gov. Laura Kelly’s executive order prohibiting mass gatherings due to the coronavirus. This includes the meetings scheduled for Elk/Wilson, Scott, Marshall, Lincoln/Mitchell and Republic/W...

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March 23, 2020

Beef Promotion Efforts Focused On Nutrition, Cooking At Home

 Amid coronavirus concerns, the Kansas Beef Council (KBC) remains vigilant in the need to educate consumers on the benefits and importance of choosing beef as part of their diet. As families adjust to more time at home, KBC is offering tips and ideas for how to cook beef ...

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March 20, 2020

Legislature Breaks Early Due To Coronavirus

The Kansas Legislature adjourned yesterday due to concerns surrounding the coronavirus pandemic, cutting the regular session short and leaving numerous bills on uncertain footing. KLA’s fake meat bill, HB 2437, is among those, along with the silage cutting exemption in SB 267 ...

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March 19, 2020

NCBA Urges Packers To Bid Aggressively

NCBA Chief Executive Officer Colin Woodall sent a letter yesterday to the North American Meat Institute and the four major beef packing companies asking them to be aggressive in the cash market and base their bids on the increased cutout value. The letter stated this would hel...

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March 18, 2020

Applications Being Accepted For Riparian Quality Enhancement Initiative

Applications Being Accepted For Riparian Quality Enhancement Initiative The Kansas Department of Agriculture (KDA) Division of Conservation has announced updates to the Riparian Quality Enhancement Initiative (RQEI), which provides financial assistance for the improvement of r...

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March 17, 2020

NCBA, KLA Actively Engaged In Issues Involving Coronavirus

The spread of Coronavirus and the world's response to it has created a great deal of uncertainty in the U.S. and around the world. Recognizing this has led to a very volatile cattle market, NCBA and KLA are engaging in the situation. All indications are consumer spending on be...

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March 16, 2020

Legislation Would Improve Recovery In Livestock Payment Defaults

U.S. Sens. Tina Smith of Minnesota and Jim Inhofe from Oklahoma last week re-introduced the bipartisan Securing All Livestock Equitably (SALE) Act, which would create a dealer statutory trust. This would give unpaid sellers of livestock the legal right to reclaim livestock or,...

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March 13, 2020

Fake Meat Bill To Be Considered By House

Legislative action picked up this week following the midway point of the regular session. KLA staff testified on a number of bills and are preparing to do the same on others in the coming week.  Spill remediation -  KLA staff testified in the House Agriculture Commit...

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March 12, 2020

Kansas Beef Council Campaign Generates More Than 1 Million Views

The checkoff-funded “One Simple Ingredient” campaign launched in mid-December by the Kansas Beef Council (KBC) has reached a tremendous milestone, generating more than 1 million video views and over 2 million impressions from consumers in Kansas and the Kansas City metro area....

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March 11, 2020

Jarvis Named Recruiter Of The Month

Phillips County KLA Chair Matt Jarvis has been named KLA recruiter of the month for February. He signed up four new members at the Phillips County Livestock Association annual meeting. The 100 attendees heard from KLA staff about legislative and regulatory issues and got an up...

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March 10, 2020

Smoke Modeling, Weather Forecasts Can Be Found On Ksfire.org

Given recent dry and warm conditions, prescribed fire activity in the Flint Hills and throughout the Plains region has begun, with ranchers and landowners using the practice to improve grazing distribution and decrease undesirable vegetation. In order to balance the use of pre...

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March 9, 2020

Legislators Back To Work After Brief Recess

Last week was relatively quiet at the Statehouse as little action was taken by either legislative body during a shortened work week following the turnaround recess. Significant activity is expected in the coming weeks for bills of interest to KLA members. Fake meat - After Hou...

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March 6, 2020

Governor Issues Emergency Declaration For Wildfire Potential

Gov. Laura Kelly has issued a state of disaster emergency declaration due to the potential risk of wildfires through March 7. Conditions across the state are dry with low relative humidity, strong southerly winds and an abundance of dry grass and other flammable vegetation The...

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March 5, 2020

Beef Expert Bureau Member Reaches Retail Dietitians

Continuous outreach with key influencers through NCBA’s Beef Expert Bureau shows longer-range reach of beef messaging as those influencers engage with their peers. Registered Dietitian and member of the Beef Expert Bureau Shari Steinbach recently wrote an article for the Retai...

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March 4, 2020

New Vaccine Method Developed For Anaplasmosis

Researchers at the Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine, in collaboration with Iowa State University, have developed a new vaccine delivery platform to produce long-lasting protection against anaplasmosis infections. Anaplasmosis, caused by the blood-borne pa...

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March 3, 2020

Each One Reach One Membership Campaign Underway

In the February  Kansas Stockman , KLA President Harry Moser challenged each member to recruit one new member in 2020, then go a step further and nurture a relationship with that person, inviting them to KLA functions. The KLA Membership Committee has accepted that challe...

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March 2, 2020

Bills Receive Action Prior to Legislative Deadline

Last week most of the legislative schedule was spent debating bills on both the House and Senate floors. Numerous bills were worked by the respective chambers before the turnaround deadline of February 27. The House wrapped up debate on Wednesday (2/26), while the Senate conti...

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February 28, 2020

Apply Now For Kansas Livestock Foundation Scholarships

The Kansas Livestock Foundation (KLF) now is accepting applications for 2020-21 scholarships. Applicants must be graduates of a Kansas high school and, except for veterinary students, undergraduate students at a Kansas community or senior college. The Merck Cartridges for Cash...

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February 27, 2020

Meats, Arndt Top Beef Fest Contests

Steers owned by Mike and LeAnna Meats from LeRoy and heifers owned by Michael and Steven Arndt of Emporia won the overall gain contest as part of the 2019 Flint Hills Beef Fest feedlot and carcass awards. The Meats’ steers gained 3.27 lbs. per day from the time they went on gr...

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February 26, 2020

Jewell County Reaches Qualification Status

Jewell County Reaches Qualification Status Jewell County recently reached the threshold required to hold a seat on the KLA Chairmen’s Circle. Joe Eilert of Jewell serves as county chair and represented members in his area at the February 19 Chairmen’s Circle meeting. In order ...

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February 25, 2020

Agriculture Comes To The Classroom

In honor of Kansas Agriculture Month, which begins March 1, the state’s agriculture community is coming together to support a new immersion classroom experience. The goal is to educate students on the importance of agriculture. Grade school classes across the state will be pai...

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February 24, 2020

Committee Action Taken On Several Bills

Last week saw increased activity on both the House and Senate floors as the turnaround deadline, which marks the last day for nonexempt bills to be passed out of their chamber of origin, fast approaches. Many committees also focused on finishing work on nonexempt bills. Severa...

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February 21, 2020

Young Producers Gather In Topeka

A group of young producers from across the state met in Topeka this week for the first installment of the 2020 KLA Young Stockmen’s Academy (YSA). This is the 15th year for the program. Merck Animal Health is again partnering with the association to host these members for an i...

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February 20, 2020

Nutrition Communicators Hear Livestock Sustainability Research

NCBA recently supported an educational session at FoodFluence, an invitation-only conference that draws more than 30 of the top nutrition communicators from across the country. Jennifer Otten, PhD, RD, with the University of Washington, started the session by discussing the im...

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February 19, 2020

Speakers To Provide Global Outlook For Beef Industry

The keynote speakers at the 107th Kansas State University Cattlemen’s Day March 6 will provide a global perspective of the cattle and beef industries. Select Sires Vice President of Beef Programs Lorna Marshall will kick off the program by highlighting genetic and reproductive...

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February 18, 2020

Pace Picks Up In Legislature Prior To Deadline

Last week was busy for KLA governmental affairs staff due to the “turnaround” deadline being just two weeks away. If nonexempt bills are not passed by the house of origin by February 27, the bills are considered dead for the remainder of the year. There were several bills on w...

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February 17, 2020

Be Sure To Attend This Week’s KLA Legislative Meeting and Dinner

Members can provide input and direction for the lobbying staff on important issues during Wednesday’s (2/19) KLA Legislative Meeting and Dinner at the Capitol Plaza Hotel and Maner Conference Center in Topeka. The meeting will start with a complimentary lunch at 11:30 a.m., wh...

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February 14, 2020

RTK Awarded A $5,000 Donation

Nordin (left), Strickland and Gentine Ranchland Trust of Kansas (RTK) recently was awarded a $5,000 donation on behalf of the CommunityAmerica Insurance Agency, which services Kansas and Missouri. The agency was selected as a recipient of the 2019 Regional Agent for the Future...

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February 13, 2020

Survey Reveals Consumer Opinions On Fake Meat

Piplsay Market Research recently released results from a survey of nearly 32,000 Americans focused on the acceptance of alternative proteins among consumers. The study revealed fewer than three in 10 believe fake meat products are comparable to real meat. Among those that have...

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February 12, 2020

Tax-Deductibility Of KLA And NCBA Dues

The portion of 2019 KLA dues that may be deductible as an ordinary and necessary business expense is 92%. NCBA dues paid in 2019 are 90% deductible. KLA Cattle Feeders Council members can report 90% of their dues investment as tax-deductible. The remaining portion is directly ...

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February 11, 2020

Checkoff Partnership Continues With National Blogger

The Kansas Beef Council (KBC) again has partnered with the national food and fitness blog Meal Prep on Fleek for a checkoff-funded collaboration that focuses on sharing meal preparation and planning solutions using beef with health-conscious millennial and Gen-Z consumers. The...

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February 10, 2020

CattleFax Gives Positive Outlook For 2020

CattleFax Vice President of Industry Relations Kevin Good told those attending last week’s Cattle Industry Convention in San Antonio, TX, trade will play a significant role in beef and cattle markets in 2020. He said expectations are that higher protein production will be offs...

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February 7, 2020

Fake Meat Bill Moves To House For Consideration 

Early this week, the House Agriculture Committee favorably passed HB 2437, which would require transparent labeling of fake meat products. It now will be considered by the full House. KLA members are encouraged to contact their legislators and indicate support of the bill, as ...

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February 6, 2020

KDA, K-State, KSDVL Awarded Funds To Support Disease Prevention

The USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) recently awarded a total of $10.2 million to state animal health authorities, land grant universities and national animal health laboratories. The money will be used to support disease prevention and emergency respons...

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February 5, 2020

Plan To Attend The KLA Caucus In San Antonio

KLA members attending the Cattle Industry Convention & NCBA Trade Show February 5-7 in San Antonio, TX, are invited to an issues briefing to be held Thursday, February 6, at 10 a.m. The KLA Caucus, which will be led by KLA staff and officers, will take place at the Marriot...

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February 4, 2020

KBC Reaches Consumers Through Local Chefs

The Kansas Beef Council (KBC) has partnered with local chefs for a new video series that helps consumers succeed with cooking beef. Titled “Recipes from the Heartland,” the checkoff-funded campaign brings comfort food front-and-center in a way that is approachable and obtainab...

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February 3, 2020

Committee To Work Fake Meat Bill Today

Last week was busy for lawmakers on several politically contentious issues that are not impacted by KLA policy. Both the House and Senate held committee hearings on a proposed constitutional amendment to undo a recent Kansas Supreme Court case that established a constitutional...

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January 31, 2020

Beef Checkoff Wins Crucial Court Ruling

The beef industry won an important victory this week when a Montana magistrate judge granted summary judgment to the government and the 15 qualified state beef councils targeted by R-CALF and its activist legal partners at Public Justice. The ruling will help ensure cattlemen ...

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January 30, 2020

KLA Legislative Meeting Offers Members Opportunity To Take Positions On Bills

Members can help direct action on specific bills under consideration in the state Legislature during the KLA Legislative Meeting and Dinner, February 19 in Topeka. The event will be held at the Capitol Plaza Hotel and adjoining Maner Conference Center.  KLA’s lobbying tea...

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January 29, 2020

Schools Receive The Beef Message

The Kansas Beef Council is supplying resources to the Kansas Department of Education (KSDE) for distribution to schools across the state who participate in the agency’s Farm Fresh Fridays Challenge. Through this program, KSDE is celebrating Kansas farmers by encouraging school...

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January 28, 2020

Cattle Traceability Continues To Advance

Multiple state cattlemen’s organizations from major beef producing regions have partnered together to form U.S. CattleTrace. The goal is to develop a national infrastructure for disease traceability and encourage private industry’s use of the system for individualized manageme...

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January 27, 2020

KLA Conference A Learning Experience

2020 Leadership Conference Class Beef industry stakeholders from across the state participated in the KLA Leadership Conference last week. During the two-day event in Topeka, participants were exposed to services provided by KLA, the legislative process and industry advocacy. ...

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January 24, 2020

Members Encouraged To Contact Kansas House Ag Committee Members On Fake Meat Bill

This week was busy for KLA at the Statehouse. The House Committee on Agriculture held a hearing on HB 2437, KLA’s bill to require accurate labeling of fake meat. KLA provided oral testimony in favor of the bill, highlighting the misleading nature of many fake meat labels, and ...

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January 23, 2020

BQA Program Continues To Grow

The Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) program continues to grow significantly, with more than 100,000 cattle producers now certified through the online learning system. The online option was introduced by NCBA, a contractor to the beef checkoff, in early 2017. Since the BQA program...

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January 22, 2020

Partnership Another Piece In One Simple Ingredient Campaign

A collaboration between the Kansas Beef Council (KBC) and prominent Kansas City food blogger Inquiring Chef encourages consumers to choose beef as their mealtime solution by sharing a delicious sheet pan fajita recipe created for busy families. The recipe instructs consumers t...

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January 21, 2020

Young Stockmen’s Academy Welcomes 15th Class

The 2020 KLA Young Stockmen’s Academy (YSA) class marks the 15th year for the program. As in the past, the group will be made up of 20 young producers from across the state. Merck Animal Health is the exclusive sponsor. Each year, the program consists of four seminars that exp...

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January 20, 2020

KLA Introduces Fake Meat Bill During First Week Of Session

The Kansas Legislature began the 2020 session last week. KLA hit the ground running with introduction of a pre-filed bill, HB 2437, that would protect Kansas consumers from the false labeling claims of meat analogs, otherwise known as “fake meat.” Many meat analog product labe...

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January 17, 2020

U.S. Senate Passes USMCA

The U.S. Senate yesterday ratified the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) on trade, by a vote of 89 to 10. It will now be sent to President Donald Trump for signing. A date for full implementation will be set once Canada ratifies the agreement, which is expected as soon as P...

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January 16, 2020

U.S., China Trade Agreement Moves Forward

The U.S. signed a phase-one trade agreement with China yesterday. According to NCBA, it will lay the groundwork for U.S. beef to be highly competitive in the world’s most populous market. The agreement eliminates several barriers that have greatly limited market access for U.S...

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January 15, 2020

Free BQA Training Sessions Scheduled At Four Kansas Locations

Four advanced beef cattle care and health training sessions will be hosted by the Kansas Beef Council (KBC) during February, March and April. These checkoff-funded sessions will provide beef producers with up-to-date standards and technologies to improve animal welfare and foo...

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January 14, 2020

Stockgrowers Executive Committee Finalized

KLA Stockgrowers Council Chair Tyler Breeden of Quinter recently announced his four appointments to the council’s executive committee for 2020. Breeden appointed Jenny Giles Betschart of Ashland, Ed Durst from Morrowville, Rossie Stephens of Grinnell and Clint Sturdy from Lynd...

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January 13, 2020

Members Encouraged To Attend KLA Legislative Meeting

Bills being tracked by the association’s legislative affairs staff will be open for member discussion during the KLA Legislative Meeting, February 19 at the Capitol Plaza in Topeka. Following lunch at 11:30 a.m., a review of current bills under consideration in the Kansas Legi...

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January 10, 2020

Fake Meat Labeling, Water Issues On Agenda For Legislative Session

The Kansas Legislature will begin its 2020 legislative session Monday, January 13. Front-and-center for KLA this year will be legislation to protect consumers from the false labeling claims of alternative, plant-based proteins known as “fake meat.”  KLA will propose legis...

