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August 2006


CT: August 01, 2006 12:17:28 CST
SUCCESSFUL SOIL FERTILITY PROGRAM INVOLVES SIX STEPS
A complete and successful soil fertility program involves six steps, according to Noble Foundation soil and crops specialist Jim Johnson.

CT: August 02, 2006 10:03:04 CST
MEYER PROVIDES CASH PREMIUM FOR CERTIFIED RED ANGUS
The Meyer Natural Angus (MNA) program continues to enjoy increased demand from the consuming public, and 2006 is off to another very strong start.

CT: August 04, 2006 15:25:15 CST
MANY FACTORS WORK AGAINST BEEF QUALITY
With so many factors lined up to reduce marbling deposition in cattle today, it's no wonder the beef industry struggles to maintain 55 percent USDA Choice grade.

CT: August 07, 2006 14:07:07 CST
HUNTIN' DAYLIGHT -- DROUGHT ALTERS PREDICTED MARKET DYNAMICS
Drought is sowing the fundamental seeds of an extended seller's market for cow-calf producers, albeit a market that may receive extra short-term pressure. Specifically, while cyclical cowherd expansion continues, there is growing evidence that drought will stall even modest growth this year.

CT: August 09, 2006 10:06:48 CST
COMMODITY INSIGHT
When export sales for wheat were announced to be 80 percent over the prior four week average and a new marketing year high I thought for certain that prices would finally begin to rise. After all, those bearish wheat have argued successfully that US wheat was too high priced compared to foreign competitors.

CT: August 09, 2006 10:13:10 CST
MISSOURI BEEF INDUSTRY COUNCIL HIRES NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
The Missouri Beef Industry Council (MBIC) board of directors has named John Kleiboeker of California, Missouri as the organization's new Executive Director, effective September 1.

CT: August 09, 2006 10:22:28 CST
LIQUID FEED SUPPLEMENTS CAN BE COST EFFECTIVE
One significant challenge for nutritionists and cattle producers is to determine the ingredients, additives and feed processing as well as delivery systems that will improve performance and/or efficiency of cattle on pasture.

CT: August 09, 2006 13:48:28 CST
HEREFORD JUNIORS COMPETE IN NATIONAL CONTESTS
More than 600 youth and their families gathered at the 2006 Junior National Hereford Expo (JNHE) in Louisville, Ky., July 15-22, to show and celebrate the Hereford breed.

CT: August 09, 2006 13:55:32 CST
CATTLEMAN APPLAUD CONSERVATION TAX PROVISIONS IN PENSION BILL HOUSE, SENATE SEND PACKAGE TO PRESIDENT'S DESK
Ranchers who donate land for conservation can receive an increased deduction and be ensured those lands will remain in ag production according to provisions contained in a pensions package on its way to the President's desk for signature.

CT: August 10, 2006 08:53:45 CST
USDA ANNOUNCES NEW BSE SURVEILLANCE PROGRAM
Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture will soon begin transitioning to an ongoing Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE) surveillance program that corresponds to the extremely low prevalence of the disease in the U.S.

CT: August 10, 2006 08:55:58 CST
LIMOUSIN JUNIOR SHOWMEN HONORED
For two days, showmanship judges Dustin and Jamie Glover of Elgin, Okla., watched the exhibitors at the National Junior Limousin Show and Congress (NJLSC) as they led their cattle in the steer, bred-and-owned, Lim-Flex® and owned-female shows. The Glovers then invited back 10 juniors, 10 intermediates and 10 seniors to parade animals in the showmanship division finals.

CT: August 10, 2006 08:59:15 CST
IT'S THE PITTS -- WARNING! LIFE CAUSES DEATH
CAUTION: This column may cause itchiness, drowsiness, constipation, diarrhea, numbness, blurred vision, depression, decreased sexual activity, persistent fatigue, bruising, bleeding, incontinence, vomiting and shortness of breath.

CT: August 10, 2006 15:23:40 CST
LAND STEWARDS BEST WAY TO KEEP OUR WATER CLEAN
Before Lyndon B. Johnson was a politician, he was a child of the land. Growing up in the Texas Hill Country amid grazing goats, sheep, cattle and sparkling, clear springs, he inherently understood the relationship among sky, land and water.

CT: August 10, 2006 15:26:06 CST
USMEF INTRODUCES U.S. BEEF CUTS AND FLAVORS IN TAIWAN
Trying to gain an edge in the competitive restaurant industry, Taiwanese food representatives watched closely as a chef cut and prepared U.S. beef into mouth-watering dishes diners were sure to splurge on.

