FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Forty-Five Cattlemens’ Associations Tell USDA: Don’t Hijack the Checkoff
WASHINGTON (Oct. 14, 2014) – Today, 45 state cattlemens’ associations representing more than 170,000 cattle breeders,
producers and feeders sent a letter to Agriculture Secretary Vilsack, urging him not to issue an Order for a supplemental beef
checkoff under the 1996 General Commodity Promotion, Research and Information Act. Bob McCan, National Cattlemen’s
Beef Association president and Victoria, Texas, cattleman says the strong turnout of signatories to this letter demonstrate the
concern across the country with the Secretary’s stated intention.
“Our state affiliates sent a clear message to the Secretary that they do not want a supplemental checkoff under the 1996 Act,”
said McCan. “NCBA stands firmly behind our grassroots producer organizations and we will do everything we can to support
their efforts. The checkoff belongs to cattlemen, not to the USDA or any administration.”
Grassroots producers have been the cornerstone of the Beef Checkoff Program since it was first enacted in 1985. There is no
required element of the 1996 Act that increases grassroots influence in national checkoff efforts. Furthermore, the 1996 Act
assures no protection to state beef councils, and gives much greater power to the federal government.
“The Beef Checkoff is a non-political, non-partisan structure designed by cattle producers to increase and support beef demand,” said McCan. “The Beef Checkoff serves all beef producers, nationwide, and the recent efforts by Secretary Vilsack do not serve the interests of producers, they only serve to politicize and polarize the industry. We are focused on how the Beef Checkoff can do more to support cattlemen and women; the Administration has focused on how they can use the Beef Checkoff for political spoils and to increase the control of the federal government.”
The National Cattlemen's Beef Association (NCBA) has represented America's cattle producers since 1898, preserving the heritage and strength of the industry
through education and public policy. As the largest association of cattle producers, NCBA works to create new markets and increase demand for beef. Efforts are
made possible through membership contributions. To join, contact NCBA at 1-866-BEEF-USA or email@example.com.
A tribute to Ron LindeenThe Minnesota State Cattlemen's Association lost member and friend this past week.
Ron Lindeen, of Comfrey, was a lifelong member of both the MSCA and the Cottonwood County Beef Producers. Ron served as the coordinator of the Minnesota State Cattlemen's Association for many years and spent countless hours helping shape many of the MSCA events to the successes they are today. His detail oriented dedication to the cattlemen's organization earned to top award of "MN Cattlemen of the Year" in 1990. Ron also received the Cattlemen of the Year award and the Outstanding Service award from the Cottonwood Beef Producers. He was known for his time spent at Farmfest, perched on a stool near the payment box, asking "Would you like the full meal deal with that?" Those who had the opportunity to serve with him say his presence there will never be forgotten.
Visitation for Ron will be held at the Sturm Funeral Home, Comfrey Chapel on Wednesday, October 8th from 5:00-8:00 pm. Funeral services will be held at the New Hope Lutheran Church in Comfrey on Thursday, October 9th at 11:00 am. More details can be found at www.sturmfh.com.
Ron's wife Rosie has asked that Minnesota State Cattlemen's members serve as honorary pall bearers.
It's not the end of the trail for me,
I'm just headin' out to the light I see.
Beyond those barns there's a soft glow;
It's gettin' brighter the closer I go.
It's like the beginning of a new day,
And the trail I'm followin' leads the way.
I feel sure there's friends and family ahead,
And they've built me a farm on a brand new spread.
Yes, I can hear the voices callin' my name,
sayin', "Welcome Ron, sure glad you came,
This new place is special, you'll like it here,
There's grass for your animals, the streams are clear,
The cattle are gentle and never stampede,
And in every direction there's plenty of feed.
If you're thinkin' it sounds too good to be true,
it's not-'cause the Boss made a promise to you.
If you'd work for his crew, be honest and square,
He'd ease all your pain, and remove every care.
He was mighty pleased with your life on earth,
That you did your best, and proved your worth.
So step over to the table, and pull a chair up,
Your friends are all waiting to pour you a cup.
We'll talk about old days, as time allows,
'cause startin' tomorrow you'll be workin' God's cows!"
MSCA Welcomes Ashley Kohls as New Executive DirectorThe Minnesota State Cattlemen's Association is excited to announce that Ashley Kohls has accepted the position of executive director. Ashley holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Science from South Dakota State University and brings many years of experience in various sectors of the beef industry including nutrition, reproduction and animal health.
Her most recent work experience in the food industry also allows her to bring a strong back- ground in food safety and food quality; specializing in HACCP, regulatory compliance and environmental monitoring.
Originally from Iowa, she now resides in rural Hutchinson with her husband Craig and two children, Avery (5) and Bennett (2). Ashley and Craig own and operate Kohls Land and Cattle which consists of a short-term cow program, multiple yard feedlot and a diversified cropping operation. In her free time Ashley enjoys gardening, fishing and cooking. Ashley is excited to officially step in to this new roll September 1.
Redwood Area Cattlemen Host Successful Summer TourThe Kerkhoff Cattle Company boys look over the cattle during the 2014 MSCA Summer Tour.
The Redwood Area Cattlemen's Association hosted a successful MSCA Summer Tour, July 8 in the Redwood Falls, MN area.
Over 1000 participants and vendors from a multi-state area attended the one-day event. The tour was headquartered at the Redwood Area Community Center and featured an intriguing tour spotlighting innovations in marketing, management and technologies.
