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News Update

April 12, 2016

Stampede the Sandhills: 2016 NJAS

There’s no better place to celebrate Independence Day than at the 2016 National Junior Angus Show (NJAS) at the Nebraska State Fairgrounds at Fonner Park in Grand Island, Neb. From July 3-9, National Junior Angus Association (NJAA) members and their families will travel from coast-to-coast to take part in the year’s most competitive junior livestock event.

In addition to the elite cattle show, Angus youth will participate in life-skills contests, cooking events and much more. The tentative schedule of events is available online, along with entry forms that must be completed by May 15.

Themed “Stampede the Sandhills,” the 2016 NJAS expects to draw more than 1,000 head of registered-Angus cattle to compete. Classes include owned heifers, bred-and-owned heifers, cow-calf pairs, steers and bred-and-owned bulls.

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

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Winters Rancher to Serve as TSCRA President

The Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association (TSCRA) announced Richard Thorpe as their new president during the closing session of the 139th annual Cattle Raisers Convention.

Thorpe was elected a TSCRA director in March 2006. He most recently served as the first vice president alongside Pete Bonds, Saginaw, who served as president from September 2013 — April 2016.

“TSCRA has been critical to the strength and stability of the cattle industry for well over a century,” said Thorpe. “It is truly an honor to serve and lead this organization in my new role as president. Also, I appreciate Pete for his leadership and commitment to TSCRA. Most importantly, I thank my family for always supporting me. I look forward to all that’s ahead for this incredible association.”

Thorpe, his wife Karen and their family, own and operate Mesa T Ranch headquartered in Winters, Texas. The Thorpe’s operate a cow-calf operation as well as stockers and Quarter horses. Thorpe also earned his medical degree from Texas Tech University.

Bobby McKnight, Fort Davis, will serve as first vice president.

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

The Cost of Poverty in Rural America

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack will join two other rural community experts to discuss the cost of poverty in rural America at the Farm Foundation Forum on Monday, April 18.

The Forum will be 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. EDT in the Holeman Lounge of the National Press Club, 519 14th St. NW, Washington, D.C. A free, live audiocast will also be available.

A recent study at the Carsey Institute of Public Policy at the University of New Hampshire found that poverty, specifically childhood poverty, is spreading in intensity across the country and disproportionately so in rural America. Additional work done at Purdue University highlights the effects of childhood poverty on long-term health. The costs of poverty are seen in academic performance, underused human capacity, health costs, addictions, criminal activities and community infrastructure.

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

Noble Foundation Tour Slated for May

A tour of the Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation in Ardmore, Okla., is scheduled for Texas beef and forage producers in Gregg, Harrison, Panola, Rusk and Upshur counties May 25-26. The tour is being coordinated by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service.

“It’s good for producers to get out and see what others are doing in similar situations and climates,” said Randy Reeves, AgriLife Extension agriculture and natural resources agent for Gregg County.

The deadline to register for the tour is 5 p.m. May 4. The registration fee is $75, which includes a chartered bus and a noon meal while on the tour. Other meals and lodging are not included.

The group will travel by charter bus with pickup points in Marshall and Longview. Attendees will leave Longview on May 25 and travel to Ardmore for supper and hotel check-in. They will leave early May 26 and travel to the Noble Foundation for an all-day tour, then return home, stopping for supper on the way.

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