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2017 Hereford Shots photo contest announced

The American Hereford Association (AHA) is once again hosting a monthly "Hereford Shots" photo contest for all Hereford and photography enthusiasts.

Each month the AHA will have a different theme for photo submissions. A panel of industry experts will judge entries and select the top five submissions each month. Those entries will vie for a "People's Choice Award" on the AHA Facebook page.

Submitted photos could be used in Hereford marketing and promotional projects including ad campaigns, social media, newsletters, the AHA website and the Hereford World.

Monthly "People's Choice" winners will be published in the Hereford World and recognized online. In December, the 11 monthly winners will compete for the 2017 photo of the year on the AHA Facebook page. The winner will receive a $100 gift card.

Entry deadlines are the first of each month. The top five entries will post to Facebook by the fifth of each month, and voting will remain open until the 10th of each month.

Photos must be high quality, high-resolution and submitted electronically. Digital submissions must be 300 dpi, minimum 8"x10" and in JPG format. For more information or to submit, e-mail or dropbox images to Kaylen Baker at


Cattlemen’s boot camp set for February

Cattle producers are invited to gather for a Cattlemen’s Boot Camp Feb. 17-18, 2017, at the Fayette County Extension Office in Lexington, Ky. The event is hosted by the American Angus Association in partnership with the University of Kentucky, and provides purebred and commercial producers timely information presented by academic and industry professionals.

The day-and-a-half event is packed with industry speakers and reports on research with significant impacts on the beef business and is open to all cattle producer. Registration is $75 per person, and includes meals and educational materials. Registration forms are due Jan. 16, 2017, and can be submitted electronically or mailed to Smith at the American Angus Association, 3201 Frederick Ave., Saint Joseph, MO 64506. Late and walk-in registrations are not accepted.


Kansas State to help farmers weather ag economy downturn

Kansas farmers who are facing some hard decisions due to another down year for farm income and a pessimistic outlook for 2017 are getting help from agricultural experts at Kansas State University.

The school will hold a series of eight workshops across the state starting next week called the "Top 10 Considerations to Navigate a Struggling Farm Economy" as a way to help producers handle the downturn. Farm operating loans for the past growing season typically come due Jan. 1, and agricultural experts say many growers can't make the payments.

The university also expanded its farm analyst program to provide one-on-one assistance to farmers dealing with financial challenges. Roughly 200 Kansas families are now working with analysts in the program, up 30 percent from normal years, program director Duane Hund said.

The Kansas Farm Management Association has reported that the average net farm income of families it works with fell to $4,568 in 2015. That's about 95 percent less than 2014's $128,731 average and down from $120,000 for the five-year average.


Hereford Publications Inc. accepting internship applications

Hereford Publications Inc. (HPI), a subsidiary of the American Hereford Association, is now accepting applications for the summer communications internship. The selected intern will assist with projects of the Creative Services department, production of the Herd Book and the August and September Hereford World issues.

The internship will provide experience in feature writing, photography, editing, proofing, communicating with clients and managing projects. Applicants should be college juniors or seniors and must be working toward a degree in agricultural communications or agricultural journalism. The internship will span from approximately mid-May to mid-August, with specific start and end dates depending on the applicant's availability. Applications are due Feb. 15.

For more information, contact Caryn Vaught at 816-842-3757.