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Articles from 2010 In July

Ending Ethanol Subsidies Makes Economic Sense

Allowing the blender credit and tariff – aimed at encouraging ethanol production – to expire would have neither the dramatic adverse effect U.S. ethanol producers claim nor create the export bonanza foreign producers hope for.

That’s according to a new staff report, "Costs and Benefits to Taxpayers, Consumers and Producers from U.S. Ethanol Policies," by Bruce A. Babcock, director of the Center for Agricultural and Rural Development (CARD) and an Iowa State University professor of economics. Among the report highlights:

  • U.S. ethanol production would increase to some 14.5 billion gals. by 2014 without the tax credit and import tariff; U.S. imports of Brazilian ethanol would rise modestly to about 740 million gals. – less than 5% of the total U.S. ethanol market.
  • If the mandates are kept in place but the tax credits and trade protection are allowed to expire, no more than 300 jobs would be lost in the ethanol industry in 2014.
  • Ending the tax credit and tariff would reduce ethanol prices by 12¢/gal. in 2011 and by 34¢/gal. in 2014. Because most gas sold in the U.S. contains 10% ethanol (a limit the Environmental Protection Agency may increase to 15% this fall), lower ethanol prices lead to modest savings at the pump: 1-2¢/gal. next year and 3-5¢/gal. in 2014.
  • Opening the U.S. market to all producers would reduce price volatility by acting as a price shock absorber, meaning that in years when domestic ethanol production is low, imports would lower the consumer cost of meeting blending mandates.
  • The Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) is the primary driver of ethanol demand. The tax credit prompts blenders to use about 900 million gals. of ethanol each year above mandated levels. This costs taxpayers some $6 billion annually (or almost $7/gal.). Ending the subsidy would save that amount.
You can find Babcock’s complete report at

For the week ending July 25, according to the National Agricultural Statistics Service:

Corn – Progress is at or ahead of last year and average in all estimating states. 84% is at or beyond the silking stage, 32% more than last year and 14% more than average. Near-to-above-average temperatures throughout much of the major corn-producing areas continued to promote rapid phenological development of this year’s crop despite abundant to locally excessive soil moisture levels. 17% is at or beyond the dough stage, 10% ahead of last year and 4% ahead of the average pace. Doughing was furthest ahead of last year and the five-year average in Illinois, the second-largest corn-producing state, where nearly ideal growing conditions had pushed progress to 20 days ahead of last year’s growing pace. 72% is in Good to Excellent condition, 2% more than a year ago.

Soybeans – 75% was at or beyond the blooming stage, 15% ahead of last year and 3% ahead of the average. With the exceptions of Kentucky, Louisiana and Mississippi, double-digit blooming was evident throughout the major soybean-producing areas. Nationally, 35% was setting pods, 16% ahead of last year and 4% more than the five-year average. Crop development was most rapid in Illinois, Iowa, North Dakota and Ohio, where 21% or more of the crop began setting pods during the week. 67% is rated in Good or Excellent condition, the same as last year.

Winter wheat – 79% is harvested, 3% ahead of last year, but 3% behind the average pace. While harvest was complete or nearly complete in more than half of the 18 major estimating states, producers in the Pacific Northwest and Montana were just getting started or had yet to begin combining this year’s crop. The most significant delay was evident in Montana, where overall progress was over two weeks behind normal following slowed crop growth earlier in the season.

Spring wheat – 94% was at or beyond the heading stage, 2% ahead of last year but 3% behind the five-year average. Heading was complete or nearly complete in all estimating states except Idaho and Montana, where despite double-digit head development during the week, progress remained 10% and 16% behind normal, respectively. 83% is in Good to Excellent condition, 9% more than last year.

Sorghum – 43% of the crop has headed, which is 9% ahead of last year but 2% less than the average. Warm temperatures in and adequate soil moisture levels provided ideal growing conditions in Kansas, the largest sorghum-producing state, where 11% of the sorghum crop began heading during the week. 26% of the crop is coloring, which on par with last year but 1% less than average. The most significant delay was evident in Texas, where the need for additional soil moisture limited crop growth. 71% is in Good to Excellent condition, 19% more than the same time last year.