CT: August 10, 2006 15:29:30 CST
WORKSHOP PLANNED TO HELP CATTLEMEN OVERCOME CHALLENGES FOLLOWING KATRINA
A year after Katrina devastated thousands of Mississippi farms, cattlemen can attend a workshop, aimed at helping improve their herd management.

CT: August 11, 2006 08:30:14 CST
GELBVIEH JUNIORS EARN TOP AWARDS
More than 160 youth from 18 states competed in a variety of contests at the American Gelbvieh Junior Association (AGJA) Prairie Classic in Sioux Falls, S.D.

CT: August 11, 2006 08:33:24 CST
RURAL SETTING MAINTAINS HOLD ON WINNING FARMERS
Most farm children go to college seeking careers away from the hard work and uncertain futures their parents faced, but an elite group in Yalobusha County returned to their communities because they knew “there's no place like home.”

CT: August 11, 2006 15:02:34 CST
LIMI BOOSTERS NAME SCHOLARS
Chance Schilling, Edson, Kansas, and Thadd Fosdick, Chenoa, Ill., received $500 scholarships from the Limi Boosters at the National Junior Limousin Show and Congress (NJLSC) awards banquet July 14 in Lawton, Okla.

CT: August 11, 2006 15:05:21 CST
SALERS SHOW THEIR PRIDE ON THE PRAIRIE
There is nothing better for youth to learn career skills to be successful in life than a Junior National! This is why Salers junior enthusiasts across the country braved traveling in hundred degree heat to show their “Salers Pride on the Prairie” at the 2006 American Salers Junior National, July 12-15 at the Kansas State Fairgrounds, in Hutchinson, Kansas.

CT: August 11, 2006 15:06:54 CST
SIMMENTAL MERIT AWARD RECIPIENTS NAMED
Recipients of the prestigious American Junior Simmental Association (AJSA) 2006 Merit Awards have been announced.

CT: August 14, 2006 07:51:44 CST
ROWLAND NAMED JUNIOR HEREFORD ADVISOR OF THE YEAR
Sue Rowland, Marysville, Kansas, was named the National Junior Hereford Association (NJHA) Advisor of the Year at the 2006 Junior National Hereford Expo (JNHE) in Louisville, Ky., where more than 600 youth and their families gathered to show and celebrate the Hereford breed.

CT: August 14, 2006 07:56:37 CST
BLACK INK -- WHO WANTS TO BE PERFECT?
There's nothing like a branding to bring a community of cattlemen together. From North Dakota to Nevada, generations of producers gather each year to tackle the big project and then celebrate its completion.

CT: August 14, 2006 14:45:12 CST
ANGUS CHAMPIONS PARADED AT OHIO STATE FAIR
Angus breeders and enthusiasts led 137 entries at the 2006 Ohio State Fair Angus Show, August 8 in Columbus, Ohio.

CT: August 14, 2006 14:47:32 CST
USDA APPROVES ALLFLEX RFID TAGS FOR NATIONAL ANIMAL IDENTIFICATION SYSTEM
Allflex USA, the global leader in livestock identification, announced the approval of ISO Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) livestock identification tags by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) for use in the National Animal Identification System (NAIS).

CT: August 14, 2006 14:50:40 CST
NEBRASKA JUNIOR TOPS GELBVIEH ALL-AROUND COMPETITION
The competition and the weather were hot for the 2006 American Gelbvieh Junior Association (AGJA) Prairie Classic in Sioux Falls, S.D., July 9-14. More than 160 youth from 18 states gathered to compete in contests and cattle shows throughout the week.

CT: August 15, 2006 08:50:26 CST
HEREFORD LEADERS TRAVEL TO ARGENTINA AND PLAN FOR PAN-AMERICAN EVALUATION
Jack Holden, American Hereford Association (AHA) president, and Jack Ward, AHA chief operating officer and director of breed improvement, traveled to Buenos Aries, Argentina, in late July to further the development of a Pan-American Hereford genetic analysis.

CT: August 15, 2006 15:25:33 CST
GLENN FORRESTER NAMED ALABAMA FARMER OF YEAR FOR 2006
After growing up on his father's farm and graduating from Auburn University in 1968, Glenn Forrester wasn't really sure what path to pursue. So, for three years, he tested the teaching profession as a Vocational Agriculture instructor.

CT: August 15, 2006 15:27:58 CST
NEED CATTLE ID INFO? PLAN TO ATTEND ID/INFO EXPO 2006!
Confused about cattle ID? You're not alone. In fact, hundreds of other stakeholders affected by the National Animal Identification System (NAIS) will be convening in Kansas City at the annual ID/INFO EXPO 2006 to hear the latest developments on this important animal agriculture issue.

