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News Update

January 22, 2016

Cattle Industry Convention Sets Sail for San Diego

Cattlemen, cattlewomen and industry enthusiasts, adjust your sails.

The 118th annual Cattle Industry Convention and National Cattleman’s Beef Association (NCBA) Trade Show will be Jan. 27-29 in San Diego, Calif. The theme of this year’s conference is “Set Sail for San Diego.” Full event coverage by the Angus Media team will be available online at

The annual event is the largest of its kind in the industry and is expected to host more than 6,000 guests this year. The Cattle Industry Convention will feature joint and individual meetings of five industry organizations, including the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA), the Cattlemen’s Beef Promotion & Research Board (CBB), American National CattleWomen Inc. (ANCW), CattleFax and the National Cattlemen’s Foundation (NCF).

The NCBA Cattlemen’s College® series will kick off its 23rd year at the conference. The series, sponsored by Zoetis, will feature speakers and live animal demonstrations that give cattlemen and women the tools to connect, learn and innovate.

For more information, please view the full Angus news release online.

Future Angus Stockmen: AI School Sponsorship

Now in its second year, Future Angus Stockmen is proud to offer a sponsorship for one enrollee to attend artificial insemination (AI) school, courtesy of Select Sires. Applications are now available for download online and due back by April 30. A recipient will be announced by May 16.

Future Angus Stockmen is aimed toward college-age or recent graduates who want to raise high-quality Angus-based commercial cattle. The program offers educational opportunities that teach participants how to thrive in the cattle industry, social networking to connect them with fellow producers, and leadership development to instill an entrepreneurial spirit and drive to improve their businesses.

For more information, please view the full Angus news release online.

Balance Sought for Landowners

The breadth, vagueness and punitive nature of many environmental laws provide challenges and uncertainty for farmers, ranchers and other property owners when it comes to navigating today’s environmental landscape in their farming and ranching activities.

“Environmental law can be harsh, especially for everyday people,” said Jonathan Wood, an attorney with the Pacific Legal Foundation. “The statutes are very broad, vague and punitive. Pacific Legal Foundation and Farm Bureau are advocating for more sensible policies to protect landowners.”

Wood echoed the chorus of voices from farmers and ranchers from around the country in advocating for a balanced approach to enforcement of environmental laws during a workshop at the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) 97th Annual Convention & IDEAg Trade Show.

For more information, read the Angus Beef Bulletin EXTRA article online.

Grace Period Gives Brandowners More Time

The deadline to renew North Dakota livestock brands was Dec. 31, 2015, but brandowners who missed the deadline can still secure their expired brands if they act soon.

Brands that were not renewed by the Dec. 31, 2015, deadline are considered expired, but state law provides a one-year grace period, which prevents an expired brand from being picked up by a new owner in that 12-month period. The grace period, which ends Dec. 31, 2016, aims to protect brandowners from losing their brands by mistake.

Brandowners who want to keep their brands but who still need to renew them should complete the yellow brand renewal form that was mailed in August 2015 to the address listed on the brand recording.

For more information, please view the full NDSA release online.

Expanded Estate Planning Class

University of Missouri (MU) Extension offers a four-session succession, estate and retirement planning training designed for farmers, ranchers, small-business owners and their families in February.

Sessions will be 6-9 p.m. Feb. 4, 11, 18 and 25 at four different sites: Adair County R-1 High School in Novinger, the Moberly Area Technical Center, State Technical College of Missouri in Linn and the Carrollton Public Library.

MU Extension agribusiness specialist Darla Campbell said, “We have been offering estate planning classes for at least 12 years, but this class has added succession and retirement planning for a more complete approach.”

Instructors will offer information on how to set goals, communicate within family meetings and understand the differences between generations. Succession planning topics will include business structure, who should be involved, choosing advisers and how to evaluate the business’s current position.

For more information, please view the Angus Journal Virtual Library calendar of upcoming events here.


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