Oats – 30% is harvested, 16% ahead of last year and 4% ahead of normal. Mostly sunny days allowed ample time for oat producers in all estimating states to harvest 11% or more of their crop during the week. The exceptions were North Dakota, where harvest was just beginning, and Texas, where harvest was nearly complete. 78% is reported in Good or Excellent condition, 23% more than at the same time a year ago.

Barley – 90% is at or beyond the heading stage, which is 3% behind last year and 5% behind the five-year average. While heading was complete in Minnesota and Washington, progress continued to trail normal in Idaho, Montana, and North Dakota, the three-largest, barley-producing states. 86% is reported in Good or Excellent condition, 9% more than at the same time a year ago.

Pasture – 62% of the nation’s pasture and range is rated as Good or Excellent, 12% more than at the same time last year. 13% is rated Poor or Very Poor, compared to 23% a year ago. States reporting more than 25% of pasture as Poor or Very Poor were: Arizona (52%); California (25%); Maryland (54%); North Carolina (47%); Pennsylvania (48%); South Carolina (25%); Virginia (71%); and West Virginia (35%).

Grain Rally Pressures Feeder Prices

Softer wholesale beef prices and fed cattle trading $2 lower in the cash market (mostly $93 live and $148 dressed) pressured feeder-cattle prices last week. But the most pressure came from a rally in feed grains, led by wheat.

The story goes that Russian drought may prevent wheat exports from that country. However, Rodney Jones, Oklahoma State University Extension ag economics specialist, pointed out at least week’s Cattle Trails Stocker Conference in Wichita Falls that projections call for massive ending wheat stocks in the U.S. and worldwide. Plus, like the U.S., Russia accounts for about 10% of global wheat production. In other words, there is no fundamental reason for the spike in wheat prices.

At auction, yearling steers and feeder heifers sold unevenly steady – mostly $1 lower to $1 higher – and mostly steady to $1 in direct sales.

“Steer and heifer calves sold steady to $3 higher, especially in the Southeast, as abundant grass continues to keep backgrounders in the market for stocker cattle,” said analysts with the Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS). Analysts note that, in addition to the most verdant pasture conditions the nation has seen in years, continued beef-cow liquidation leaves more pasture for stockers.

“There have been many notions as to why our beef-cow harvest has been so large this year (the largest year to date since 1996 when the beef-cow inventory started the year nearly 9% larger), including an aging herd, an aging cow-calf producer, urban sprawl, the expansion of row crops, and the struggling economy (which may have more to do with why hamburger meat is in such high demand),” AMS analysts explained. “But, perhaps the biggest reason for a producer’s decision to sell his cows this spring was the 2009-2010 winter, which was the longest and most miserable in recent memory.”

Add to that the fact that even though calf and feeder prices are high by historical standards, higher and more volatile input costs continue to narrow margins on average.

According to USDA’s mid-year cattle inventory, beef cows and beef heifers retained as replacements were both 2% less July 1 than a year earlier (see "Beef Herd Continues To Shrink"). For more information about continued beef-cow liquidation, see "Expanding in Today’s Market," in the August issue of BEEF magazine at

“Some producers have attempted to buy back offerings of older fall-calving cows in recent weeks to make use of their unusually lush pastures, but record-high, slaughter-cow prices have proven packer cow buyers to be formidable bidding opponents,” AMS analysts explained. “The higher quality and most desirable of these bred cows tend to tip the scales as body condition scores are high this summer. A 1,250- to 1,400-lb., solid-mouthed, third-stage cow will easily yield $750-$850 for slaughter, causing a buyer (that hopes to claim the calf and sell the much lighter cow on an uncertain weigh-up market) to wear out his pencil.”

