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Tuesday is 4-H Day at the Wisconsin State Fair


BrunnquellCelebrating 100 years this year, 4-H will be featured in Central Park with a number of hands-on activities where families can learn more about getting involved in the youth development organization.  There will be an area for 4-H alumni to gather and they will all participate in the parade around the fairgrounds.

On Tuesday evening it will be the Governor’s Blue Ribbon Meat Products Auction to benefit the Wisconsin 4-H Foundation.  Each year the Wisconsin Association of Meat Processors donate the champion and reserve champion products in seven divisions of their state competition.  Those products along with several other donated items will be sold with the bidders urged-on by the Governor, Wisconsin’s Fairest of the Fair and Alice in Dairyland.

New this year, the auction will be in the Case I-H Coliseum.  John Brunnquell is president of the 4-H Foundation and is chairing the auction for the third year, he says they made the move to allow them to open it up to the public.  “Anyone can walk in the door that evening, its $30 to be part of the event.”  Besides the Governor, the Klement’s Racing Sausages will be mingling in the crowd, there will be music, food and refreshments; “it’s not only a philanthropic event, it’s also a fun evening.”

The event is sponsored by the Wisconsin Farm Credit Associations.  Bidder registration opens at 6 and the auction begins at 7 pm.  The goal is to raise $125,000 for the foundation to support the 350,000 youth and 20,000 adult volunteers in Wisconsin 4-H.

AUDIO: Brunnquell talks about the auction 6:27 mp3

     
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Some Phytophthora showing up in Wisconsin soybeans


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The wet spring this year has led to some Phytophthora root and stem rot in Wisconsin soybeans this year.  University of Wisconsin Field Crops Pathologist Damon Smith says samples taken from June 6th to July 16th found the pathogen in soybean fields in 15 counties.  That does not mean the disease will flourish but he says they have been getting positive samples in the diagnostic lab.  “We’re seeing more of the stem rot this year.”

Given the moderate weather, Smith thinks most of the infection has already occurred and damage will be limited.  On top of that, most of the soybeans planted in the state are Phytophthora-resistant although there is a difference between resistance and immunity.

He says producers should monitor their fields, if they suspect a problem take a sample and get it analyzed to make sure it is Phytophthora.  It is important to keep accurate records for future reference as any infection should be taken into consideration when making planting choices next year.

AUDIO:Smith talks about the situation 6:37 mp3

     
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USDA implements new poultry inspection system


USDA is implementing that New Poultry Inspection System (NPIS) for processors.  Food Safety and Inspection Service will now require that all poultry companies take measures to prevent Salmonella and Campylobacter contamination, rather than addressing contamination after it occurs. All poultry facilities will be required to perform their own microbiological testing at two points in their production process to show that they are controlling Salmonella and Campylobacter. These requirements are in addition to FSIS’ own testing, which the agency will continue to perform.

FSIS is also introducing the optional NPIS in which poultry companies must sort their own product for quality defects before presenting it to FSIS inspectors.  The goal is to have FSIS inspectors spend less time with quality assurance allowing them more time to observe the birds, take samples for testing, check plant sanitation and verify plant compliance.

The proposal was first published in January of 2012.  After receiving numerous comments, a number of changes were made to the plan including capping the line-speed at 140 birds per minute.

FSIS estimates that the NPIS will prevent nearly 5,000 Salmonella and Campylobacter foodborne illnesses each year

     
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We made a little more cheese in June


Total cheese production in the United States in June was 916 million pounds up a half-percent from June of last year.  This follows two consecutive months of 2.5 percent increases.  Italian-type production was 4.4 percent higher at 409 million pounds while American-type cheese production was 3.8 percent lower at 349 million pounds.

Wisconsin cheese production reflecting the better quality of the first-crop hay in the Badger State.  After declining from November through April, we saw a slight increase in May.  Total cheese production in June was 235.4 million pounds up 3.6 percent from June of last year.  American type cheese output was 0.7 percent lower with Cheddar down 1.4 percent while Italian production increased 7.1 percent compared to a year ago.

California total cheese production was 195 million pounds in June up 0.1 percent from a year ago.  American type cheese production slipped 1.3 percent in the Golden State although Cheddar production was up 3.4 percent.  California Italian cheese production was slightly higher.

Idaho total cheese production dropped 21.2 percent compared to June of last year.  American type production plunged 37.6 percent.

Butter production totaled 140 million pounds in June down slightly from June of last year.

