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DuPont Protection Technologies Announces Winners Of DuPont™ Tyvek® “Dirty Work” Contest

Tyvek® Wearers Honored in all of their Grimy Glory

DuPont Protection Technologies is pleased to announce Joel Turner, Robert Maddox, Dennis Rains and James White as the winners of the DuPont™ Tyvek® “Dirty Work” Photo Contest. The online contest demonstrated the many ways in which workers use Tyvek® garments to help keep safe and clean on the job. From fireproofing material to grimy, filthy sludge, DuPont™ Tyvek® helps provide comfortable and durable protection.

For the contest, entrants were asked to submit original photos of themselves wearing a Tyvek® garment after completing their “dirty work.” Entries were judged based on a variety of criteria including how well the Tyvek® garment and “dirty work” were portrayed in the photo. Joel Turner of Ontario, Canada, was the grand prize winner, sending the grimiest photo of them all, capturing his Tyvek® covered in dirt and fireproofing material. As the grand prize winner, Joel Turner received a $2,500 American Express gift card.

“My job is very dirty – spraying fireproofing material on steel. The mud we spray gets everywhere and it is wet, thick, and can harm your skin. In my job, I help keep buildings safe from collapse in case of fire. In turn, Tyvek® is my lifesaver, it helps keep me dry and limits the amount of harmful sludge that contacts my skin,” said Joel Turner, grand prize winner.

Robert Maddox of DeRidder, La., was the first prize winner, receiving a $500 American Express gift card for his photo taken in a hooded Tyvek® coverall, hard hat and gloves after cleaning a rail car. The job was so dirty that the operator had to spend six hours vacuuming material from the car.

The next two runners-up were Dennis Rains of Hixson, Tenn., and James White of Gonzales, Texas. Rains was covered nearly head to toe after cleaning out solids precipitated from a sulfuric acid pickling tank, while White submitted a photo of himself after changing out drums on the job at an oil refinery. Both Rains and White received $250 American Express gift cards.

Tyvek® offers breathable barrier protection for a multitude of industrial uses including general maintenance, contracting and mold remediation. It helps keep wearers comfortable and dry while also helping protect against a variety of aerosols, particles, dust, dirt and grime. To check out all the grimy entries please visit www.tyvekphotocontest.dupont.com.

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DNA Test for Gain, Grade Available Soon

Value-based tool will help commercial producers better select, manage Angus cattle

A new DNA test for marbling and post-weaning growth will soon help cattle producers better hit the high-quality beef target. The tool, set to debut in early 2012, will be made available under a development agreement between Angus Genetics Inc. (AGI) and Pfizer Animal Genetics, the companies announced.

Exclusive marketing rights are reserved for Certified Angus Beef LLC (CAB), in line with the company’s continuing effort to increase the supply of cattle for the brand. AGI and CAB are subsidiaries of the American Angus Association.

The test is being designed for use on high-percentage, commercial Angus cattle sired by registered bulls, according to AGI President Bill Bowman. “It should provide a valuable tool to increase the precision of selection decisions at the ranch, as well as differentiating value for the feedlot,” he said.

Test results will take the form of an index, which is being finalized this fall, said Mark McCully, CAB assistant vice president for supply.

“There have been lots of advancements in the purebred cattle industry utilizing DNA for selection,” Bowman said. “But this will be the first test at a price point that is economically feasible for commercial cattlemen. The American Angus Association, its subsidiaries and Pfizer Animal Genetics are excited to partner on bringing this technology to market for the users of Angus genetics.”

Scott Bormann, business director, Pfizer Animal Genetics, says the development of this product is another example of the strategic partnership between the companies.

“We appreciate the American Angus Association and its affiliates continuing to foster innovation in the field of genetic evaluation,” Bormann said. “The forward-thinking collaboration should result in a DNA test that helps continue to advance genomic use and application, the Angus breed, as well as meet consumer demand for high-quality beef.”