The summary below reflects the week ended July 30 for Medium and Large 1 – 500- to 550-lb., 600- to 650-lb. (calves), and 700- to 750-lb. feeder heifers and steers (unless otherwise noted). The list is arranged in descending order by auction volume and represents sales reported in the weekly USDA National Feeder and Stocker Cattle Summary:

Summary Table
State Volume Steers Heifers
Calf Weight 500-550 lbs. 600-650 lbs. 700-750 lbs. 500-550 lbs. 600-650 lbs. 700-750 lbs.
OK 22,900 $127.83 $119.38 $116.31 $116.22 $111.86 $109.84
TX 22,200 $119.04 $114.31 $110.09 $112.44 $109.62 $103.79
MO 22,000 $127.31 $122.82 $116.35 $116.39 $112.48 $111.45
KY* 20,800 $122.99 $115.05 $112.38 $109.46 $106.40 $102.73
AL 11,800 $117.19 $111.11 $103.73 $110.11 $103.09 $96.97
AR 8,900 $119.87 $115.57 $111.214 $111.04 $106.85 $103.484
KS* 8,300 $132.54 $126.07 $118.10 $117.05 $114.18 $109.10
FL** 7,700 $100-120 $96-109 $92-1074 $86-110 $95-104 $88-1004
MS* 6,700 $106-1181 $104-1173 $97-1065 $101-1141 $95-1083 $94-1015
SD 6,300 $131.28 $125.99 $118.79 $120.422 $118.10 $113.45
Carolinas* 6,200 $98.50-116 $100-115 $92-109 $92-111.50 $88-104 $81-97
LA* 6,000 $107-120 $110-117.50 $104-1104 $101-112 $99-105 **
GA*** 5,700 $104-120 $95-112 $92-110 $98-114 $88-105 $89-1004
TN* 5,500 $116.61 $111.03 $103.90 $106.72 $100.41 $92.24
NE 4,500 $125.272 $124.734 $118.56 $119.242 $119.58 $110.83
NM 3,100 $121.09 $116.66 $106.20 $110.68 $111.13 $100.46
IA 2,600 ** $120.124 $122.78 $125.86 $121.93 $113.91
VA 2,400 $117.38 $113.06 $104.74 $105.71 $101.21 $97.11
MT 1,200 $125.542 ** $118.99 $117.552 ** $106.69

* Plus #2
** None reported of the same quality at this weight or near weight
(***) Steers and bulls
(?) As reported, but questionable
NDNo Description
1500-600 lbs.
2550-600 lbs.
3600-700 lbs.
4650-700 lbs.
5700-800 lbs.
6750-800 lbs.
7800-850 lbs.
8850-900 lbs.

Young Producer Leaders Help Shape the Future of the Industry

DENVER (July 30, 2010) — Members of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) Young Producers’ Council (YPC) held their biannual business meeting yesterday evening during the NCBA Summer Conference. During the meeting, the group discussed initiatives for the 2011 Cattle Industry Convention and NCBA Trade Show to better serve the unique membership needs of young producers between the ages of 18 to 35.

“We want to create opportunities for our young members to grow in this organization,” said Andy Groseta, past president of NCBA who attended the meeting. “This group represents the future of our industry and it is important that we offer them avenues to gain a better understanding of our association and their impact on its future.”

In addition to discussing plans for upcoming meetings and opportunities for leadership development, YPC members continued developing several social media programs that they are using to promote their group and the cattle industry in general. Policy issues, including the proposed U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration’s (GIPSA) proposed rule on livestock marketing were also key points for discussion.

“Our board of directors and committee leaders are made up of young producers from across the country who represent a diverse cross-section of today’s industry,” said Ben Spitzer, YPC chairman. “We’ve got everything from an attorney based in New York specializing in agricultural law to members who have returned to production agriculture and are raising cattle on farms and ranches throughout the country. The issues that addressed and the decisions made during Summer Conference will impact our future. Therefore, it’s critical that members of YPC continue to stay active and engaged in this association.”

The Young Producers’ Council was established during the 2008 Cattle Industry Summer Conference in Denver and was initiated to help NCBA members ages 18 to 35 develop their leadership skills and become more involved in NCBA policy development. The group also helps provide networking opportunities, continuing education and professional development activities to its members. YPC members elected their first slate of officers at the 2009 Cattle Industry Annual Convention in Phoenix, Ariz.

