October 2021

The official newsletter of Kentucky's Beef Industry.
Christian County No Longer In Running For Beef Processor

The South Western Kentucky Economic Development Council says they were notified Monday that Christian County is no longer in consideration from Project Groot, the American Food Group Beef Processing Facility.


JOIN THE UNIVERSITY OF KENTUCKY'S BEEF SPECIALISTS FOR AN EDUCATIONAL DAY FOCUSED ON THE MOST CURRENT UPDATES IN THE BEEF CATTLE INDUSTRY.
COMPLETE THE ASSESSMENT FOR YOUR BQCA CERTIFICATION!

Make sure to get your Beef Quality Care Assurance certification by December 31st to ensure you skip out on the cost.
Join us this year in Versailles, KY, where you can visit with:
• Commercial Exhibitors
• Educational Exhibits & Demonstrations
• UK Personnel & Administrators
• KCA Leadership & Staff
KENTUCKY GRAZING CONFERENCE TO FOCUS ON SUSTAINABLE INTENSIFICATION OF PASTURE MANAGEMENT.

This program is a joint effort of the Kentucky Forage and Grassland Council, University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service and UK Master Grazer Program.

The three options are Oct. 26 at the University of Kentucky Research and Education Center in Princeton, Oct. 27 at the Hardin County Extension office in Elizabethtown and Oct. 28 at the Clark County Extension office in Winchester.

Registration information is available online on the UK Forage Extension website at https://forages.ca.uky.edu. Once on the site, click on the Upcoming Events tab. Individuals can also get registration information at their local extension office.  
JOIN US ON OCTOBER 22nd & 23rd IN BOWLING GREEN, KY, FOR THE STOCKMANSHIP & STEWARDSHIP EVENT.

The Kentucky Beef Network is proud to host one of six regional Stockmanship & Stewardship events in 2021. This event is a one of a kind, two day training focused around low stress cattle handling techniques for cattle producers.

Unlike most educational opportunities, this agenda get cattlemen and women hands on experiences to enhance their understanding of these practices to better themselves as well as their operations. In addition to low stress handling techniques, there will be sessions geared specifically to the southeastern cow-producer and BQA certification.

These sessions have been planned with the southeastern producer in mind. This engaging event will allow producers to grow their network and understanding of practices to keep their operations viable for years to come.  

SECOND ANNUAL MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS CAMPAIGN TO PROVIDE SUPPORT TO THE AGRCULTURE COMMUNITY

Ag Mental Health Week 2021 takes place 10 -16 Oct. and will highlight tips for improved wellbeing, insightful panel discussions and available resources

The global ag community and its supporters are asked to join the conversation on social media using #AgMentalHealthWeek and follow @AgMentalHealthWeek on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

Ag Mental Health Week is well positioned to highlight multiple activities and resources that support mental health. Related charities and services are urged to get involved by planning events during the week, and agriculture students are encouraged to focus on making a positive difference during the week, such as hosting a fundraiser for their local support services.  

To learn more, visit the Facebook page.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced a Request for Applications (RFA) for the new Pandemic Response and Safety (PRS) Grant program and encourages eligible entities to apply now for funds.

Applications must be submitted electronically through the grant portal at https://usda-prs.grantsolutions.gov/usda by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on Monday, November 22, 2021.

Approximately $650 million in funding is available for the PRS grants, which are funded by the Pandemic Assistance provided in the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021.
Checkin' on the Checkoff
PSLOW COOKER COMFORTS

Treat yourself to an easy dinner tonight with these slow cooker recipes. A few ingredients and some patience are all you need for a delicious, comforting meal.
WHAT DOES THE BEEF CHECKOFF DO?
Learn more about your checkoff investment at MyBeefCheckoff.com
Happening at Eden Shale Farm
EDEN SHALE FARM UPDATE - SEPTEMBER 2021

August was hot this year. The Mesonet weather station at the farm measured 20 days in August that had no measurable rainfall, the humidity was at least 93%, and the average temperature for those days was 86 degrees! Thankfully we received adequate rainfall to compensate for the extreme heat. However, it has still been a good year for grazing cattle and for that I am thankful. (excerpt from 9/30 blog post)
Youth Activities
FALL CLASSIC 2021

We had a fantastic weekend at the Kentucky Junior Cattlemen's Fall Classic this year with record attendance of 137 exhibitors and 187 head!

This two-day event has grown greatly over the last few years and now offers judging, team fitting, sales talk, skillathon, showmanship, ad design, photography, and a breeding heifer and bull show. 

YOUTH BEEF HEIFER INITIATIVE
Kentucky Cattlemen's Foundation & Farm Credit Mid-America

The deadline to apply is October 31, 2021.

In The News
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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
OWEN COUNTY COOPERATIVE EXTENSION SERVICE PRESENTS THREE OPPORTUNITIES:

  • Feeder Calf Grading School November 4, 2021. Click Here
  • October's Stockyard Lunch and Learn. October 20, 2021. Click Here
  • November's Stockyard Lunch and Learn. November 17, 2021. Click Here
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