McCully noted what are expected to be popular uses for the tool. “This is going to allow for more accurate replacement heifer selection and targeted management in feeding Angus cattle,” he said. “With demand for high-quality beef at an all-time high, commercial cattlemen will soon gain a greater ability to identify those cattle most able to access premiums in that marketplace.”

For more information contact:

Steve Suther, Industry Information Director, ssuther@certifiedangusbeef.com

Certified Angus Beef LLC (785) 889-4162

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Rice Lake Acquires Weighing Division Of NORAC Systems International

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In a continuing effort to grow market share in their core markets, Rice Lake Weighing Systems announces their purchase of the weighing division of NORAC Systems International, Inc., a Canadian-based manufacturer of weighing equipment for the agricultural industry.

With this acquisition, Rice Lake takes ownership of NORAC’s weight-related products including its patented livestock scales, legal-for-trade on-board vehicle systems, truck scales and more, and assumes all manufacturing, distribution and service oversight. “NORAC’s products have a solid reputation and will be a nice complement to our current offering,” says Rice Lake vice president, Mark Johnson, Jr.

NORAC Systems International, in business since 1974, has amassed an impressive lineup of quality scale products which they currently distribute worldwide. According to NORAC President, Bill Strelioff, “This was a strategic decision that will enable NORAC to dedicate more resources to managing the considerable growth of our control systems business.”

This acquisition tops an expanding list of recent tactical developments for Rice Lake Weighing Systems, including the expansion of manufacturing to Nevada, the opening of a European service and distribution center, and a joint venture within India. Mark explains, “In order to continue to grow as a business, we want to invest in opportunities and technologies that fit the needs of our customers. Bringing on NORAC’s weighing division is going to be an important part of achieving our goals as a company.”

Rice Lake Weighing Systems is a family-owned, ISO 9001 certified corporation based in the United States. Headquarters, metrology laboratory and main manufacturing plant are located in Rice Lake, Wisconsin with support facilities throughout the world including North America, South America, India and the Netherlands.

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Champions Parade in American Royal Gelbvieh Show

The Gelbvieh and Balancer® Ring of Gold Show was one of the first shows to kick off the 2011 American Royal Livestock Show on Saturday, October 22 in Kansas City, Mo. A total of 61 Gelbvieh and Balancer entries were exhibited by 22 breeders. Brandon Callis of Washington, Texas evaluated the 28 Gelbvieh females, 10 Gelbvieh bulls, 15 Balancer females and eight Balancer bulls.

Emily Griffiths, Kendallville, Ind., exhibited both the grand and reserve grand champion Gelbvieh females. Grand champion honors went to 3G X Factor 014X, a January 6, 2010 daughter of 3G Time Machine 758T ET. This heifer was first named junior yearling heifer champion. The reserve grand female came out of the spring heifer calf division. 3G Yes Please 183Y is a May 22, 2011 daughter of 3G Time Machine 758T.

The grand champion Gelbvieh bull was exhibited by Circle S Ranch, Canton, Kan. CIRS 39RY is a February 23, 2011 son of CIRS Decade 278U2 and was first named junior bull calf champion.

Hart Farm, Kansas City, Kan., exhibited the reserve grand champion Gelbvieh bull. HFGC HART 35W34 is an October 28, 2009 son of HFGC HF Roscoe 34P59 ET and was first the senior bull champion.

In the Balancer show, Emily Griffiths had the grand champion balancer female with a cow-calf pair. 3G Cowgirl Wisdom 951W is a March 3, 2009 daughter of 3G Smoke N' Mirrors.

The reserve grand champion Balancer female was exhibited by LeDoux Ranch, Agenda, Kan. AHL Forever Lady 114X is a January 4, 2010 daughter of XXB Wingman 639T. This heifer was first named junior yearling heifer champion.

The grand champion Balancer bull was 3G Warlock 928W, also exhibited by Emily Griffiths. He is a February 7, 2009 son of 3G Smoke N' Mirrors and came out of the senior bull division.

T Bar S Cattle Company, Bonnots Mill, Mo., had the reserve grand champion Balancer bull. T BAR S Flintstone 10X is a March 18, 2010 son of Gerloff Newsline 6233 and was first named the junior bull champion.