Board members also serve as liaisons for YPC to various NCBA committees. This year’s current board members and their respective NCBA committee assignments are: Ben Spitzer, Ga., chairman; Ben Neale, Tenn., vice chairman; Sharon Breiner, Kan., secretary/treasurer; Evan Tate, Ky., agricultural policy; Brandon Carlson, Calif., cattle health and well being; Sarah Baker, Idaho, federal lands; Travis Hoffman, Colo., live cattle marketing; RaeMarie Gordon, Colo., membership; Holly Foster, Calif., property rights and environmental management; Wyatt Prescott, Ariz., tax and credit; Tonya Amen, Wisc., resolutions.

Immediate past chairman Dustin Dean, Texas, serves the board in an advisory capacity. Three YPC members are in active serve the council in task force appointments that were made during the Annual Cattle Industry Convention and NCBA Trade Show: Cari Rincker, N.Y., YPC public relations task force; Anna Aja, Ariz., YPC membership task force; Katy Groseta, Ariz., YPC cattle call blog task force.

“YPC was established to help younger producers gain more effective leadership skills and to give them an opportunity to become involved in NCBA,” said Spitzer. “This is our chance as young members to learn about the grass roots workings of NCBA from the ground up and gain valuable experiences that will benefit our industry and the association in the future.”

Beef Auction Raises $20,765 for Hereford Research

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The first online fund-raising auction for the Hereford Research Foundation fetched more than $20,000 to benefit Hereford research projects July 13. Nineteen items were sold and more than 200 total bids were placed throughout the auction.

“This was a special auction that exceeded my expectations,” says Jack Ward, American Hereford Association (AHA) chief operating officer and director of breed improvement. “The funds raised through this auction will help support special projects at the AHA in the area of breed improvement and research. This sale also confirms how allows breeders of all sizes to reach markets outside their normal scope.”

The top seller was an all-inclusive Montana fly fishing trip donated by Dave Hanson of Bar Z Riverside Ranch, located about an hour from Bozeman. This one-of-a-kind opportunity allows the winning bidder, John and Mona Lowen, Waukomis, Okla., a two-night, three-day adventure for four people. The trip sold for $2,700.

Close behind at $2,650 was another trip, this one for South Dakota pheasant hunting. This trip package provides winning bidder Steve Folkman, Ixonia, Wis., three days of guided pheasant hunting for five hunters on the Rausch family ranch, near Hoven. This trip was donated by Vern, Jerry and Shannon Rausch families of Rausch Herefords.

The Hereford Research Foundation was established in 2009 as a division of the Hereford Youth Foundation of America, a 501(c) 3 not-for-profit organization to support breed improvement projects outside the scope of the AHA budget.

The fund has already supported the heterosis research projects like the Harris Ranch study and helped set the groundwork for a new GrowSafe system built at Olsen Ranch, Harrisburg, Neb.

The following is a list of sponsors, items sold and winning bidders.

Lot 1, four embryos donated by Knoll Crest Farm, Red House, Va., sold for $1,620 to Alex Mih/MM Ranch, Indianapolis.

Lot 2, pick of the herd flush donated by Mill Creek Ranch, Alma, Kan., sold for $750 to Bob Harrell/Harrell Hereford Ranch, Baker City, Ore.

Lot 4, three embryos donated by Cooper Herefords, Willow Creek., Mont., sold for $2,325 to Craig Beran/B&D Herefords, Claflin, Kan.

Lot 5, embryo flush service, donated by Food Animal Vet Service, Renneslaer, Ind., sold for $1,000 to Jonathan Beever, Mansfield, Ill.

Lot 6, four embryos, donated by Holden Herefords, Valier, Mont., sold for $2,300 to Craig Beran/B&D Herefords.

Lot 7, semen tank, donated by Janey Hrutkay, Washington, Pa., sold for $525 to Stacy Sanders, Edgerton, Mo.

Lot 8, embryo flush service, donated by Cross Country Genetics, Westmoreland, Kan., sold for $1,300 to Jonathan Beever.

Lot 9, three embryos donated by Beef Resources Partnership/David Trowbridge, Tabor, Iowa, sold for $450 to Jerry Huth/Huth Polled Herefords, Oakfield, Wis.

