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News Update

May 16, 2017

Set Out for Texas Angus Country

As they say, everything’s bigger in Texas. That’s certainly the hope for the National Angus Tour set for Nov. 3, just prior to the 2017 Angus Convention in Fort Worth, Texas.

The National Angus Tour is an annual favorite for American Angus Association members, allowing them to travel the countryside, visit with new and old friends, and experience the Angus breed in a landscape different than their own. The Texas Angus Association will host this year’s National Angus Tour and anticipates a record-large turn out for the event.

“We expect this will be one of the best tours that we’ve ever had, and we think that when people visit who haven’t been to Texas before, they’ll be impressed with the ranches, the people and the quality cattle we have here,” says Radale Tiner, American Angus Association regional manager for Texas and New Mexico.

Continue reading this Angus news release online.

— Adapted from a release by Jena McRell, Angus Media.

Photo Contest Deadline Extended

The deadline for the National Junior Angus Association/Angus Journal Photography Contest has been extended to 11:59 p.m. Central, Sunday, May 21.

Entries are being submitted online this year for the contest, which also features a new competition for digitally enhanced photos.

For rules and the online entry, visit

Questions can be directed to Caitlyn Brandt, events coordinator, at or 816-383-5189.

USDA Offers Disaster Assistance Programs

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue reminds farmers and ranchers, families, and small businesses that were affected by the recent severe storms and flooding that USDA has several programs that provide assistance before, during and after disasters. USDA staff in the regional, state and county offices in the states of Arkansas, Illinois, Kansas, Mississippi, Missouri, Oklahoma and Texas are ready to help.

“We want you to know that USDA resources are at your disposal,” said Perdue. “USDA has people on the ground, in every county, who can help you. We will do everything we can to help farmers get those fields back in order and encourage them to take advantage of these USDA resources.”

When floods destroy or severely damage residential property, USDA Rural Development can assist with providing priority hardship application processing for single family housing. Under a disaster designation, USDA Rural Development can issue a priority letter for next available multi-family housing units.

For more information, view the USDA news release online.

Farmers Union Confronts the Farm Crisis

The national farm economy is deteriorating, forcing many family farmers and ranchers to make tough financial decisions that will impact their families, communities and the entire country.

In order to provide farmers with the resources and support needed to endure these tough economic conditions, National Farmers Union (NFU) and Farmers Union state divisions have compiled resources, organized listening sessions and initiated a national campaign to raise awareness for the current farm crisis.

“We’re in the midst of a farm crisis,” said NFU President Roger Johnson. “Net farm income has been cut in half over the past four years, and other indicators point to intense, ongoing stress within our rural communities. Importantly, there is no foreseeable end to these tough conditions. Farmers, ranchers and their communities are bracing for very hard times, and Farmers Union is going to be there to help them through it.”

Read the NFU news release online.

Stock Show Elects Directors, Conducts Business

The board of directors and membership of the Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo, a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization, met April 25 to conduct business, review management and financial reports, as well as elect directors and officers. Reports were also provided on continued renovation of the Will Rogers Memorial Center and ongoing construction of the recently announced Dickies® Arena.

The 2017 Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo experienced several significant highlights, according to President and General Manager Brad Barnes. Some included: 1,219,300 estimated grounds attendance; 28,190 total Stock Show entries; 12,423 junior exhibitor entries representing 236 of Texas’ 254 counties; more than $3.2 million Junior Sale of Champion sale receipts; $224,945 raised by the Agricultural Development Fund for junior exhibitor support; and $670,900 provided in scholarships, educational grants and charitable gifts.

“Although the Stock Show is Fort Worth’s oldest and largest event, we’re constantly striving to enhance the experience for our guests, exhibitors and contestants,” said Barnes. “We’re proud of our history and excited about our future.”

Find more information in the news release online.



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