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January 9, 2020

Food Influencers Learn More About Beef

Eleven food influencers gathered at the NCBA Culinary Center last month for the “Roast & Toast with Beef. It’s What’s for Dinner.” event to learn how to prepare the perfect roast. Chef Carrie Baird, a Bravo TV “Top Chef” finalist and winner of “Beat Bobby Flay,” was the gu...

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January 8, 2020

Kansas Rancher Is Advocate Of The Year

Buzzard Frobose NCBA, a contractor to the beef checkoff, has selected Kansas rancher Brandi Buzzard Frobose of Greeley as the 2019 Advocate of the Year. Frobose co-owns High Bar Cattle Company with her husband Hyatt and is a full-time beef industry communications professional....

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January 7, 2020

CattleFax Cow-Calf Survey Provides Valuable Data

CattleFax is conducting its annual Cow-Calf Survey, sponsored by Crystalyx. Information requested in the survey provides participants and the rest of the industry with valuable data regarding industry benchmarks and trends. The survey takes 20 to 30 minutes to complete and can...

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January 6, 2020

New Ground Beef Plant Coming To Garden City

Empirical Foods, based in Dakota Dunes, SD, announced late last month it will open a new ground beef facility in Garden City. Once fully operational, it is expected to more than double the company’s ground beef production and employ around 300 people. “Demand for Empirical’s l...

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January 3, 2020

Webinar Addresses Misconceptions About Red Meat And Cancer

To help address some of the misconceptions surrounding red meat consumption and cancer risk, NCBA, a contractor to the beef check-off, sponsored a webinar last month through the American Society for Nutrition. More than 800 took part, with 425 attending live.  Research sc...

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January 2, 2020

New Year’s Day Brings Implementation Of Two Important Trade Deals

Two trade deals that will have a positive impact on U.S. beef producers went into effect January 1. These agreements will bring new opportunities and better access to Japan and the European Union (EU), two major export markets for the U.S.   The new deal with Japan i...

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December 31, 2019

K-State Research To Target FMD, AFS

High-priority diseases in cattle and swine will be tackled by three researchers in the Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine with grants totaling nearly $1 million from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Agricultural Research Service. Two of the projects wil...

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December 30, 2019

Collinge Cattle Co. Receives National Stocker Award

Collinge Cattle Company of Hamilton recently was chosen to receive the 2019 National Stocker Award, sponsored by BEEF Magazine and Zoetis. Now in its 13th year, the award highlights the importance of the stocker industry, recognizes leading stocker operators and gives producer...

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December 27, 2019

K-State Researchers Target FMD, AFS

High-priority diseases in cattle and swine will be tackled by three researchers in the Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine with grants totaling nearly $1 million from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Agricultural Research Service. Two of the projects wil...

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December 26, 2019

KLF Can Benefit From End-Of-Year Giving

KLA members considering end-of-the-year gifts have the option of giving to the Kansas Livestock Foundation (KLF). KLF supports the Kansas livestock industry through youth scholarships, educational programs and leadership development. Contributions can be directed toward specif...

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December 23, 2019

Enjoy Beef For The Holidays

The holidays are a perfect time to include beef on the menu. Even busy households can make time for entertaining by featuring a beef dish that is easy on the cook but special for guests. Whether it’s a prime rib roast at the center of the table or an appetizer like beef stuffe...

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December 20, 2019

USMCA Passes U.S. House

The U.S. House of Representatives yesterday passed the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) on a vote of 385 to 41. It is expected the Senate will consider the trade legislation in early to mid-January.    USMCA will preserve duty-fee, unrestricted access to Can...

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December 19, 2019

KLA Participates In Animal Disease Preparedness Exercise

The Kansas Department of Agriculture Division of Animal Health conducted an exercise December 16-18 to test the state’s preparedness for a foreign animal disease outbreak. KLA staff joined the Division of Animal Health, other state agencies, federal and local government offici...

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December 18, 2019

Cattle Feeders Elect New Council Leadership

Members of the KLA Cattle Feeders Council (CFC) elected individuals to the serve on the group’s executive committee during the recent KLA Convention in Wichita. Troy Sander with Heritage Feeders was elected chairman, while Jeff George of Finney County Feedyard was selected to ...

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December 17, 2019

KBC Provides Guidance To Holiday Shoppers

Health and nutrition are top-of-mind for consumers and can be a barrier when deciding to purchase beef. However, with more dietitians working in retail grocery, there’s an opportunity for meat departments and dietitians to work together to help consumers understand the meatcas...

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December 16, 2019

Kansas Leopold Award Winner Announced

Ted Alexander of Sun City has been selected as the recipient of the 2019 Kansas Leopold Conservation Award. Given in honor of renowned conservationist Aldo Leopold, the award recognizes those who inspire others with their dedication to land, water and wildlife resources in the...

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December 13, 2019

Benefit Auctions Raise More Than $40,000

Each year a live benefit auction supporting three KLA affiliates is held during the Cattlemen’s Banquet at the convention. This year, the auction raised a total of $34,575. Nearly 500 KLA members and guests were in attendance for the banquet and auction.  Items sold to be...

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December 12, 2019

Deadline For YSA 2020 Applications Quickly Approaching

The recent KLA Convention marked the completion of the 14th year of the KLA Young Stockmen's Academy (YSA). To date, 280 young members have graduated through the program. YSA leadership training has seen its influence not only on the local level where YSA alumni are fulfilling...

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December 11, 2019

KLA Members Approve Policy Addressing Business Issues

Policy focused on labeling of imitation meat and dairy products, stockwater permits, the lesser prairie chicken and other key issues was approved by KLA members during the group’s annual business meeting December 6 in Wichita. Ranchers, feeders and dairymen provided input duri...

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December 10, 2019

Downey Reminds Membership That Time is Precious

Downey Speaking from the heart about her decision to serve as KLA president despite her battle with cancer, Barb Downey delivered a powerful message of resilience in her retiring address during the membership breakfast December 6 at the KLA Convention. The Farm Credit Associat...

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December 9, 2019

Moser, Kuckelman Elected to KLA Leadership Postions

Kuckelman (left) and Moser Members of the Kansas Livestock Association (KLA) elected Wheaton cow-calf producer Harry Moser as president during the group’s annual business meeting December 6 in Wichita. The membership chose Jerry Kuckelman, a cattle feeder from Manhattan, as KL...

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December 6, 2019

Anderson County Committee Wins Top Recruiter Honors

The Anderson County KLA committee earned top recruiter of the year honors in the KLA Top Hand contest, sponsored exclusively by John Deere. The group signed up 32 new members and will receive a 20X beaver hat from Greeley Hat Works. The second-place recruiter is Andy Larson of...

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December 5, 2019

Members Honored For Long-Time Commitment to KLA

Five individuals and three businesses were recognized during last night’s banquet for joining in 1969 and now marking a half-century of continuous KLA membership. They were Wilma Ackerman, Sabetha; Gene Hess, Scott City; Marcella Holbrook, Washington; Harry LaToush, Scott City...

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December 4, 2019

Young Stockmen Attend Final Session At KLA Convention

Members of the 14 th KLA Young Stockmen’s Academy (YSA) class will graduate Friday at the close of the convention. Merck Animal Health is the exclusive sponsor of the program, which consists of 20 young producers gathering for four sessions throughout the year. This class brin...

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December 3, 2019

Consider KLF When Giving

Today is #GivingTuesday, a global day of giving to causes individuals believe in. KLA members considering end-of-the-year gifts have the option of giving to the Kansas Livestock Foundation (KLF). Throughout the year, KLF supports the Kansas livestock industry through youth sch...

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December 2, 2019

Ranchland Trust Of Kansas Receives First Acres For America Grant In State History

The Ranchland Trust of Kansas (RTK) recently was awarded the first ever Acres for America grant in Kansas by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) and Walmart. The $650,000 grant will be used to conserve the Ballet Ranch located in the Red Hills of Kansas. “From its...

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November 27, 2019

Less Than 10 Days Left To Meet KLA Membership Challenge

There is not much time left in the 125-members challenge ! As part of KLA’s 125th anniversary celebration, members have been challenged to sign up a total of 125 new members in 125 days. If this goal is reached, two members will receive Traeger 20 pellet grills. All new member...

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November 26, 2019

Succession Planning Session Available To Members Attending Convention

Members interested in learning about a new approach to succession planning can attend a session being held immediately following the close of the KLA Convention, December 6. Lance Woodbury with Ag Progress will discuss a pilot program he will lead to assist a peer group of KLA...

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November 25, 2019

Member Input Needed During Committee, Council Meetings At Convention

KLA members are encouraged to attend the convention, December 4-6 in Wichita, to provide input on issues affecting their businesses. Members will have an opportunity to discuss and vote on association policy as it works its way through standing committee and council meetings. ...

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November 22, 2019

KBC Invests In Drool-Worthy Video

The Kansas Beef Council (KBC) is providing support to a national beef video campaign this holiday season. Beef. It’s What’s For Dinner. is releasing a new beef drool log video that will add holiday flavor to workplaces, dinner parties or nights at home with the family.  T...

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November 21, 2019

Cattle Feeders Hall Of Fame Inductees Announced

The 11th annual Cattle Feeders Hall of Fame banquet will be held February 4, 2020, in conjunction with the Cattle Industry Convention in San Antonio. The event will feature the announcement of the newest inductees into the Hall of Fame. Inductees for 2020 will be Carl Stevenso...

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November 20, 2019

Sharing Beef’s Great Nutrition Story Is A Priority For Checkoff Programming

Checkoff-funded blog posts focus on hot topics in nutrition and help position accurate information and research on beef’s role in a healthy and balanced diet within social media platforms. A recent blog post on the Kansas Beef Council website focused on encouraging millennial ...

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November 19, 2019

Live, Silent Auctions At KLA Convention Benefit Several Initiatives

The December 4 live benefit auction at the KLA Convention in Wichita will sell livestock equipment, western art, bull sale credits and a stem cell therapy procedure. Proceeds from these items will help fund programs and initiatives for the KLA Political Action Council (PAC), R...

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November 18, 2019

Holcomb Plant Set To Reopen In December

Tyson Fresh Meats announced today that reconstruction of its processing plant in Holcomb that was damaged in an August 9 fire is near completion. Officials said efforts to resume harvest operations will begin the first week of December, with intentions to be fully operational ...

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November 15, 2019

New Website Launch At Ranchland Trust Of Kansas

Ranchland Trust of Kansas (RTK) recently launched a new website at www.ranchlandtrustofkansas.org . RTK Executive Director Lynn Gentine led RTK staff to create new content and design new pages for a complete website transformation. Now users can view myths and facts about cons...

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November 14, 2019

Program Available To Help Ranchers Restore Watersheds

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment has a program available to help ranchers further protect watershed areas. The Kansas Watershed Restoration and Protection Strategies (WRAPS) program is designed to address ongoing impairments attributed to nonpoint-source polluti...

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November 13, 2019

Turn Cartridges Into Cash For KLF Scholarships

Members are encouraged to bring empty Ralgro and Revalor cartridges to the KLA Convention, December 4-6 in Wichita. For each empty cartridge, Merck Animal Health will donate 25¢ to help fund Kansas Livestock Foundation (KLF) scholarships. Based on the number turned in at the 2...

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November 12, 2019

Beef Export Data Highlights Need For Tariff Relief

According to the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF), U.S. beef exports to Japan continue to reflect the tariff rate gap between U.S. beef and its competitors. September exports were 14% below last year in both volume and value. For the first three quarters of the year, export...

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November 11, 2019

Place Featured Speaker At Convention Forum

The December 5 Consumer Trends Forum at the KLA Convention in Wichita will feature Elanco Animal Health Technical Consultant in Sustainability Sara Place, who will highlight how the cattle industry has reduced its environmental footprint in recent years. In her previous role a...

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November 8, 2019

Meek Honored For Four Decades Of Service To KLA Members

Meek KLA recognized Manager of Member Services Letty Meek for 40 years of service to the association last week. Meek started work at KLA in October of 1979. After only a few short years, she joined the membership staff where she has played a key role ever since.  Over the...

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November 7, 2019

Anderson County Two-Time Winner

The Anderson County KLA committee earned KLA recruiter of the month honors for October. They also won this award in August. The group will receive a $50 Cabela’s gift card for their efforts, which have given them a good lead in the 2019 KLA Top Hand Contest. They have enrolled...

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November 6, 2019

Foodservice Directors Learn About Ranching And Beef Sustainability

The Kansas State University Beef Cattle Institute and Housing and Dining Services hosted a Beef Sustainability Summit October 14-16 in Manhattan. The checkoff-funded tour and educational sessions targeted the sizable market segment of onsite foodservice, which includes univers...

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November 5, 2019

Hours-Of-Service Legislation Will Provide Relief For Agricultural Haulers

Bipartisan legislation was introduced last week that would provide flexible relief from hours-of-service rules for agricultural haulers. The Responsible & Efficient Agriculture Destination Act would ensure the current hours-of-service exemption that applies to the 150-air-...

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November 4, 2019

USFWS Announces a Pause in Quivira Impairment Remedy

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) announced last week it would not make a request to the State of Kansas for water for the Quivira National Wildlife Refuge in Fiscal Year 2020. The chief engineer of the Kansas Department of Agriculture Division of Water Resources had ...

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November 1, 2019

Domer Retires After More Than Three Decades With KLA

Domer KLA Vice President of Communications Todd Domer retired October 31 after more than 34 years with the organization. Since February 1985, he has served as editor of the Kansas Stockman and KLA News & Market Report, the voice of KLA radio and television programs, contri...

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October 31, 2019

Checkoff Partnership With Food Blog Registers One Million Impressions

The Kansas Beef Council (KBC) partnered with the national food and fitness blog Meal Prep on Fleek for a collaboration that focused on sharing beef recipe videos and research on the benefits of adding lean beef to the diet. There were nearly one million digital impressions of ...

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October 30, 2019

Marshall Introduces Bill To Combat Deceptive Labeling Of Fake Meat

Kansas Congressman Roger Marshall and New York Congressman Anthony Brindisi have introduced bipartisan federal legislation called the Real MEAT (Marketing Edible Artificials Truthfully) Act of 2019. Drafted with the assistance and support of NCBA and KLA, the bill sets out to ...

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October 29, 2019

Blach To Deliver Market Outlook At KLA Convention

Blach CattleFax Chief Executive Officer Randy Blach will identify factors driving the cattle and beef markets during his presentation at the KLA Convention, December 4-6 in Wichita. His market analysis and outlook will highlight Thursday morning’s Beef Industry University, spo...

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October 28, 2019

Apply Now for 2020 Young Stockmen's Academy

KLA currently is accepting applications for the 2020 Young Stockmen’s Academy class. This will be the 15 th class since the program began in 2006.  The Young Stockmen’s Academy consists of four seminars throughout the year designed to educate young members about KLA, the ...

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October 25, 2019

Horses In Sherman County Diagnosed With Vesicular Stomatitis

Officials with the Kansas Department of Agriculture Division of Animal Health (DAH) have confirmed vesicular stomatitis (VS) in horses in Sherman County. The infected animals all reside on the same premises, which is a private residence, and no animal movement has occurred fro...

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October 24, 2019

KLA Members Challenged To Get 125 New Recruits By Convention

As KLA celebrates 125 years of service, members are challenged to sign up a total of 125 new members in 125 days. If this goal is reached, two members will receive Traeger 20 pellet grills. All new members from August 1 through December 5, 2019, will be entered into a drawing ...

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October 23, 2019

Convention Panel Will Feature Beef Strategies Aimed At Meat Substitutes

Lane Speakers on a Friday morning panel at the KLA Convention will explain how the industry is positioning beef as plant-based protein options gain notoriety. The Industry Information Session, sponsored by Elanco Animal Health, will highlight how NCBA is coordinating checkoff ...