Other dairy product production compared to June 2013:

  •             Nonfat dry milk 148 million pounds ( 13.1%)
  •             Skim milk powders 51.8 million pounds (-11.1%)
  •             Dry whey 79.1 million pounds (-0.6%)
  •             Lactose 99.9 million pounds ( 12.6%)
  •             Whey protein concentrate 43.7 million pounds (( 5.4%)
  •             Regular ice cream 73.1 million gallons (-6%)
  •             Low fat ice cream 42 million gallons (-5.6%)
  •             Sherbet 4.28 million gallons (-7.9%)
  •             Frozen yogurt 6.79 million gallons (-22.4%)

For the first six months of 2014, total U.S. cheese production is 5.6 billion pounds up 1.5 percent compared to the first six months of 2013.  Butter production through June is down 3.1 percent from a year ago at 982 million pounds.

Read the full NASS report here:

     
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Cash cheese hits $2


Both cash cheese markets returned to the $2.00 mark on Friday.  Blocks gained 2.25 cents and barrels increased 1.25 cents.  Class III futures increased as well.

For the week, cash cheese barrels up 4.75 cents, blocks up 3 cents, butter lost 19 cents and nonfat dry milk is 2.5 cents lower.  Class III futures for August up 2 cents, September increased 85 cents and October gained 92 cents.

More than 11 billion pounds of milk delivered into the Federal milk pools in June.  28 percent went to Class I utilization, 11 percent to Class II, 50 percent went Class III and 11 percent was Class IV.

     
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Kansas City wheat takes the lead


Soybeans were lower on fund and speculative selling. Forecasts for the coming week look good, with non-threatening temperatures and increased rainfall. The crop’s doing well and demand is good but, long term fundamentals are bearish. Ahead of USDA’s next production estimate, Linn Group sees beans at 3.849 billion bushels with an average yield of 45.8 bushels per acre and Doane pegs beans at 3.86 billion bushels with an average yield of 45.9 bushels per acre. Soybean meal and oil followed soybeans lower.

Corn was lower on fund and speculative selling. Corn’s also watching the weather, expecting a large crop with the potential for a record average yield. USDA’s first survey-based crop production estimate of the year is out on the 12th. Doane has corn at 14.443 billion bushels with an average yield of 172.3 bushels per acre and Linn Group projects the crop at 14.518 billion bushels with an average yield of 172.8 bushels per acre. Ethanol futures were mixed.

The wheat complex was mostly higher with Kansas City taking the lead on fund and commercial buying. The trade’s talking about increased export demand, but nothing’s confirmed. Specifically, they’re looking at European crop quality and potential delays out of the Black Sea region. There’s additional signs of new commercial demand from Nigeria and Pakistan also bought wheat last week. World crop conditions do look good, outside of some concerns about warm, dry weather in parts of the southern Canadian prairies.

     
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Cattle trade very slow in developing


A light to moderate cattle trade was evident in most areas with some business about steady with last week at 162.00 to 164.00 live and 255.00 to 258.00 dressed. By mid-afternoon trade volume totals were relatively small and if they do not increase through the day packers will go into next week extremely short bought. The weekly kill totaled 574,000 head, 3,000 more than last week, but 48,000 smaller than last year.

Boxed beef cutout values were lower on light demand and offerings. Choice beef is down .53 at 263.13 and select is 2.48 lower at 258.12.

Chicago Mercantile Exchange live cattle contracts settled 32 to 167 lower. Contracts started the day lower as nervous traders continue to anticipate discouraging news around the theoretical corner. Nearby contracts bounced off session lows, cheered somewhat by steady packer spending in parts of feedlot country. August settled .62 lower at 157.30 and October was down 1.32 at 156.00.

Feeder cattle ended the session 40 to 142 points lower on long liquidation as well as spot August more than $4.00 below the last cash index calculated by the Chicago Mercantile Exchange. Clearly the feeder board seems ready to end the week in in great contrast to the bullish action seen Monday through Wednesday. August settled .40 lower at 220.27, and September was down 1.30 at 219.90.

Feeder cattle receipts at Missouri auctions this week totaled 19,309 head. Compared to last week, feeder calves sold steady to 5.00 higher, with spots of 10.00 higher and yearling feeders sold 5.00 to 10.00 higher. The feeder supply was light to moderate. Demand for feeders was very good. Feeder steers medium and large 1 averaging 623 pounds traded at 254.99 per hundredweight. 621 pound heifers averaged 230.96.