A complete list of winners follows:

American Royal Gelbvieh Ring of Gold Show

October 22, 2011

Judge: Brandon Callis, Washington, Texas

Gelbvieh Females

Gelbvieh Spring Heifer Calf Champion: 3G Yes Please 183Y, Emily Griffiths, Kendallville, Ind., Sire: 3G Time Machine 758T

Gelbvieh Spring Heifer Calf Reserve Champion: CIRS 122TY, Circle S Ranch, Canton, Kan., Sire: CIRS 278RT

Gelbvieh Junior Heifer Calf Champion: 3G Cowgirl Yasmin 103Y, Emily Griffiths, Kendallville, Ind., Sire: 3G Time Machine 758T

Gelbvieh Junior Heifer Calf Reserve Champion: CIRS 72WY, Circle S Ranch, Canton, Kan., Sire: CIRS King

Gelbvieh Senior Heifer Calf Champion: BDCG DC Ms Impact 32X10, Dawson Creek Gelbvieh, Easton, Kan., Sire: HYEK Black Impact 3960N

Gelbvieh Senior Heifer Calf Reserve Champion: DLLL Direct Image W934X, D Bar L Land and Livestock, Chadron, Neb., Sire: CIRS Direct Current 1LU

Gelbvieh Intermediate Heifer Calf Champion: KWHG Ms Lillian 8X34, HT Cattle Co., Lacygne, Kan., Sire: MR Krugerrand 70M 13P

Gelbvieh Intermediate Heifer Calf Reserve Champion: PMG Xena 72X, Tricia Goes, Odell, Neb., Sire: Back to the Future ET

Gelbvieh Junior Heifer Champion: 3G X Factor 014X, Emily Griffiths, Kendallville, Ind., Sire: 3G Time Machine 758T ET

Gelbvieh Junior Heifer Reserve Champion: DTKF Black Betty, DTK Cattle Co., Janesville, Iowa, Sire: JHG Premonition 662S ET

Gelbvieh Bulls

Gelbvieh Spring Bull Calf Champion: CIRS 141Y, Circle S Ranch, Canton, Kan., Sire: CIRS Decade 278U2

Gelbvieh Spring Bull Calf Reserve Champion: OGSG Young Gun 444Y, Overmiller Gelbvieh, Smith Center, Kan., Sire: BABR Who Done It

Gelbvieh Junior Bull Calf Champion: CIRS 39RY, Circle S Ranch, Canton, Kan., Sire: CIRS Decade 278U2

Gelbvieh Junior Bull Calf Reserve Champion: DLLL Currency U21Y, D Bar L Land and Livestock, Chadron, Neb., Sire: CIRS Direct Current 1LU

Gelbvieh Senior Bull Calf Champion: HFGC Hart 10X41, Hart Farm, Kansas City, Kan., Sire: HFGC HF Roscoe 34P59ET

Gelbvieh Senior Bull Calf Reserve Champion: RL Mr Power, Ricky Linquist, Fonda, Iowa, Sire: Davidson Powerhouse 134

Gelbvieh Intermediate Bull Champion: KKKG Red Bull 285X, Triple K Gelbvieh, Bonner Springs, Kan., Sire: GKT Boo Boo 155E

Gelbvieh Junior Bull Champion: 3G Excalibur 055X ET, Emily Griffiths, Kendallville, Ind., Sire: SLC Freedom 178F

Gelbvieh Junior Bull Reserve Champion: JERG 5X9, Ladner Cattle Co., Argonia, Kan., Sire: RUPP Apollo

Gelbvieh Senior Bull Champion: HFGC HART 35W34, Hart Farm, Kansas City, Kan., Sire: HFGC HF Roscoe 34P59 ET

Balancer Females

Balancer Spring Heifer Calf Champion: BNW Prairie Gal 1063Y, Wilkinson Gelbvieh Ranch, Model, Colo., Sire: GDW BLK Krugers Goldman