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October 22, 2019

Nutrition Strategies Including Beef Presented To Western Kansas Dietitians

The Kansas Beef Council (KBC) reached 30 registered dietitians at the Western Kansas Dietetic Association Conference October 4 in Hays. A checkoff-funded session featured Cara Harbstreet, MS, RD, LD, of Street Smart Nutrition. Her presentation helped the group understand the i...

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October 21, 2019

Member Input Sought At Area Roundtables

KLA officers and staff will host a series of nine roundtable meetings across the state this fall. During the meetings, members are encouraged to bring up issues KLA may need to address, as well as how the organization can better serve its members. In addition, updates will be ...

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October 18, 2019

RTK Names Winners In Annual Photo Contest

Ten winners have been announced in the 8th annual Ranchland Trust of Kansas (RTK) photography contest. Nichole Conard of Wichita was the grand prize winner in this year’s contest. Her photo, titled “Herding History,” was taken during the 150th Chisholm Trail Drive south of May...

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October 17, 2019

Registration Open for CattleTrace Industry Symposium

The first-ever CattleTrace Industry Symposium will take place November 22 in Manhattan at the Kansas State University Union. It will serve as a platform to share progress on the CattleTrace project, foster discussions around the future of animal disease traceability (ADT) and ...

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October 16, 2019

State Beef Councils Meet To Share Demand-Building Plans

Kansas Beef Council (KBC) staff recently attended the Partners in Action Conference in Denver. State beef councils participating in this multi-day conference collaborated on the rollout of a unified national demand-building plan for the upcoming year. The information gained wi...

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October 15, 2019

New Report Shows Mandatory Meat Labeling Had Negative Benefit-Cost Ratio

Kansas State University Ag Economist Glynn Tonsor says the mandatory country-of-origin labeling (mCOOL) law that was in effect from 2009 until 2015 did not have a positive impact on consumer demand for beef and other meat products. His comments come in light of renewed discuss...

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October 14, 2019

Don L. Good Impact Award Presented To KLA

Pictured (L to R) are Day, Downey, Moser and Gardiner. KLA received the Don L. Good Impact Award October 4 during the Kansas State University Animal Sciences & Industry (ASI) Family & Friends Reunion in Manhattan. Presented by the Livestock and Meat Industry Council (L...

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October 11, 2019

Groups Use Misinformation To Divide Industry

KLA forcefully responded this week to allegations of wrongdoing by the animal activist-aligned Organization for Competitive Markets (OCM) and Kansas Cattlemen’s Association (KCA). The groups made wrongful accusations about the connection between KLA and the Kansas Beef Council...

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October 10, 2019

IRS Extends Reinvestment Period For Some Livestock Sales Forced By Drought

Ranchers who were forced to sell livestock due to drought may have an additional year to replace those animals and defer tax on any gains from the forced sales, according to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). The one-year extension gives eligible producers until the end of th...

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October 9, 2019

Corpstein Named KLA Recruiter Of The Month

Atchison County KLA Chairman Clint Corpstein of Atchison has been named recruiter of the month for September. Corpstein worked with county committeeman Mark Servaes of Atchison and Doniphan County Chair Jeremiah Harring of Leona to host a joint county meeting in September. Mor...

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October 8, 2019

Agreement With Japan Will Reduce Tariffs On U.S. Beef Over 15 Years

U.S. and Japanese officials signed a bilateral agreement yesterday that will make U.S. beef more competitive with beef going into Japan from Australia, Canada, Mexico and New Zealand. Set to go into effect January 1, 2020, the trade deal will reduce tariffs on fresh, chilled a...

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October 7, 2019

Haywire Wins Second Straight State Ranch Rodeo Title

Cowboys and cowgirls from Haywire Cattle Company of El Dorado won two events and placed in another to win the Kansas Championship Ranch Rodeo (KCRR), September 27-28 in Medicine Lodge. This is the second consecutive year Haywire has won the Kansas event. Haywire was the reserv...

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October 4, 2019

Scientific Review Concludes No Need To Reduce Red Meat Intake For Health

A series of papers published last week in the Annals of Internal Medicine concluded Americans do not need to reduce the intake of red and processed meats to improve their personal health. The scientific review conducted by researchers from Dalhousie University and McMaster Uni...

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October 3, 2019

K-State Students Conduct BQA Feedyard Assessments

Kansas State University students majoring in animal science and veterinary medicine traveled across the state this summer to perform Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) assessments at feedyards. Over the three-month time period, the group assessed 32 Kansas feedyards, representing a ...

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October 2, 2019

Dietetic Interns Participate In Checkoff-Funded Workshops

The Kansas Beef Council (KBC) recently hosted education and media training workshops for students enrolled in dietetic internship programs at the University of Kansas Medical Center in Kansas City and Kansas State University in Manhattan. More than 30 dietetic interns and facu...

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October 1, 2019

KJLS Presents $22,000 In Scholarships

The Kansas Junior Livestock Show (KJLS) presented a total of $22,000 in scholarships during last week’s event in Hutchinson. Fourteen students from across the state who have excelled academically, in community service and in 4-H/FFA received scholarships.   Earning $...

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September 30, 2019

Champions Chosen at KJLS

In the grand champion steer drive at the 2019 Kansas Junior Livestock Show (KJLS), a 1,374 lb. Charolais led by Baylor Deyoe of Ulysses captured top honors. Cooper Henson from Holcomb owned the reserve grand, a 1,335 lb. crossbred. Grace Aust of LaCygne showed the supreme cham...

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September 27, 2019

NCBA CEO Addresses False Claims By OCM

New NCBA Chief Executive Officer Colin Woodall last week responded to recent allegations made by the activist-funded Organization for Competitive Markets (OCM) for discrediting the beef checkoff and the work being done by contracting organizations, like NCBA. Stating, “I’ve ha...

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September 26, 2019

KLA Signs Joint Letter Of Intent With Taiwanese Trade Delegation

KLA joined the Kansas Departments of Agriculture and Commerce last week to host an agricultural trade delegation from Taiwan. During a ceremony at the Kansas Capitol, KLA signed a joint letter of intent with the Taiwanese delegation committing to strengthening trade relations....

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September 25, 2019

Beef Market Investigation Ongoing At USDA

NCBA is in regular contact with USDA as the government’s investigation continues into beef pricing margins following the fire at the Tyson beef processing plant near Holcomb. USDA initially intended to conduct an audit of information from the agency’s Market News Service, but ...

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September 24, 2019

State Ranch Rodeo Celebrating 30th Year With 12 Kansas Teams Competing

The 30th annual Kansas Championship Ranch Rodeo (KCRR) will feature 12 teams September 27-28 at Medicine Lodge. Working cowboys will compete in ranch bronc riding, calf branding, stray gathering, team penning and wild cow milking. The winner of this year’s event will qualify f...

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September 23, 2019

YSA Class Tours Cattle Businesses in Central, Western Kansas

Trey (left) and Frank Hinkson The third installment of the 2019 KLA Young Stockmen’s Academy (YSA) was held September 16-18, with the group touring various segments of the beef and dairy industries in central and western Kansas. Merck Animal Health is the exclusive sponsor of ...

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September 20, 2019

Woodall Chosen As New NCBA Chief Executive Officer

Frazier (left) congratulating Woodall. Long-time NCBA Vice President of Government Affairs Colin Woodall has been named as the organization’s new chief executive officer (CEO), replacing Kendal Frazier, who is retiring at the end of this year. The Texas native and Texas A&...

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September 19, 2019

Consumers Favor Real Milk And Support Serving It With School Meals

  A new poll of 2,200 Americans shows 86% prefer real dairy milk compared to only 10% who favor plant-based beverages and lactose-free milk. The survey was conducted by Morning Consult in partnership with the International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA).  Results of ...

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September 18, 2019

KLA To Receive Impact Award During K-State Family & Friends Reunion

One of the highlights of the October 4 Kansas State University Animal Sciences & Industry (AS&I) Family & Friends Reunion will be the presentation of the Don L. Good Impact Award to KLA. Presented by the K-State Livestock and Meat Industry Council, the award is nam...

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September 17, 2019

MBA Program Hits Landmark Participation Level

The checkoff-funded Masters of Beef Advocacy (MBA) program reached a milestone in August when the 15,000th student graduated. During the 10 years since its inception, industry advocates have used the lessons learned and resources available to communicate with the public about ...

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September 16, 2019

Interactive Agriculture Exhibit Draws Thousands At State Fair

The Kansas Beef Council (KBC) partnered with other agriculture commodity groups to host the Agriland booth at the recent Kansas State Fair in Hutchinson. Thousands of young people and adults went through the interactive exhibit, which illustrated how food is grown and gets to ...

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September 13, 2019

Government Overreach Curbed With Repeal of Obama WOTUS Rule

Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Andrew Wheeler and Department of the Army Assistant Secretary for Civil Works R.D. James announced last week the agencies have repealed the 2015 Obama Administration rule illegally expanding the definition of waters of the U.S. (WO...

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September 12, 2019

More Than 700 Youth Entered In KJLS

Youth have entered 1,906 animals in the 87th Kansas Junior Livestock Show (KJLS), which will take place September 27-29 at the Kansas State Fairgrounds in Hutchinson. A total of 772 exhibitors from 97 counties have entered 134 market steers, 333 breeding heifers, 230 market ho...

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September 11, 2019

Register Now for Stockmanship & Stewardship

There still is time to register for the Stockmanship & Stewardship event that will be held in Manhattan September 20-21 at the Stanley Stout Center. Registration is $100 per person and includes all events and meals. To register online, go to www.stockmanshipandstewardship....

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September 10, 2019

Anderson County KLA Committee Takes The Lead In Top Hand Contest

The Anderson County KLA Committee earned recruiter of the month honors for August by signing up 10 new members. These recruits came as a result of a booth at the county fair and personal, one-on-one contact with friends and neighbors. The committee earned a $50 Cabela’s gift c...

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September 9, 2019

New Member Named To CattleTrace Board Of Directors

Neil Bouray with Mankato Livestock is the newest member of the CattleTrace Board of Directors. He replaces Mike Samples with Farmers and Ranchers Livestock in Salina, who stepped down after serving one year on the board.              “We appr...

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September 6, 2019

Tyson Plant Back Online By January

Tyson Foods Chief Executive Officer Noel White recently announced the beef processing plant in Holcomb likely will be back online by January. According to White, some processing already has resumed in a portion of the plant untouched by last month’s fire. He said they have bee...

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September 5, 2019

Tailgate Functions Open To KLA Members

KLA members attending Kansas State University home football games this season are invited to the pregame tailgate function hosted by the K-State Department of Animal Sciences & Industry. Held under a tent in Cat Town, the tailgate starts two hours before kick-off and close...

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September 4, 2019

National Pork Producers Council Prevails In Lawsuit Filed by Activist Organization

The U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit recently ruled in favor of the National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) in a lawsuit waged by the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS). In its decision, the court rejected an HSUS legal challenge to the...

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September 3, 2019

Meats Farm & Ranch, Arndt Farms Win Beef Fest Grand Awards

Steers owned by G&J Meats Farm & Ranch of LeRoy and heifers owned by Arndt Farms of Emporia were the winners of grand awards at Flint Hills Beef Fest in Emporia. The awards are based on the best combined finish in the grass futurity and live stocker show.    ...

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August 30, 2019

KLF Club Calf Entries Due September 5

Entries for the 2019 Kansas Livestock Foundation (KLF) Club Calf Sale must be postmarked and sent to the KLA office by September 5. Entry fees are $50.00 per animal. The sale is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. September 28 during the Kansas Junior Livestock Show in Hutchinson.  P...

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August 29, 2019

Perdue Launches Beef Margin Investigation

U.S. Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue announced yesterday (8/28) he has directed the USDA Packers & Stockyards Division to conduct an investigation into recent beef pricing margins. The agency will determine if there is any evidence of price manipulation, collusion, restrictions ...

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August 28, 2019

Stockmanship Event Coming To Kansas

The Kansas Beef Council, in conjunction with KLA, NCBA, Kansas State University and Merck Animal Health, is bringing the national Stockmanship and Stewardship tour to Kansas. Highlights of the September 20-21 event will include low-stress cattle handling demonstrations, Beef Q...

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August 27, 2019

District Court Rules Obama-Era WOTUS Rule Unlawful

A judge in the Southern District Court of Georgia ruled last week the 2015 Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) rule issued by the Obama administration violates both the Clean Water Act and Administrative Procedure Act. Judge Lisa Wood remanded the rule back to the Environmental Protect...

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August 26, 2019

U.S. And Japan Reach Trade Agreement

The Trump administration recently announced the U.S. and Japan have reached an agreement in principle that will greatly improve access for U.S. agricultural products, including beef, in Japan. Although the agreement has yet to be finalized, it is expected to give U.S. farmers ...

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August 23, 2019

Secure Beef Supply, Anaplasmosis Discussed At Dorrance Field Day

Voris Benefits of a Secure Beef Supply (SBS) Plan, managing anaplasmosis in cowherds and locust tree/yucca shrub control were among the topics discussed at the final KLA/Kansas State University Ranch Management Field Day. Nearly 100 ranchers attended the August 22 event hosted...

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August 22, 2019

Final Ranch Field Day This Week in Russell County

Managing anaplasmosis in cowherds and the Kansas Secure Beef Supply Plan will be among highlights of today’s KLA/Kansas State University Ranch Management Field Day at Rusty Acres near Dorrance. The Russell County cow-calf and farming business is owned by the Lyman Nuss family....

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August 21, 2019

Chief Engineer Announces Administration of Waters in Rattlesnake Creek Area

Chief Engineer for the Kansas Department of Agriculture Division of Water Resources (DWR) Chief Engineer David Barfield made public his intentions to begin administration of water rights in the Rattlesnake Creek Basin. His August 8 announcement was a result of the impairment o...

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August 20, 2019

Entry Deadline Coming Up For Super Cow-Calf Show

Kansas commercial cow-calf producers will have an opportunity to exhibit cattle in pasture condition September 11 at the Kansas State Fair in Hutchinson. No fitting is allowed for the Super Cow-Calf Show, with entries consisting of one cow and her natural calf. No bull calves ...

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August 19, 2019

CattleTrace Demonstrated Live At Emporia Field Day

Depenbusch The first live demonstration of CattleTrace, identifying Old World bluestem and the benefits of drones in livestock production were highlights of the KLA/Kansas State University Ranch Management Field Day, August 15 at Moyer Farms near Emporia. CattleTrace Program M...

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August 16, 2019

KLA And NCBA Actively Engaged In Issues Involving Tyson Plant At Holcomb

KLA and NCBA are actively working to represent member interests in the wake of the fire at the Tyson beef plant at Holcomb. One of the first steps taken involved NCBA contacting the Commodity Futures Trading Commission and Packers & Stockyards Administration to make the ag...

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August 15, 2019

Field Day Scheduled For Today At Emporia Backgrounding Operation

Old World bluestem, drone usage in livestock production and a live demonstration of the CattleTrace project will be featured today during the KLA/Kansas State University Ranch Management Field Day at Moyer Farms, north of Emporia. Jaret and Shawna Moyer will host the event at ...

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August 14, 2019

Ranchers Hear About External Parasite Management At Plains Field Day

Tarpoff The importance of properly managing external parasites and tips on how to do so highlighted the August 13 KLA/Kansas State University Ranch Management Field Day near Plains. Nearly 80 ranchers attended the event, hosted by High Plains Ponderosa Dairy.  A.J. Tarpof...

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August 13, 2019

High Plains Ponderosa Dairy Hosting KLA/K-State Field Day Today

A highlight of today's KLA/Kansas State University Ranch Management Field Day at High Plains Ponderosa Dairy near Plains will be a tour of the cutting-edge facility, where cow comfort and well-being are the focus. In addition to the cross-vented, free-stall barn, the tour will...

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August 12, 2019

Cattle Industry Will Feel The Loss Of Tyson Plant At Holcomb

Fed cattle processing capacity will be strained to handle record available supplies after a fire August 9 closed the Tyson beef plant at Holcomb. The plant operated at about 6,000 head of fed cattle per day, leaving a shortfall in the national packing capacity of 30,000 head f...