Lean hogs settled mostly unchanged to 75 higher. Nearby contracts were unchanged to modestly lower, lightly pressured by bear spreading strategies. Deferred contracts were moderately higher, supported by late week profit taking and technical buying prompted by oversold charts. August settled unchanged at 118.02, and October was down .35 at 102.82.

Pork trading was down 1.71 at 127.32 FOB plant.

Though the cash hog trade has been sloppy and soft this past week, the case can be made that we are pulling numbers forward, aggressive marketing that could mean that late summer/early fall numbers will be more manageable than imagined.

The weekly hog kill was estimated at 1,867,000 head, 5,000 more than last week but down 160,000 from last year.

     
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Gray to lead US Grains Council


Illinois farmer Ron Gray is the new U.S. Grains Council chairman.  Gray, who farms at Claremont, Illinois, was elected during the organization’s 54th Annual Board of Delegates meeting in Omaha.

Gray has spent almost 35 years in production agriculture and has also been a crop insurance agent for almost a decade.

As past chairman of the Illinois Corn Marketing Board, Gray has been a delegate to the Council since 2002.

At the Omaha meeting, the Board of Delegates also elected the Council’s 2014-2015 Board of Directors. That body now includes:

•        Ron Gray, Chairman, Illinois Corn Marketing Board

•        Alan Tiemann, Vice Chairman, Nebraska Corn Board

•        Chip Councell, Secretary/Treasurer, Maryland Grain Producers Utilization Board

•        Julius Schaaf, Past Chairman, Iowa Corn Promotion Board

•        Thomas Sleight, President and CEO, U.S. Grains Council

•        Steve Brody, Agribusiness Sector Director, DuPont Pioneer

•        Mark Seastrand, Barley Sector Director, North Dakota Barley Council

•        Dick Gallagher, Corn Sector Director, Iowa Corn Promotion Board

•        Bill Kubecka, Sorghum Sector Director, United Sorghum Checkoff Program

•        Craig Floss, State Checkoff Sector Director, Iowa Corn Promotion Board

•        Jim Tobin, At-Large Director, Monsanto

•        Jim Stuever, At-Large Director, Missouri Corn Merchandising Council

•        Charles Ring, At-Large Director, Texas Corn Producers Board

•        Deb Keller, At-Large Director, Iowa Corn Promotion Board

     
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Closing Grain and Livestock Futures: August 1, 2014


Sep. corn closed at $3.52 and 1/2, down 4 and 1/2 cents
Aug. soybeans closed at $12.15, down 9 and 1/2 cents
Aug. soybean meal closed at $387.50, down $3.80
Aug. soybean oil closed at 35.45, down 66 points
Sep. wheat closed at $5.34 and 1/4, up 4 cents
Aug. live cattle closed at $157.30, down 62 cents
Aug. lean hogs closed at $118.02, unchanged
Sep. crude oil closed at $97.88, down 29 cents
Oct. cotton closed at 62.49, up 40 points
Aug. Class III milk closed at $21.47, up 3 cents
Aug. gold closed at $1,293.60, up $12.30
Dow Jones Industrial Average: 16,493.37, down 69.93 points

     
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Illinois soybean growers elect leaders


2014 Illinois Soybean board

The Illinois Soybean Association Friday elected Bill Raben from Ridgway, to serve as the group’s chairman for a second year.

Other Executive Committee members are Mike Marron, Fithian, who is vice chairman; David Droste, Nashville, Illinois, is treasurer and Lynn Rohrscheib of Fairmount is secretary.

Daryl Cates, Columbia – assistant secretary-treasurer
Don Guinnip, Marshall – Production Committee chair
Duane Dahlman, Marengo – Marketing Committee chair

At-large directors elected to the board:
Jenny Mennenga, LeRoy
Austin Rincker, Moweaqua

New directors on the Board:
Roberta Simpson-Dolbeare, Nebo
Stan Born, Dunlap
Carrie Winkelmann, Tallula

Representing Illinois on the American Soybean Association board:
Bill Wykes, Yorkville

The Illinois Soybean Association represents more than 45,000 soybean farmers in Illinois through the state checkoff and membership efforts.

Photo: Illinois Soybean Association

     
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Climate Change Corporate Challenge


Anyone who’s been on the planet longer than 15 or 20 years can’t deny the weather of the last few years has been odd, and in some cases, a little scary.  Droughts are more widespread and last longer; some parts of the country seem to be constantly underwater.  This summer, at least in Washington, DC, is cooler and wetter than what we expect; last winter was milder.  Our local weather coverage treats summer storms and weather fronts as if the next storm could be our last.