Balancer Spring Heifer Calf Reserve Champion: DTKF Lucy, DTK Cattle Co., Janesville, Iowa, Sire: JBOB J-Bob 4665M ET

Balancer Junior Heifer Calf Champion: 3G Cowgirl Yolanda 106Y, Emily Griffiths, Kendallville, Ind., Sire: BR Midland

Balancer Senior Heifer Calf Champion: KKKG Ms Titillating 300X, Triple K Gelbvieh, Bonner Springs, Kan., Sire: XXB King George 918S ET

Balancer Senior Heifer Calf Reserve Champion: BNW Prairie Gal 0084X, Wilkinson Gelbvieh Ranch, Model, Colo., Sire: DB New Total 469

Balancer Intermediate Heifer Calf Champion: LCC Barbie Doll X67, Jacinda Dickenson, Glasco, Kan., Sire: Redgreen

Balancer Intermediate Heifer Calf Reserve Champion: TPMG Xana Lady, Tricia Goes, Odell, Neb., Sire: R Collateral 2R

Balancer Junior Yearling Heifer Champion: AHL Forever Lady 114X, LeDoux Ranch, Agenda, Kan., Sire: XXB Wingman 639T

Balancer Junior Yearling Heifer Reserve Champion: SLCB Miss Granite 327X, D Bar L Land and Livestock, Chadron, Neb., Sire: Post Rock Granite 200 P2

Balancer Senior Female Champion: EBY Miss 7294T 9229W, Ladner Cattle Co., Argonia, Kan., Sire: SAV Bismark

Balancer Senior Female Reserve Champion: STG Ms Yancey 36W3, Mitch Garcia, Las Animas, Colo., Sire: GMRA Larami 5110

Balancer Cow-Calf Champion: 3G Cowgirl Wisdom 951W, Emily Griffiths, Kendallville, Ind., Sire: 3G Smoke N' Mirrors

Balancer Cow-Calf Reserve Champion: BNW Prairie Gal Stamp 9069W, Wilkinson Gelbvieh Ranch, Model, Colo., Sire: SYD Stampede 6122S ET

Balancer Bulls

Balancer Spring Bull Calf Champion: BDCG DC Houdini S56Y2 ET, Dawson Creek Gelbvieh, Easton, Kan., Sire: EGL Northern Dancer U659

Balancer Spring Bull Calf Reserve Champion: CIRS 918Y, Circle S Ranch, Canton, Kan., Sire: LCC Major League A502M

Balancer Senior Bull Calf Champion: GGGE 3G Xpediter, Overmiller Gelbvieh, Smith Center, Kan., Sire: GGGE 3G Smoke N' Mirrors

Balancer Senior Bull Calf Reserve Champion: HFGC HF Roscoe 34P59 ET, Hart Farm, Kansas City, Kan., Sire: HFGC HF Roscoe 34P59 ET

Balancer Intermediate Bull Champion: KKKG AMP 284X, Triple K Gelbvieh, Bonner Springs, Kan., Sire: RTRT Solution

Balancer Junior Bull Champion: T BAR S Flintstone 10X, T Bar S Cattle Co., Bonnots Mill, Mo., Sire: Gerloff Newsline 6233

Balancer Senior Bull Champion: 3G Warlock 928W, Emily Griffiths, Kendallville, Ind., Sire: 3G Smoke N' Mirrors

The American Gelbvieh Association is a progressive beef cattle breed association representing 1,500 members and registering approximately 40,000 animals annually. For more information visit www.gelbvieh.org; or call 303-465-2333.

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Grid Masters Exceed Carcass Specifications, Break Record

Red Angus producers meet the challenge to producer higher carcass quality

Red Angus ranches and feeders achieved a new level of excellence this year as an outstanding 64 loads of cattle – over 2,500 head – reached tremendous yield and quality combinations to earn Grid Master status.

The Red Angus Association of America (RAAA) presented 47 producers with the Grid Master Award at the Red Angus National Convention held in Durham, N.C., in September. This is the largest number of Grid Masters ever recognized in the eight-year history of the award.

