May is Beef Month in Missouri

Missouri Beef Industry CouncilMay is Beef Month in Missouri. Representatives of both the Missouri Beef Industry Council and the Missouri Cattlemen’s Association were recently at the state capitol to receive the official proclamation from Governor Matt Blunt.

Cole Camp cattleman Jimmy Long and his eight-year-old son Jack helped to present Governor Blunt with a copy of the Healthy Beef Cookbook during the proclamation.

“We are number two in cow-calf production and this proclamation is the recognition of the fact that we are one of the leading agricultural industries in the state of Missouri,” Long said.

Missouri Beef Industry Council board member David “Blue” Geier of California said it helps to have the governor’s support for the industry.

“I think the governor realizes the importance of agriculture, not just beef, but all aspects of agriculture,” Geier said. “It’s important to the Missouri economy all the way through.”

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Domark® Fungicide Receives Expanded (Section 3) Registration

ValentWALNUT CREEK, Calif. (April 13, 2007)—Valent U.S.A. Corporation announces that Domark® Fungicide has received a Section 3 registration from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Soybean farmers can now use Domark to achieve Maximum Harvest Value™ and protect their soybeans from yield-robbing diseases such as frogeye, purple seed stain, brown spot and many other diseases including Asian soybean rust.

Maximum Harvest Value—may be a new term for soybean farmers, but not a new concept, and is now an easier goal to achieve with Domark.

“For soybean farmers, Domark maximizes harvest value which means disease protection, ease of harvest and crop safety—resulting in higher yield and increased profit,” Jamie Nielson, Domark product manager said. “An additional key advantage Domark has over its competitors is that there are no harvest issues from green stems.”

Research has shown excellent control of soybean diseases with Domark.

“In university trials, Domark was consistently one of the best performing fungicides for soybean disease control,” said John Pawlak, Domark product development manager. “We saw exceptional control of frogeye the number one secondary disease in soybeans—better than some of the leading triazole and strobilurin fungicides.”

The unique features of Domark set it apart from other soybean fungicides on the market. Domark can be used as both a preventative and curative treatment for soybean diseases, protecting existing and new growth. Its systemic activity allows Domark to be quickly absorbed by the soybean leaf and evenly distributed throughout the treated leaf to ensure fast-acting control.

With the Section 3 registration, Domark is fully registered and can be used for broad spectrum disease control in soybeans which translates into Maximum Harvest Value.

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NIAA Annual Meeting – Symposium

National Institute For Animal AgricultureThe National Institute for Animal Agriculture annual meeting in Sacramento this week featured a symposium titled “Impacts of Animal Production Safety Practices on the Food Supply.”

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NIAA Annual Meeting – Monday General Session

National Institute For Animal AgricultureThe general session of the National Institute for Animal Agriculture annual meeting in Sacramento Monday focused on animal agriculture and biofuels production.

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Dave Miller with the Iowa Farm Bureau Federation introduced the General Session with some statistics and general information about biofuels and animal agriculture, the main point of which can be garnered from his Power Point presentation.

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Monsanto’s Roundup Rewards® Program Expands

ValentWALNUT CREEK, CA (March 22, 2007)—Valent U.S.A. Corporation announced that Select Max® Herbicide with Inside Technology(TM) will again be a part of Monsanto’s Roundup Rewards® Program in 2007. This year the program, which was available for Midwest farmers in 2006, will also be offered to Select Max users in Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and West Virginia.

In 2007, Roundup Ready® soybean farmers will continue to have even more insurance to protect their investment against volunteer Roundup Ready corn when they use Select Max® Herbicide with Inside Technology(TM). But this insurance they can take to the bank—literally.

Farmers who use Select Max with Roundup WeatherMAX® will receive $2.60 off per acre; farmers who use Select Max with Roundup Original MAX(TM) will receive $1.30 off per acre—making Select Max an economical solution with the best performance for the farmer.