Tour stops featured included, Grant and Dawn Breitkreutz and Family, Stoney Creek Farm, Redwood Falls; David and Clint Engen and Family, Double Creek Farm, Revere; George and Mike Landuyt, Landuyt Land & Livestock, Walnut Grove; Curt and Chad Thram and Family, Thram Farms, Sanborn; Butch and Brandon Kerkhoff and Family, Kerkhoff Cattle Company, Redwood Falls and Artex Manufacturing, Redwood Falls.
For more information and photos visit the Redwood Area Cattlemen's Association Facebook page.
Quarterly Board Meeting Scheduled for Sept. 6The Minnesota State Cattlemen's Association quarterly board meeting will be held Sept. 6, 2014 at the DLCC Ranch, Pierz, MN.
The Executive Board will meet at 3:00 p.m., followed by the quarterly board meeting at 4:30 p.m.
The meeting will be followed by a dinner and pasture tour.
Thank You American Foods GroupSpecial thanks to American Foods Group for their generous donation to the Minnesota State Cattlemen's Association for the 2014 Minnesota Farm Fest cattlemen's food booth.
American Foods Group is owned by the holding company: Rosen's Diversified Inc. Rosen's Diversified was founded in 1946 by Elmer Rosen and Ludwig Rosen. They began buying livestock in rural areas and hauling it to St. Paul, Omaha, Sioux City and beyond. In the late 1950s, they began selling feed, fertilizer and chemicals to farmers. They entered the "ag chem" business at the right time and grew along with it. In 1974, the Rosen brothers again expanded by purchasing a packing facility, which marked the company's entrance into the beef-processing industry. Thereafter was the purchase of the beef processor, American Foods Group and the trucking line, America's Service Line. Rosen's Diversified has grown into a vertically integrated family of companies that provides products from the farm to the table.
"Our growth in the beef industry has made us an efficient partner to our customers. We remain a privately-held family business and through the years one thing has remained the same: we are a tight-knit group of hard working people who care about our customers, and each other."
-Tom Rosen CEO, American Foods Group
Thousands Served at Farmfest MSCA Food BoothThe MSCA served thousands of Farmfest visitors at the recent event held at the Gilfillan Estate, Redwood County, Minnesota. Thank you to the MSCA coordinators, volunteers and individuals from regional cattlemen's associations who helped make this event possible. Special thanks to the Farmfest exhibitors who partnered with MSCA to distribute meal vouchers.
State-Wide MSCA Grilling Contest RescheduledThe Minnesota State Cattlemen's Association State-Wide Grilling Contest has been rescheduled for October 2015.
More details will be available in upcoming issues of the Minnesota Cattleman and on line at www.mnsca.org.
For more information contact the MSCA office at 320-634-6722 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Beef Ambassador Registration Deadline Oct. 6The deadline to register for the 2014 Beef Ambassador Competition is October 6. The contest is open to Juniors age 13-15 and Seniors age 16-19. The competition will consist of a Mock Media Interview, Mock Consumer Promotion and Written Issues Response.
The junior and senior Beef Ambassador Team selected will represent the Minnesota Beef Industry for one year.
For more information contact Marilyn Nickel, Minnesota Cattlewomen at 507-227-0775, e-mail: email@example.com or the Minnesota Beef Council, Kay Strohbehn, firstname.lastname@example.org, 951-851-7994 or Karin Schaefer, Karen@mnbeef.org, 951-851-7992.
MSCA Offers Seedstock AllianceIn order to better serve the breed associations and seedstock breeders in the state the executive board voted to offer a seedstock alliance. Those members who join the alliance will receive an eighth page size ad in each publication of the Minnesota Cattleman, published six times per year. They will also receive a listing of sale and event dates in each issue. Added benefits of seedstock alliance members will include sale reports and feature articles. Cost to join the MSCA Seedstock Alliance is $500. For more information contact the MSCA office.
MSCA Leadership Votes to Begin Junior Membership ProgramThe Minnesota State Cattlemen's Association leadership voted at the recent quarterly meeting to begin a junior membership program. Yearly membership fees will be $25. For more information contact the MSCA office.
MSCA Over Half Way to Membership Goal of 1200The MSCA is over half way to the 2014 membership goal of 1200. If you have not already paid your membership for 2014 please send in your membership renewal. Your membership matters and allows our collective voices to be heard on the issues in St. Paul and Washington D.C.
The MSCA saw many successes in terms of our priority issues ranging from wolf management, expanded grazing access on conservation lands, reasonable animal identification requirements, opening up CRP and other conservation lands for emergency haying and grazing and improving the environmental permitting process. The MSCA is focused on these issues and many more.
Thank You Minnesota Beef Alliance MembersThanks to the following businesses that have already joined the 2014 Minnesota Beef Alliance. If you are interested in learning more about the alliance, contact the MSCA office at 320-634-6722 or e-mail: email@example.com or visit www.mnsca.org.
Minnesota Corn Growers Association
Purina Animal Nutrition
Carlson Wholesale, Inc.
American Foods Group
Central Livestock Association
Summit Livestock Facilities
Bank of the West
State Bank of Taunton Farmers and Merchants State Bank For Most Livestock Equipment Agralite Electric Coop
Pearson Angus Ranch
Minnesota Limousin Association
Minnesota Simmental Association
Minnesota Angus Association
Minnesota Gelbvieh Association
Minnesota Hereford Breeders
Minnesota Shorthorn Association
Upcoming Events/Important DatesSept. 6: MSCA Quarterly Meeting, Pierz, MN
Oct. 16-19: Minnesota Beef Expo, St. Paul, MN
Dec. 4-6: MSCA Annual Convention & Trade Show, Hinckley, MN