Federation Adds $6.6 Million to Checkoff Efforts

Melissa Sandfort

Beef producers serving state beef council boards throughout the country have chosen to supplement national and international research, education and promotion programs funded by the Beef Checkoff Program by about $6.6 million in fiscal year 2013, which began Oct. 1. The supplemental funds, invested through the Federation of State Beef Councils, are to be added to $40.3 million invested through …

Agribusiness, Beef, Beef Checkoff

Ruhland named 2013 Eisenhower USA Fellow

Melissa Sandfort

On Sept. 27, General Colin L. Powell, USA (Ret), Chairman of Eisenhower Fellowships, announced that the organization will send eight U.S. citizens abroad in 2013 as Eisenhower USA Fellows. Among the eight selected Fellows is Polly Ruhland, Chief Executive Officer of the Cattlemen’s Beef Board. The fellowship provides Ruhland with the resources and programmatic support to create and execute an …

Agribusiness, Beef

Alltech's Global 500 Is Right Around The Corner

Jamie Johansen

Ruminating on the future of beef and dairy farming will be the topic of discussion at Alltech’s 5th Annual Global 500. The event will feature industry experts who will address the changing future of the dairy and beef industries. Last year’s event was a success with 700 attendees and they are expecting over 1000 this December 4-6 in Lexington, Ky. …

Alltech, Alltech Global 500, Beef, Education, Events

Dairy Producer Sees Big Returns on Beef Checkoff Dollars

John Davis

While dairy producers obviously produce large amounts of milk and milk products, they are also cattlemen, and look to the Beef Checkoff to help market their meat products. One such producer is third-generation Oklahoma family dairy farmer Brett Morris, who also has a cow-calf and stocker operation. He also happens to chair the Beef Board’s Retail Committee. Brett says the …

Audio, Beef, Beef Checkoff

New York Hosts Veal/Dairy Tour

Melissa Sandfort

The New York Beef Industry Council (NYBIC) once again invited more than 50 industry influencers to an educational veal/dairy tour of New York State. The dynamics of this year’s tour was different than the tour of 2010 as this year’s attendees were a mix of chef educators and their students. Six different culinary schools, along with food service, retail, dietitians …

Beef, Beef Checkoff, dairy farming

Dairy Forum Focuses on Antibiotics and Residues

Cindy Zimmerman

The Cattlemen’s Beef Board Dairy Producer Forum at the recent Cattle Industry Convention in Nashville featured Dr. Michael Apley, Veterinarian at Kansas State University who focused on concerns about antibiotic resistance and residues in culled dairy cows and veal calves and what can be done to get rid of them. “One of the unique things about dairy cattle is a …

Audio, Beef, Beef Checkoff, food safety

Dairy Producer is NCBA President-Elect

Cindy Zimmerman

Meet the new officers of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association. The three were elected at last week’s Cattle Industry Convention in Nashville. From left to right, they are: President J.D. Alexander from Pilger, Nebraska; President-Elect Scott George from Cody, Wyoming; and Vice President Bob McCan of Victoria, Texas. President-elect Scott George is primarily a dairyman in a family partnership that …

Audio, Beef, NCBA

Beef Checkoff Game Shows What Cows Eat

Cindy Zimmerman

The beef checkoff has launched a super cool, clever and creative way to educate people about what cows eat. It’s called “Cow Chow” (you have to love that!) and it’s an online game and video series designed to answer common questions about cattle diets. The 10-question game and corresponding videos encourage consumers to explore what cattle eat from birth to …

Beef, Beef Checkoff

Take CattleSurvey.com

Chuck Zimmerman

Every year the Cattlemen’s Beef Board serves some samples at World Dairy Expo. On opening day Angela Horkan, Wisconsin Beef Council (left) and Melissa Slagle, CBB, were serving meat balls made with veal. Mmm, mmm, good. Angela says they like to come to Expo since 80% of their Checkoff funds come from the dairy industry. So the booth gives them …

Audio, Beef, World Dairy Expo

NCBA Takes Beef with EPA to Social Media

Cindy Zimmerman

The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) is turning to social media to get its message out about the Environmental Protection Agency’s potential regulation of coarse particulate matter, more commonly called dust. A new animated video, themed Over Regulation All Across the Nation, was launched today on NCBA’s You Tube channel. NCBA notes that U.S. Representative Kristi Noem (R-S.D.) introduced, with …

Beef, Government, Social Media