Lot 10, sale credit, donated by Sandhill Farms, Haviland, Kan., sold for $400 to Randy White, Albuquerque, N.M.

Lot 12, semen package, donated by Lowderman Cattle Co., Macomb, Ill., sold for $700 to Shane Prill, Wichita, Kan.

Lot 13, embryo flush service, donated by Green River Embryo Transfer Center, Bowling Green, Ky., sold for $900 to John Woolfolk, Columbia, Tenn.

Lot 14, Gallagher load bars, donated by Gallagher, Kansas City, Mo., sold for $750 to Jerry Huth.

Lot 15, sexed semen collection service, donated by Trans Ova Genetics, Sioux Center, Iowa, sold for $500 to Al Swanson, Peterson, Iowa.

Lot 16, semen package, donated by Mill Creek Ranch/David Breiner, sold for $300 to Dayne Zimmerman, Houston, Texas.

Lot 17, semen collection service, donated by Genex Hawkeye West, Billings, Mont., sold for $310 to Vern Rausch, Hoven, S.D.

Lot 18, turbo livestock fan, donated by Sullivan Supply, Dunlap, Iowa, sold for $285 to Jonathan Beever.

Lot 19, AHA video services, donated by AHA, sold for $1,000 to Jerry Huth.



DEFOREST, WISCONSIN – July 29, 2010 –ABS Global prides itself in setting the industry standard in both its product offering and customer service. Thirteen U.S. Beef Representatives exemplified this superior standard and were recognized as the top representatives in their district for 2010.

“ABS is proud to be represented by this outstanding group of professionals,” stated Dwight Williams, Director Beef Enterprise. “Their commitment to ABS and their customers along with their tremendous knowledge and experience make them highly successful members of the ABS Independent Representative team.”

The following individuals were recognized as the 2010 District Representatives of the Year. The award is earned based on a formula including unit sales, sales revenues and percent increase in sales.

Tom & Jenise Humble

Sparta, MO

Steve & Launa Valente

Smiths Station, AL

Brady Larson

Sharon Springs, KS

Rosemary & Kevin Anderson

Whitman, NE

Adam Simmons

Rigby, ID

Casey & Rena Hagenah

Asotin, WA

Wayne Eatinger

Thedford, NE

Jim Britton

Ontario, OR

Allen Southard

Gillsville, GA

Sam Shaw

Caldwell, ID

In recognition of their efforts, these thirteen individuals were given the opportunity to travel to the ABS DeForest office. While in Wisconsin, they participated in meetings, facility tours and an awards banquet.

Headquartered in DeForest, Wisconsin, ABS Global is the world-leading provider of bovine genetics, reproduction services, technologies and uddercare products. Marketing in more than 80 countries around the globe, ABS has been at the forefront of animal genetics and technology since its founding in 1941. ABS Global is a division of Genus plc.


Angus Juniors Elect New NJAA Board of Directors

The 2010-2011 National Junior Angus Association (NJAA) Board of Directors was announced Friday evening, July 16, during closing ceremonies at the 2010 National Junior Angus Show (NJAS) in Denver, Colo.

NJAA voting delegates elected six new directors including: Austin Brandt, Iowa; Shane Clary, Virginia; Lindsey Grimes, Ohio; Garrett Knebel, Indiana; Alisha Nord, Minnesota; and Clay Williams, Georgia.

Austin Brandt, Corning, Iowa, was the 2008 Iowa Junior Angus Association president and has participated in multiple contests at the national level. He is the son of Kirk and Lynn Brandt and is pursuing a career in agriculture by farming and working with his families’ cattle operation.

Shane Clary, Brodnax, Va., is the son of Randy and Susan Clary. He serves as president of his state junior Angus association and credits his leadership and communications skills to his involvement in the NJAA. Clary is enrolled at Christopher Newport University where he is majoring in biology with plans to become a veterinarian.

Lindsey Grimes, Hillsboro, Ohio, has served as vice president and has represented Ohio as its Angus queen, in addition to serving on numerous committees. She is the daughter of John and Joan Grimes and is a sophomore at Ohio State University where she is pursuing a major in animal science and a minor in agribusiness.

