August 2020

The official newsletter of Kentucky's Beef Industry.
CONGRESSMEN INTRODUCE AGRICULTURAL FAIRS RESCUE ACT
Rep. Jimmy Panetta (D-CA) and Rep. Billy Long (R-MO) introduced the Agricultural Fairs Rescue Act on Thursday to help preserve agricultural fairs across the country and offset the devastating financial losses they have experienced due to COVID-19.

The legislation will provide $500 million in grant funding for agricultural fairs through state departments of agriculture to keep them functioning and preserve them for the future, according to a release.

The Agricultural Fair Rescue Grants would be administered by the USDA Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) to states or state departments of agriculture based on the loss of attendance those fairs have experienced in 2020.
LOOKING AHEAD: LONG RANGE GOALS SET BY BEEF COMMITTEE
The cattle industry has its marching orders for the next five years, based on a new plan released at the summer business meeting last week in Denver, Colorado.

The Beef Industry Long Ranch Plan task force is focusing on six areas this term, all of which they believe are key to long-term prosperity for the industry and its producers.
CFAP APPLICATIONS CLOSE AUGUST 28, 2020
Are you a farmer or rancher whose operation has been directly impacted by the coronavirus pandemic? The Coronavirus Food Assistance Program provides direct relief to producers who faced price declines and additional marketing costs due to COVID-19.

There is still time to apply for CFAP! Applications will be accepted through August 28, 2020.
2021 KCA CONVENTION ATTENDEE SURVEY
In light of recent cancellations/postponements of events around the country, we are seeking input from attendees on the direction of this year’s KCA Convention and Trade Show. Please click the button below to complete the survey, in order to assist us in the decision making process moving forward.

Those that complete the survey will be entered to win a $25 Cabela's gift card! The winner will be notified Friday, August 21st, when the survey closes.
BEEF SALES INCREASE $3.5 BILLION DURING PANDEMIC
Retail beef sales have increased $3.5 billion during the COVID-19 pandemic which began March 15. That’s according to data analysis by IRI and reported by Anne-Marie Roerink, 210 Analytics.

The week ending July 19 was expected to bring declining retail meat sales as consumers begin reengaging with foodservice. The spiking number of cases of COVID-19, however, has scaled back restaurant and foodservice activities which is shifting dollars back to retail again.
NCBA ADOPTS POLICY TO SUPPORT U.S. CATTLETRACE
The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) board of directors adopted a new policy in support of U.S. CattleTrace and its mission of advancing disease traceability in the U.S. cattle industry. The policy resolution was brought forward by state cattlemen’s associations in Florida, Kansas, Kentucky, Missouri, Tennessee, Texas and Washington.
Checkin' on the Checkoff
LEXINGTON BURGER WEEK: SEPTEMBER 21-27
Join us for Lexington Burger Week from September 21st to September 27th! Enjoy $6 burgers from several restaurants throughout Lexington. Keep up to date with participating restaurants at lexingtonburgerweek.com
Happening at Eden Shale Farm
SHADE STRUCTURE RESOURCES
The hot and humid days of summer are here, and with that comes a high risk of cattle experiencing heat stress. Ensuring that your cattle have access to shade is a simple way to combat heat stress. If natural shade from trees is not an option, a shade structure is an easy, low-cost alternative.
REPROGRAMMING A TOBACCO BARN INTO THE BARN ALLEY FEEDER
There are many buildings on farms which were used long ago, but do not contribute much to a farming operation today. However, with planning concepts, these buildings can be repurposed or "reprogrammed" to contribute to the farming operation. The old tobacco barn at Eden Shale is one of those situations. 

Reprogramming is used to repurpose to a building when it can no longer be used for the purpose for which it was originally intended. The old tobacco barn was specifically designed to house and cure tobacco. The decisions and design were developed to serve that particular function and nothing else. In this case, a tobacco barn that was inefficiently being used was reprogrammed for hay storage and feed. This combines two practices, creating an integrated system by using efficient hay feeding concepts and concepts of an ideal hay feeder.
Youth Activities
KCF VETERINARY MEDICINE SCHOLARSHIP
Two $2,500 scholarships are available for veterinary students through the Kentucky Cattlemen's Association, and are funded by the Kentucky Cattlemen's Foundation.

These scholarships are awarded to third or fourth year Kentucky students currently enrolled in a College of Veterinary Medicine. A strong background in Kentucky's Cattle Industry as well as intentions to return to Kentucky and practice food animal medicine is suggested for this scholarship.

Applications must be postmarked no later than August 31, 2020.
KJCA/KDA FALL CLASSIC BEING HELD OCTOBER 2-4, 2020
We are still planning to host our KJCA/KDA Fall Classic, presented by KNS Inc., in person, October 2-4!

We will be adhering to guidelines set by our venue at Morehead, as well as KDA to make sure we are doing our part to keep exhibitors safe. A complete list of those guidelines will be released the beginning of September. Follow KJCA on Facebook to stay up-to-date on Fall Classic.
2021 YOUTH BEEF HEIFER INITIATIVE
Applications for the 2021 Youth Beef Heifer Initiative, sponsored by the Kentucky Cattlemen's Foundation and Farm Credit Mid-America, are now open! Heifer Initiative provides youth in Kentucky with a scholarship to purchase a "Beef Heifer" to show or begin their own herd. Click on the button below to download the application.

Applications must be emailed or postmarked by October 31, 2020.
In The News
RETAIL INSIGHTS
What's happening with Beef at Retail? These monthly articles leverage scanner data and other sources to inform retailers and other channel audiences on key beef industry trends and measures at retail. The topics may vary by month. We welcome your feedback, and if you are interested in a specific topic, please let us know by contacting BeefNewsNow@beef.org
AGRICULTURE COMMISSIONER RYAN QUARLES JOINS TRUMP-PENCE REGULATORY INNOVATION INITIATIVE
Agriculture Commissioner Dr. Ryan Quarles has joined a Trump Administration task force focused on regulatory reform at every level of government. The Initiative on Regulatory Innovation includes more than 200 state and local leaders who advocate for deregulation and smarter regulation.
4 OPTIONS FOR A FARM OPERATION WITHOUT A SUCCESSOR
Leaving a legacy is sometimes complicated by the unknown of who’s next in line. Do you find yourself in that situation now or possibly down the road? Adam Kline, an attorney with Bose McKinney & Evans LLP who hails from an Indiana farm, recently shared four options for a farm operation without a successor.  
KCA & KJCA APPAREL NOW AVAILABLE ONLINE
You can now purchase KCA and KJCA apparel through our online store! Click the button below to visit the store. Online purchases can be paid with debit or credit card.
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