“The RAAA presented a challenge to breeders, commercial ranches and feed yards to harvest Red Angus cattle at tighter quality and yield specifications than ever before,” said RAAA Director of Value Added Programs Myron Edelman. “Not only did Red Angus producers hit a more difficult target, they exceeded the Grid Master record for the third consecutive year.”

To increase the challenge, RAAA raised the threshold by increasing the percentage of cattle that grade Choice or better, while lowering the percentage of Yield Grade 4 carcasses.

Red Angus cattle not only produce valuable carcasses, but they are very good at meeting grid specs that increase the profit margin on the rail, said Edelman. Producers who enroll their Red Angus-influenced cattle in the Feeder Calf Certification Program (FCCP) and apply the yellow Red Angus tag are eligible to submit harvest data for Grid Master consideration.

Conventional-fed cattle meet the following requirements:

• Minimum of 30-head lot size

• Minimum 85 percent Choice or higher

• Maximum 5 percent Yield Grade 4

• Minimum Grid Score of 100

To account for the different finishing characteristics of natural-fed cattle, lots must meet the following criteria:

• Minimum of 30-head lot size

• Minimum 90 percent Choice or higher

• Maximum 10 percent Yield Grade 4

• Minimum Grid Score of 100

All four major packers – U.S. Premium Beef, JBS USA, Tyson and Cargill –harvested Red Angus Grid Master qualifiers in 10 different plant locations. Myer Natural Angus reported the largest number of Grid Master winners with 30 lots, and the Painted Hills Natural Program also harvested award-winning Red Angus cattle.

“Challenging those who produce and feed Red Angus cattle has proven to only make them rise to the level of the task,” said Edelman. “This has strengthened the value of Red Angus by building reputations of cattle that we know have proven maternal traits, the ability to efficiently convert feed and produce a valuable end product.”

The following producers and feeders were awarded 2011 Grid Master Awards. Several received more than one award.

• Joe Lindsey of Byers, Colo.; Feedyard: Kuenning & Son Inc. of Imperial, Neb.

• Meyer Company Ranch of Helmville, Mont.; Feedyard: HBF of Haxton, Colo.

• Robert Gibbs of Jordan, Mont.; Feedyard: Circle G Farms of Waco, Neb.

• Skinner Ranches of Jordan Valley, Ore.; Feedyard: Kuenning & Son, Inc. of Imperial, Neb.

• Kerry Holscher of Waubay, S.D.; Feedyard: Brent Thompson of Elkhorn, S.D.

• Mike Kokesch of Stewart, Minn.; Feedyard: Mike Kokesch of Stewart, Minn.

• Michael Wasson of Dresden, Kan.; Feedyard: Prairie Dog Creek Cattle Co. of Dresden, Kan.

• DeLong Ranches of Winnemucca, Nev.; Feedyard: Kuenning & Son, Inc. of Imperial, Neb.

• DeLong Ranches of Winnemucca, Nev.; Feeder: Frank Wedel of Leoti, Kan.; Feedyard: Decatur County Feed Yard of Oberlin, Kan.

• Bill Blauw of Strausburg, Colo.; Feedyard: Yankton Land and Cattle Co. of Yankton, S.D.

• John Lancaster of Glendo, Wyo.; Feedyard: Magnum Feeders of Wiggins, Colo.

• Sargent Cattle Co. of San Ardo, Calif.; Feedyard: Kuenning & Son, Inc. of Imperial, Neb.

• Ranches, Inc. (Brian Downey) of Fort Morgan, Colo.; Feedyard: Kuenning & Son, Inc. of Imperial, Neb.

• Leland Cattle Co. (Butch Grandy) of Farson, Wyo.; Feedyard: Royal Beef of Scott City, Kan.

• Christensen Bros. of Weldona, Colo.; Feedyard: Christensen Bros. of Weldona, Colo.

• Anderson Land & Cattle Co. of Oberlin, Kan.; Feedyard: Anderson Land & Cattle Co. of Oberlin, Kan.

