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FOND DU LAC, WI

PQA certification course offered

A Pork Quality Assurance Plus certification course will be offered to area pork producers and farm workers on Thursday, June 29 in Fond du Lac. The training will begin at 6:30 p.m. in room 205-206 at UW-Extension Fond du Lac County, 400 University Drive, Fond du Lac. The training will take about 3 hours and topics covered include food safety, animal welfare, public health, workplace safety, environment, and community. There is no cost to attend, however, to ensure enough materials are available for everyone, an RSVP is requested to Zen Miller, 920-832-5124 or zen.miller@ces.uwex.edu. Producers who prefer to take the PQA Plus certification training online can also contact Zen for additional details.

WASHINGTON DC

Beef Jerky Day big news

The Beef Checkoff Program identified a novel way to help celebrate Beef Jerky Day June 12, with some powerful support from state beef councils. That day, state beef council staffs delivered beef jerky bouquets created by the beef checkoff to news personalities at television outlets in many of the country’s top media and consumer markets in their states.

The bouquets, in custom “Beef. It’s What’s for Dinner” vases, were delivered to 115 television stations in the top 30 U.S. markets and others. The meaty gifts were accompanied by beef information including tips on how beef jerky is the “ultimate snack hack” for consumers.

The project allowed the industry to help promote a powerhouse protein snack in a unique and promotable way, according to Jerry Effertz, a beef producer from Velva, N.D. and chairman of the Federation of State Beef Councils. “Beef jerky is a popular, low fat and high-quality protein that has many benefits,” says Effertz.

The promotion not only allowed the Council turn-key airtime to promote upcoming consumer events, but also lead to discussion in the healthfulness and convenience of the portable protein snack.

DES MOINES, IA

1,900+ head of Angus cattle to compete

More than 900 youth will compete during the 2017 National Junior Angus Show (NJAS).  Angus juniors from across the country will gather at the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines, Iowa, July 9-15.  Angus juniors will be “Winning with the Angus Team” as they represent 34 states across the U.S. An impressive 1,900 head of Angus cattle have been registered to compete at this year’s most awaited Angus event.

Caitlyn Brandt, events coordinator with the American Angus Association, and the rest of the team with the events and education department have been busy finalizing the details to ensure the Angus members in attendance enjoy their time at the NJAS.

“For many families, junior nationals tends to be a family vacation,” Brandt said. “The junior national rotates around the country every year that way it gives families the opportunity to travel the country and see sites they wouldn’t normally see before.”

MADISON, WI

ID guide for toxic plants in forages, pasture

While most plants are safe for livestock to consume, a few plant species can sicken or even kill animals if ingested. Recognizing poisonous plants and knowing proper livestock management are important steps in minimizing the potential for poisoning according to Mark Renz, University of Wisconsin-Extension weed scientist at UW-Madison.

“We often receive questions about toxic plants, the level of toxicity, and what animals they are toxic to,” Renz said. “In this new identification guide, we have close-up pictures of the plants for easy identification, and detailed information on the most common toxic plants in Midwestern pastures, as well as forage crops.”

In addition to identification information about plants, the guide provides detailed information on what the toxin is, what animal species it is toxic to, where the plant is generally found, what parts of the plant are toxic and how long the toxin persists, and what can be done.

The easy to use, spiral-bound book, Toxic Plants in Midwest Pastures and Forages, is available online at The Learning Store https://learningstore.uwex.edu/. The guide can either be downloaded for free or a hard-copy purchased.

WASHINGTON DC

Livestock producers support Bodine nomination

The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association and the Public Lands Council sent a letter to U.S. Senators John Barrasso, R-WY, and Thomas Carper, D-DE, urging them to support the nomination of Susan Bodine to be the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) assistant administrator for the Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance (OECA). Sens. Barrasso and Carper serve as chairman and ranking member, respectively, of the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, which is scheduled to hold a confirmation hearing regarding Bodine’s nomination this week.

Bodine currently serves as Chief Counsel for the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, and she was previously the staff director and senior counsel for the House Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment, and the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure. During the George W. Bush Administration, Bodine served as the Assistant Administrator of EPA’s Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response.

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