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June 1, 2012

Washington Man Doubles Livestock Reward Fund for North Dakota Case

A man from Camono Island, Wash., has donated an additional $1,000 to the North Dakota Stockmen's Association reward fund for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for shooting 13 cows and a calf in a Richland County pasture near Hankinson, N.D., on May 17.

Richard Clise of Camono Island, Wash., is not a rancher himself, but has family with ranching interests. He learned of the crime through an online beef industry newsletter and said he hopes his donation will entice those who know details of the case to step forward and "do the right thing."

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More Than 100 Organizations Urge Senate to Ban Packer Ownership of Livestock

The Ranchers-Cattlemen Action Legal Fund United Stockgrowers of America (R-CALF USA) and 12 state cattle groups were among the 108 signatures to send a joint letter to U.S. senators urging their support of the anticipated 2012 Farm Bill amendment by Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA) to ban packer ownership of livestock. The U.S. Senate is expected to debate the 2012 Farm Bill during the week of June 4.

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USFRA Hosts Second Round of Food Dialogues

Farmers and ranchers are headed to Los Angeles — the entertainment capital of the world — for the second Food Dialogues event, June 20-21, 2012. Four separate discussions scheduled over two days will bring together entertainment movers and shakers, chefs, academics, large restaurant operators, journalists, local leaders, farmers and ranchers for an in-depth conversation about food. All panel discussions are taking place at the event entitled, "Lights, Camera, Food: Perceptions and Realities of Farming and Ranching in America," will be available online (either live streamed or taped) at

Two of the four panel discussions will stream live online on both Wednesday, June 20, and Thursday, June 21, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. (PDT), providing opportunities for farmers, ranchers and the general public to register to watch and participate in the discussion online. Additionally, individuals with a Twitter account can follow all of the panel discussions by following @USFRA using #FoodD.

USFRA is funded in part by the beef checkoff.

Genex and Superior Livestock Partner

Genex Cooperative Inc. and Superior Livestock Auction have partnered to offer cattle producers a convenient combination of services. By working together, Genex will provide Superior Livestock customers with a source of proven genetic options and Superior Livestock will provide Genex members and customers with a nationwide marketing outlet.

Through its nationwide marketing network, Superior Livestock serves sellers and buyers throughout the United States. Cattle are sold on contract for immediate to future delivery, minimum of pot-load size required. Unlike conventional marketing methods, sellers have the opportunity to offer cattle, at auction, to more than 7,000 registered buyers via video while cattle remain at the farm or ranch and shown in their natural surroundings.

"There is no doubt that today's market rewards high-quality cattle more than ever. We look forward to representing Genex-influenced cattle to our large group of buyers seeking cattle that generate premiums," states Jim Odle, general manager, Superior Livestock.

"Superior Livestock is certainly one of the largest and most progressive marketing arms in the industry," notes Willie Altenburg, associate vice president-beef marketing, Genex. "By focusing on what we each do well and working together, we have the opportunity to help our customers enhance their profitability."

For more information on Genex, visit For more information on Superior Livestock Auction, visit

Livestock Parasite Control Topic of June 7 Webinar

"External and Internal Parasite ID and Control Methods in Livestock" will be the June 7 webinar topic for the Texas AgriLife Extension Service's ecosystem science and management unit's monthly webinar series.

The webinar will be presented by Joe Paschal, AgriLife Extension livestock specialist in Corpus Christi. He will discuss internal and external parasites of livestock, primarily beef cattle, methods of control and economic impact.

This one-hour webinar is a part of a series offered as a way to earn Texas Department of Agriculture continuing education units online, according to Brittany Grube, graduate assistant and webinar coordinator.

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Past NJAA Member to Air on Reality TV

Libby Lopez, 24-year-old daughter of Dennis Lopez, owner of Diablo Valley Angus, Byron, Calif., will be one of the inaugural cast of the new CBS relationship series "3," which will premiere with a special 90-minute episode July 22.

Libby's biography from the show states that she grew up on a ranch in California where she tended and participated in showing cattle. She has been a model since the age of 18. The show originates in Chicago, Ill.

The show will follow three single women of different ages, life experiences and backgrounds as they meet for the first time with a common goal — to find true love. During their journey, the women meet nearly 100 men before they begin to narrow down their suitors. As they search for a partner, they share their lives and emotionally support one another during the dating and decision-making process.

Dennis Lopez has been a life member of the American Angus Association since 1965.


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