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August 9, 2019

Agreement Will Provide Greater Access For U.S. Beef To European Union

NCBA and the U.S. Meat Export Federation praised the Trump administration for reaching an agreement granting the U.S. a country-specific share of the European Union’s duty-free high-quality beef quota. Once implemented, the annual U.S. quota will increase from 18,500 metric to...

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August 8, 2019

July Top Recruiter Honors Go To Linn County KLA Committee

The Linn County KLA Committee earned recruiter of the month honors for July by signing up four new members. These new members joined when the Linn County Committee partnered with the Miami County KLA Committee to host a cattle health and handling workshop at La Cygne in mid-Ju...

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August 7, 2019

Producers Earn Returns On Checkoff Investment

New economic research conducted at Cornell University shows for every checkoff dollar invested from 2014 through 2018, $11.91 was returned to cattle producers. Cornell’s Harry Kaiser also found all nine categories where the Cattlemen’s Beef Board allocated checkoff dollars had...

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August 6, 2019

Study Shows BQA Generates Premiums

The results of new research conducted by Colorado State University (CSU) show significant premiums are paid on calves and feeder cattle going through video auctions when Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) is mentioned in the lot description. CSU researchers found an average premium ...

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August 5, 2019

Russell County Ranch To Host KLA/K-State Field Day August 22

Program highlights for the August 22 KLA/Kansas State University Ranch Management Field Day at Dorrance will include discussions about the Kansas Secure Beef Supply Plan, locust tree control and Old World bluestem. The event will be hosted by Rusty Acres, owned by Lyman and Ro...

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August 2, 2019

Blach Analyzes Cattle And Beef Markets At Summer Meeting

CattleFax Chief Executive Officer Randy Blach says U.S. cattle herd expansion has slowed to a crawl, with most of the growth now in the industry’s rear view mirror. His comments to those attending the Cattle Industry Summer Business Meeting earlier this week in Denver were bas...

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August 1, 2019

Kansas Ranchers In The Running For National Environmental Award

The Blew Partnership of Castleton has been named one of seven regional finalists for the Environmental Stewardship Award (ESA). Brothers C.J. and Russell Blew operate the cow-calf business, which owns and leases land in Reno, Chase and Barber counties. Regional winners will co...

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July 31, 2019

Hampel Oil/Mobil Delvac Scholarships Awarded By Kansas Livestock Foundation

The Kansas Livestock Foundation (KLF) has awarded two Kansas State University students $1,000 Hampel Oil/Mobil Delvac scholarships. Both students will be juniors pursuing degrees in agricultural economics. The winners are Kinsey Griffith, daughter of John and Terry Griffith of...

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July 30, 2019

Work Continues To Position Beef Favorably Against Imitation Products

As plant-based protein options gain notoriety, NCBA is using both checkoff and policy resources to position beef as the top protein in the marketplace. These efforts are helping consumers accurately compare beef to vegetable proteins and correct misinformation about beef produ...

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July 29, 2019

Second KLA/K-State Ranch Field Day Scheduled For Emporia

Moyer Farms will be hosting a KLA/Kansas State University Ranch Management Field Day August 15 at their stocker backgrounding operation north of Emporia. Educational sessions during the field day will cover a variety of topics, while Jaret and Shawna Moyer also will be sharing...

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July 26, 2019

Oklahoma Cattle Buyer To Receive KLA Theft Reward

KLA will present a check for $2,500 to Scott McCornack of Dibble, OK, for information he provided that led to the arrest and conviction of thieves who stole cattle from a KLA member in Cherokee County. McCornack, a cattle buyer, recognized Jim Gaither’s brand on 17 steers goin...

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July 25, 2019

Checkoff Partnership With MasterChef Highlights Beef For National Audience

A recipe featuring a tomahawk/cowboy rib steak prepared by a California real-estate agent won Season 10 of the Fox television network’s MasterChef program. Sarah Faherty, a transplanted Texan, was named the winner with her recipe for “Tomahawk Steak with Grilled Brussel Sprout...

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July 24, 2019

Five Students Named KLF Youth In Ag Scholarship Winners

Five Kansas State University students have been awarded $1,000 Kansas Livestock Foundation (KLF) Youth in Ag Scholarships. William A. Holeman from Bronson is the son of William B. and Lora Holeman and will be a sophomore pursuing a degree in feed science and management. Jamie ...

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July 23, 2019

First KLA/K-State Ranch Field Day Scheduled For Plains

An ultramodern feed center, cross-ventilated housing designed for cow comfort and a rotary milking parlor will be on display during the August 13 KLA/Kansas State University Ranch Management Field Day at High Plains Ponderosa Dairy near Plains. In addition to a tour of the sta...

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July 22, 2019

Horse, Livestock Owners Should Watch For VSV

The Kansas Department of Agriculture Division of Animal Health (DAH) is encouraging livestock owners to be aware and take precautions to minimize the potential of animals contracting the vesicular stomatitis virus (VSV). Officials said particular attention should be given to a...

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July 19, 2019

Wootten Named KLA Recruiter Of The Month

Jefferson County KLA Chairman Dustin Wootten of Mc Louth earned recruiter of the month honors for June. He will receive a $50 Cabela’s gift card for his efforts to strengthen KLA in his area. In addition to hosting the Jefferson/Shawnee Counties KLA Meeting in February, Wootte...

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July 18, 2019

Students Receive KCW Scholarships Through Kansas Livestock Foundation

Five students have been awarded $1,000 Kansas CattleWomen (KCW) Scholarships through the Kansas Livestock Foundation. Four of these winners will attend Kansas State University this fall. Grace Aust, the daughter of Brad and Janell Aust from LaCygne, will be a freshman and plan...

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July 16, 2019

Livestock Heat Stress Forecast Link Available On KLA Website

The combination of high temperatures, elevated humidity, low wind speeds and high solar radiation put livestock at risk for heat stress. To help producers be aware of and understand weather conditions that could adversely affect livestock health, a link to daily heat stress ma...

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July 15, 2019

NCBA Continues To Provide Input On Government’s Dietary Guidelines

NCBA staff recently told members of the U.S. Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee that an overwhelming body of scientific evidence shows healthy diets including red meat, like beef, support optimal human health and well-being. Shalene McNeill, a registered dietitian and execu...

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July 12, 2019

Ranch Management Field Days Coming To Plains, Emporia In August

Dates have been set for the first two KLA/Kansas State University Ranch Management Field Days in the 2019 series. High Plains Ponderosa Dairy, a state-of-the-art commercial milking operation, will host the first event August 13 in southwest Kansas near Plains. Jaret and Shawna...

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July 11, 2019

Cattlemen Launch Campaign Urging Passage of USMCA

NCBA has launched a media campaign urging Congress to approve the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). The agreement would keep the highly successful framework for U.S. beef trade established through the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) in place. According to NCBA ...

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July 10, 2019

BIF Leadership Includes Strong Kansas Involvement

Kansans are active in leadership of the Beef Improvement Federation (BIF), a national organization. During the group’s recent annual meeting and symposium in Brookings, SD, Joe Mushrush, a Red Angus breeder from Strong City, was named the new vice president.    ...

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July 9, 2019

Read Rates Reported For CattleTrace Project

The CattleTrace pilot project in Kansas for disease traceability has been collecting data for nine months. Project managers recently shared read rates for electronic readers installed at participating auction markets and feedyards. Cattle enrolled in the program by ranchers ar...

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July 8, 2019

New Law Allows Utility Vehicles To Cross Kansas Highways Under Certain Conditions

Among new Kansas laws that went into effect July 1 is legislation that allows all-terrian vehicles (ATV) or work-site utility vehicles (UTV) to CROSS state and federal highways, but not interstate highways. Another provision of the new law allows ATVs and UTVs to be driven on ...

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July 3, 2019

Supreme Court Decision Favors Private Property Rights

A recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling is favorable for private property owners, according to NCBA. The court decided in Knick v. Township of Scott that landowners should have direct access to federal court in takings cases. In this case, Pennsylvania resident Rose Mary Knick was ...

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July 2, 2019

Adams, Schuster Awarded Laue Memorial Scholarships

Shanie Adams of Meriden and Grady Schuster from Richmond have been awarded $1,500 Douglas A. Laue Memorial Scholarships from the Kansas Livestock Foundation. Adams is the daughter of Brian and Stacie Adams and will be a senior at Kansas State University this fall. She is pursu...

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July 1, 2019

Livestock Heat Stress Forecast Link Available On KLA Website

The time of year has arrived when the combination of high temperatures, elevated humidity, low wind speeds and high solar radiation put livestock at risk for heat stress. To help producers be aware of and understand weather conditions that could adversely affect livestock heal...

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June 28, 2019

Average Lease Rates Captured In Bluestem Pasture Report

The Kansas Department of Agriculture and Kansas State University Department of Agricultural Economics released the Bluestem Pasture Report. Last issued in 2017, the biennial report is a compilation of survey information collected from landowners, livestock owners and livestock...

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June 27, 2019

Agreement Signed As NBAF Construction Continues

Officials from USDA and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) signed an agreement last week formally outlining how ownership and operational responsibility for the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility (NBAF) will be transferred. When completed, the federal facility in Ma...

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June 26, 2019

Kansas Producers Go Through Advanced Beef Advocacy Training

Members of the Kansas beef community recently attended the national Top of the Class advocacy training held in Denver, CO. Among the nine participants selected for the checkoff-funded workshop were Jessalyn Strahm of Sabetha, Wrenn Pacheco from Alma and Anna Curry of Madison. ...

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June 25, 2019

Kansas Livestock Foundation Awards Scholarships To Clawson, Zerger

Gatlin Clawson of Meade has been awarded the GoBob Pipe & Steel/Kansas Livestock Foundation (KLF) $1,000 Cattlemen’s Scholarship. Clawson, the son of Dan and Tamra Clawson, will be a freshman at Kansas State University this fall. He is pursuing a dual degree in agricultura...

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June 24, 2019

Information Sought On Livestock Equipment Stolen Near Dwight

KLA is offering a reward up to $2,500 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those who stole two pickups, a livestock trailer and two worksite utility vehicles from Oleen Brothers south of Dwight. The crimes were committed in the very early morning hours of Ju...

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June 21, 2019

BIF Presents National Seedstock Award To Hinkson Angus

Frank and Marilyn Hinkson Hinkson Angus Ranch of Cottonwood Falls was named the Beef Improvement Federation (BIF) Seedstock Producer of the Year yesterday (6/20) during the group’s annual meeting and symposium in Brookings, SD. The award is presented annually to recognize dedi...

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June 20, 2019

KLF Names Cartridges For Cash Scholarship Recipients

The Kansas Livestock Foundation (KLF) has awarded 21 scholarships totaling $23,000 for the 2019-20 school year. Five Kansas State University students will receive awards through the Merck Animal Health Cartridges for Cash program. This includes three College of Veterinary Medi...

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June 19, 2019

Defendants Plead Guilty In Kansas Cattle Theft Case

U.S. Attorney Timothy Dowling announced last week that Anthony Whittley, 28, of Parsons and Jasmine Boone, 28, of Wister, OK, have pleaded guilty to cattle theft. A federal grand jury returned a two-count indictment charging Whittley and Boone with transporting 17 head of stol...

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June 18, 2019

Holton Native Klahr Joins KLA Staff

Dean Klahr has joined the KLA staff as director of the stockgrowers division. In that role, he will provide staff support for the KLA Stockgrowers Council, serve as a member of the KLA government relations team and work on issues important to KLA’s grass-based members. The Hol...

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June 17, 2019

KLA President Encourages Swift USMCA Approval in Kansas City Star Commentary

The Kansas City Star published a guest commentary online last week from KLA President Barb Downey, who called on Congress to swiftly approve the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). She wrote that cattle and beef producers have a lot at stake in the decision on USMCA. The agr...

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June 14, 2019

Steer Fed at Midwest Feeders Wins Brookover Award At Beef Empire Days

A 1,462 lb. Charolais-Angus cross steer won the Earl C. Brookover Memorial Award for the best combined finish at the Beef Empire Days fed cattle show. Fed at Midwest Feeders of Ingalls by JCS GP/Frank Harper, the entry placed eighth live and fifth in the carcass contest. The s...

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June 13, 2019

Bourbon County Member Is KLA Recruiter Of The Month

Gary Herrin of Fort Scott has been named KLA Recruiter of the Month for May. He will receive a $50 Cabela’s gift card for his efforts and be entered in a drawing for a grand prize from all 12 monthly winners at the KLA Convention in Wichita. The KLA member with the most recrui...

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June 12, 2019

Influential Dietitians Visit Kansas For Nutrition Adventure

Trish Kellogg, Florida blogger for The Diet Diva Beef councils from Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska and Oklahoma hosted a select group of 25 registered dietitians from across the country in late May for a checkoff-funded event emphasizing beef’s nutritional profile, culinary versat...

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June 11, 2019

Beef Quality Assurance Training Session Scheduled For Leavenworth County

The Kansas Beef Council (KBC), Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine and the Leavenworth County Beef Improvement Association will host a special advanced beef cattle care and health training session featuring a calf necropsy. Rocky Top Limousin of Tonganoxie w...

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June 10, 2019

EPA Issues Final Rule Exempting Livestock From Onerous Regulation

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Andrew Wheeler signed a final rule last week that clarifies reporting of air emissions from animal waste is not required under the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA). NCBA and KLA submitted comments sup...

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June 7, 2019

Live Show Champions Chosen At Beef Empire Days

The champion live steer and heifer at the Beef Empire Days fed cattle show both were fed at Sunbelt Feedyard of Hugoton. Dale and Carol Voran owned the champion steer, a black entry weighing 1,590 lbs. The champion live heifer was a Charolais cross weighing 1,462 lbs. owned by...

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June 6, 2019

Boot Camp Helps Develop Future Feedlot Employees

Twenty animal science students at Kansas State University took a hands-on course during the recently completed spring semester that was intended to develop their knowledge, skills and professional relationships in the cattle feeding business. The Feedlot Boot Camp and Teaching...

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June 5, 2019

Pork Trade With Canada Would Continue Through African Swine Fever Outbreak

USDA and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency have agreed to allow safe trade to continue in the event African swine fever (ASF) is reported in either country. For business continuity purposes, the two countries have worked to modify export certificates allowing trade of live h...

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June 4, 2019

June Spotlight On Economic Contributions Of Dairy

Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly has declared June as Dairy Month for the industry’s economic contributions to the state. The official proclamation indicates milk produced in Kansas has a value of $590 million per year, with 75% of it further processed in the state. About 300 Kansas da...

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June 3, 2019

Cattle Groups Ask Congress For Quick Approval of USMCA

NCBA, KLA and other cattle organizations across the country are encouraging Congress to swiftly approve the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). The trade package, if ratified by Congress, would continue science-based, duty-free trade for U.S. beef producers.   &nbs...

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May 31, 2019

Fed Cattle Show Highlights 51st Beef Empire Days

Beef Empire Days is underway in Garden City, with 30 different events scheduled May 31 through June 9 to celebrate cattle feeding and the beef industry. One highlight will be the fed cattle show, June 4 at 9:00 a.m. at the Finney County Fairgrounds. More than 100 head of hand-...

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May 30, 2019

Cattle Comfort Index Now Available Online For 61 Kansas Locations

Kansas Mesonet now is offering information online that will help cattle producers better monitor extreme weather conditions affecting their animals. Data compiled by Kansas State University from a network of weather monitoring stations across the state is being used to calcula...

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May 29, 2019

Connecting Urban Educators With The Ranch

Urban educators from across the nation recently saw Kansas beef production firsthand through the checkoff-funded American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture’s On the Farm STEM (science, technology, engineering and math teachers) Experience. These educators saw how the beef...

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May 28, 2019

K-State Tabs Day As New Head of Animal Sciences & Industry

Michael Day Michael L. Day has been named the new head of the Kansas State University Department of Animal Sciences & Industry (AS&I). He currently is head of the department of animal science at the University of Wyoming, a position he has held since 2015. Day will beg...