• Croissant Red Angus of Briggsdale, Colo.; Feedyard: Croissant Red Angus of Briggsdale, Colo.

• Pelton Red Angus of Burdett, Kan.; Feedyard: High Choice Feeders of Scott City, Kan.

• Ferguson Farms of Abilene, Kan.; Feedyard: Royal Beef of Scott City, Kan.

• Spreutels Farm of Koshkonong, Mo.; Feedyard: Spreutels Farm of Koshkonong, Mo.

• Robert Gibbs of Jordan, Mont.; Anthony Ranch of Jal, N.M.; Chip Fischer of Rhame, N.D.; Feedyard: Circle G of Waco, Neb.

• Lorenzen Ranches of Pendleton, Ore.; Feedyard: Beef North West of North Powder, Ore.

• Durheim Ranch of Ellendale, N.D.; Feedyard: Dana Dennert of Columbia, S.D.

• Yancy Sowers of Oberlin, Kan.; Feedyard: Anderson Land & Cattle Co. of Oberlin, Kan.

• Veril & Barbara Nelson of Oakland, Ore.; Feedyard: Simplot Feeders Limited of Pasco, Wash.

• Heart River Ranch of Belfield, N.D.; Feedyard: Century Feeders of Goodland, Kan.

• Leon Tuttle of Gove, Kan.; Feedyard: Century Feeders of Goodland, Kan.

• Bull Hill Ranch of Gray Court, S.C.; Feedyard: Ranger Feeders of Dighton, Kan.

For more information about enrolling your cattle in the Feeder Calf Certification Program, contact the RAAA office at (940) 387-3502 or visit RedAngus.org.

For more information, contact:

Myron Edelman, RAAA director of value added programs

(307) 351-6032 • myron@redangus.org

Clint Berry, RAAA commercial marketing director

(417) 844-1009 • clint@redangus.org

Caffeinated Beef Jerky Tested For Military

Ten years of warfare have brought about notable improvements in at least one oft-maligned feature of modern military life: Meals, Ready to Eat, known as MREs - which troops in the field have graced with such alternate titles as "Meals Refused by the Enemy," among others.

At an Army lab outside of Boston, MA, specialists in military cuisine are seeking to improve the taste and range of MRE offerings, while also heightening the nutritional and energy profiles of the deployable military menu. The plan is to infuse items with caffeine, anti-inflammatory agents, vitamin and energy supplements to give troops added strength and metabolic firepower.

To read the entire article, link here.

Make Informed Decisions About Protein Supplementation

Many ranchers in the Northern Plains utilize dormant forages, crop residues, or other low-quality forages for a portion of their forage resources for winter grazing. If you are planning to utilize these kind of forages in your winter grazing plans, protein supplementation may be necessary to maintain beef cow productivity, ensure healthy calves at calving time, and ensure the cows return to estrous quickly following calving.

Dormant forages, crop residues and other low-quality forages are typically low in protein and vitamin A, as well as minerals such as phosphorus. A variety of factors including cow condition, cow nutrient requirements, previous forage and pasture management and weather will determine when and if protein supplementation is required. There are many different products available for use as protein supplements. The optimal choice for your operation depends on cost, availability, pasture accessibility, and other factors.

To read the entire article, link here.

NCBA's Cattlemen to Cattlemen Live Show To Address State Of Beef Cattle Industry

Drought, shrinking herd size, passage of the much-anticipated free trade agreements, the outstanding proposed change to USDA Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration’s (GIPSA) marketing rules, and record cattle prices have taken the U.S. beef cattle industry on a wild ride in 2011. The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) has been fighting for U.S. cattlemen and women each step of the way. Expert panelists will address these and other important issues during NCBA’s "Cattlemen to Cattlemen" live show Nov. 1, on RFD-TV at 8:30 p.m. EDT.

Viewers will be able to ask questions of the panelists by calling 1-888-824-6688.