Whether caused by the hand of man or the result of natural phenomena, the climate is “changing.”  Whether the change is a five-year or a 50-year shift, steps to adapt are prudent.  If temperatures are trending higher in your part of the world, then crop production and animal husbandry need to accommodate the change; if growing seasons are contracting, steps must be taken.  Whether you believe in climate change or not, if you’re smart, you mitigate risk.  Look to what works elsewhere and adapt it was a message from Cargill a few weeks ago.

If climate change is part of the planet’s normal weather cycle or the product of industrial greed and indifference, I can’t say.  The scientific community is split. One bunch of folks sure climate change is real, long-term and is a slippery road to perdition without immediate heavy shifts in human behavior are those who man the Climate Data Initiative at the White House.  President Obama has identified climate change as a big part of his personal political “legacy.”

This week media buzzed with news General Mills has new policy to cut greenhouse gas emissions and reduce water use, primarily through “science-based” changes in how its supply chain operates. It is also committed to support “political action” to stop climate change.  No details were given.  At the same time, the White House gathered Kellogg Corp., Mars, Inc., Nestle USA, Coca-Cola, Monsanto and Walmart – the king of corporate sustainability mandates – along with other corporate giants and announced similar “commitments” from these companies on corporate actions, including supply chain requirements.

Whether the White House is talking to farmers and ranchers, i.e., the “supply chain,” in the context of these corporate proclamations is unclear.  If it’s not, the effort is set to fail or fall far short of hoped-for goals.  Assuming the buyer can force the seller to do whatever it is the buyer wants is wrong, and says to me White House climate mavens have never attended a national producer group meeting.

Jerry Hagstrom, publisher of the daily Hagstrom Report, put it this way in his report on the White House meeting:  “The groups meeting at the White House today do not include farm groups, and it would appear some of the commitments corporations are making would put more pressure on farmers and other suppliers to be more efficient in their uses of water and energy.”

This fuels my concern over how food companies and retailers sometimes relate to the farmers and ranchers who supply them.  Corporate mandates to farmers and ranchers never go down well in the country.  Talk to a dairy processor who tried to order dairy farmers to abandon BST, or a fast food chain ordering a producer to abandon a science-based, proven production practice to appease an activist group, with nary a word about cooperation or financial assistance.

If a company is naïve enough to believe it can lock public relations, sustainability officers and ingredient buyers in a room and come up with a pragmatic set of climate-friendly producer requirements, it will find itself over time buying U.S.-grown ingredients from the Third World.  A handful of years ago I sat in a meeting with some of the same companies attending this week’s White House meeting.  We were discussing on-farm practices in the context of a different issue, but I was frustrated to hear one company rep opine, “If farmers don’t want to do it our way, we just won’t buy from them,” or words to that effect.  You could sense others were thinking the same thing, but were smart enough not speak.

This kind of arrogance bares the inherent flaw in the White House formula:  The disappearance of direct, personal and professional relationships between most national and multinational food companies – and retailers – and the folks who supply them.  Perhaps the good news in all of this is that those lost relationships can be recaptured.

My advice to companies is to play this smart.  Approach this climate change mitigation challenge as a partnership with farmers and ranchers, engaging in discussions with farm and ranch groups immediately about what is achievable in the real world and what may be politically or media attractive, but undoable long term.  Do this before, not after the company has developed supply chain requirements.

The economics of on-farm production, geography, whether crop or animal, the ability of individual producers – no matter how large – to adapt or change production practices is limited not only by economics, but by the very force these companies are trying to control – Mother Nature.  Not every prospective solution that looks good on paper or “should work” actually works in the real world.   The cost of prospective solutions if impractical will have to be borne by one end of the food chain or the other.

Note:  President Obama’s Climate Data Initiative and the corporate role therein can be found by going to the White House website:  http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/07/29/fact-sheet-empowering-america-s-agricultural-sector-and-strengthening-fo

     
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Beef herd expansion ‘accelerating’


It looks like the long-awaited expansion of the nation’s beef cattle herd is finally gaining some momentum.

Kevin Good

Kevin Good

Heifer slaughter is down seven percent and beef cow slaughter down 16 percent in 2014. Kevin Good, senior market analyst with CattleFax, says if the trend continues, the cow herd could increase by up to two million head—from the current 29 million up to 31 million—by 2018.