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May 24, 2019

Blythe Tells Congress Cattle Contribute Minimal Emissions

White City rancher Debbie Lyons-Blythe told members of Congress the beef cattle industry has a great story to tell in the climate conversation and the facts support that. She testified May 21 before the U.S. Senate Agriculture Committee, chaired by Sen. Pat Roberts, during a h...

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May 23, 2019

Beef Month Continues In Advance of Summer Grilling Season

Beef Month in Kansas leads up to the start of the summer grilling season, which officially begins Memorial Day weekend. The Kansas Beef Council (KBC) is using the May celebration to help consumers become more confident in their cooking skills by providing grilling tips and rec...

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May 22, 2019

Gov. Kelly Commended For Approving CattleTrace Funding

KLA leadership is expressing appreciation for Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly’s approval of funding for the second year of the CattleTrace pilot project. The $250,000 is part of the fiscal year 2020 budget.             “We applaud...

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May 21, 2019

Fewer Air Quality Problems Recorded During Spring Burning Season

Final acreage estimates show Flint Hills ranchers burned more than 2.2 million acres of native prairie in Kansas from March 15 to May 5. This is about the same number of acres typically burned during the spring season. Kansas State University Range Beef Cattle Nutrition and Ma...

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May 20, 2019

U.S. Beef Gains Greater Access To Japan

U.S. Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue announced last week that longstanding restrictions have been eliminated on U.S. beef exports to Japan. The new agreement, which takes effect immediately, allows U.S. beef products from all cattle, regardless of age, to enter Japan for the first t...

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May 17, 2019

Kelly Signs ATV Bill

Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly signed a bill this week that will allow all-terrain vehicles (ATV) and work-site utility vehicles (UTV) to cross state and federal highways. Previously, the Kansas Senate unanimously approved SB 63, which also passed by a wide margin in the Kansas House...

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May 16, 2019

Private Sector Input Sought On Water Issues

The Kansas Water Office currently is accepting applications from those who would like to serve on one of 14 regional advisory committees. These committees play a key role in advising the Kansas Water Authority on implementation of each region’s water supply priorities. In addi...

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May 15, 2019

Kansas Beef Council Invests In Teachers

The Kansas Beef Council and Kansas Corn Commission have partnered to provide educational materials to those teaching science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) in the 6 th through 12 th grades. These checkoff-funded classroom materials highlight the connection between sc...

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May 14, 2019

K-State Symposium Will Address Anaplasmosis

The Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine will host a symposium on anaplasmosis May 20 at the Hilton Garden Inn in Manhattan. Producers are encouraged to attend, as veterinarians from K-State discuss the current state of the disease in Kansas beef herds. The s...

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May 13, 2019

U.S. Senate Bill Would Reform Rules For Livestock Haulers

U.S. Sens. Pat Roberts and Jerry Moran from Kansas are among a bipartisan group of original co-sponsors of legislation aimed at reforming federal hours of service (HOS) rules for livestock haulers. NCBA supports the Transporting Livestock Across America Safety Act as a way to ...

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May 10, 2019

Blythe Part Of Beef Sustainability Panel Discussion

One of the featured presentations at this week’s Animal Ag Alliance Stakeholders Summit in Kansas City was a panel discussion about sustainability in the beef industry. Speakers on the panel were White City rancher Debbie Lyons-Blythe, Kristen Parman with the Livestock Marketi...

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May 9, 2019

YSA Class Tours Agribusiness, Retail Beef Industries

Scott Bormann (standing), Merck vice president of U.S. commercial operations, visits with the class.Also pictured are YSA members Garrett McKinney (left), Walton, and Bryce Barnett, Muscotah. Beef producers from across the state participating in this year’s KLA Young Stockmen’...

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May 7, 2019

Josefiak Earns April Recruiter Of The Month

Pawnee County KLA Chair Kayla Josefiak of Burdett has been named recruiter of the month for April. She will receive a $50 Cabela’s gift card and be entered in a grand prize drawing among the 12 monthly winners to be held at the KLA Convention. Josefiak recently organized and h...

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May 6, 2019

USDA Transitioning To Electronic Tags For Traceability Program

USDA is beginning the process of moving from metal identification tags to electronic tags as part of the national traceability system. The transition is projected to take four years. Starting January 1, 2023, only official radio frequency identification (RFID) tags will be acc...

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May 5, 2019

Beef Month Opens With Proclamation Signing

Gov. Laura Kelly recognized the contributions ranchers and feeders make to the state’s economy last week by declaring May as Beef Month in Kansas. The official proclamation signing took place at the Capitol in Topeka, with several members of the beef community joining the gove...

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May 3, 2019

Lawmakers See How Food Is Produced During A Day At The Ranch

Diltz Lindamood (right) explains the farming practices and equipment used on Lindamood Ranch. Several Kansas legislators and U.S. congressmen participated in “A Day at the Ranch” April 27 near Eureka. Joined by industry leaders representing numerous facets of Kansas agricultur...

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May 2, 2019

Kansas Beef Council Engages With Registered Dietitians

The Kansas Beef Council (KBC) reached more than 150 dietitians from across the state at the Kansas Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Conference April 12 in Manhattan. KBC sponsored a keynote session led by Jim White, a registered dietitian, American College of Sports Medicine...

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May 1, 2019

Frazier Announces Plans To Retire From NCBA

Kendal Frazier Former KLA staff person and current NCBA Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Kendal Frazier has announced he will retire at the end of this year. Frazier has been with NCBA for 34 years, the last four as CEO.          &nbsp...

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April 30, 2019

Stockmanship Tour Coming to Kansas

The NCBA Stockmanship & Stewardship Tour will make a stop September 20-21 in Manhattan. Program highlights will include low-stress cattle handling demonstrations, Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) training and facility design sessions. Among the featured presenters will be note...

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April 29, 2019

KLA Legislative Priorities Will Require Veto Session Action

     The Kansas Legislature will reconvene Wednesday (5/1) for the veto session. Two KLA legislative priorities remain to be finalized.      KLA was successful in convincing the House and Senate to recommend $250,000 for the second year ...

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April 26, 2019

LIP Deadline Extended For Livestock Lost To Adverse Winter Weather

The Farm Service Agency (FSA) announced this week it will extend the deadline to May 3 to file notices of livestock losses due to adverse winter weather under the USDA Livestock Indemnity Program (LIP). This is applicable for adverse weather conditions occurring from January 1...

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April 25, 2019

Trade Talks With Japan Important For U.S. Beef

Bilateral trade talks are underway between the U.S. and Japan, with plenty at stake for the beef industry in the negotiations. NCBA strongly supports a bilateral agreement between the two countries to help offset the 12% tariff rate disadvantage U.S. beef is subject to as a re...

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April 24, 2019

Bill Introduced In Congress To Address Rural Veterinary Shortages

The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) is applauding U.S. Sens. Mike Crapo from Idaho and Debbie Stabenow of Michigan for reintroducing the Veterinary Medicine Loan Repayment Program Enhancement Act. Elements of the bill, if passed, would address regional shortages...

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April 23, 2019

Meat Export Executive Named New Beef Board CEO

The Cattlemen’s Beef Promotion & Research Board (CBB) has named Gregory Hanes as the organization’s new chief executive officer (CEO). Hanes will begin in the position June 17. He comes to CBB from the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) in Denver, where he most recently w...

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April 22, 2019

Kansas Unified In Support Of New WOTUS Rule

NCBA and KLA recently filed official comments with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) supporting the new waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) rule proposed by the Trump administration. If fully implemented, the new rule would replace the onerous 2015 version promulgated under the...

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April 19, 2019

KLA Chosen To Receive Don L. Good Impact Award From K-State

KLA has been selected by the Kansas State University Livestock and Meat Industry Council to receive the 2019 Don L. Good Impact Award. The award will be presented October 4 during the K-State Animal Sciences & Industry (AS&I) Family and Friends Reunion at the Stanley S...

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April 18, 2019

RTK Hires Executive Director

Gentine Ranchland Trust of Kansas (RTK) recently named Lynn Gentine as executive director. Gentine, a native of Little River, brings 20 years of experience in grant writing and project start-up, promotion and marketing to RTK. She also has seven years of experience in supervis...

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April 17, 2019

KLF Scholarship Application Deadline Is April 20

The deadline to apply for Kansas Livestock Foundation (KLF) scholarships is fast approaching. Those interested in applying can click here to access the application and requirement information. All materials must be postmarked by April 20. Students in Chase, Franklin, Lyon, McP...

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April 16, 2019

World Pork Expo Cancelled To Avoid Potential African Swine Fever Spread

The National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) Board of Directors announced last week the World Pork Expo, scheduled for June in Des Moines, has been cancelled to avoid potentially spreading African swine fever (ASF). More than 20,000 individuals and exhibitors, some from ASF-posi...

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April 15, 2019

USDA Grant Funding Anaplasmosis Control Project At K-State

Researchers at Kansas State University have been awarded a $1.2 million research grant to study the optimal antimicrobial use for controlling Anaplasma marginale, the causative agent of bovine anaplasmosis. Kathryn Reif, assistant professor in the diagnostic medicine and patho...

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April 12, 2019

Beef Leads Donations In Ag Month Food Drive

Pictured are (L to R) Tama Dutton with Catholic Charities and KLA staff members Wendy Harms and Aaron Popelka. KLA staff took part in an Ag Month food drive to battle hunger. Individuals donated food to support the work of Catholic Charities of northeast Kansas.   &n...

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April 11, 2019

Walker Named Recruiter Of The Month

Wilson County KLA Chair Russ Walker of Altoona was KLA recruiter of the month for March. Walker signed up four new members at the annual KLA meeting for Wilson and Elk counties. He will receive a $50 Cabela’s gift card and be entered in a drawing of all monthly winners to be h...

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April 10, 2019

Members Action Needed To Replace Overreaching Waters Of The U.S. Rule

KLA is encouraging members to submit comments before April 15 supporting the new waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) rule proposed by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. If fully implemented, the new rule would replace the onerous 2015 version, w...

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April 9, 2019

KLA Sponsoring Presentation to Assist Producers Affected by Plainville Livestock Bankruptcy

KLA has teamed up with Kansas Farm Bureau and Kansas State University Extension to sponsor a program on “Legal Issues Resulting From Livestock Buyer Bankruptcy.” Roger McEowen, the Kansas Farm Bureau professor of agricultural law and taxation at the Washburn University School ...

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April 8, 2019

Beam Confirmed As Kansas Ag Secretary

The Kansas Senate confirmed Mike Beam as Kansas agriculture secretary April 5. Prior to the vote by the full Senate, the Senate Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee unanimously recommended Beam’s confirmation. KLA signed a letter drafted by the Kansas Agricultural Allia...

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April 5, 2019

KLF Scholarship Application Deadline Approaching

The deadline to apply for Kansas Livestock Foundation (KLF) scholarships is April 20. Students pursuing a degree in agriculture or a related field, including veterinary medicine, should check out the availability and requirements here . Students in Chase, Franklin, Lyon, McPhe...

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April 4, 2019

Rewards Offered In Case Of Flatbed Trailer Stolen Near Louisburg

KLA is offering a reward up to $2,500 in a case involving the theft of a flatbed trailer from a livestock producer in Miami County. Doug Bowes reported a 24’ flatbed trailer was stolen the night of March 30 from his property northeast of Louisburg. The black Big Tex brand trai...

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April 3, 2019

Relief Efforts Continue For Nebraska Farmers And Ranchers

Flooding continues to devastate farms and ranches in Nebraska. The latest damage estimate issued by Nebraska officials was $1.3 billion, including $400 million for cattle operations and $440 million for row crops. Gov. Pete Ricketts said three-fourths of the state’s 93 countie...

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April 2, 2019

Smoke Problems Avoided During Onset Of Burning Season

Widespread prescribed burning took place across the Flint Hills March 25-26 before windy and wet conditions narrowed the window of opportunity late in the week. According to the Kansas Flint Hills Smoke Management Facebook page, preliminary data from air quality monitors throu...

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April 1, 2019

Legislators Act On Bills Of Interest To KLA Members

Lawmakers debated bills on the House and Senate floors last week prior to the deadline for nonexempt bills to pass the second house. Several are of interest to KLA members. ATVs/UTVs on state highways - HB 2248 passed the Senate on a 39-0 vote. As amended by the Senate Transpo...

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March 29, 2019

Bipartisan Congressional Group Urges USDA To Expedite Dairy Program Implementation

U.S. House Ag Committee Chairman Collin Peterson of Minnesota is leading a group of 70 Democratic and Republican House members urging USDA to place a high priority on the implementation of dairy provisions in the 2018 Farm Bill. In a letter to U.S. Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue, P...

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March 28, 2019

Gov. Kelly Eases Motor Carrier Regulations To Assist In Disaster Relief

Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly issued an executive order last week temporarily exempting commercial motor carriers and operators from some regulations to expedite disaster recovery efforts in areas affected by the recent blizzard and flooding. For vehicles involved in providing direc...

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March 27, 2019

Work On New Dietary Guidelines For Americans Starts This Week

The first meeting of the 2020 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee will take place Thursday and Friday (3/28-3/29) in Washington, D.C. This is the first of five meetings scheduled for the committee, which will evaluate the latest scientific evidence and make recommendations o...

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March 26, 2019

GAO Report Suggests Heightened FMD Readiness Needed

The Government Accounting Office (GAO) has issued a report suggesting USDA’s preparedness for a potential foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) outbreak needs to be strengthened. As an example, the report indicated the entire current U.S. supply of FMD vaccine would be sufficient to pr...

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March 25, 2019

Legislative Action Includes CattleTrace Funding Enhancement

March 22 was the last day for Kansas legislative committees to meet, as the deadline for non-exempt bills to pass the second chamber is this week. The Kansas Senate passed the fiscal year 2020 budget bill last week. It included the recommended funding enhancement of $250,000 f...

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March 22, 2019

Go To Ksfire.org Before Conducting A Prescribed Burn

The prescribed burning season is underway, with ranchers and landowners using the practice to improve grazing distribution and decrease undesirable vegetation. In order to balance the use of prescribed fire in the Flint Hills with the need for clean air in downwind communities...

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March 21, 2019

New KLA County Chairs Will Provide Local Leadership

Thirteen new KLA county chairs recently began three-year terms. Incoming local leaders, and their counties, are Joe Meiwes, Allen; Darren McGhee, Anderson; Chad Cargill, Barber; Paul Woydziak, Barton; Jared Whitcomb, Chase; Trisha Janssen, Ellsworth; Marisa Kleysteuber, Finney...

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March 19, 2019

Nebraska Ag Organizations Accepting Donations For Relief Efforts

Ranchers and farmers in Nebraska have been hard hit by a blizzard and extensive flooding that has reached historic levels in some areas, resulting in the loss of homes, livestock and feed resources. To assist producers impacted by these natural disasters, the Nebraska Cattleme...

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March 18, 2019

Legislature Sends Income Tax Bill To Gov. Kelly For Her Signature

The Kansas Senate passed its school finance plan last week after lengthy debate. SB 142 would add roughly $92 million to the school finance formula in the upcoming fiscal year. This amount is intended to comply with last year’s Kansas Supreme Court ruling that the Legislature ...

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March 15, 2019

New York Mayor Issues Mandate Not Supported By Science

NCBA responded on social media to this week’s announcement by New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio that all city schools will implement Meatless Mondays “for the future of the planet.” Key messages posted by NCBA on Twitter and Facebook were highlighted by the latest comprehensi...

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March 14, 2019

Producers With Cattle Losses Should Immediately Check LIP Eligibility

Cattle producers who have experienced death losses or disease due to adverse winter weather could be eligible for compensation through the USDA Livestock Indemnity Program (LIP). An owner or contract grower must file a notice of loss with their local county Farm Service Agency...

