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November 2, 2011

Tour de Cure

Beef was showcased at the American Diabetes Association 2011 Tour de Cure bike ride in Houston. The Texas Beef Council (TBC) joined in the fight against diabetes and served more than 700 beef meals to riders. TBC also sponsored 25 beef team cyclists who wore “Fueled by Beef” jerseys throughout the ride. The beef team also attended an educational webinar hosted by TBC where they learned more about the positive benefits of including beef in their diet.

Accelerated Genetics’ New Brand
Emphasizes People, Products and Pride

At the company’s national sales meeting in October, Accelerated Genetics unveiled a new brand and corporate identity. The new look pays homage to the company’s 70-year history while focusing on the three things that will continue to carry the cooperative into the future — its people, products and pride.

Says Joel Groskreutz, Accelerated Genetics president and CEO, “Our new brand is reflective of both our heritage and our opportunity.”

The new logo reflects the essential elements of the rebranded cooperative. The red triangle, part of the cooperative’s logo since the beginning, represents the company’s history. The three black bars to the right of the logo signify the people, products and pride focus.

2012 Cattle Industry Convention and
NCBA Trade Show Registration Under Way

Registration for the 2012 Cattle Industry Annual Convention and National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) Trade Show is available. The 114th Annual Convention will be in Nashville, Tenn., Feb. 1-4, 2012, and advanced registration is open until Jan. 11, 2012.

Convention participants will hear from industry leaders, gather insight on industry trends, take part in NCBA’s grassroots policy process and enjoy a Cowboy’s Night at the Grand Ole Opry and admission to the Honky Tonk Party. NCBA President and Montana rancher Bill Donald said the convention is a must for all cattlemen.

“The Cattle Industry Convention is the oldest and largest convention for the cattle business,” Donald said. “The convention and trade show create a unique environment for cattle industry members to come together to work toward the future of the industry and have some fun.”

In addition to access to all the 2012 convention events, registrants for the full convention will receive a 50% off coupon for Roper and Stetson apparel and footwear at the NCBA Trade Show.

To register for the 2012 Cattle Industry Convention and NCBA Trade Show, visit or contact Kristin Torres at

Several Additional Meetings Added to Virtual Library Calendar

There were a host of meetings of interest to cattlemen that were added today to the API Virtual Library Calendar of Upcoming Events. Click here for information on the following meetings just added:

ABS Global Now Seeking Summer 2012 Intern Candidates

ABS Global Inc. is currently seeking internship candidates for three positions being offered for summer 2012.

Positions include an advertising and promotions internship, progeny promotions internship and dairy programs internship.

Based in DeForest, Wis., the advertising and promotions internship position will offer exposure to marketing tactics geared to the successful candidate’s experience and interest. This includes but is not limited to copy writing, proofing, graphic design, website production, internal communications, social media, event planning, office administration and market research.

The progeny promotions department is also seeking a summer intern to assist with locating young sire daughters and to facilitate picturing and tour schedules throughout the United States. The successful intern will seek out and evaluate daughters. Upon location of daughters to picture, the intern will coordinate photo sessions and assist with cattle preparation, including fitting. Additionally, the intern may facilitate daughter tours.

The dairy programs intern will be based out of the DeForest, Wis., office and will work closely with the dairy programs department to assist in creatively designing and developing training and marketing materials for ABS customers and field representatives. This role will also support the dairy programs team in producing and distributing performance and genetic reports to our global customers.

Résumés are due Nov. 25, 2011, to ABS Global Inc., ATTN: Director, Human Resources, 1525 River Road, DeForest, WI 53532, or fax to 608-846–6442. Résumés can also be emailed to ABS Global is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer M/F/D/VM, and we politely request no phone calls or recruiter inquiries.

Sen. Moran Statement on DOL’s 30-Day
Extension of Comment Period

U.S. Senator Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) today responded to the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) inadequate 30-day extension of the public comment period for proposed changes to the Fair Labor Standards Act. Farmers and ranchers were given inadequate notice of, and insufficient time to comment on, the proposed rule, which could fundamentally disrupt agriculture practices across the country. The proposed changes include a ban on many common farm activities of youth on farms or ranches not directly owned by their parents.

“The Department of Labor’s proposed changes to the Fair Labor Standards Act did not come by recommendation of Congress; they came out of the blue, lack common sense and a basic understanding of how agricultural operations work, and pose a real threat to the future of family farms and rural communities in Kansas and across the country,” Sen. Moran said. “It is DOL’s responsibility to make certain there is sufficient time for thorough vetting of a proposal with such far-reaching consequences. Given the timing of the original comment period, it appears the Department is trying to impose this regulation without vital input from farmers and ranchers.”

Last week, Sen. Moran led 31 of his Senate colleagues in asking U.S. Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis to extend the comment period by a minimum of 60 days because DOL set the original 60-day comment period during the fall harvest season. This is the busiest time of year for agricultural producers — the group that would be most impacted by the proposed rule changes.

In addition to Sen. Moran, the letter was signed by U.S. Senators Pat Roberts (R-Kan.); Ben Nelson (D-Neb.); Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.); Mike Johanns (R-Neb.); Max Baucus (D-Mont.); Roy Blunt (R-Mo.); Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.); Kent Conrad (D-N.D.); Mike Crapo (R-Idaho); Herb Kohl (D-Wis.); Dick Lugar (R-Ind.); Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.); Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.); Ron Wyden (D-Ore.); John Barrasso (R-Wyo.); Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.); James Risch (R-Idaho); Jon Tester (D-Mont.); Chuck Grassley, (R-Iowa); Tom Coburn (R-Okla.); Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.); Jim DeMint (R-S.C.); John Boozman (R-Ark.); Dan Coats (R-Ind.); Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.); John Hoeven (R-N.D.); John Thune (R-S.D.); James Inhofe (R-Okla.); Orrin Hatch (R-Utah); Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga.); and Tom Udall (D-N.M.). Click here to read the letter.


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