“If moisture conditions stay as good or improved going forward, and that’s always a big ‘if’,” Good says. “But doggone, the profitability is there to get after it and expand.”

National Cattlemen’s Beef Association president Bob McCan, a rancher from south Texas, says much better weather in 2014 has cattlemen in that part of the country thinking expansion.

“You know, it’s an expensive proposition right now, but our markets are good and our folks have built a lot of equity in their companies,” McCan says. “So I think they can realize that this is a good time to go ahead and make that big investment to kind of expand their businesses—and I think they see the returns.”

Good thinks 2015 prices and profitability, for all segments of the industry, could be just as good—or better—than 2014.

AUDIO: Kevin Good interview with Ken Anderson and Ron Hays (7:24 MP3)

     
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Friday midday cash livestock markets


Cattle country remains quiet with only a few bids on the table in the North from 255.00 to 259.00 dressed basis. Packer inquiry should start to improve as the day progresses. Asking prices are around 168.00 to 170.00 in the South and 265.00 to 270.00 North.

Boxed beef cutout values are steady to lower with the choice up .11 at 263.77 and select is 1.98 lower art 258.71.

Feeder cattle receipts at Missouri auctions this week totaled 19,309 head. Compared to last week, feeder calves sold steady to 5.00 higher, with spots of 10.00 higher and yearling feeders sold 5.00 to 10.00 higher. The feeder supply was light to moderate. Demand for feeders was very good. Feeder steers medium and large 1 averaging 623 pounds traded at 254.99 per hundredweight. 621 pound heifers averaged 230.96.

Barrows and gilts in the direct trade areas are sharply lower on Friday. The Iowa/Minnesota direct trade is 4.20 lower at 116.98 weighted average on a carcass basis, the West is down 3.01 at 117.87, and the East is not reported due to confidentiality. Missouri direct base carcass meat price is steady at 114.00. Barrows and gilts at Midwest markets are lightly tested from 84.00 to 95.00 on a live basis.

The pork cutout value is 2.05 lower at 126.98 FOB plant.

Though the cash hog trade has been sloppy and soft this week, the case can be made that we are pulling numbers forward, aggressive marketing that could mean that late summer/early fall numbers will be more manageable than imagined.

     
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Good: Beef herd expansion is ‘accelerating’


good-kevin-denver 2014It looks like the long-awaited expansion of the nation’s beef cattle herd is finally gaining some momentum.

Heifer slaughter is down seven percent and beef cow slaughter down 16 percent in 2014. And Kevin Good, senior market analyst with CattleFax, thinks if the trend continues, the cow herd could increase by up to two million head—from the current 29 million up to 31 million—by 2018.

At the Cattle Industry Summer Conference in Denver, fellow farm broadcaster Ron Hays and I visited with Good about his current cattle market outlook.

AUDIO: Kevin Good (7:24 MP3)

     
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Nutrient loss reduction top priority for conservation group


Nutrient loss reduction is of great concern to the Association of Illinois Soil & Water Conservation Districts. Richard Nichols, Executive Director says it is the group’s top priority.

“We’ve been hearing a lot about it and I do believe it is going to come to the forefront very soon. The state of Illinois has spent the last year developing a strategy plan to present to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Once that is done and it has been accepted, then we will begin a voluntary approach to try to reduce our nutrient loss by about 45%.”

Nichols tells Brownfield it will be a major task and success in nutrient loss reduction will take cooperation from farmers, industry and all involved.

During the AISWCD 66th Annual Meeting held earlier this week in Springfield, Nichols said there are many great members who are dedicated and he expects the association to be around another 66 years.

“Soil and water conservation is a life-long endeavor and we will continue to work at trying to preserve the resources that we have to maximize their beneficial effects, to take care of them and keep them for the next generation and beyond,” said Nichols.

During the meeting, attendees participated in a variety of sessions on subjects such as soil health, cover crops and technical training for district employees.

One of the highlights was the 2014 Conservation Farm Family of the Year Awards presentation. Doll’s Dairy from Bond County, representing Land Use Council 9 received the Governor’s Award and will represent AISWCD on Agriculture Day at the Illinois State Fair.

     
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Richardson wins Woman in Agriculture Rising Star award


Ashlyn RichardsonThere’s no question Ashlyn Richardson loves the Missouri State Fair.

Richardson of Lincoln, Mo. was awarded the 2014 Missouri State Fair Woman in Agriculture Rising Star award, sponsored by Monsanto. Winners are selected based on their outstanding achievements, leadership in agriculture, a commitment to advance agriculture and their extensive Missouri State Fair participation.

