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News Update

May 18, 2016

Angus Election Under Way

The American Angus Association is making preparations for the 2016 Annual Convention of Delegates, hosted in conjunction with the Angus Convention Nov. 5-7, in Indianapolis, Ind.

In accordance with the Association’s bylaws, forms were mailed prior to April 11 to every eligible voting active life and regular Association member to nominate delegates to the annual meeting.

The nomination period is April 11-June 10, and each eligible voting member is allowed to nominate one eligible voting active life or regular member who resides in the same state or district, including himself or herself, who meets the new qualifications for eligible voting members. More information is available online.

The candidate should be highly involved in the Angus business, willing to attend the meeting and able to represent Angus breeders. Signed nomination forms must be received in the Association office no later than 4:30 p.m., CDT on June 10, at which time every qualified nominee will be included on a state ballot. State ballots will be mailed to the membership in July to vote for the final slate of state delegates.

For more information, view the Angus news release online.

EPA Disparages Farmers, Hinders Progress

Three Farm Bureau members called on the federal government May 17 to use more carrots and fewer sticks with farmers who care for land that has often been in their families for generations.

Pennsylvania Farm Bureau President Richard Ebert, former Ohio Farm Bureau President Terry McClure and Florida Farm Bureau member Kate English testified before the House Agriculture Subcommittee on Conservation and Forestry. Ebert told the subcommittee that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has failed to explain its expectations in the ongoing Chesapeake Bay cleanup.

“Despite my four-year degree in animal science from a well-known and respected university and 34 years of farming while implementing modern technologies, I don’t understand EPA’s science,” Ebert said. “And no farmer can legitimately comprehend and respond to the reams of academic analyses that have been produced through these meetings and continue to perform the tasks needed to run his or her farm business.”

To continue reading, view the Farm Bureau news release online.

APHIS Brucellosis, Bovine Tuberculosis Rules

The United States Cattlemen’s Association (USCA) submitted comments this week on the USDA Animal Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) Proposed Rule on Brucellosis and Bovine Tuberculosis: Update of General Provisions and Brucellosis and Bovine Tuberculosis Program Standards.

The rule proposes to consolidate the regulations governing both brucellosis and bovine tuberculosis. Currently, brucellosis and bovine tuberculosis are classified state-by-state based on disease prevalence. The proposed rule changes the current program by replacing it with a classification system, no longer basing a state’s status on the prevalence level of the disease within its borders.

Instead, the new program would base classifications on whether a state has an animal health plan in place to address the disease, USDA APHIS has approved the plan and whether the state is actively adhering to its plan. USCA has expressed its multiple concerns regarding the new classification system in formally submitted comments to the Federal Register.

For more information, access the USCA news release online.

Kansas Photo Contest is in the process of transitioning to a brand new website this July. The website will offer a fresh new look, new features that will customize material to the users interests, and many more new functions. We are asking for your help in developing this new webpage by providing pictures to highlight publications, decision tools and events. We are needing landscape, crop, livestock, machinery, and anything and everything else that showcases Kansas agriculture.

Please submit any agricultural related pictures to our AgManager Photo Contest Facebook page at by clicking on “Photo/Video” on the Timeline. Also please “Like” and share our page with anyone who may be interested in entering the contest and having their pictures displayed on our new website.

The person who submits the best Kansas agriculture picture (judged by a panel led by our communications specialist) will be honored at our annual Risk & Profit Conference on August 18-19 in Manhattan, Kan., and receive complimentary registration.

For more information, view the news release online.

BioZyme Hires Area Sales Manager

BioZyme® Inc., manufacturers of proprietary, natural supplements for a variety of animals including cattle, swine, poultry, horses and show livestock, recently hired Chris Kyle of Enola, Ark., as a BioZyme area sales manager for the supplement division.

In this position, Kyle is responsible for promoting sales of BioZyme products and supporting BioZyme’s dealer network in Arkansas and Louisiana. BioZyme’s supplement brands include VitaFerm®, Concept·Aid®, Sure Champ®, VitaCharge® and Vitalize®.

Kyle, his wife Lacee and two children, Coree and Kit, are active in the rodeo community and love to hunt and fish. Kyle has a degree in ag business from the University of Arkansas at Monticello.



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