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March 13, 2019

Top Beef Advocates Gather In Topeka

Members of the Kansas beef community were in Topeka last week for an advanced beef advocacy workshop. The two-day training, organized by the Kansas Beef Council (KBC) and NCBA, was designed to equip attendees with the tools and experience necessary to effectively engage consum...

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March 12, 2019

Support Of Beef Checkoff Remains Favorable

The latest national cattle producer attitude survey showed 72% approve of the beef checkoff, which is about steady with last year. Luce Research conducted the random survey of 1,200 beef and dairy producers during January 2019. In evaluating the checkoff’s performance in repre...

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March 11, 2019

Legislators Back At Work

Legislators returned to work last week after a short break following the first turnaround deadline. KLA and CattleTrace provided an update on the animal disease traceability pilot program for the House Rural Caucus. The same day, the Senate Committee on Ways and Means approved...

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March 8, 2019

USDA, FDA Announce Fake Meat Agreement

USDA and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) reached a formal agreement this week regarding the oversight of lab-grown fake meat. According to NCBA, under the terms of the agreement, USDA will be responsible for inspecting all facilities that harvest, process, package or la...

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March 7, 2019

New Campaign Shares Checkoff Program

The Cattlemen’s Beef Board has launched a new educational resource for producers to learn more about how their beef checkoff investment is being leveraged to grow beef demand. The Drive is a publication that seeks to be a go-to resource for news and in-depth information. It is...

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March 6, 2019

Nominations Open For Kansas Leopold Conservation Award

Ranchland Trust of Kansas (RTK), Sand County Foundation and the Kansas Association of Conservation Districts are accepting applications for the 2019 Leopold Conservation Award. Given in honor of renowned conservationist Aldo Leopold, the $10,000 award honors Kansas farmers, ra...

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March 5, 2019

Kansas Agriculture Celebrated In March

KLA and the Kansas Beef Council are part of the agriculture community involved in a statewide food drive to be held throughout March to reduce hunger and honor Kansas Agriculture Month. The Neighbor to Neighbor Food Drive is a collaborative effort put together by the Kansas De...

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March 4, 2019

Bills Receive Legislative Action Prior To Deadline

The House and Senate adjourned February 28, known as turnaround day, which marks the last day for non-exempt bills to be passed out of their chamber of origin. The break will last until March 6. Early last week, the House Committee on Taxation favorably passed SB 22, which wou...

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March 1, 2019

Downey Testifies On Proposed WOTUS Rule

KLA President Barb Downey of Wamego testified this week during a hearing hosted by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Army Corp of Engineers on the proposed waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) rule. During her testimony, Downey thanked the agencies for issuing a proposed def...

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February 28, 2019

KBC Dietitian Shares How Lean Beef Fits In A Healthy Diet

Heidari with WIBW morning show anchor Chris Fisher. In honor of Heart Month, Kansas Beef Council Director of Nutrition Abby Heidari, RDN, LD, appeared on the WIBW-13 TV morning show last week to discuss the health benefits of eating lean beef. Heidari shared with viewers the d...

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February 27, 2019

KLA Members Asked To Submit Comments

The Federal Motor Carriers Safety Administration is accepting comments on a petition submitted by NCBA and other national organizations. The petition requests a temporary exemption from current hours-of-service limits for livestock haulers. KLA and NCBA will submit comments by...

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February 26, 2019

KLA Testifies On Several Bills Being Considered By The Legislature

The Legislature was busy last week trying to meet two important deadlines. The final day for committees to meet was yesterday (2/25), followed by the “turn around” deadline February 28, where non-exempt bills must pass their house of origin to stay alive for further considerat...

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February 25, 2019

Members Receiving Insufficient Fund Checks From Plainville Livestock Should Follow These Steps

KLA has received numerous calls from members who have received insufficient fund checks originating from Plainville Livestock Commission, Inc. KLA staff was able to determine that Almena State Bank has frozen the custodial account of the market and filed an interpleader case i...

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February 22, 2019

Students Can Now Apply For Kansas Livestock Foundation Scholarships

The Kansas Livestock Foundation (KLF) now is accepting applications for 2019-20 scholarships. Applicants must be graduates of a Kansas high school and, except for vet students, undergraduate students at a Kansas community or senior college. The Merck Cartridges for Cash progra...

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February 21, 2019

Cattlemen’s Day To Be Preceded By Stockmen’s Dinner Honoring Bohn

The keynote speaker at Kansas State University Cattlemen’s Day will talk about the potential for plant-sourced and laboratory-produced meat to take market share from the red meat industry. Brad Morgan, senior director of protein for the Performance Food Group, will offer his p...

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February 20, 2019

Beef Fest Names Winners In Feedlot, Carcass Contests

Steers owned by Gary and Judy Meats from LeRoy and heifers owned by Spring Creek Ranch of Cassoday won the overall gain contest as part of the 2018 Flint Hills Beef Fest feedlot and carcass awards. The Meats’ steers gained 3.87 lbs. per day from the time they went on grass in ...

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February 19, 2019

Young Ranchers Gather In The Capital City

WIBW farm broadcaster Kelly Lenz (left) visits with YSA member Tommy Thayer of LaCygne. The 2019 KLA Young Stockmen’s Academy (YSA) met for its first session last week in Topeka. The class consists of 20 young cattlemen and women from across the state. Merck Animal Health is a...

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February 18, 2019

KLA Members Take Positions On Bills

Last week, the deadline to introduce bills by individual legislators and non-exempt committees spurred a significant increase in bill introductions. In addition, KLA members met for the 2019 KLA Legislative Meeting, February 13. Numerous bills were discussed, with members givi...

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February 15, 2019

ELD Exemption Extended Through September

Congress passed an appropriations bill yesterday (2/14) that would prevent another government shutdown. Included in the package is an extension of the electronic logging device (ELD) exemption for livestock haulers. Transporters of livestock currently are not required to have ...

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February 14, 2019

NCBA Develops New Assessment Tool To Evaluate Climate Change Proposals

Despite progress the U.S. beef industry has made in areas potentially influencing climate change, some policymakers continue to make it a target. The most recent is a congressional resolution, referred to as the Green New Deal, that was introduced last week by a group of new U...

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February 13, 2019

Medical Providers Hear Beef Message During Conference In Topeka

The Kansas Beef Council (KBC) reached more than 100 members of the medical community at Stormont Vail Health’s “Shape Shifting Conference” February 1 in Topeka. Physicians, dietitians, nurses, exercise physiologists, social workers and occupational and physical therapists atte...

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February 12, 2019

Members Encouraged To Attend This Week’s Legislative Meeting

Members will have the opportunity to provide input on bills under consideration at the state Capitol during the KLA Legislative Meeting, February 13 in Topeka. The meeting and dinner will be held at the Capitol Plaza Hotel and adjoining Maner Conference Center.  &nbs...

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February 11, 2019

KLA Testifies On CattleTrace Budget Provision

The state Legislature turned its focus to the fiscal year 2020 budget with the introduction of Gov. Laura Kelly’s budget bills in both the House and Senate. Senators passed two bills that could have a significant impact on the budget. SB 22, which would return money to individ...

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February 8, 2019

Kansas Well-Represented In National Beef Leadership

Jerry Bohn Kansans are prominent among leadership in national beef organizations. During the recent Cattle Industry Convention in New Orleans, LA, Jerry Bohn from Wichita was elected vice president of NCBA. Bohn, a past KLA president, served as chairman of the NCBA Policy Divi...

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February 7, 2019

K-State Offering Ranch Management Series

Kansas State University will be hosting winter ranch management seminars across the state throughout February. Topics to be discussed are environmental factors affecting conception rates and the impact forage quality and availability have on beef cow nutrition during late gest...

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February 6, 2019

Stockmanship & Stewardship Tour Coming To Kansas In September

Kansas will be one of five states hosting Stockmanship & Stewardship events during 2019. The Kansas Beef Council will host cattle producers for further education on proper stockmanship techniques September 20-21 at the Stout Center on the Kansas State University campus in ...

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February 5, 2019

Wiggs Named Recruiter Of The Month

Shawnee County KLA Chairman Rusty Wiggs of Topeka has been named recruiter of the month for January. He will receive a Cabela’s gift card for his efforts and be entered in a grand prize drawing from the 12 monthly winners to be held at the KLA Convention in December. In additi...

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February 4, 2019

BQA Award Presented To Matador Ranch

Matador Cattle Company (MCC) was presented the National Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) Cow-Calf Award last week during the Cattle Industry Convention in New Orleans, LA. MCC is comprised of three ranches purchased by Fred C. Koch from 1941 to 1952, including the Spring Creek Ran...

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February 1, 2019

Cattle Profit Margins Expected To Shift During 2019

CattleFax Vice President of Industry Relations Kevin Good told those attending last week’s Cattle Industry Convention in New Orleans, LA, the cattle industry has been on “one heck of a good run” for a few years and he expects that to continue into 2019. During the CattleFax Ou...

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January 31, 2019

Fake Meat Supporters File Surprising Comments On Regulation

An initial review of public comments on the lab-grown meat regulation issue showed encouraging signs, according to NCBA. Fake meat activists submitting comments support USDA oversight and science-based labeling. During discussions on the issue last year, activists opposed dail...

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January 30, 2019

Help Determine Positions On Specific Bills During The KLA Legislative Meeting

Members can help direct action on specific bills under consideration in the state Legislature during the KLA Legislative Meeting and Dinner, February 13 in Topeka. The event will be held at the Capitol Plaza Hotel and adjoining Maner Conference Center. KLA’s lobbying team will...

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January 29, 2019

USDA Scientists Conduct Antimicrobial Resistance Research

A recent study conducted at the USDA Meat Animal Research Center in Clay Center, NE, found the microbial flora and antibiotic resistance levels were similar in both conventionally produced ground beef and ground beef from cattle raised without antibiotics. Study authors said t...

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January 28, 2019

Legislature Moving At Sluggish Pace

It was a short week at the Statehouse. Lawmakers were not in session for Martin Luther King Jr. Day and adverse weather conditions shut down the Statehouse parts of two other days. The new session continues to slowly progress, as committees hold informational hearings to acqua...

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January 25, 2019

Plan To Attend The KLA Caucus In New Orleans

KLA members attending the Cattle Industry Convention in New Orleans, LA, are invited to an issues briefing January 31 before policy and checkoff committee meetings the next day. The KLA Caucus will be held at 5:30 p.m. in the Hilton Riverside Hotel Canal Room. Some of the prop...

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January 24, 2019

Phillips, McClaskey Join American Royal

The American Royal Association has hired Glen Alan Phillips as the organization’s new president and chief executive officer. Phillips comes to the Royal from the San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo, where he spent 18 years serving as senior director of ag programs and events, ass...

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January 23, 2019

Online BQA Training Program Results In 50,000 Certifications

More than 50,000 cattle producers have been certified through the Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) program since the online learning system was first offered nearly two years ago. Tens of thousands now have become BQA-certified either in-person or online, with an estimated 80% of ...

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January 22, 2019

Free BQA Training Sessions Scheduled For Five Kansas Locations

Five advanced beef cattle care and health training sessions will be hosted by the Kansas Beef Council (KBC) during February and March. These checkoff-funded sessions will provide beef producers with up-to-date standards and technologies to improve animal welfare and food safet...

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January 21, 2019

New Young Stockmen’s Academy Class Announced

The 2019 KLA Young Stockmen’s Academy (YSA) class consists of 20 participants from across Kansas. Merck Animal Health is partnering with KLA to host members in their 20s for a series of four seminars throughout the year. The program will expose YSA members to the importance of...

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January 18, 2019

Traceability Pilot Project Seeking More Cow-Calf Producers

More cow-calf producers are needed to participate in the CattleTrace pilot project. Organizers specifically need cow-calf producers who sell cattle at livestock auction markets or to feedyards participating in the project. Auction markets taking part in the pilot program are F...

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January 17, 2019

NCBA Responding To New Diet Study

NCBA, as a contractor to the beef checkoff, is actively monitoring and responding to media covering a report from the EAT-Lancet Commission to transform the food system worldwide. Authors of the report are suggesting drastic reductions in red meat consumption, with greater emp...

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January 16, 2019

Members Encouraged To Be Part Of KLA Legislative Meeting And Dinner

Member input is needed during the KLA Legislative Meeting and Dinner, February 13 at the Capitol Plaza Hotel in Topeka. Following lunch at 11:30 a.m., a review of bills under consideration in the Kansas Legislature will take place at 1:00 p.m., followed by the social and dinne...

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January 15, 2019

Bertrand Completes Stockgrowers Executive Committee

KLA Stockgrowers Council Chair Brent Bertrand of Wallace recently announced his four appointments to the council’s executive committee for 2019. Bertrand appointed Jenny Giles Betschart of Ashland, Ed Durst from Morrowville, Kenton Mangan of Tribune and Clint Sturdy from Lyndo...

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January 14, 2019

KLA Lobbying Team At The Capitol As State Legislature Convenes

The 2019 Kansas legislative session will convene today (1/14) with a new chief executive in Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly and a slightly more conservative House controlled by Republicans. Gov. Kelly’s campaign promises centered on more funding for education and roads, funding Me...

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January 11, 2019

Veteran KLA Staff Member Mike Beam Named Kansas Secretary of Agriculture

Mike Beam Kansas Gov.-Elect Laura Kelly named long-time KLA staff person Mike Beam as her secretary of agriculture today. Beam will become interim secretary January 14 and remain in that capacity until confirmation by the Kansas Senate.      Beam will lead ...

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January 10, 2019

Free CattleFax Webinar Will Offer Market Expectations

Cattle producers can learn more about factors expected to affect the market in 2019 during an upcoming free CattleFax webinar. The CattleFax Trends+ Cow-Calf Webinar will take place January 23 at 6:30 p.m. Central time.          &nb...

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January 9, 2019

Carpenter Named Top KLA Recruiter For December

Thomas County KLA Chairman Wayne Carpenter of Brewster kicked off the 2019 KLA Top Hand Contest by recruiting four new members December 10 at the Northwest Kansas Area KLA Meeting in Colby. His efforts earned him KLA Recruiter of the Month for December. He will receive a Cabel...

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January 8, 2019

Wildfire Season Projected To Start Earlier In Kansas

Southwest and central Kansas face an elevated wildfire threat for the 2019 season, according to projections by the National Weather Service and Kansas Mesonet. Increased fuel loads exist in these areas as the result of late summer rains.       &nb...

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January 7, 2019

Kansas Ranchers Reappointed To Beef Board

USDA has announced the appointment of 35 cattle producers to the Cattlemen’s Beef Promotion and Research Board. The group includes two Kansans, Randall Debler of Alma and DJ Edwards from Hamilton, who were reappointed and will serve three-year terms.     &n...

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January 4, 2019

ELD Exemption Misinterpreted

News stories circulated by some media have presented misinformation on the status of federal electronic logging device (ELD) regulations for livestock haulers. For clarification, according to the Federal Motor Carriers Safety Administration (FMCSA), during the government shutd...

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January 3, 2019

2018 Was A Good Year For Beef Demand

Beef demand remained strong during 2018, according to NCBA, a contractor to the beef checkoff. Beef demand index values for the January through October period averaged 6% higher than the same time period of 2017. This trend has been at work for several years. The beef demand i...

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January 2, 2019

LMIC Forecasts January 1 Beef Cow Numbers Nearly Even With A Year Earlier

Heifer and beef cow slaughter levels surged during 2018. USDA estimates total heifer slaughter under federal inspection is 7.3% higher through October 2018 compared to the same period a year earlier. Beef cow slaughter in the same report was estimated to be 10.3% above 2017 fo...

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December 28, 2018

Perdue Outlines Status Of USDA Functions During Federal Shutdown

The federal government shutdown will not prevent USDA from carrying out programs related to law enforcement, the protection of life and property or financed through available funding. U.S. Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue said during the first week of the shutdown, 61% of USDA employ...

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December 27, 2018

Consider KLF When Giving

KLA members considering end-of-the-year gifts have the option of giving to the Kansas Livestock Foundation (KLF). Throughout the year, KLF supports the Kansas livestock industry through youth scholarships, educational programs and leadership development. Contributions can be d...

