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.
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!
The Nebraska Corn Board will hold its next meeting on Tuesday, June 11, 2019 at Embassy Suites Omaha – Downtown/Old Market, 555 S 10th Street in Omaha, Nebraska.
The meeting is open to the public, providing the opportunity for public comment. The Board will conduct regular board business, consider funding requests and set the budget for fiscal year 2019-2020. A copy of the agenda is available by writing the Nebraska Corn Board, PO Box 95107, Lincoln, NE 68509, sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 402/471-2676.
The most common cause of agricultural-related death in Nebraska is overturned tractors and all-terrain vehicles (ATVs). Employing anyone uncertified under age 16 is a liability risk for farmers if those children operate such equipment.
Nebraska Extension’s Tractor Safety & Hazardous Occupations Courses take place at 12 Nebraska locations this year for teens 14 or 15 years of age who will work on a farm. Anyone older than 15 is also welcome to attend, but those under age 14 are not eligible to take the class. Extensive training on tractor and ATV safety occurs during in-class lessons with hands-on activities. Instilling an attitude of safety and a respect for agricultural equipment is the primary goal of the course.
The first day of classroom instruction includes hands-on demonstrations, concluding with a written test. Classroom instruction will cover the required elements of the National Safe Tractor and Machinery Operation Program. Students are required to pass the test before taking the driving test on day two. The second day will include a physical driving test with equipment operation and ATV safety lessons. To receive certification, students must demonstrate competence in hitching and unhitching equipment and driving a tractor and trailer through a standardized course. In most locations, instructors will offer an ATV simulator experience to learn about safe behaviors and laws for ATVs and UTVs. Students will also complete homework assignments for the second day.
Instructors for the course include staff members of Central States Center for Agricultural Safety and Health: Aaron Yoder, PhD, Ellen Duysen, Daniel Kent, and UNMC student Jill Oatman.
All on-site classes begin at 8:00 A.M. and end times will vary, depending on the number of participants. Training site locations, Site Coordinator contact numbers, and dates of training includes:
June 11 & 12 – Plains Equipment, O’Neill – (402) 336-2760
June 20 & 21 – Fairgrounds, Wayne – (402) 375-3310
July 1 & 2 – Fairgrounds, Weeping Water – (402) 267-2205
Cost of the course is $60, which includes educational materials, instruction, supplies, and lunches.
To register, print and complete a registration form and submit with payment to the appropriate Site Coordinator at least one week before the course (call the specific location number listed above for mailing address and instructions).
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.
Cherokee – June 11
Chris Clayton, Keynote – As the Ag Policy Editor for DTN/The Progressive Farmer since 2005, Chris Clayton is up to speed on the policy issues that impact your cattle operation. In his presentation, Clayton will cover the latest updates on federal policy topics, including fake meat, WOTUS, China and USMCA.
Grant Breitkreutz, Cover Crops Panel – The Minnesota Cattlemen’s Association’s President-Elect, Breitkreutz has been planting and grazing triticale post-harvest for about twenty years on his southern Minnesota farm. As the winner of many awards, including NCBA’s Regional Environmental Stewardship Award, Breitkreutz is eager to share the lessons he’s learned in cover-cropping and grazing throughout the years.
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.
Openings are available for one-on-one, confidential farm finance and ag law consultations being conducted across the state each month. An experienced ag law attorney and ag financial counselor will be available to address farm and ranch issues related to financial planning, estate and transition planning, farm loan programs, debtor/creditor law, water rights, and other relevant matters. The clinics offer an opportunity to seek an experienced outside opinion on issues affecting your farm or ranch.
Clinic Sites and Dates
Norfolk — Wednesday, June 12
North Platte — Thursday, June 13
Lexington — Thursday, June 20
Norfolk — Thursday, June 27
Valentine — Friday, June 28
To sign up for a free clinic or to get more information, call Michelle at the Nebraska Farm Hotline at 1-800-464-0258. The Nebraska Department of Agriculture and Legal Aid of Nebraska sponsor these clinics.
High school students will have the opportunity to explore the many advances in precision agriculture at a free camp being offered at Northeast Community College this summer. Ag-Citing Precision Ag Camp will meet Wednesday, June 12, and Thursday, June 13, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days on Northeast’s Norfolk campus.
Campers will learn to use the tools and gadgets in precision management, such as satellite imagery, auto-steer, sensors, drones and other technology. Workshops will explore precision equipment used in planting and harvest. Campers will also take an industry tour and meet professionals as they learn about careers in precision agriculture.
Registration is limited to the first 20 applicants and is available to students who will be in grades 9 through 12 for the 2019-20 school year. The camp is offered free of charge.
To register, visit http://www.northeast.edu/2019/Ag-Citing-Camp. For more information, contact the Northeast Community College Agriculture, Math and Science division at (402) 844-7180 or email Debb Strate at email@example.com.
Iowa Beef Center’s Cow Systems Project, a research project to characterize three cow-calf production management systems across Iowa, will be the focus of a June 12 webinar sponsored by Iowa Farm Bureau.
The webinar is set to begin at 1 p.m. and will include an overview of the project results. It was originally designed to identify costs, environmental impacts and best practices of three cow-calf systems: limited, traditional and extended grazed systems. Iowa State University Extension and Outreach beef specialists Denise Schwab and Erika Lundy will lead the webinar discussion.
The full results of the project can be found as Iowa Cow-calf Production – Exploring Different Management Systems on the Extension Store, https://store.extension.iastate.edu/. The publication can be downloaded at no cost as pdf documents in entirety and by individual chapter and appendix.
See all webinar details, including information on testing your computer’s ability to access the webinar site and preregistering, on the Iowa Farm Bureau website at https://tinyurl.com/iacowcalf. Preregistration is encouraged but not required. The webinar will be archived and available for later viewing on the Iowa Farm Bureau website.