Among the panelists will be Bill Donald, NCBA president and a Montana rancher; NCBA CEO Forrest Roberts; Colin Woodall, NCBA vice president of government affairs; and Kevin Good, CattleFax market analyst.

To read the entire article, link here.

Food Fight: Michelle Obama Vs. Paula Deen

img_9572.JPG Last week, South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard pledged his commitment to child health and wellness through Fuel Up to Play 60, an in-school health and wellness program that encourages youth to consume nutrient-rich foods and achieve 60 minutes of physical activity every day. Launched by National Dairy Council and the National Football League, in collaboration with USDA, Fuel Up to Play 60 has activated more than 8 million students in 70,000 schools nationwide, including more than 111,000 students in South Dakota, to be healthy, get active and make a difference.

This program aligns itself nicely with Michelle Obama's Let's Move campaign, along with the new MyPlate dietary guidelines. It seems Americans are becoming increasingly aware of food and nutrition these days, and a microscope has been placed on the First Family, creating some controversy about whether the Obamas practice what they preach.

obamadean.jpg For example, one noteworthy food fight going on is between Michelle Obama and Paula Deen. Both are busy promoting books with very different messages. Michelle’s "American Grown" advocates eating homegrown veggies (word on the street is her White House garden was a flop this year), while Paula Deen’s "Southern Cooking Bible" advocates buying a deep fryer.

In 2008, Obama appeared on Deen's cooking show, and the famous cook references the experience with the First Lady in her cookbook and in her latest media interviews.

"She's no different than the rest of us. She probably ate more than any other guest I ever had on the show! She kept eating even dur­ing commercials. Know what the Obamas' favorite foods are? Hot wings. Y'know – those kinds of foods that aren't necessarily top-of-the-list healthy foods. We had the best time when she came on the show and I taught her how to make fried shrimp and fries. It was easy to see by her buff arms that the First Lady follows a healthy lifestyle. But, it didn't stop her from enjoying the food," says Deen.

Meanwhile, President Obama emphasized his wife's commitment to encouraging the nation to eat healthier on the Jay Leno Show last week. He talked about his wife's candy treat selection for Halloween trick-or-treaters, saying, "Halloween is coming up, and Michelle has been giving, for the last few years, the kids fruit and raisins in the bag. I think the White House is going to get egged if this keeps up. We need to throw some candy in there. A couple Reese's Pieces or something."

As America's waistline continues to expand, programs like Fuel Up To Play 60 and Let's Move are extremely relevant. Perhaps it's a little obsessive to worry about what Michelle Obama is eating for lunch today, but discussions like these allow cattle producers the perfect platform for talking about how beef plays a role in a well-balanced, satisfying diet.

chocolate-bacon.jpg Happy Halloween to the readers of the BEEF Daily blog! Here are a few Halloween-themed treats to satisfy your meat-tooth today!

Chocolate-Covered Bacon

Chocolate Pumpkin Beef Chili

Spooky Steak Bites With Bloody Mary Dipping Sauce

Ghostly Shepherd's Pie

And, while you're enjoying your Halloween feast, be sure to tune in to I Am Angus this evening. The American Angus Association® is launching its season of I Am Angus programs with an upcoming broadcast at 8 p.m. EST tonight. The hour-long documentary celebrates the history and legacy of the Chicago Stockyards and the world’s greatest livestock show — the Chicago International. For more information on tonight's program, link here.

Catastrophic Drought In Texas Causes Global Economic Ripples

The drought map created by University College London shows a number of worryingly dry areas around the globe, in places including East Africa, Canada, France and Britain.

But the largest area of catastrophic drought centers on Texas. It is an angry red swath on the map, signifying what has been the driest year in the state’s history. It has brought immense hardship to farmers and ranchers, and fed incessant wildfires, as well as an enormous dust storm that blew through the western Texas city of Lubbock in the past month.

“It’s horrible,” says Don Casey, a rancher in central Texas who sold off half his cattle after getting only about two inches of rain over a one-year stretch and may sell more. “Even if it starts raining, it’s going to take so long for the land to recover.”

To read the entire article, link here.