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December 26, 2018

Exercise Tested State’s Response to Animal Disease Outbreak

The Kansas Department of Agriculture (KDA) Division of Animal Health conducted an exercise December 17-20 to test the state’s preparedness for a foreign animal disease outbreak. KLA joined KDA, other state agencies, federal and local government officials, a number of industry ...

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December 21, 2018

Five Tips For A Foolproof Holiday Roast

The holiday season is roast season, and there’s nothing better than a perfectly prepared roast as the centerpiece of a festive meal. While holiday roasts are popular, one in five people admit to not knowing how to properly cook a roast. Luckily, the chefs from NCBA, a contract...

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December 20, 2018

Judicious Antibiotic Use A Priority For Beef Producers, Purchasers

McDonald’s and Costco recently joined a growing list of large beef purchasers making announcements about the use of antibiotics by their meat suppliers. While companies continue to address the issue independently, the focus of this movement is on livestock producers judiciousl...

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December 19, 2018

Cattle Feeders Elect Leadership

Members of the KLA Cattle Feeders Council elected individuals to serve on the group’s executive committee during the KLA Convention in Wichita. Steven Bagley with Green Plains Cattle Company was elected chairman, while Troy Sander of Heritage Beef was selected to serve as vice...

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December 18, 2018

Consider KLF When Giving

KLA members considering end-of-year gifts have the option of giving to the Kansas Livestock Foundation (KLF). KLF supports the Kansas livestock industry through youth scholarships, educational programs and leadership development. Contributions can be directed toward specific a...

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December 17, 2018

State To Test Animal Disease Response Readiness

The Kansas Department of Agriculture Division of Animal Health (DAH) will lead an emergency preparedness exercise December 17-20. Joining DAH in the simulated foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) exercise will be other state agency employees, federal and local government personnel, un...

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December 14, 2018

NCBA Requests Immediate Action To Reduce Trade Barriers in Japan

NCBA this week urged the Trump administration to move quickly to tear down trade barriers for U.S. beef in Japan during a public hearing on the potential economic impact of a U.S.-Japan bilateral trade agreement. Japan is the top export market for U.S. beef, accounting for nea...

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December 13, 2018

Trump Administration Proposal Would Clarify WOTUS Rule

Following years of uncertainty related to the 2015 waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) rule, the Trump administration this week proposed a more clear and understandable definition of federal authority under the Clean Water Act (CWA). According to the Environmental Protection Agency, th...

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December 12, 2018

Senate-Approved Farm Bill Contains NCBA Priority

The U.S. Senate approved the conference report on the 2018 Farm Bill yesterday (12/11) by an 87 to 13 margin. Senate Ag Committee Chairman Pat Roberts said the bill brings the nation’s farmers and ranchers one step closer to certainty and predictability.    &nbs...

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December 11, 2018

Farm Bill Conference Report Goes To Congress

Members of the House and Senate Agriculture Committees signed the 2018 Farm Bill conference report yesterday. This is the final product of negotiations between the committees. The report now must be voted on by both chambers of Congress. The report does include authorization o...

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December 10, 2018

KLA Affiliates Benefit From Convention Auctions

The benefit auction held during the banquet at the KLA Convention raised $35,325 for three organizations. More than 500 KLA members and guests attended the banquet and auction. Items sold to benefit KLA PAC brought $30,125, with the money to be used to help elect candidates fo...

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December 7, 2018

Ranchers Invited To Learn More About CattleTrace At Manhattan Meeting

Collaborators with the CattleTrace pilot project for animal disease traceability will host an information session December 10 at 5:30 p.m. at the Manhattan Commission Company. The program will provide details of how cow-calf producers can get involved in the project. In early ...

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December 6, 2018

KLA Membership Approves Policy On A Wide Range Of Issues

KLA members approved policy addressing school finance, wildfire suppression, animal traceability and other issues during the group’s annual business meeting November 30 in Wichita. KLA members drive the policy process, starting with regional roundtable discussions around the s...

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December 5, 2018

Reeve Shares Experiences With Membership

Lee Reeve Outgoing KLA President Lee Reeve, who once operated a fish hatchery utilizing warm water produced by his family’s ethanol plant, used that experience to draw analogies during his parting remarks last week at the KLA Convention. He talked of lessons learned in seeking...

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December 4, 2018

Miami County Committee Earns Top Recruiter Award

Miami County KLA Chairman Joe Atwood The Miami County KLA Committee signed up 36 new members this year to take recruiter of the year honors. Recognized during the KLA Convention in Wichita, the committee received a 30-30 rifle and a Greeley Hat Works hat for their efforts.&nbs...

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December 3, 2018

Ranchers elected to lead KLA

KLA President Elect Harry Moser and KLA President Barb Downey Wabaunsee County rancher Barb Downey of Wamego moved up to KLA president during the group’s annual business meeting November 30 in Wichita. Members chose Harry Moser, a cow-calf producer from Wheaton, as the new KLA...

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November 30, 2018

Researchers Recommend U.S. Traceability System

As the need to develop a U.S. cattle identification and traceability system continues to gain traction among all sectors of the beef industry, David Gregg and his team at World Perspectives recently conducted a feasibility study examining how a nationally significant system co...

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November 29, 2018

Congratulations To KLF Scholarship Winners

Twenty-two students who received scholarships from the Kansas Livestock Foundation (KLF) for the current school year were recognized during last night’s banquet. This group earned a total of $23,500 from KLF and its partners. Funds for the scholarships were raised through the ...

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November 28, 2018

Voice Of The Chiefs To Highlight This Evening’s KLA Convention Banquet

Registration is available on-site for the KLA Convention, which starts today (11/28) and runs through Friday at the Wichita Hyatt and Century II Convention Center. The opening banquet speaker will be Kansas City Chief’s play-by-play announcer Mitch Holthus. The Smith Center na...

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November 27, 2018

Now Live On Alexa, Chuck Knows Beef

The new Chuck Knows Beef function now is live on Amazon Alexa. Users can enable Chuck directly through the Alexa app. Powered by Google Artificial Intelligence, Chuck is the consumer’s guide to all things beef. It can help answer consumer questions with customized responses ba...

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November 26, 2018

Undersecretary Ibach Hears CattleTrace Update In Great Bend

USDA Undersecretary for Marketing and Regulatory Programs Greg Ibach was in Great Bend last week for a meeting with collaborators and stakeholders of the CattleTrace pilot project for disease traceability. USDA is a partner in the project, which will test an end-to-end cattle ...

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November 21, 2018

Kansas Leopold Award Presented To Hoeme Family

Hoeme Family Farm and Ranch of Scott City has been named the winner of the 2018 Kansas Leopold Conservation Award. Presented November 19 during the Kansas Association of Conservation Districts (KACD) Convention in Wichita, the $10,000 award recognizes landowner achievement in ...

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November 20, 2018

Kansan Is Finalist For National Anthem Singing Contest At Cattle Convention

Four finalists have been named in the 5 th annual NCBA National Anthem Singing Contest. One of the finalists, Prairie Rose Robbins, is a Kansan. The 15-year-old from Brookville is competing for a chance to sing "The Star Spangled Banner" at the opening general session and the ...

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November 19, 2018

Jansonius To Be Honored For 100 Years Of Membership During KLA Convention

One of the highlights of the upcoming KLA Convention in Wichita will come during the November 28 banquet when Jansonius Farms of Prairie View is recognized for 100 years of consecutive membership. Jansonius is KLA’s longest-standing member, having joined in 1918. Glenn Jansoni...

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November 16, 2018

Beachner Bros. Livestock Wins World Championship Ranch Rodeo

Beachner Bros. cowboys in the wild cow milking. (Photo provided by Working Ranch Cowboys Association.) Kansas teams won three of the top four holes and most of the individual events at the World Championship Ranch Rodeo (WCRR), November 8-11 in Amarillo. Beachner Bros. Livesto...

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November 15, 2018

Beef Value Ideas Shared With Culinarians

The Kansas Beef Council recently hosted area chefs and culinary students for a beef merchandising workshop at L’Ecole Culinary School in the heart of Kansas City. Chicago-based Master Butcher and James Beard-nominated author of The Art of Cutting Beef , Kari Underly, led the w...

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November 14, 2018

Bid On Items In Benefit Auctions During KLA Convention

The November 28 live benefit auction at the KLA Convention in Wichita will sell livestock equipment, western art, bull sale credits and a stem cell therapy procedure. Proceeds from these items will help fund programs and initiatives for the KLA Political Action Council (PAC), ...

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November 13, 2018

R-CALF Lawsuit Threatens Producer Control Of State Checkoff Programs

A federal district court in Montana issued an order last week that expands the scope of an ongoing lawsuit over the beef checkoff. The action last week adds Kansas and 13 other states to a case previously involving the checkoff in Montana. R-CALF filed suit against USDA to sto...

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November 12, 2018

Cow-Calf Producers Invited To Attend CattleTrace Meeting At Dodge City

Collaborators with the CattleTrace pilot project for animal disease traceability will host an information session November 13 at 6:00 p.m. at Winter Livestock in Dodge City. The program will provide details of how cow-calf producers can get involved in the project. In early 20...

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November 9, 2018

KLA-Endorsed Candidates Have High Success Rate In General Election

A high percentage of candidates supported by KLA was elected in the November 6 general election. However, a number of races involving KLA-supported candidates for the Kansas House of Representatives remained too close to call, with provisional and mail-in ballots still being c...

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November 8, 2018

Checkoff Workshop Helps Digital Influencers Tell Beef Story

The Kansas Beef Council hosted 14 digital influencers from the Kansas City area October 23 for their second “Meat Up, Kansas City” event. NCBA Executive Chef Dave Zino led participants through a checkoff-funded workshop discovering umami flavors in cooking beef. In addition, d...

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November 7, 2018

KLA Member Input Needed On Policy Issues Discussed At The Convention

Members can have a voice in the policy process by providing input during business meetings at the KLA Convention, November 28-30 in Wichita. Committees and councils will discuss issues important to the livestock industry. The KLA Stockgrowers Council will consider a report pro...

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November 6, 2018

Winter Livestock In Pratt To Host CattleTrace Meeting For Cow-Calf Producers

Collaborators with the CattleTrace pilot project for animal disease traceability will host an information session November 7 at 6:00 p.m. at Winter Livestock in Pratt. The program will provide details of how cow-calf producers can get involved in the project. In early 2018, KL...

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November 5, 2018

KLA Members Encouraged To Vote In This Week’s Election

KLA has endorsed candidates for Congress, statewide offices and the Kansas House of Representatives who have demonstrated support for the state’s livestock industry. The full list of KLA endorsements can be found here . KLA members are encouraged to stand up for the livestock ...

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November 2, 2018

EPA Proposal to Exempt Livestock from Emissions Reporting

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler, accompanied by U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran, signed a proposed rule this week that would, if finalized, exempt livestock operations from reporting manure emissions under the Emergency Planning and Community Ri...

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November 1, 2018

KLA Endorses Watkins In 2nd Congressional District

The KLA Board of Directors voted last week to support a recommendation from the KLA Political Action Council to endorse Steve Watkins for Congress in the 2nd Congressional District.  Watkins, a U.S. Army veteran, is the Republican nominee in the November 6 general electio...

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October 31, 2018

Apply Now For 2019 Young Stockmen’s Academy

KLA currently is accepting applications for the 2019 Young Stockmen’s Academy (YSA) class. This will be the 14 th class since the program began in 2006. YSA consists of four seminars throughout the year designed to educate young members about KLA, the legislative process, advo...

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October 30, 2018

BQA Training And Certification Sessions Scheduled For November

KLA, the Kansas Beef Council (KBC) and the Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine will host two advanced beef cattle care and health training sessions in November. Each session also will be webcast to an additional location. K-State veterinarians Dan Thomson an...

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October 29, 2018

Speakers To Address Traceability, Sustainability At KLA Convention

Beef Industry University (BIU) at the KLA Convention will focus on cattle traceability and industry sustainability. The convention will take place November 28-30 at the Hyatt Hotel and Century II Convention Center in Wichita, with BIU scheduled for Thursday afternoon. World Pe...

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October 26, 2018

Dividend Pending For KLA Workers’ Compensation Program Members

The KLA workers’ compensation program has applied for approval to issue a $1.26 million dividend. If approved by the Kansas Insurance Department, this will bring total dividends issued during the 25-year history of the program to more than $13 million. Dividends received by pr...

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October 25, 2018

Mankato Livestock To Host Ranchers For CattleTrace Information Session

Collaborators with the CattleTrace animal disease traceability project and Kansas State University Research and Extension are hosting an information session November 5 at 6:30 p.m. at Mankato Livestock. Presenters will provide details of how cow-calf producers can get involved...

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October 24, 2018

Meet Chuck Knows Beef

The newest addition to the “Beef. It’s What’s for Dinner” brand family, Chuck Knows Beef, will be on display November 29 at the KLA Convention in Wichita. Season Solorio, senior executive director of brand marketing for NCBA, a contractor to the beef checkoff, will demonstrate...

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October 23, 2018

Member Input Requested At Six KLA Leadership Roundtables

Six KLA leadership roundtables will be held this fall. Those attending will be updated on state and national issues, have the opportunity to provide input on topics of concern to producers and be asked for feedback on KLA programs and services. Dates and locations include are ...

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October 22, 2018

Chute Stolen In Wilson County

KLA member Russ Walker has reported the theft of a portable squeeze chute from a pasture northeast of Altoona. The chute was manufactured by WW Livestock Systems, has a self-catching head gate and is gray with a red handle on the left side. It was stolen sometime October 21.&n...

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October 19, 2018

Industry Responds To Negative Report About Antibiotic Use

NCBA and KLA provided accurate information about antibiotic use in cattle production to media covering a negative report this week. The report, issued by a number of anti-meat activist groups, graded the 25 largest fast food and fast casual restaurants on their meat sourcing a...

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October 18, 2018

Cattle Industry Recommends Names For Next Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee

NCBA recently nominated eight individuals from the health and dietary fields for USDA to consider as it appoints the 2020 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee. According to NCBA Senior Vice President of Government Affairs Colin Woodall, these individuals have the objectivity ...

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October 17, 2018

KLA To Submit Comments Opposing Use Of Dairy Nomenclature On Imitation Products

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is requesting comments on the labeling of plant-based products with names that include those of dairy foods. Dairy industry groups have tried, unsuccessfully, to get FDA to take enforcement action against mislabeled, imitation dairy produ...

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October 16, 2018

Blach Returns To Present Cattle And Beef Outlook At KLA Convention

Randy Blach CattleFax Chief Executive Officer Randy Blach will talk about what predicted larger beef supplies in 2019, combined with expected record pork and poultry production, will mean for cattle prices during his presentation November 30 at the KLA Convention. His appearan...

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October 15, 2018

Gubernatorial Candidates Hear KLA Priorities During Special Forum

KLA leaders and staff met with the three major candidates for Kansas governor October 9 in Topeka to discuss key issues affecting the livestock industry. Members of the KLA Board of Directors, KLA Political Action Council (PAC) and KLA PAC 500 shared the association’s prioriti...

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October 12, 2018

Dietetic Interns Participate In Workshops Funded By Beef Checkoff

The Kansas Beef Council (KBC) recently hosted beef education and media training workshops for students enrolled in dietetic internship programs at the University of Kansas Medical Center in Kansas City and Kansas State University in Manhattan. More than 40 dietetic interns and...

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October 11, 2018

Corpstein Named Recruiter Of The Month

Atchison County KLA Chair Clint Corpstein of Atchison earned KLA recruiter of the month honors in September. Members recruited by Corpstein came as a result of the annual county meeting where producers heard from KLA Vice President of Legal & Government Affairs Aaron Popel...

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October 10, 2018

Kansas Livestock Foundation Awards Hampel Oil/Mobil Delvac Scholarships

Two Kansas State University students have been awarded $1,000 Hampel Oil/Mobil Delvac scholarships by the Kansas Livestock Foundation (KLF). Both are in their junior year. Ashley Swaim of Delia is the daughter of Larry and Tammy Swaim and is studying agronomy. Karrie Van Winkl...

