USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) will accept applications beginning June 3, 2019, for certain practices under the continuous Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) signup and will offer extensions for expiring CRP contracts. The 2018 Farm Bill reauthorized CRP, one of the country’s largest conservation programs.
FSA stopped accepting applications last fall for the continuous CRP signup when 2014 Farm Bill authority expired. Since passage of the 2018 Farm Bill last December, FSA has carefully analyzed the language and determined that a limited signup prioritizing water-quality practices furthers conservation goals and makes sense for producers as FSA works to fully implement the program.
Continuous CRP Signup
This year’s signup will include such practices as grassed waterways, filter strips, riparian buffers, wetland restoration and others. Continuous signup enrollment contracts are 10 to 15 years in duration. Soil rental rates will be set at 90 percent of the existing rates. Incentive payments will not be offered for these contracts.
Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program Signup
FSA will also reopen signup for existing Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP) agreements. Fact sheets on current CREP agreements are available on this webpage.
Other CRP Signup Options
FSA plans to open a CRP general signup in December 2019 and a CRP Grasslands signup later.
CRP Contract Extensions
A one-year extension will be offered to existing CRP participants who have expiring CRP contracts of 14 years or less. Producers eligible for an extension will receive a letter describing their options.
Alternatively, producers with expiring contracts may have the option to enroll in the Transition Incentives Program, which provides two additional annual rental payments on the condition the land is sold or rented to a beginning farmer or rancher or a member of a socially disadvantaged group.
Producers interested in applying for continuous CRP practices, including those under existing CREP agreements, or who need an extension, should contact their USDA service center beginning June 3. To locate your local FSA office, visit www.farmers.gov. More information on CRP can be found at www.fsa.usda.gov/crp.
NCW – Consumer Promotion Education Committee with Nebraska Cattlemen would like to announce the 2019 Nebraska Beef Ambassador Contest will be held June 4th at River’s Edge Convention Center in Columbus beginning at 1:00pm. The competition is targeted towards youth that are passionate about the beef industry.
The Nebraska Beef Ambassador Program provides an opportunity for youth, ages 14 – 24 years old, to become spokespersons and future leaders for the beef industry. The two divisions, senior and collegiate, are judged on three different areas of the industry consisting of a mock consumer promotional event, mock media interview and an issues response.
Along with a scholarship from the Nebraska Cattlemen Research and Education Foundation the collegiate winner will have the opportunity to go on and compete at the National level.
They are currently looking for contestants for the 2019 contest. Please share this information and help spread the word about the upcoming Beef Ambassador Contest.
For more information contact Bonita at email@example.com or 402-450-0223 voice/text.
The 2019 Nebraska Cattlemen Midyear Meeting will be held in Columbus June 4-5. A great line-up of activities with an exciting slate of speakers is scheduled for the two-day event, including remarks by National Cattlemen’s Beef Association President, Jennifer Houston.
Nebraska Cattlemen members are encouraged to make plans to attend the 2019 Midyear Meeting and take part in industry discussions during the six NC policy committee meetings addressing animal health and nutrition; brand and property rights; education and research; marketing and commerce; natural resources; and environment and taxation issues. Many issues affect Nebraska cattle producers, and this is your opportunity to shape policy and provide direction for leadership and staff.
The event’s activities will start the morning of Tuesday, June 4, with the annual Midyear golf tournament at Quail Run Golf Course. For those of you not golfing, a tour of some local businesses and attractions is being planned. Following the golf tournament and tours, all members are invited to attend the Welcome Reception at Quail Run Golf Course, enjoy an evening of food and drink and socialize with many NC members from across the state.
Wednesday, June 5, the NC Meetings will be held at the River’s Edge Convention Center. The first round of committee meetings will begin at 8 a.m., followed by a second round at 10:15 a.m. The annual Nebraska Cattlemen Foundation Lunch will be Thursday at 12:30 p.m., when winners of the Retail Value Steer Challenge will be announced and Nebraska Cattlemen Foundation youth scholarships will be presented. After lunch, the third round of committee meetings will begin at 2 p.m., followed by the General Session at 4 p.m. NC hopes you will make plans to attend the Midyear Meeting. The link to register is here…. https://nebraskacattlemen.org/midyear-registration-form/.
“Global Economic Growth and Agricultural Trade: Prospects, Policies and Perspectives” is the focus of a symposium June 4 at the Graduate Hotel, 141 N. Ninth St. in Lincoln.
The symposium is jointly hosted by the Farm Foundation Food and Agricultural Trade Resource Center and the Clayton Yeutter Institute of International Trade and Finance at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. It is free and open to the public.
A keynote presentation by Luke Chandler, chief economist of Deere and Company, will be followed by a panel discussion with agricultural trade experts. Those experts are:
> Richard Crowder, former U.S. chief agricultural negotiator, and professor and Thornhill Endowed Chair in agricultural trade, Virginia Tech University
> Darci Vetter, former U.S. chief agricultural negotiator and global lead, public affairs, and vice chair for agriculture and food, Edelman
> John Beghin, Michael Yanney Chair of International Trade and Finance, Yeutter Institute and Department of Agricultural Economics, University of Nebraska–Lincoln
A reception will start at 5 p.m. with the symposium scheduled for 6 to 7:30 p.m.
The event will be streamed live at https://yeutter-institute.unl.edu.
The Iowa Cattlemen’s Association will be holding five events around the state in June. This year’s BeefMeets will include education on policy and production topics, industry updates, a tradeshow and a meal. Not only will attendees learn more about topics affecting the beef business, but it’s a great opportunity to voice concerns and work towards solutions with ICA staff and leaders.
