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News Update

September 4, 2013

Make Plans for the 2013 Annual Convention in Louisville, Ky.

American Angus Association members and Angus enthusiasts will gather in Louisville, Ky., Nov. 16-19, for the 130th Annual Convention of Delegates and related Angus activities in conjunction with the North American International Livestock Exposition (NAILE).

“We are looking forward to celebrating the Association’s 130th year with our members,” says Robin Ruff, Association director of activities, events and education. “This year’s event in Louisville is sure to be an educational and exciting time in our breed’s history.”
Activities include the Annual Meeting of Delegates, educational sessions, social events and a 2013 Super-Point Roll of Victory (ROV) Angus Show.

The Angus shows will all begin at 8 a.m. in the Kentucky Fair and Exposition Center (KFEC) Freedom Hall. The junior heifer show will take place Sunday, Nov. 17; the ROV bulls will show Monday, Nov. 18; and all ROV females, including cow-calf pairs, will show Nov. 19. Steven Reimer, Chamberlain, S.D., will judge the Super-Point ROV Show, and Jake Scott, Gordon, Neb., will serve as the junior heifer show judge.

Entries are due by Oct. 1 and can be submitted on the website at Visa® and MasterCard® are accepted. For more information, call 502-595-3166.

All Angus supporters who have contributed $250 this fiscal year (Oct. 1, 2012-Sept. 30, 2013) to the Angus Foundation will be invited to attend a special Supporter Recognition Event on Saturday evening, Nov. 16, at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Louisville. Donate today to ensure a spot for this exclusive event.

For more information, please view the full release here.

Sept. 5 Webinar to Address New Rangeland Herbicides

New rangeland herbicides will be the subject of a Sept. 5 webinar conducted by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service.

The webinar will focus on “what’s available now and what’s on the horizon,” said Robert Lyons, AgriLife Extension range specialist in Uvalde. Lyons said he will also provide information on new herbicide packaging.

This webinar is part of the Texas Range Webinar Series conducted monthly by AgriLife Extension’s ecosystem science and management unit. Each webinar is scheduled from noon to 1 p.m., according to Brittany Grube, webinar coordinator in College Station.

Participants seeking Texas Department of Agriculture continuing education units must pay a $10 fee on the website. For all others, there is no fee, Grube said. Licensed agricultural private pesticide applicators participating in this webinar can earn one general continuing education unit.

Continuing education units for archived webinars will only be available for one month following the live version of the webinar. After the month has passed, the webinar will still be available to watch, but participants will not be able to register for or receive credits.

For more information on the webinars, contact Grube at Brittany.grube@

For more information, please view the Angus Journal’s Virtual Library calendar of upcoming events here.

Alltech, Kentucky State University Form Alliance to Focus on Modern, Sustainable Farming Techniques

With a global population of nine billion expected by 2050 and fewer resources with which to feed them, agriculture faces a daunting challenge over the next 25 years. The agribusiness industry will require major technological leaps in order to keep pace with a growing, hungry population while also preserving natural resources for future generations.

For this reason, Alltech and Kentucky State University (KSU) have formalized a joint research alliance to develop sustainable farming techniques and modern farming models.

Alltech will invest $75,000 per year toward research at KSU and will also provide support for KSU graduate students’ research and for demonstrations in agriculture, food sciences, sustainable systems and related fields. These investments will help develop an active graduate student training program and undergraduate internship program in sustainable farming as well as a merit-based program aimed at supporting future agricultural science development.

“This farming-focused alliance will position Central Kentucky at the forefront of sustainable agriculture and aquaculture, arguably two of our world’s most significant challenges. The work being done on KSU’s campus will not only have global implications, but will contribute to the development of a knowledge-based economy and job creation locally. It will also demonstrate how we can use technology to support small farm agriculture in Kentucky,” said Karl Dawson, chief scientific officer at Alltech.

“We’re excited about the collaboration between Alltech and Kentucky State University,” said KSU’s president, Mary Evans Sias. “KSU’s world-class aquaculture program combines innovative research and outreach to assist farms and families. Alltech is a major global corporation that focuses its resources on the sustainability of the planet. We can only expect great things to come from this perfect match.”

For more information, please view the full release here.

Farm Science Review to Offer Farmers First-Time View of Unmanned Aircraft System for Agricultural Use
During Field Demos

As the list of new technologies used in the agriculture industry continues to grow, the use of unmanned aircraft systems (drones) has the potential to be among the most wide-ranging and beneficial for farmers, according to Farm Science Review organizers.

To that end, farmers and growers can see daily demonstrations of an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) during this year’s Farm Science Review Sept. 17-19 at the Molly Caren Agricultural Center in London, Ohio. The demonstrations will be the first time the Review has offered an up-close look at the technology in live action and is also the first time a farm show has offered field demonstrations of UAVs for agricultural use, said Chuck Gamble, who manages the Review.

For more than 50 years, Farm Science Review field demonstrations have allowed farmers to go out and see farm equipment run side-by-side, Gamble said. So to be able to demonstrate to farmers how they can utilize unmanned aerial systems for real-time crop maintenance and precision management is a great opportunity, he said.

An UAV prototype on display at last year’s Farm Science Review introduced the concept to visitors.

“I see amazing things that we can do in agriculture with UAVs,” Gamble said. “The UAVs can be used to provide useful local site-specific data, including crop scouting and geo-referencing to allow growers to monitor pesticide dispersion and fertilizer usage, and to monitor crop health parameters, including soil moisture.

“They’re an important tool in our toolbox that farmers will have accessibility to that will allow them to have access to real-time data of what is going on in their fields.”

For more information, please view the full release here.


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