CT: August 15, 2006 15:30:46 CST
PITCHFORK FARM IN ILLINOIS HONORED WITH 2006 BIF COMMERCIAL PRODUCER OF THE YEAR AWARD
Ken and Sara Nimrick of Stronghurst, Illinois were the recipient of the Beef Improve-ments Federation Commercial Producer of the Year Award at the 2006 BIF Research Sympo-sium and Annual Meeting held in Mississippi on Wednesday, April 19.

CT: August 16, 2006 08:48:58 CST
HISTORY SHOWS THAT THOSE WITH THE MOST INFORMATION PROSPER
For decades, the cattle industry has worked to become more efficient, which usually means knowing information about each individual animal's ability to perform.

CT: August 16, 2006 09:01:49 CST
CATTLEMEN APPLAUD JUDGE'S ACTION TO MOVE GRAZING RULES FORWARD
A federal district court judge decided August 11 to move forward with substantial portions of new grazing regulations released last month by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM).

CT: August 16, 2006 12:56:05 CST
FALL FEST SIMMENTAL/SIMBRAH SALE SCHEDULED FOR SEPTEMBER 9, 2006
Plans are currently underway for the sixteenth annual Fall Fest Simmental/Simbrah Sale and this year promises some new and exciting features and additions.

CT: August 16, 2006 12:58:11 CST
CHI GENETICS ONCE AGAIN DOMINATE BEEF EMPIRE DAYS
Chi-influenced cattle once again dominated the Beef Empire Days contest in Garden City, Kansas.

CT: August 16, 2006 13:01:24 CST
CATTLEMEN'S BOOT CAMP TO BE HELD AUGUST 29-30 AT THE UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS IN CHAMPAIGN-URBANA.
Cattle producers, don't miss your opportunity to attend the next Cattlemen's Boot Camp, set for Aug. 29-30 at the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana.

CT: August 17, 2006 10:30:08 CST
WEST NILE VIRUS REMAINS A THREAT, EVEN IN DROUGHTS
Dry summer weather may make some people think they don't need to worry about mosquito-borne diseases, but experts say to keep up the defenses against West Nile virus.

CT: August 17, 2006 10:31:37 CST
TENNESSEE WILL SET THE STAGE AT SUNBELT EXPO
Tennessee is the featured state at this year's Sunbelt Agricultural Exposition, and the state's exhibit promises to spotlight all the best that Tennessee has to offer visitors and investors alike.

CT: August 17, 2006 15:08:17 CST
R-CALF REPRESENTATIVE TESTIFIES AT NEBRASKA FARM BILL HEARING
R-CALF USA Beef Checkoff Committee Chair Jim Hanna testified today before a U.S. Senate Agriculture Committee hearing on the upcoming Farm Bill.

CT: August 17, 2006 15:10:26 CST
EVENT RAISES $120,000 FOR YOUTH WITH ILLNESSES
A summer fund-raising event netted $120,000 to help grant outdoor wishes to young people facing life-threatening illnesses.

CT: August 17, 2006 15:18:15 CST
NEW $18.5 MILLION DIAGNOSTIC LAB OPENS
The long-awaited, state-of-the-art Mississippi Veterinary Research and Diagnostic Laboratory in Pearl opened its doors Aug. 17 to provide quicker diagnostics on samples from a broad range of animal species.

CT: August 18, 2006 08:45:13 CST
MSU SCHEDULES BIODIESEL WORKSHOP
Biodiesel will be the subject of an Aug. 24 workshop at the Bost Conference Center at Mississippi State University.

CT: August 18, 2006 08:48:21 CST
VESICULAR STOMATITIS CONFIRMED IN 10-YEAR-OLD HORSE IN WYOMING
On August 17, 2006, the National Veterinary Services Laboratories (NVSL) in Ames, Iowa confirmed vesicular stomatitis in a 10 year old horse on a premises in Natrona County, Wyoming (this is near Casper). This is the first confirmed case of vesicular stomatitis (VS) in the United States in 2006; the last case of VS was confirmed in late 2005.

CT: August 18, 2006 08:51:06 CST
BEEF QUALITY AUDIT ANSWERS QUESTIONS ABOUT U.S. BEEF
Initial results from National Beef Audit 2005, funded in part by checkoff investments in the Beef Quality Assurance Program, are in and offer U.S. cattlemen insight into beef quality successes and future challenges over which they have some or all control.

