Ten students awarded CME Beef Industry Scholarships

Ten top-notch college students, who are pursuing careers in the beef industry, have been chosen for the 2017-18 $1,500 CME Beef Industry Scholarships. The scholarship is sponsored by the CME Group and administered by the National Cattlemen’s Foundation (NCF). Taylre Sitz of Bozeman, Mont., is the overall essay winner.

“We’re pleased continue our support of the CME Beef Industry Scholarships, which provides education to future beef industry leaders,” said Tim Andriesen, CME Group managing director of agricultural products. “Our partnership with NCF enables us to continue investing in accomplished university students who represent the next generation of food producers here in the U.S.”

The CME Beef Industry Scholarship was introduced in 1989 in partnership with the Chicago Mercantile Exchange. Today this scholarship tradition remains strong by recognizing and encouraging talented college students who will one day be industry leaders. The National Cattlemen’s Foundation and the CME Group are committed to the future of the cattle industry and continue to support outstanding youth in the beef community. 

“We cannot emphasize enough how grateful we are for the continuous support from CME for Beef Industry Scholarships to provide financial assistance for future beef leaders,” said John Lacey, chair of NCF Board of Trustees. “Each year we are impressed with the caliber of students that apply for these scholarships.”

In addition to the $1,500 scholarship, Taylre Sitz receives a trip to Nashville, Tenn., for the 2017 Cattle Industry Convention & NCBA Trade Show where she will be recognized at the Best of Beef Awards Breakfast. Sitz currently attends Montana State University where she is pursuing a Bachelor's Degree in Animal Science, as well as a minor in Business Administration. She is currently enrolled in the pre-veterinary program with plans to become a large animal veterinarian.

“Growing up on a ranch, I developed a commitment to the beef industry at an early age,” Sitz said. “I am interested in becoming a large animal veterinarian, and through ranch life I have been able to see and visit as they doctored cut horses or lame cattle. These experiences only furthered my desire to pursue the large animal veterinary career.”

In her essay, Sitz tackled the question of describing a risk confronting the beef industry and a solution to that risk by describing the risk of decreasing consumer confidence. Sitz wrote about the importance of using education through social media as a tool to improve consumer confidence in the beef industry.

Other $1,500 CME Scholarship winners are: 
Thor Burnside, Fort Hays State University, Talala, Okla.
Cole Grisham, West Texas A&M University, Van Vleck, Texas
Emily Ivey, Land Lake College, Loudon, Tenn.
Abby Marion, University of Florida, Deltona, Fla.
Garrett Nichols, Iowa State University, Marshalltown, Iowa
Dan Johnson, Kansas State University, Dillion, Mont.
Shelby Schiefelbein, Texas A&M University, Kimball, Minn.                          
Madison Slaven, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Va.
Rachel Waggie, Kansas State University, Manhattan, Kan.

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All-Around Performance Horse returns to RFD-TV

By popular demand, “All-Around Performance Horse,” produced by Scotty Cobb and John Klam, will return to RFD-TV with several prime-time specials scheduled to air in 2017. The series features behind-the-scenes stories and interviews focused on western sports, along with coverage of the top ranch rodeos held around the country throughout the year. AAPH and RFD-TV will partner to produce a minimum of eight specials in this first year.

“Recently, this has been the most requested show from RFD-TV viewers who love the format and have wanted the program back,” stated Patrick Gottsch, founder and president of Rural Media Group, Inc. “We are committed to expanding and improving our efforts to cover and feature more horsemanship, rodeo, and all western sports going forward, and this venture with AAPH is just the beginning.”

“After a two-year break, we are excited to bring “All-Around Performance Horse” back to RFD-TV,” offered John Klam in a joint statement with Scotty Cobb. “We look forward to bringing viewers more of the western way of life, AAPH style. So, come ride with us.”

“RFD-TV’s advertisers and sponsors are looking for more opportunities in western sports programming,” added Billy Frey, CMO at RFD-TV Events. “The American is already sold out for 2017 with every sponsor renewing from 2016, and Western Sports Wednesdays is gaining real momentum with our Nielsen-rated audience, especially with all the new homes that RFD-TV is gaining through Charter and DIRECTV NOW.”

For the full program schedule and more information about RFD-TV and Rural Radio Channel 147 on SiriusXM visit and


Wisconsin National Farmers Organization State Convention

The 2016 WI National Farmers Organization State Convention was held Saturday, Dec. 3rd at the Holiday Inn Marshfield.
After opening formalities, Wisconsin State President Don Hamm introduced National Director Tom Crosby and National Director Jim Hayes who spoke to the convention body about NFO’s strengths, the up-coming National Board Meeting and the support NFO has for the Young Leadership Meetings being held around the Mid-West which began in Iowa this year and will continue in other location the next 3 years.
NFO National President Paul Olson spoke to the delegates regarding NFO’s future direction. Olson noted the need for supply management plus the importance of organizing through NFO. Many areas of our country are asking for an NFO presence in their area to help raise prices for their local family farms. Olson expressed large agricultural mergers have sparked financial problems for small family farms in rural areas around the country.

Olson stated “Good food from Good People,” is something consumers are asking for.  Vertical integration is happening to the dairy the same as the hog and poultry, which consumers are not aware of. Consumers want and need our products.  
Tom Crosby was reelected as a 2-year NFO National Director; Pete Brickner was voted in as his alternate. Don Hayes was newly elected as a 3-year State Trustee position.
The first-place essay winner of this year’s Steve Pavich Memorial Scholarship was presented to Allissa Frisle of Prairie Farm.  Frisle thanked the NFO for the scholarship and read part of her winning essay to the convention body. Second place Steve Pavich Scholarship went to Zachary Propst from Beaver Dam.
Dave Kaseno gave the dairy report, which showed NFO growth in the Eastern part of the country in 2016 and more future growth expected within the Upper Midwest Region.
Garry Crosby, head of the National NFO Livestock Department reported on livestock. Tim Boortz & Miranda Meiers from the NFO Grain Department reported on organic and conventional grain, which was followed by Don Hamm’s closing remarks.

National Farmers Organization National Convention will be held January 25-27, 2017 at the Ramada Plaza Oasis Hotel and Convention Center in Springfield MO.

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