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    • Novus International, Inc. has smashed its previous records and raised $252,987 for the United Way. Novus was able to support the United Way through a combination of employee donations, business partner sponsorships and company matching. As part of its effort to cultivate sustainable people, Novus matches causes and charities of significance for its employees dollar-for-dollar. This year, Novus employees across North America including its Missouri, Arkansas and Texas offices and field employees raised more than $125,000 which was matched with company funds. 
    • Registration is now open for the Animal Agriculture Alliance‘s 2018 Stakeholders Summit, themed Protect Your Roots. The event will be held May 3-4 at the Renaissance Capital View Hotel in Arlington, Va. Find registration details here.
    • Is the feeder cattle contract still viable and how can the market volatility be managed? These are the main questions in a new Feeder Cattle Basis report from the RaboResearch Food & Agribusiness group. The CME Index is comprised of 12 states, and the Rabobank analysts explore the need for regionalization for a more accurate picture of the Feeder Cattle Basis and Market.
    • The Cattlemen’s Beef Promotion & Research Board has named Scott Stuart of Colorado as the new chief executive officer, effective February 1, 2018. Stuart has an extensive background in the livestock industry, including board management and as a contractor to the beef board.  He currently serves as the President and CEO of the National Livestock Producers Association.
    • Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue has announced the appointment of 27 members to the Cattlemen’s Beef Promotion & Research Board. A list of board members is available on the AMS Cattlemen’s Beef Board webpage.
    • The 2018 AQHA Convention is March 2-5, 2018, in Jacksonville, Florida. Visit for more information.
    • Registration for the American Meat Science Association’s 71st RMC is now open. The event will be held in Kansas City June 24-27, 2018. More information regarding the technical program, schedule of events, registration fees, hotels and more is posted at
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