CT: August 18, 2006 14:51:33 CST
R-CALF USA CO-FOUNDER TESTIFIES AT SENATE AGRICULTURE COMMITTEE FARM BILL FIELD HEARING
R-CALF USA Past President and Co-Founder Leo McDonnell submitted written and oral testimony on Thursday before a U.S. Senate Agriculture Committee field hearing on the upcoming Farm Bill. McDonnell is a cow/calf producer, feedlot owner, and seed stock producer from Columbus, Mont.

CT: August 18, 2006 14:53:20 CST
AG EXPORTS REBOUND FROM SHIPPING TROUBLE
Hurricane Katrina changed the way Mississippi crops leave the state, and a year later some producers are still dealing with the change.

CT: August 21, 2006 08:57:32 CST
COMMODITY INSIGHT
Corn and the Dow Jones caught my interest this week with the former hitting its lowest levels in four months while the latter rose to levels not seen in three months.

CT: August 21, 2006 08:59:45 CST
MISSISSIPPI JUNIORS ATTEND 2006 NATIONAL JUNIOR LIMOUSIN SHOW
The “30th Xtravaganza” 2006 National Junior Limousin Show and Congress (NJLSC) was July 9-14 in Lawton, Okla. Five NALJA members from Mississippi traveled to Oklahoma for the show.

CT: August 21, 2006 09:02:18 CST
THE WORLD ACCORDING TO HOOTER MCCORMICK -- NOW YOU SEE HIM…PART III
Each performance drew a larger crowd than the previous one. It was rumored that at the finale Squeak would even attempt one of Houdini's classic illusions: hiding an elephant.

CT: August 21, 2006 15:37:13 CST
COW CREEK RANCH HOSTS BULL PRODUCER FIELD DAY
Cow Creek Ranch hosted its sixth annual Joint Venture Producer Field Day on Saturday, June 3, 2006, at the ranch near Aliceville, Ala.

CT: August 21, 2006 15:39:49 CST
FIRST-TIME SHOWMAN WINS HEIFER AT NATIONAL HEREFORD EXPO
Hundreds of juniors flooded the show arena during opening ceremonies at the Junior National Hereford Expo (JNHE) in Louisville, Ky., on July 17, each hoping that it would be his or her name that was drawn as the winner of a heifer donated in memory of Mississippi Hereford breeder Stanley Hathorn.

CT: August 22, 2006 07:33:51 CST
RANCH MANAGEMENT SEMINARS SCHEDULED IN NEBRASKA
A variety of ranch business topics will be addressed at four ranch management seminars scheduled for September at locations in western and northcentral Nebraska.

CT: August 22, 2006 07:37:52 CST
NATIONAL SALERS TOUR HEADS TO NORTH DAKOTA OCTOBER 5-7
The state of North Dakota will host the 2006 National Salers Tour October 5-7.

CT: August 22, 2006 15:27:15 CST
2006-2007 INTERNATIONAL BRANGUS QUEEN CROWNED AT 2006 NATIONAL JUNIOR BRANGUS HEIFER SHOW
Randa Yezak, Bremond, Texas was crowned the 2006-2007 International Brangus Queen at the recent National Junior Brangus Heifer Show.

CT: August 22, 2006 15:29:39 CST
IT'S THE PITTS -- NIPPED, TUCKED AND SUCKED
Did you hear about the mutt who won a big dog show only to be disqualified when it was discovered that the pooch had undergone extensive cosmetic surgery prior to the show?

CT: August 23, 2006 08:17:32 CST
AMERICAN JUNIOR SIMMENTAL ASSOCIATION NATIONAL CLASSIC WINNERS ANNOUNCED
Nearly 230 members of the American Junior Simmental Association (AJSA) recently competed at the 26th AJSA National Classic, held July 10-14, at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison, Wisconsin.

CT: August 23, 2006 08:21:40 CST
WEANING CALVES EARLY CAN BE A BENEFICIAL MANAGEMENT TOOL
Early weaning of calves is a management tool that producers can implement to reduce forage needs of the cow-calf enterprise and improve cow condition and reproductive performance.

CT: August 23, 2006 15:26:05 CST
KENTUCKY JUNIORS ATTEND 2006 NATIONAL JUNIOR LIMOUSIN SHOW
Nine NALJA members from Kentucky traveled to Oklahoma for the 2006 National Junior Limousin Show and Congress (NJLSC) which was held July 9-14 in Lawton.

CT: August 23, 2006 15:29:50 CST
CHAMPIONS SELECTED AT THE 2006 CHAROLAIS JUNIOR NATIONAL
Charolais enthusiasts gathered the week of June 26-30 in Springfield, Missouri for the American International Junior Charolais Association National Junior Shows and Leadership Conference.