She is “very excited and honored to receive this award,” Richardson said.

Richardson is currently a senior at the University of Missouri majoring in agricultural education – leadership. In addition to her studies, she enjoys staying active on campus as a representative for the agricultural education program as well as a student ambassador for the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources.

Monsanto donates $1,000 to a non-profit organization of the winner’s choice. Richardson chose the Missouri State Fair Youth in Agriculture Scholarship Fund as her beneficiary.

“I believe that the State Fair plays a great role in helping shape the lives of youth and the scholarship provides $1,000 for several individuals in Missouri who have played large roles in the Missouri State Fair,” she said. “I would love nothing more than to see another member receive $1,000, another young member of agriculture that has participated in the State Fair.”

Richardson wants to make sure agricultural education continues.

“I really want to help play a role in paving the way to college for another young individual that’s enthusiastic about agriculture,” Richardson said.

Richardson plans to exhibit market steers, Angus heifers, market barrows, country cured hams and a plate of cookies at the Missouri State Fair this year.

“I love certainly almost every aspect of the Missouri State Fair,” Richardson said. “My favorite involvement is that everybody in the state of Missouri showcases agriculture, whether it’s through livestock, whether its through cooking, whether its through just the machinery that you are able to walk by and view I think that the Missouri state fair is the largest showcase of agriculture in the state of Missouri.”

Photo Credit: Missouri State Fair

AUDIO: Ashlyn Richardson (6:59 MP3)

     
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Bartholomew wins Woman in Agriculture award


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Tammy Bartholomew of Archie, Mo. was awarded the 2014 Missouri State Fair Woman in Agriculture award, sponsored by Monsanto. Winners are selected based on their outstanding achievements, leadership in agriculture, a commitment to advance agriculture and their extensive Missouri State Fair participation.

“I’m very proud to represent the Missouri State Fair and it’s been a big part of our family’s life for a long time,” Bartholomew said. “It’s very humbling, almost embarrassing because I know that there are so many more deserving women out there.”

Bartholomew recently retired from a long, successful career as an agriculture education teacher and FFA advisor. Bartholomew was very active in the Missouri Vocational Agriculture Teachers Association and served as the first female president. She and her family have also been actively involved in several other agricultural-related groups including the National and Missouri Cattlemen’s Associations as well as the American and Missouri Angus Associations.

Monsanto donates $1,000 to a non-profit organization of the winner’s choice. Bartholomew selected the Missouri FFA Leadership Fund. This fund helps cover expenses for the HYMAX Academy, something Bartholomew is very passionate about.

“The academy was established for students who just finished their freshman year. They take the top 100 students applicants in the state and they go down to Camp Rising Sun and they train those young people in agricultural advocacy and they teach them the importance of how to use social media and how to really advocate for agriculture,” Bartholomew said.

Bartholomew has been a part of the program since the start as a teacher, chaperone and even as a presenter.

“It is such a tremendous program. I have never seen something that would change kids so quickly in just a short period of time,” Bartholomew said. “That’s where I really thought the money could be best used for. They really work hard to keep a tight budget and it is money well spent.”

In fact, the donation is the whole reason she applied.

“When I saw that Monsanto was doing this, I thought maybe there would be some way that if I was fortunate enough to be recognized that I would be able to donate that money to that fund,” Bartholomew said.

It is evident where Bartholomew’s passion lies.

“Agriculture is such an important part of my life,” she said. “It was a way I could connect with my dad and raise cattle with him and it was just something I can’t explain. I loved it from my core. To be able to be a part of this industry for the last thirty years here in Missouri has just been truly, truly tremendous.”

Photo Credit: Missouri State Fair

AUDIO: Tammy Bartholomew (8:46 MP3)

     
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NCBA president on herd expansion, WOTUS and COOL


mccan-bob-ncba 7-14National Cattlemen’s Beef Association president Bob McCan hails from Victoria, Texas.  In this interview during the Cattle Industry Summer Conference in Denver, we visited with McCan about cattle herd expansion, the EPA’s water rule and Country of Origin Labeling.

AUDIO: Bob McCan (6:19 MP3)

     
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Heavy rainfall for parts of the Southwest


The combination of a slow-moving front and monsoon moisture will bring thunderstorms to parts of the Southwest, some with heavy rain that could lead to isolated flash flooding. Areas at risk include southern Arizona, New Mexico and western Texas.

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