Garrett Knebel, Winamac, Ind., is the son of Dan and Jenny Knebel. He has served as president of the Indiana Junior Angus Association for two years and has participated in countless contests at the NJAS. Knebel will be a junior at Oklahoma State University, where he is working toward degrees in animal science and agricultural business.

Alisha Nord, Wolverton, Minn., has served as vice president of the Minnesota Junior Angus Association and as 2006 Minnesota Angus Queen. The daughter of Robert and Amber Nord is a junior at North Dakota State University where she is pursuing a degree in agricultural communications, with a minor in animal science and extension education.

Clay Williams, Bishop, Ga., is the son of David and Connie Williams. He served as president of the Georgia Junior Angus Association last year and played an integral role in hosting the 2009 NJAS. Williams will be a freshman this fall at the University of Georgia where he plans to major in agribusiness.

Board members entering their second year were elected to officer positions. Britney Creamer, Montrose, Colo., was named chairperson; Cody Smith, West Plains, Mo., was named vice chairman; Clinton Laflin, Olsburg, Kan., communications director; Jennifer Ann Smith, Elysian Fields, Texas, Foundation director; Danielle Foster, Niles, Mich., leadership director; and Jaclyn Upperman, Chambersburg, Pa., membership director.

Board members ending their terms on the junior Board included:

Kirbe Schnoor, Chowchilla, Calif.; Christopher Cassady, Ancona, Ill.; Lindsay Waugh, Goodhue, Minn.; Robert Myers, Yamhill, Ore.; Andrew Rogen, Brandon, S.D.; and Ashlyn Carter, Noblesville, Ind.

“The National Junior Angus Association Board has had such a rich history of youth leadership,” says Robin Ruff, American Angus Association director of junior activities. “I’m proud of the work the outgoing six junior directors have done during their time on the Board, and I’m looking forward to beginning another year with an eager group of well-rounded young leaders.”

NJAS closing ceremonies also included the announcement of several awards and placings, including all winners of NJAS contests; Gold Awards; the Crystal Award; and Auxiliary, CAB/NJAA and Angus Foundation scholarships.

Visit as information becomes available following the show, or visit the NJAA Facebook fan page. Show results from the weeklong event are available, as well as backdrop and candid photos, and videos.


Longer Post-Treatment Intervals Can Equate to Profits

Post-treatment interval (PTI) may bring to mind a complicated series of mathematical equations, but it really comes down to a period of time when beef producers don’t have to do much more than keep an eye on their cattle — and that downtime can even put more dollars in their pockets.

“A PTI is really just the period of time a producer can confidently wait to assess whether or not a treatment has been successful,” says Lee Bob Harper, DVM, managing veterinarian with Pfizer Animal Health. “During this interval of time, the treatment should be working to provide effective levels of medication against a disease challenge.”

When a medication can provide effective levels of therapy for a longer period of time, the cost of the treatment is spread over the duration of the interval – making better use of beef producers’ treatment dollar, Dr. Harper notes.

In a typical operation, PTI is most helpful when considering treatments for bovine respiratory disease (BRD). Traditional practices usually call for a treatment administered about every three days, until the animal recovers. Every additional treatment adds to the medical bill of a sick calf.

“In the meantime, a product with a PTI of a week or more can provide effective treatment levels without additional expenses,” Dr. Harper says. “If producers know the product is inside the animal, continuing to work, then they can focus less on the outward signs of a recovering animal that may still look a bit off.”

PTIs are determined by extensive research for each product, and it’s important to note that not all products have the ability to continue providing effective treatment levels for a week. In fact, many products remain active for a matter of hours or at most three or four days. Dr. Harper says. DRAXXIN® (tulathromycin) Injectable Solution, for example, has been proven to be effective for seven to 14 days after the first treatment. In one study, 85 percent of cattle were treated successfully after a single injection with no difference in mortality rates or average daily gain following a seven, 10 or 14 day PTI.1

“Better understanding the PTI of the treatments used for BRD can help producers improve their bottom line, and their herd’s overall health,” Dr. Harper says. “If they can use a product that works well on the first injection, and works for a longer period of time, then producers can reduce the number of doses used overall, which isn’t a complicated formula.”