CT: August 23, 2006 15:32:20 CST
PRODUCERS APPLAUD CONSERVATION TAX PROVISION
Ranchers who donate land for conservation can receive an increased deduction and be ensured those lands will remain in ag production according to provisions contained in a pensions package on its way to the President's desk for signature.

CT: August 24, 2006 10:41:40 CST
LIVING UP TO MARBLING POTENTIAL STARTS EARLY
Getting cattle to hit the higher quality grades takes effort at every link in the production system. From the cow-calf producer to the feedlot, all must be quality conscious for cattle to gain premiums on a value-based grid.

CT: August 24, 2006 10:45:05 CST
U.S. CATTLE PRODUCERS TAKE ACTION ON KEY POLICY ISSUES
Members of the National Cattlemen's Beef Association (NCBA) addressed current policy priorities at the 2006 Cattle Industry Summer Conference in Reno, passing new resolutions and directives to make amendments to the 2006 Policy Agenda.

CT: August 24, 2006 15:49:46 CST
CATFISH PONDS FIGHT BATTLE WITH DROUGHT
The fact that they live in the water has not spared Mississippi's catfish from feeling the effects of the summer's drought and high temperatures.

CT: August 24, 2006 15:51:33 CST
GELBVIEH JUNIOR NATIONAL SHOW BOASTS TOP QUALITY ENTRIES
The 2006 American Gelbvieh Junior Association (AGJA) Prairie Classic is on the books as a great success despite the hot temperatures.

CT: August 25, 2006 09:17:14 CST
KNOW WHEN, HOW TO WATER PLANTS TO IMPROVE SURVIVAL
Watering lawn plants and grass is essential during a drought, but how and when to water is the key to keeping yards healthy and attractive.

CT: August 25, 2006 15:43:18 CST
DRY CLAY SOILS CAN SHIFT BUILDINGS
Ground that gets dry enough can shift and displace buildings, a fact building owners across the drought-ridden state are seeing as they deal with cracking foundations and split walls.

CT: August 25, 2006 15:46:43 CST
JAPANESE CONSUMERS REACH OUT TO U.S. BEEF
Japanese consumers are reaching out to U.S. beef. Approximately 5 metric tons of U.S. beef at three Costco stores in the Tokyo area sold out in the first day.

CT: August 29, 2006 07:49:36 CST
FEMA EXAMINES HOW PEOPLE PROTECT THEMSELVES FROM NATURE'S WRATH
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), one year after Hurricane Katrina devastated the Gulf Coast, has released a new series of Mitigation Best Practices.

CT: August 29, 2006 07:51:44 CST
FORESTERS ADVISE KEEPING A CLOSE WATCH ON BEETLES
Take high temperatures, drought and forest fires, add the woody debris caused by Hurricane Katrina and the result is the recipe for South Mississippi's worst bark beetle outbreak in more than a decade.

CT: August 29, 2006 07:56:00 CST
BRANGUS SUMMIT SCHEDULED FOR OCTOBER IN SAN ANTONIO
The third annual Brangus® Summit is set for October 11-13, 2006. The event will once again be held at the San Antonio Livestock Exposition, San Antonio, Texas.

CT: August 30, 2006 08:25:31 CST
GELBVIEH ASSOCIATION ADDS BALANCER SHOWS TO AMERICAN ROYAL, NATIONAL WESTERN
The American Gelbvieh Association Board of Directors voted to add Balancer open shows to the 2006 American Royal in Kansas City, Mo., and the 2007 National Western Stock Show.

CT: August 30, 2006 08:30:56 CST
DROUGHT, HEAT HURTS MOST AGRICULTURAL COMMODITIES
Mississippi's row crops, catfish, timber and cattle are all feeling the impact of the 2006 drought and heat.

CT: August 30, 2006 08:33:50 CST
HAYMASTER NUTRITION INJECTION SYSTEM SAVES OLD AND POOR HAY
A new patented internal hay treatment system, The HayMaster™ Nutrition Injection System, transforms old and poor hay into nutritional hay that cows love to eat.

CT: August 31, 2006 13:43:27 CST
TECHNOLOGY MAKES IT POSSIBLE TO GAIN INSIDE INFORMATION
The beef industry has known for years that marketing fed cattle on a live basis leaves much efficiency to be gained, but until now it has been largely visual approximation as to how cattle would perform on a given grid.

CT: August 31, 2006 13:45:38 CST
MSU RECEIVES AWARD FOR KATRINA RESPONSE
Mississippi State University is receiving a national award for efforts to help re-establish vital communication links on the Mississippi Gulf Coast immediately following Hurricane Katrina.


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