June 2020

The official newsletter of Kentucky's Beef Industry.
DOJ SUBPOENAS BIG 4 BEEF PACKERS
The Department of Justice has formally demanded information from America’s Big 4 U.S. beef packers regarding potential antitrust violations, Bloomberg reported Thursday, citing a source familiar with the matter. The DOJ antitrust division sent investigative demands, similar to subpoenas, to Tyson Foods, JBS SA, Cargill, Inc., and National Beef Inc., and has contacted state attorneys general about the probe after a group of states called for an investigation, said the source, who declined to be named because the inquiry is confidential.
KCA 2021 HALL OF FAME NOMINATIONS NOW OPEN!
The Kentucky Cattlemen’s Association Hall of Fame is designed to honor a member of the organization that has given time, service, and talent to the betterment of the Cattlemen's Association at the county and/or state levels. Five people will be inducted into the KCA Hall of Fame, with one inductee being from each of the Kentucky Cattlemen’s Association Membership Regions. Hall of Fame Inductees will be recognized during the Kentucky Cattlemen's Association Convention.

Deadline for nominations is Friday, August 14, 2020.
ON-FARM WATER MANAGEMENT PROGRAM APPLICATIONS
The On-Farm Water Management Program (OFWM) provides funding for Land-Grant and Regional Universities, Non-Profits and Kentucky farm families to financially incentivize better water management practices across the Commonwealth. 

Some of the practices at Eden Shale Farm can be implemented on your farm, with the help of this program.
AMERICA'S MEATPACKING FACILITIES OPERATING MORE THAN 95% OF CAPACITY COMPARED TO 2019
U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today applauded the safe reopening of critical infrastructure meatpacking facilities across the United States. As of this morning, across the cattle, swine, and broiler sectors, processing facilities are operating more than 95% of their average capacity compared to this time last year. 
KDA TO RESUME YOUTH LIVESTOCK SHOWS WITH PUBLIC HEALTH GUIDELINES
Agriculture Commissioner Dr. Ryan Quarles has announced the Kentucky Department of Agriculture (KDA) is issuing guidance to allow the operation of youth livestock shows near the end of this month. The guidelines are based in part on the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services’ guidelines for youth sports.
RETAIL BEEF PRICES UP 13.2% IN MAY
Retail beef prices jumped 13.2% from April to May, and 19.3% higher than May of last year. That’s according to USDA’s Economic Research Service (ERS), which reported May’s all-fresh retail beef price was $7.04 per pound, compared to April’s $6.22 per pound.
Checkin' on the Checkoff
LOCAL BEEF DIRECTORY
The Kentucky Beef Council's Local Beef Directory is now available! Many Kentucky producers have beef for sale directly to consumers. Explore the map of Kentucky to find a producer closest to you.

Still need to submit your farm? Click on the button below to be added to the directory.
BEEF STARTS HERE YARD SIGNS
Beef Starts Here signs will be available for producers and businesses to put in their yards. These signs measure 23 in. (width) x 17 in (height), with a 22 inch metal stake. If you are interested in receiving a sign, please contact KCA office.
KENTUCKY BEEF BURGERS, CHEESE SLICES DONATED TO FEEDING KENTUCKY ON NATIONAL BURGER DAY
The Kentucky Beef Council and The Dairy Alliance have teamed up to donate 48,000 Kentucky Proud beef burgers and 114,000 slices of cheese to Feeding Kentucky on National Beef Burger Day. This donation included contributions by Farm Credit Mid America, Central Kentucky Ag Credit and Kroger.
Happening at Eden Shale Farm
CALVING BARN FACILITY RESOURCE PAGE
A few weeks ago, we posted about the renovations that were made to the old dairy barn facility. Dr. Higgins designed and helped us repurpose this barn into a calving facility. We have created a new resource page with all of renovations that were made to this facility. You can find this page under "Producer Resources", then by clicking on the "Calving Barn Facility" button, or click the button below to be taken directly to the page. 
EDEN SHALE FARM UPDATE - MAY 2020
Much like last fall, the switching of the seasons seemed to happen overnight. At Eden Shale we had exactly 5 days between a low 28 degrees the morning of May 9th to a high of 80 degrees on May 14th. I don’t know about you, but I would like a little bit smoother of a transition between spring and summer than that!

Early in the month of May we turned our cows out on grass. All of the new pairs were excited to get to graze fresh grass instead of harvested hay. And some of the calves thought it a good place to kick up their heels and burn off a little energy.
Youth Activities
KJCA SHOW-ON SHOWDOWN
We present to you the Show-On Showdown presented by the Kentucky Junior Cattlemen's Association! With the recent widespread interest and frenzy behind virtual stock shows, KJCA will be hosting their own virtual stock show.

Submissions are open now until Monday, June 15th at 11:59pm EST.
KJCA LEADERSHIP CAMP
KJCA Leadership Camp has been tentatively scheduled for July 29-31. Camp registration will open later this summer as social distancing guidelines are adjusted. The number of campers will vary based on those guidelines. Watch here, Cow Country News and Facebook for more updates!
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
KDA RELEASES UPDATED DICAMBA GUIDANCE IN LIGHT OF EPA DECISION
The Kentucky Department of Agriculture is releasing updated guidance about dicamba-based technology in light of new direction from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Agriculture Commissioner Dr. Ryan Quarles has announced.
HOW DID FAKE MEAT SELL DURING THE PANDEMIC?
Both refrigerated and frozen plant-based meat alternatives saw robust sales growth during the COVID-19 pandemic. That’s according to an  analysis by 210 Analytics and IRI , a data analytics and research company. While the plant-based category saw growth, it is important to note both dollar and volume sales of fake meats remain a fraction of the traditional total fresh and frozen meat sales.
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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