Do not use in calves to be processed for veal. A pre-slaughter withdrawal time has not been determined for pre-ruminating calves. Effects on reproductive performance, pregnancy and lactation have not been determined. DRAXXIN has a pre-slaughter withdrawal time of 18 days.


Thompson selected as associate dean, director of NMSU's Agricultural Experiment Station

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The New Mexico State University College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences announced that David Thompson has been appointed to the role of associate dean and director of the Agricultural Experiment Station.

Dean Lowell Catlett made the announcement Monday afternoon.

"Dave is not only an award-winning teacher, but an accomplished scientist who has worked throughout New Mexico," Catlett said. "He knows New Mexico and will make a great director."

Thompson has been the department head of and a professor in the Department of Entomology, Plant Pathology and Weed Science since July 2007. He has been with NMSU since 1987 when he joined the department as a college assistant professor.

"I'm excited to have been chosen for this position," Thompson said. "It was very humbling to be selected from the group of candidates considered for the role of AES director."

Thompson said he is a big believer in the role ACES plays in research at the Las Cruces campus and at the science centers around the state to help producers get the information they need to be successful. The Agricultural Experiment Station at NMSU comprises a dynamic group of faculty and staff representing diverse disciplines ranging from livestock and crop production and economics to food science and restaurant management.

Thompson, who starts in his new position Aug. 1, said his first order of business is to go out and visit the different research programs.

"I want to spend time visiting all the departments in the college and agricultural science centers and find out what it is the faculty and staff think we are doing well and what things we can do better, including getting a fresh perspective from the different agricultural and consumer groups around the state," he said. "I welcome the opportunity to promote and facilitate the good things we are doing in the Agricultural Experiment Station for the college, university and region."

Thompson earned both his bachelor's and doctorate degree in entomology at Colorado State University. He received the Distinguished Teaching Award in 2003 from ACES. Thompson also received the Donald C. Roush Award for Teaching Excellence in 2000, the National Association of Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture Award of Merit in 1999, and the Outstanding Faculty Member award with Chicano Programs in 1999 from NMSU.

His research focuses on rangeland entomology, with a concentration on the biological control of rangeland and riparian weeds.

Thompson was selected after an extensive search chaired by Jon Boren, associate dean and director of NMSU's Cooperative Extension Station.


2010 South Dakota Beef Ambassador selected

Pierre (July 27, 2010) – Taylor Geppert of Kimball, SD was selected as the 2010 South Dakota Beef Ambassador at the state-wide competition July 23 in Huron, SD. Geppert, 19, is the daughter of Kent and Pam Geppert and is a sophomore at South Dakota State University majoring in animal science and microbiology. She is active in 4-H and FFA, giving special emphasis to livestock and meats evaluation as well as public speaking.

The Beef Ambassador program encourages youth to become advocates for the beef industry, educating consumers and youth about beef nutrition, food safety and stewardship practices. “The role Ambassadors play in communicating and educating people about the entire beef production chain from farm to fork is invaluable,” says Merrill Karlen, President of the South Dakota Beef Industry Council (SDBIC), the program’s primary sponsor. “Now more than ever we need young, enthusiastic spokespeople to combat the misinformation about our industry.”

Geppert will focus part of her duties on working with youth, helping them gain a better understanding of the beef production cycle. During in-school presentations with elementary students, Geppert plans to utilize hats to demonstrate the many phases from pasture to plate. “The kids will be able to try on different hats that represent the numerous stages of the beef cycle, matching them with jobs. For example the seed stock and cow/calf producer wears a different hat than the trucker, auctioneer or processor. I even plan to use a chef’s hat to represent food service and retail,” explained Geppert.

Geppert was chosen as the winner of the senior division (ages 17-20) and will represent South Dakota at the National Beef Ambassador Competition October 1-3, 2010 in Rapid City, SD. She receives an expense-paid trip to the national contest along with numerous cash prizes and awards.

Rebecca Naasz, Platte and Shawna Reuer, Bowdle, placed second and third respectively in the state senior division. Other contestants included Amber Connor, Winfred and Elizabeth Dahl, Beresford.