BeefMeets will take place from 5:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Each event will feature a keynote speaker followed by a farm tour or cover crops panel presentation. ICA staff will update the audience on policy priorities and the Iowa Beef Industry Council will also share key accomplishments and plans.
Malvern – June 4
Joe Leathers, Keynote – Since 2008, Joe Leathers has managed the historic 6666 (Four Sixes) Ranch which covers 275,000 acres in the Texas Panhandle. As a member of the NCBA Traceability Working Group, Leathers encourages producers to be proactive members of the discussion surrounding livestock traceability. The Four Sixes Ranch has been using EIDs since 2011, when their cows had to be moved across state lines due to drought. Since then, the individual IDs have helped to enhance management of cows across several states in several different ways.
Will Longinaker, Cover Crops Panel – Will Longinaker, cow/calf producer from Fremont County, has been planting and grazing cover crops including rye, canola and turnips for around 5 years. On the Longinaker farm, spring grazing helps offset hay costs, and allows pastures time to grow. At the Malvern BeefMeet, hear Will’s advice and lessons learned in cover crop grazing.
Registration is free for students, $25 for members and $35 for non-members. Pre-registration is requested, but walk-ins are welcome. Visit www.iacattlemen.org to register.
With an over-abundance of caution in mind, NPPC has decided to cancel this year’s World Pork Expo in Des Moines. This is in an effort to help keep African Swine Fever out of the United States and out of the US pork herd. Since WPX is a destination for over 20,000 people, including visitors from regions of the world where ASF is active, it was felt that it would be best to forgo the risk and do what could be done domestically to protect the herd here on the home-front.
Details at www.worldpork.org.
IPPA is accepting nominations for its 17th annual Best Breaded Pork Tenderloin Contest, and will continue to take those nominations of your favorite pork tenderloin and restaurant that serves it until June 6.
Any Iowa restaurant, café, or tavern that has hand-breaded or battered pork tenderloins on its menu is eligible to be nominated. In order to win, the nominated business must be open year-round, however seasonal restaurants can be in the final top five.
It’s the first round where you, the tenderloin-lover, will have the biggest impact. Nominations can be made online at www.iowapork.org/tenderloin-form, or by mailing in a form from the May issue of the Iowa Pork Producer magazine to the IPPA office. Only one nomination per person, so you may have to try a few of your favorites out before sending in your selection! Also, your nomination could help you win some money. The people nominating the winning restaurant will be entered in a drawing for one $100 prize.
The nomination round will generate up to 40 restaurants that will get a bit more scrutiny over the summer. That’s when the restaurants with the most nominations from each of the eight IPPA districts will be selected for a review by IPPA’s restaurant and foodservice committee. Their reviews will determine which restaurants are turned over to a secret panel of judges who will score the tenderloins on the quality of the pork, taste, physical characteristics and eating experience. The winner will be named during October Pork Month.
The winning restaurant will receive $500, a plaque to display in their business, and statewide publicity that will bring in new business.
The University of Nebraska-Lincoln Panhandle Research and Extension Center will host a field tour on cheatgrass management research on Thursday, June 6.
The tour will take place from 9 a.m. until noon at the Panhandle Experimental Rangeland approximately 10 miles north of Scottsbluff on Highway 71. The tour will begin in the east parking lot at the UNL Panhandle Research and Extension Center (4502
Avenue I, Scottsbluff).
The tour is free to the public. For more information contact
UNL Range and Forage Management Specialist Mitch Stephenson (mstephenson@unl. edu, 307-321-5827). Doughnuts and coffee will be provided by the UNL Panhandle Range and Forage Program.
Nominations for the 13th annual National Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) Awards are now being accepted. Deadline for nominations is June 7, 2019.
The 2019 National BQA Awards, funded by the Beef Checkoff Program, recognize five winners in the areas of beef producer, dairy, marketing and education:
· The beef producer honors include BQA Cow Calf and BQA Feedyard awards, which recognize producers who best demonstrate the implementation of BQA principles as part of the day-to-day activities on their respective operations.
· The BQA / FARM (Dairy Farmers Assuring Responsible Management) award honors those dairy operations that demonstrate the best in animal care and handling while implementing the BQA and FARM programs at the highest levels.
· The BQA Marketer Award acknowledges livestock markets, cattle buyers and supply-chain programs that promote BQA to their customers and offer them opportunities to get certified.
· The BQA Educator Award celebrates individuals or companies that provide high quality and innovative training to individuals that care and handle cattle throughout the industry chain.
The National BQA Awards are selected by a committee of BQA certified representatives from universities, state beef councils, sponsors and affiliated groups. Nominations may be submitted by organizations, groups or individuals on behalf of a U.S. beef producer, dairy producer, marketer or educator. Individuals and families may not nominate themselves, though the nominees are expected to be involved in the preparation of the application. Past nominees are encouraged to submit their application under the new nomination structure. Previous winners may not reapply.
The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association manages the BQA program as a contractor to the Beef Checkoff Program. Funding for the BQA Awards is made possible by the generosity of Cargill, which has supported the program since its inception, and Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health, which sponsors the BQA educator award.
Find the application and nomination requirements here… www.bqa.org. All nominations are due by June 7, 2019.
The Northeast NE Cattlemen invite you to their annual Steak Fry on Sunday June 9th at the Wayne County Fairgrounds in Wayne. Social hour is at 6pm, the dinner at 7pm, and entertainment with the Amazing Arthur Fratelli to follow. Sponsors can choose from Corporate, Gold, or Silver level sponsorships. All ticket requests need to be into Joel Bruns by June 6th. Call Joel at 402-922-0112 for more information. Looking forward to seeing you there!