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News Update

June 14, 2017

Interns Arrive at Angus

The American Angus Association welcomes four interns to Saint Joseph, Mo., for the summer: Haley Ercoli, Morgan Marley, Mayzie Purviance and Taylor Wilkins. These four young women have packed up and moved to Saint Joseph in hopes of broadening their horizons, furthering their education and obtaining real-world experience in their specific career paths.

Haley Ercoli from Plant City, Fla., will be working as the Angus Genetics Inc. (AGI) intern. Ercoli’s responsibilities will focus on collecting and inputting data from Angus breeder’s herds.

“Applying for the internship with Angus was a no-brainer for me,” Ercoli says. “I’m extremely interested in genetics, and I knew being able to add ‘Angus Association’ to my résumé would help me out in the long run.”

Growing up on her family’s farm sparked her interest in agriculture at a young age. She is the daughter of Lisa and Richard Ercoli, and is an animal science major at the University of Florida with an emphasis in equine studies. Ercoli plans to graduate in December of 2017. Upon graduation, she plans to apply to veterinary school to continue her studies.

Continue reading this Angus news release online.

U.S., China Finalize Details to Send U.S. Beef to China

As part of the U.S.-China 100-Day Action plan announced May 11, 2017 by U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross and Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin, the Trump administration June 12 has taken important steps toward commercial shipment of U.S. beef and beef products to China for the first time since 2003. These shipments are results of the U.S.-China Comprehensive Economic Dialogue co-chaired by Ross and Mnuchin for the United States and Vice Premier Wang Yang for China. Accordingly, the USDA has reached agreement with Chinese officials on final details of a protocol to allow the United States to begin the beef exports to China. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced June 12 the posting of technical documents related to the beginning of shipments.

Perdue issued the following statement:

  1. “Today is a great day for the United States and in particular for our cattle producers, who will be regaining access to an enormous market with an ever-expanding middle class. Since he was elected, President Trump has brought momentum, optimism and results to American agriculture families that we haven̵ seen in years and this agreement is a great example.”

For more information, read the USDA news release online.

2017 Beef Cattle Short Course — Youth Information

The 63rd Annual Texas A&M Beef Cattle Short Course, hosted Aug. 7-9, is having a special program dedicated to educating youth ages 13-18. The students will be fed breakfast Monday-Wednesday, lunch and dinner on Monday and Tuesday. In addition to this, they will receive the 2017 BCSC proceedings and tickets to the Texas Aggie Prime Rib Dinner, refreshments and admittance to the trade show. Students must be accompanied by a responsible adult who is registered and attending the BCSC.

The program is limited to the first 45 students to register.

Visit for more information on the program.

Kansas Ag Leadership Program will Make Changes

The Kansas Agriculture and Rural Leadership (KARL) Board of Directors will make changes to its strategy to further the vision, mission and direction of the long-time leadership program focused on developing excellence in rural and agriculture industry leadership.

The announcement comes following the resignation of KARL Program President Alvin Davis, effective July 1, 2017.

“The board has come to a crossroads,” said Jerry McReynolds, chairman of the KARL Board of Directors. “The KARL program needs to alter the strategy to implement the vision.”

More information about the changes will be announced after the board convenes this summer.

“We need to revitalize the program and evolve in the same way our leaders have over the years,” McReynolds said. “Our goal has always been to provide a premier leadership program that will benefit rural Kansas and the agriculture industry.”

Steve Baccus, vice-chair of the board, said the board acknowledges that rural Kansas is changing and the resignation of Davis prompted a shift in strategy and direction. Leadership objectives and the development of a deeper understanding of how those challenges are impacting rural Kansas today will be the focus moving forward.

Read the full K-State news release online.



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