In 2007, two additional products have been added to the Roundup Rewards program—Harness® Herbicide or Degree® Herbicide. Farmers who use Harness® Herbicide or Degree® Herbicide on their Roundup Ready corn along with Select Max and Roundup Original MAX(TM) or Roundup WeatherMAX® on their soybeans can earn an additional $1.30 off per acre. The potential savings in 2007 with this program is as high as $3.90 per acre.

In addition to the economic value, farmers who rotate their fields from Roundup Ready corn to Roundup Ready soybeans know that a “one-two punch” of Roundup with another product for volunteer corn, such as Select Max, is a critical element of a thorough crop protection program.

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Indy Car Races up the Hill

Ethanol Promotion and Information CouncilWashington DC – (March 21, 2007)(AgNewsWire) Indiana Senators Richard Lugar and Evan Bayh joined with members of the ethanol industry and the Team Ethanol IndyCar and driver outside the Senate Building on National Agriculture Day to mark the use of 100 percent fuel-grade ethanol in the IndyCar Series starting this weekend.

Representatives from the Ethanol Promotion and Information Council (EPIC) and the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) coordinated the event, which received a high level of media attention. EPIC Executive Director Tom Slunecka said several other lawmakers in addition to Sens. Lugar and Bayh attended the event as well.

“Lawmakers understand that ethanol is bringing a change in this country,” said Slunecka. “Our dependence on foreign oil is being reduced by the use of ethanol and they want to make sure that the momentum continues to grow so they turned out today to help show their support.”

According to Slunecka, increasing the visibility of ethanol by its use in the IndyCar Series has been a goal of many in the agriculture industry for years.

“All of the corn groups have been out promoting ethanol for some time,” Slunecka said. “We are standing on the shoulders of their work and it was because of their vision that we are able to do what we are doing today.”

The appearance of the Team Ethanol car on Capitol Hill Wednesday coincided with a House congressional hearing on global climate change featuring testimony by former Vice President Al Gore.

“Al Gore was helping people understand the importance of global climate change and what consumers can do, and ethanol is one of the easiest things that everyone can do,” said Slunecka. “By using a ten percent blend of ethanol you are reducing your tailpipe emissions by over 30 percent.”

EPIC board member Greg Krissek, Director of Government affairs for ethanol design firm ICM Inc, said increasing the use of the plant-based fuel is helping to reduce our country’s dependence on foreign oil, revitalize rural economies and address global environmental concerns.

“We’ve seen that ethanol used as an oxygenate in engines reduces the amount of pollution out the tailpipe,” Krissek explained. “But even more importantly, ethanol is a renewable resource reducing the amount of hydrocarbon fuels that we need to use.”

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Mizzou BBQ Team Scores With Tiger Steak

Missouri Beef Industry CouncilColumbia, MO (AgNewsWire) The University of Missouri-Columbia’s Mizzou BBQ Team made a name for itself in a national cooking competition recently with “Tiger Steak.”

According to team captain Greg Chase, the team was just organized in May of last year and has already been very successful.

“Our first competition out of the gate in September we took first place in Beef Brisket, beating out 28 professional barbeque teams in the state,” said Chase. “From that, we were invited to go to the National Meat Association Meat Expo in Las Vegas, Nevada in February.”

For that event, Chase says the team was asked to produce a brand new meat product for competition.

“So we did some thinking and tried to find a product that would be unique to the university in Columbia and chose to put something together called ‘Tiger Steak’ which is an original product that actually looks like Truman’s paw print when you finish cooking it off.”

The Tiger Steak features lean ground sirloin, spices and provolone cheese baked into a tiger paw-shaped pie crust. Chase is pleased to report that the team finished second in the national competition.

“We actually ended up being the only original product in Las Vegas and we did take runner up so we are very, very proud to come back with that.”

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Celebrate Nutrition Month With Beef

Missouri Beef Industry CouncilColumbia, MO (AgNewsWire) March is National Nutrition Month and the Missouri Beef Industry Council (MBIC) is encouraging consumers to kick the fads and get back to the basics. MBIC Director of Consumer Information Alane Lidolph says the theme for National Nutrition Month this year is “100 Percent Fad-Free.”

