|Herd Health Short Course Thursday
The Beef Cattle Herd Health Management Short Course will be held Thursday, December 1, 2011 from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m at the MSU Bost Theater as well as Extension Offices in Oxford, Biloxi and Raymond.
The short course registration fee is $45 per person at the door and covers course materials, refreshments, and lunch.
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|National Beef Cook-Off Winner|
With her stir fry recipe, Vegetable-Mango Beef Stir Fry, amateur home cook Sheryl Little of Sherwood, Arkansas won the 29th National Beef Cook-Off® $25,000 "Best of Beef" grand prize, topping recipes from 19 other finalists around the country. The winner was announced at the Metropolitan Cooking & Entertaining Show in Washington D.C. where Nancy Strickland joined CattleWomen's Association officers from other states in coordinating the event.
Discover other great recipes here.
|Producers Board Sale |Begin making plans for the Cattleman's Exchange Producer Sale on April 3, 2012.
The nomination form is now online.
For more information, please call: Lance Newman 662-234-4451 or 662-832-4586, Ray Welch (Winona Stockyards) 662-283-1652, Jon Kilgore 601-278-3809 or Brandi Bourg 662-325-7465
|Scholarship Deadline Approaching|
Applications for scholarships presented by The Wax Company, CattleWomen's Association and Cattlemen's Foundation are due December 16th.
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|Beef for the Troops
Again this year, the checkoff program will send beef jerky snack packages to Mississippi troops stationed overseas. If you have family or friends stationed overseas, send their address to the Mississippi Beef Council to have them included in the snacks being mailed next month.
County associations interested in labeling and mailing packages to the troops from their area should contact the MCA office.
Bus Tour to Nashville
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Attend the 2012 Cattle Industry Convention & Trade Show with the MCA Bus Tour. Ticket includes registration, admission to the trade show and dinner at the Grand Ole Opry.
|Proposed Child Labor Rule|
The Department of Labor has issued a proposed rule that would prohibit people under the age of 16 from working on a farm or ranch. The deadline to make comments on the rule is next Wednesday, Dec. 1. The proposed regulations have taken a lot of criticism from both farm groups and lawmakers. Under the rules young people would basically be unable to work with livestock at all and would have to pass a safety course in order to work in cultivation. Senator Jerry Moran, R-Kan., is very concerned about the propose rule.
"This is a way of life, we want to make certain the Department of Labor understand how valuable the relationship is between one generation of farmers and the next," Moran said. "There is a real concern about how the Department of Labor, who has no offices in counties across our country, would be administrating a program for safety. It would exclude Extension, 4-H, FFA; programs that have worked so well in rural America."
National Cattlemen's Beef Association Vice President of Governmental Affairs Colin Woodall says this rule basically changes what has been a farm practice for generations.
"That is kids working on the farm and ranch, working at the local feed store, the sale barn, for their neighbors, their grandparents; yet under this rule it would eliminate all those opportunities unless you are working directly for your parents," Woodall said. "It is going to be a huge impact for one on the labor force and also we've got to make sure we're always preparing this next generation of farmers and ranchers and what better way to do it than to have that hands on experience growing up."
A large coalition of ag groups is gathering support to push back against these proposed rules from the Department of Labor and Woodall says that there is a good chance of being successful.
source: Farm Progress
|Horse Plants to Reopen|
With the signing of the omnibus-spending bill apprioved by Congress, President Obama made it legal to slaughter horses in the U.S. again.
Since 2007, when USDA inspection was de-funded, there has not been an operational horse slaughter plant in the country.
|Take Action Today!|The National Cattlemen's Beef Association (NCBA) supports the efforts of the Department of Labor (DOL) to protect children in the workplace. Unfortunately, NCBA is extremely concerned the proposed regulations affecting on-farm child labor will adversely impact farming and ranching operations and stifle the desire of young people to work in agriculture. As young people explore career opportunities, hands-on experience on farming and ranching operations is invaluable to sparking interest in agriculture. If these regulations go into effect as proposed, the ability of young people to work on farms and ranches and even participate in youth activities such as 4-H and FFA could be severely hindered.
While we all support protecting children in the workplace, these proposed regulations could completely prohibit some children from working on farms and ranches altogether while placing severe restrictions on the type of work that any young person could do. NCBA will be submitting comments on the proposed regulation changes on behalf of cattle farmers and ranchers. However, DOL needs to hear from you directly. The agency needs to understand the far-reaching negative consequences this proposed rule would have on your operations. The comment period closes Thurs., Dec. 1. NCBA requests you edit the suggested letter to personalize it to your operation. Urge your neighbors to weigh in as well.
File your comment on the capwiz site today!
The December 2011 issue of the Mississippi Beef Cattle Improvement Association newsletter is now online.
29 Claiborne, Jefferson,
Warren Joint Meeting
29 Oktibbeha CCA
29 Union CCA
30 Jones Blood Drive
December1 Simpson CCA
6 Tate CCA
8 Lafayette CCA
8 Perry CCA
8 Yalobusha CCA
8 Calhoun CCA
10 Perry Blood Drive
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Teachfree provides preschool through 12th grade educators with high-quality educational materials that supplement the curriculum. Resources can also be downloaded for use in the classroom.
This program is sponsored by the Beef Checkoff.