Kelsey Repenning, Mitchell, won the Beef Ambassador junior division (ages 13-16). Her parents are Steve and Lorie Repenning. Erin Mairose of Kimball placed second in the junior category with third going to Hailey Hanson, Bath. Calah Covey, Hamill and Kiera Leddy, Stockholm also took part in the junior competition.

Placing first in the beginner Beef Ambassador division (ages 10-12) was Kadon Leddy, Stockholm, son of Donnie and Krecia Leddy. Alexa Montagne, Elk Point won second and Maggie Connor, Winfred, received third.

Contestants at the state competition were judged in four areas of performance; personal interview, media interview, consumer promotion and issues response. The top contestants in each area were recognized for their outstanding excellence. They include: overall personal interview, Kiera Leddy; overall media interview, Taylor Geppert; overall consumer promotion, Kadon Leddy; and overall issues response, Rebecca Naasz.

Each contestant in the SD Beef Ambassador Contest received cash awards from the SDBIC along with prizes from the SD Cattlemen’s Auxiliary and SD CattleWomen.

For details and interview requests contact Holly Swee at 605-957-5283 or e-mail [email protected]



SAVANNAH, GA (July 28, 2010) --JCB has launched new smartphone-friendly mobile websites for all dealers participating in the JCB Dealer Website Program. The new mobile sites are designed to provide an optimal browsing experience and easy site navigation for on-the-go customers.

JCB has worked with Equipment Web Services, a division of Dominion Enterprises headquartered in Norfolk, Virginia, to develop the sites. The mobile websites can automatically detect if a visitor is using a mobile device and seamlessly adjust the content format to fit smartphones including the iPhone, BlackBerry, Droid and EVO. Mobile customers are now able to search for inventory, promotions, store hours and directions to the dealership as well as submit contact information directly through the mobile web site.

“We are thrilled to have this new mobile capability,” says Tracy Clark, vice president of JCB of Milwaukee. “This site is an awesome tool for our salesmen. Now they have access to information anytime, anywhere without having to get onto a laptop or notebook.”

“We are excited to provide this new technology to the JCB Dealer Website Program,” says Jennie Davis, OEM relationship manager for Equipment Web Services. “The mobile websites will not only increase JCB’s ever-growing footprint in North America, but will also ultimately provide yet another avenue of additional revenue for JCB website program dealers.”

With more than 30 dealers enrolled in the JCB Dealer Website Program, it will now be even easier for customers and prospects to interact with their JCB dealers. For more information about JCB’s industry-leading equipment for the construction, agriculture, industrial and waste/recycling markets, call JCB’s North American Headquarters in Savannah at (912) 447-2000 or visit find a JCB dealer in your area, visit


JCB has 19 plants on four continents: 11 in the UK, three in India and others in the USA, China, Germany and Brazil and employs around more than 7,000 people worldwide.

JCB is privately owned by the Bamford family and the Chairman, Sir Anthony Bamford, is the son of the company's late founder, Joseph Cyril Bamford.

The company manufactures more than 300 different machines including: backhoe loaders; telescopic handlers; tracked and wheeled excavators; wheel loaders; articulated dump trucks; rough terrain fork lifts; mini excavators; skid steers loaders; JCB Vibromax compaction equipment. In addition, for agricultural markets, the company produces a range of telescopic handlers and the unique Fastrac Tractor. JCB also manufactures the Teletruk Forklift for the industrial sector.

In 2005, JCB secured one of the largest orders in its history when it won a $290 million deal to supply the U.S. Government with High Mobility Engineer Excavators (HMEEs). Full scale production of the HMEE is now underway at JCB's plant in Savannah, Ga., USA. The HMEE fulfils a need from the military for rapid deployment high mobility products. To further meet these requirements; JCB has also developed a range of other high mobility products from the High Mobility Fastrac Tractor, through to the High Mobility Rough Terrain Forklift and the High Mobility Utility Vehicle.

JCB has won more than 50 major awards for engineering excellence, export, design, marketing, management and for environmental care. These include 25 Queen’s Awards honoring export and technological achievement.