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October 9, 2018

Haywire Ranch Hands Emerge Victorious At Kansas Championship Ranch Rodeo

Cowboys and cowgirls from Haywire Cattle Company of El Dorado won the Kansas Championship Ranch Rodeo (KCRR), held September 28-29 at Medicine Lodge. Haywire won the stray gathering and team penning on the way to the title. Team members were Andy, Callie and Randy Jones; Justi...

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October 8, 2018

Champions Chosen At Kansas Junior Livestock Show

In the grand champion steer drive at the 2018 Kansas Junior Livestock Show, a 1,337 lb. crossbred led by Cooper Henson of Holcomb captured top honors. Lauren Aust of La Cygne owned the reserve grand, a 1,362 lb. Charolais. Ashley Kennedy of Satanta showed the supreme champion ...

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October 5, 2018

Show To Feature Young Exhibitors From Across Kansas

The largest youth livestock show in Kansas gets underway today (10/5) at the state fairgrounds in Hutchinson. More than 2,000 head of livestock, including cattle, swine, sheep and goats will be shown by 806 exhibitors throughout the weekend at the Kansas Junior Livestock Show ...

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October 4, 2018

USDA Traceability Goals Aligned With KLA Policy And CattleTrace Structure

USDA announced four overarching goals for advancing animal disease traceability last week. Undersecretary for Marketing and Regulatory Programs Greg Ibach said USDA has a responsibility to producers to implement a modern system that tracks livestock from birth to harvest using...

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October 3, 2018

Services Friday For Former KLA Executive

Former KLA Executive Vice President John E. Meetz of Wichita passed away October 2 at the age of 73. A native of Newton, Meetz was employed at KLA from June 1970 to February 1984. Under his leadership, KLA membership grew from under 3,000 to more than 9,000; the KLA Cattle Fee...

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October 2, 2018

Holthus To Highlight Wednesday Evening At KLA Convention

Registration is open for the KLA Convention, November 28-30 in Wichita. Those attending the convention will hear from Kansas City Chief’s play-by-play announcer Mitch Holthus at the opening banquet. The Smith Center native and eight-time Kansas Sportscaster of the Year will sh...

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October 1, 2018

NCBA Continues To Push For FMD Vaccine Bank In Farm Bill As Negotiations Continue

  U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts and his conference committee colleagues announced last week the new Farm Bill would not be completed before the current bill expired September 30, 2018. The group released a statement on progress of the new Farm Bill.     &...

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September 28, 2018

Revised Trade Agreement With Korea Good For U.S. Red Meat Producers

Meat industry organizations praised the Trump administration following an announcement earlier this week that a revised free trade agreement with Korea had been signed. U.S. Meat Export Federation President and Chief Executive Officer Dan Halstrom called it “reassuring news fo...

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September 27, 2018

Kansans Headed To Regional Qualifier For Livestock Auction Championships

Six Kansans will compete in an upcoming regional qualifying event for the World Livestock Auctioneer Championship (WLAC). Neil Bouray of Webber, Andrew Finley from Carbondale, Jase Hubert of Emporia, Tanner Jessup from Hillsboro, Dakota Davis of Caldwell and Ethan Schuette fro...

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September 26, 2018

CattleFax To Be Honored During K-State Family And Friends Reunion

CattleFax will be presented the Don L. Good Impact Award during the Kansas State University Animal Sciences & Industry (AS&I) Family and Friends Reunion, October 12 in Manhattan. The award, named in honor of the former K-State AS&I Department head, recognizes indiv...

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September 25, 2018

Winners Recognized From KLA PAC Golf Tournament

KLA hosted 147 players September 14 in Manhattan for the annual KLA Political Action Council (PAC) Golf Tournament. Proceeds from the tournament help fund KLA PAC contributions to candidates who support and appreciate livestock production in Kansas.    &nbs...

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September 24, 2018

West Nile Diagnosed In Kansas Horses

The Kansas Department of Agriculture Division of Animal Health has received notification of multiple confirmed cases of West Nile virus in horses across the state. These cases have been reported over the past few weeks in Lyon, Seward, Neosho, Marion and Wichita counties. All ...

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September 21, 2018

YSA Group Makes Beef, Dairy Stops On Kansas Tour

The 2018 KLA Young Stockmen’s Academy (YSA) gathered September 17-19 for their third tour of the year. Young members spent three days touring various segments of the beef and dairy industries in central and western Kansas. Merck Animal Health is the exclusive sponsor of the YS...

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September 20, 2018

RTK Photography Contest Winners Named

Ten winners have been announced for the seventh annual Ranchland Trust of Kansas (RTK) photography contest. Crystal Socha of Augusta won the Fan Favorite category and was chosen by the judges as the grand prize winner. Her photo, titled “Keeping Watch,” received 378 votes on R...

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September 19, 2018

Houston To Open NIAA Traceability Forum In Kansas City

NCBA President Elect Jennifer Houston will be the opening speaker at the National Institute for Animal Agriculture (NIAA) Strategy Forum on Livestock Traceability this month in Kansas City. The forum will take place September 24-26 at the Westin Crown Center Hotel. Houston, a ...

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September 18, 2018

Ranch Teams Set To Compete At Kansas Championship Ranch Rodeo

A dozen ranches from across the state will compete in the 30 th annual Kansas Championship Ranch Rodeo (KCRR), September 28-29 at Medicine Lodge. The 12 teams were invited to participate after qualifying at various ranch rodeo events over the past year. Ranch teams entered in ...

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September 17, 2018

NCBA Encouraged By USDA Involvement In Fake Meat Public Meeting

The USDA Food Safety Inspection Service and Food and Drug Administration have announced a joint public meeting to discuss the potential hazards, regulatory oversight considerations and labeling of cell-cultured food products derived from livestock and poultry tissue. NCBA will...

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September 14, 2018

G3 Pair Wins Super Cow-Calf Show

G3 Cattle of Uniontown exhibited the winning pair in this week’s Super Cow-Calf Show at the Kansas State Fair in Hutchinson. The grand champion was a crossbred cow with a steer calf at side. This is the second year in a row a G3 pair has won the show, which is for commercial c...

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September 13, 2018

Beef Exports Show Continued Strength, While Pork Sales Tempered By Tariffs

Export volumes of U.S. beef and pork were higher in July than a year ago, according to data released by USDA and compiled by the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF). The value of exports was mixed, with beef posting another near-record month, while pork reflected the negative ...

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September 12, 2018

Super Cow-Calf Show Today In Hutchinson

A special show featuring commercial cow-calf pairs will take place today (9/12) at the Kansas State Fair in Hutchinson. No fitting is allowed for the Super Cow-Calf Show, with entries consisting of one cow and her natural calf in pasture condition. Cows and calves will be judg...

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September 11, 2018

Checkoff-Funded Beef Certificate Program Reaches Thousands Of Kansas Students

The Kansas Beef Council (KBC), in partnership with the Kansas Corn Commission, offers beef education resources and reimbursement to Kansas high school and middle school family and consumer science classrooms. Reimbursement funds provided through the checkoff-funded Beef Certif...

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September 10, 2018

Miami County KLA Committee Earns August Recruiter Of The Month

The Miami County KLA Committee continues to recruit new members and, as a result, has earned recruiter of the month honors for the fourth time this year. Since January, the group has signed up 24 new members and increased KLA membership in Miami County by 91%. In addition to r...

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September 7, 2018

Kansas Disease Traceability Pilot Project Moves Forward

Partners in the Kansas-based cattle traceability pilot project have officially established CattleTrace as a not-for-profit corporation. According to CattleTrace Board Chairman Brandon Depenbusch, who works for Innovative Livestock Services, this was an important step to provid...

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September 6, 2018

Agriland Exhibit Shows How Food Is Grown In Kansas

The Kansas Beef Council, along with other commodity groups, will again be hosting Agriland at the Kansas State Fair, September 7-16 in Hutchinson. Located in the Pride of Kansas Building, the interactive exhibit provides an opportunity for children and adults to see how food i...

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September 5, 2018

Rising Beef Demand Coincides With Increased Production

According to University of Georgia agricultural economist Levi Russell, beef demand is on the rise, which is good news considering the industry has seen an increase in beef production over the past few years. Russell reported in the third and fourth quarters of 2017, beef dema...

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September 4, 2018

KLF Club Calf Sale Entry Deadline Approaching

Entries for the 2018 Kansas Livestock Foundation (KLF) Club Calf Sale are due in the KLA office September 14. Entry fees are $50.00 per animal. The sale is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. October 6 during the Kansas Junior Livestock Show in Hutchinson. Purebred and crossbred steer and...

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August 31, 2018

NAFTA Negotiations Half Way Home

The U.S. and Mexico reached a preliminary agreement this week to update the North American Free Trade Agreement. This was a bilateral deal, with hopes Canada would agree to the terms in the near future.            Although the ...

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August 30, 2018

KLA Members Invited To K-State Tailgates

KLA members attending Kansas State University home football games are invited to attend the pre-game tailgate function hosted by the K-State Department of Animal Sciences & Industry. KLA and KLA Environmental Services are co-sponsors of the events, which will be held befor...

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August 29, 2018

Kansas Stockman Wins Awards In National Contest

The Kansas Stockman received several awards during the Agricultural Media Summit earlier this month in Scottsdale, AZ. As part of the annual Livestock Publications Council (LPC) contest, an article from the November/December 2017 issue won third place in the production/managem...

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August 28, 2018

Additional Counties Eligible For Water Supply Assistance Due To Drought

The Kansas Department of Agriculture (KDA) Division of Conservation has expanded the number of counties eligible for the Livestock Water Supply Financial Assistance Initiative. This program provides state funds, up to a maximum of $6,000, to landowners who drilled livestock wa...

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August 27, 2018

Loomis, Meats Entries Win Beef Fest Grand Awards

Heifers owned by Loomis Ranch of Council Grove and steers entered by Gary and Judy Meats of LeRoy earned grand awards at Flint Hills Beef Fest in Emporia. The awards were based on the best combined finish in the grass futurity and live stocker show. A total of 99 heifers and 1...

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August 24, 2018

Beck Tells Ranchers If FDA Wins Jurisdiction Battle Over Fake Meat, The Beef Industry Loses

NCBA has been driving efforts to determine which federal agency will regulate fake meat products, according to the organization’s Director of Government Affairs Danielle Beck. She told those attending the August 17 Flint Hills Beef Fest Producer Seminar in Emporia the only way...

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August 23, 2018

Ranch Tour To Include Stops Near Madison

The Greenwood County Cattlemen’s Association has organized a ranch tour in the Madison area for September 5. Those interested should gather at the Madison High School football field by 2:00 p.m. Tour stops will be at the Harold Engle backgrounding facility, Browning Ranch and ...

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August 22, 2018

Cow-Calf Producers Invited To Learn More About Pilot Project At Salina Meeting

Collaborators with the CattleTrace pilot project for animal disease traceability are hosting an informational session August 28 at 6:30 p.m. at Farmers & Ranchers Livestock in Salina. The program will provide details of how cow-calf producers can get involved. In early 201...

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August 21, 2018

Finalists Named For Kansas Leopold Conservation Award

Ranchland Trust of Kansas, the Sand County Foundation and the Kansas Association of Conservation Districts (KACD) have named finalists for the 2018 Kansas Leopold Conservation Award. The award honors Kansas landowners for achievement in voluntary stewardship and dedication to ...

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August 20, 2018

Invasive Species Control Highlights Field Day Program at Loma Land & Cattle

A panel discussion on the best options for managing invasive plant species on rangeland topped the agenda at the final KLA/Kansas State University Ranch Management Field Day in the 2018 series. During the August 16 event in Linn County, Natural Resources Conservation Service (...

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August 17, 2018

FSA Website Helps Match Up Those Who Need Forage Resources With Suppliers

Livestock owners in need of hay and/or grazing acres can list the resources needed on the Farm Service Agency website Hay Net. Likewise, landowners who have hay or pasture available can post an entry here . The site is designed to match up those in need of livestock feed and f...

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August 16, 2018

Loma Land & Cattle Hosting Today’s Ranch Field Day Near La Cygne

Today’s (8/16) KLA/Kansas State University Ranch Management Field Day will be hosted by the Robert Thayer family of La Cygne. Located in Linn County, the Loma Land & Cattle Company cow-calf operation utilizes fescue and native grass pastures. It also includes a backgroundi...

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August 15, 2018

Quinter Field Day Audience Hears About Windbreak Benefits

The benefits of windbreaks and utilizing cover crops to improve soil health were highlighted at the August 13 KLA/Kansas State University Ranch Management Field Day near Quinter. Nearly 100 ranchers attended the event, hosted by Tyler and Kassie Remington. Jami Seirer, northwe...

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August 14, 2018

Cartridges For Cash Program Benefits Students

The Merck Animal Health Cartridges for Cash program provided $7,000 in Kansas Livestock Foundation (KLF) scholarships to six students for the 2018-19 school year. Funds for next year’s scholarships will be awarded based on the number of empty Ralgro and Revalor cartridges turn...

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August 13, 2018

Rokey Named Recruiter Of The Month

Rokey Named Recruiter Of The MonthNemaha County member Morris Rokey of Sabetha earned July KLA Recruiter of the Month honors by signing up three new members. His efforts earned him a $50 Cabela’s gift card and an entry in the grand prize drawing among all 12 monthly winners. N...

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August 9, 2018

Quinter Ranch To Host KLA/K-State Ranch Field Day Monday

Tyler and Kassie Remington will host Monday’s (8/13) KLA/Kansas State University Ranch Management Field Day on their ranch near Quinter. The family grows feed for their cowherd on irrigated and dryland acreage, including cover crops and annual forages for grazing and silage. &...

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August 8, 2018

Ranch Field Day In Barber County Highlights Range Renovation

Principals in the Blew partnership explained to more than 100 ranchers attending Monday’s (8/6) KLA/Kansas State University Ranch Management Field Day near Medicine Lodge how they’ve rehabilitated the Nichols Ranch in Barber County. The first year they leased the ranch, which ...

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August 6, 2018

KLA endorses candidates in primary election

The KLA Political Action Council (PAC) and KLA Board of Directors made candidate endorsements for this week's primary election, which will be held, Tuesday, August 7. Below is a list of candidates endorsed by KLA who have a contested primary race. Candidates with uncontested p...

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August 3, 2018

KLA Offering Reward In Osage County Stolen CAttle Case

KLA member Doug Huston has reported two purebred Angus cows stolen from a pasture three miles east of Overbrook. Huston said the fall-bred cows were stolen either July 26 or early July 27. The cows weigh about 1,500 lbs. and have blue identification tags in the right ear with ...

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August 2, 2018

Grassland And Cattle Improvement On Medicine Lodge Field Day Program

C.J. and Russell Blew will host the first KLA/Kansas State University Ranch Management Field Day Monday (8/6) on the Nichols Ranch near Medicine Lodge, which they lease. Prior to the Anderson Creek Wildfire going through the ranch, the Blews and the landowner had begun clearin...

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August 1, 2018

Animal Ag Groups Call On Trump To Settle Fake Meat Regulation Debate

NCBA and other leading animal agriculture organizations sent a letter to President Donald Trump last week urging him to ensure USDA, not the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), is the primary regulatory authority over lab-grown meat products. FDA has moved aggressively in rece...

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July 31, 2018

Checkoff Function Gives Digital Influencers Something To Blog About

     Kansas Beef Council (KBC) staff recently hosted nine of the top digital influencers in the Kansas City area for an evening of beef education. Titled “Meat Up,” the checkoff-funded event put influencers through a meat cutting class during which they fab...

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July 30, 2018

EQIP Funds Available For Water Projects In 50 Counties

EQIP Funds Available For Water Projects In 50 CountiesThe Kansas Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) office announced last week the availability of special Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) cost-share funds for certain projects that address livestock wa...

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