“National Nutrition Month is sponsored every March by the American Dietetic Association and it’s a nutrition education and information campaign really designed to focus attention on the importance of making informed food decisions and developing healthy and sound eating and physical activity habits.”

Lidolph says the theme this year highlights the latest government dietary guidelines outlined in USDA’s MyPyramid program.

“The beef industry has been supportive of the dietary guidelines and My Pyramid from the beginning. We distribute lots of MyPyramid materials and talk about how beef fits within that framework and those guidelines.”

Encouraging young people to eat healthy is an important aspect of National Nutrition Month and Lidolph says the beef industry has helped develop some new materials to get nutrition information out to school children.

“The Beef Council collaborated with the Central Missouri Dietetic Association to put together some fun nutrition activity packets for elementary students,” said Lidolph. “The packets were sent to schools in Columbia, Jefferson City and Ashland and contain reproducible worksheets that teachers can use in their classrooms that talk about MyPyramid.”

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Branding Program Gains Momentum

Ethanol Promotion and Information CouncilTampa, Florida (March 2, 2007) (AgNewsWire) The ethanol industry is making progress towards the goal of helping consumers readily identify ethanol-enhanced fuel at the pump no matter where they are in the country.

Seven states have now officially approved labels that incorporate the “e” brand to mark pumps that dispense E10, or ten percent ethanol fuel, according to the Ethanol Promotion and Information Council (EPIC). Those states are Kansas, Michigan, Illinois, South Dakota, Nebraska, Arkansas and Ohio. EPIC is spreading the good news this week to corn growers meeting this week in Tampa, Florida at the 2007 Commodity Classic.

EPIC Director of Operations Robert White said they are pleased with the progress made in just a few short months.

“The branding program is literally going state by state and the consistency is the ‘e’ logo, or the brand, and the variation of the label just depends on state rules and regs,” said White. “But we have seven under our belt and another 25 in motion.”

White says the ethanol branding program has benefits for everyone, including individual retailers who in many cases are making less than a penny a gallon on gasoline sales.

“This is something that’s free to them – the labels, the shipping, point of sale materials and our national program – all tie consumers back to their individual station and their individual pumps,” White said.

After the labels are approved by the states with the right size and shape requirements, getting retailers to put them on their pumps becomes a grassroots effort, according to Mark Lambert with the Illinois Corn Marketing Board.

“We’re going to start changing out those stickers in the next month or so,” said Lambert. “Over the summer months, it’s going to be a great project for county Farm Bureaus and corn grower organizations. They’re going to go out to their local stations and get these on the pumps.”

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Missouri Beef Producer Relishes Role on National Level

Missouri Beef Industry CouncilColumbia, MO (AgNewsWire) A cattleman from Sedalia is representing Missouri on the national level on two different beef cattle organizations.

David Dick, immediate past chairman of the Missouri Beef Industry Council, has been re-elected for a second term to serve on the Operating Committee for the Cattlemen’s Beef Board. The committee is made up of 20 cattle producer representatives who make decisions about how the $1 per head Beef Checkoff is spent on the national level.

Dick has also been elected to represent Region Three for the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA).

“I now represent Missouri, Iowa, Illinois, Minnesota and Wisconsin on the NCBA executive committee,” said Dick. “And I will carry not only the Missouri voice, but the voice of all of Region Three there.”

Dick says it’s important for Missouri to have a voice on the national level.

“Missouri’s the number two state in numbers of beef cattle, we’re a cow-calf state and we have somewhere in the neighborhood of 70,000 producers,” he says. “And Region Three in the number of cattle is second only to Region Two, which is Kansas, Nebraska, Texas and Oklahoma.”

Not only does Dick consider it a privilege to serve his fellow producers, he loves doing it.

“I enjoy it. I enjoy what I learn from it and the things that I can find out and bring back here so that our people understand what’s going on in the marketplace, or in the production cycle, or in our foreign markets so that they have a better idea of what’s happening and maybe they can adjust how they operate,” Dick said.

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