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Three Texas Farm Bureau members appointed to CBB By Julie Tomascik Publications Editor Texas Farm Bureau (TFB) mem-bers Dave Edmiston, Don Smith and Charlie Price have been appointed to the Cattlemen’s Beef Board (CBB) by U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack. They will serve three-year terms and represent cattle producers. Edmiston, who was re-appoint-ed to the board, is a third genera-tion rancher with a cow-calf, wild-life and hay operation near Brady. The former TFB state director currently serves as co-chairman of the CBB Export Growth Com-mittee, which oversees investment contracts for beef promotion, re-search and education in foreign markets. He also is an executive com-mittee member of the Texas Beef Council and the Beef Promotion and Research Council of Texas. Smith, also a former TFB state director, has managed his cow-calf and commercial dairy opera-tions for more than 50 years near Sulphur Springs. He also is active in the Northeast Texas Beef Im-provement Organization, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association and Northeast Texas Farmers Co-op. His experience and passion for the beef industry and previous ap-pointments to the CBB will prove valuable as the new board begins planning for 2016. Price, a cow-calf operator and TFB member in Freestone Coun-ty, will begin his first term on the CBB. He is active in several ag-ricultural organizations and his community. In all, 37 cattlemen were ap-pointed. Their terms officially be-gin at the end of the month. “These appointees represent a cross-section of the beef industry and I am confident that beef produc-ers and importers of cattle, beef and beef products will be well served by them,” Vilsack said in a USDA news release. The 100-member board is autho-rized by the Beef Promotion and Research Act of 1985. The secre-tary selects the appointees nomi-nated by beef, veal, dairy and im-porters-certified organizations. The board contracts with established national, non-profit, industry-gov-erned organizations to implement programs of promotion, research, consumer information, industry in-formation, foreign marketing and producer communications. Live animal tests for CWD The general hunting season for There’s a strong push in Texas to white-tailed deer in Texas is wind-develop live animal tests for CWD. ing down. Studies are underway. Texas ani-The season has mal health officials say been dominated by in-they would readily en-formation and debate dorse the practice if there on chronic wasting is science behind it. disease (CWD). State wildlife officials What is it? Why echo the sentiment. They should we be con-hope Texas is the leader in cerned? And how can the nation in using live an-we test for it? imal testing in the future. The last question Let’s hope so. By Gary Joiner is interesting. USDA-Texas is a respected Editor APHIS currently only leader in wildlife research recognizes post-mortem tests for and management. It can also be a the disease. The deer has to be leader in wildlife disease response dead for the test results to count. with the development of live animal There might be a better way. tests for CWD. J ANUARY 15, 2016 WE CAN HELP YOUNG SCHOLARS We offer a number of scholarships that can help ease the financial strain of a higher education. Whether you want to pursue a career in agriculture, are a high achiever or want to compete against other students, we have a scholarship that will fit your needs. Visit www.texasfarmbureau.org and search scholarship. • Dick Mitchell Scholarship • Young Farmer & Rancher Scholarship • District Scholarship • Free Enterprise Speech Contest • Collegiate Discussion Meet Contest • County Farm Bureau Scholarships Storm... (Continued from page 2) each issue is “surviving the storm.” The storm is market price volatil-ity, strangling regulatory demands and unpredictable weather. Add for-eign trade dynamics, animal health diseases and food safety outbreaks. The list goes on. The potential storm clouds on the horizon are many, but Texas farmers and ranchers survive each storm. It’s what they do. Resilient. Commit-ted. Inspiring. We’re honored to tell those stories on these pages. We hope you enjoy them as much as we enjoy produc-ing them. 6

Three Texas Farm Bureau Members Appointed to CBB

Julie Tomascik

Texas Farm Bureau (TFB) members Dave Edmiston, Don Smith and Charlie Price have been appointed to the Cattlemen’s Beef Board (CBB) by U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack.

They will serve three-year terms and represent cattle producers.

Edmiston, who was re-appointed to the board, is a third generation rancher with a cow-calf, wildlife and hay operation near Brady. The former TFB state director currently serves as co-chairman of the CBB Export Growth Committee, which oversees investment contracts for beef promotion, research and education in foreign markets.

He also is an executive committee member of the Texas Beef Council and the Beef Promotion and Research Council of Texas.

Smith, also a former TFB state director, has managed his cow-calf and commercial dairy operations for more than 50 years near Sulphur Springs. He also is active in the Northeast Texas Beef Improvement Organization, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association and Northeast Texas Farmers Co-op.

His experience and passion for the beef industry and previous appointments to the CBB will prove valuable as the new board begins planning for 2016.

Price, a cow-calf operator and TFB member in Freestone County, will begin his first term on the CBB. He is active in several agricultural organizations and his community.

In all, 37 cattlemen were appointed. Their terms officially begin at the end of the month.

“These appointees represent a cross-section of the beef industry and I am confident that beef producers and importers of cattle, beef and beef products will be well served by them,” Vilsack said in a USDA news release.

The 100-member board is authorized by the Beef Promotion and Research Act of 1985. The secretary selects the appointees nominated by beef, veal, dairy and importers-certified organizations. The board contracts with established national, non-profit, industry-governed organizations to implement programs of promotion, research, consumer information, industry information, foreign marketing and producer communications.

Read the full article at http://texasagriculture.texasfarmbureau.org/article/Three+Texas+Farm+Bureau+Members+Appointed+to+CBB/2369065/287396/article.html.

Your Texas Agriculture Minute

Gary Joiner

Live animal tests for CWD

The general hunting season for white-tailed deer in Texas is winding down.

The season has been dominated by information and debate on chronic wasting disease (CWD).

What is it? Why should we be concerned? And how can we test for it?

The last question is interesting. USDAAPHIS currently only recognizes post-mortem tests for the disease. The deer has to be dead for the test results to count.

There might be a better way. There’s a strong push in Texas to develop live animal tests for CWD. Studies are underway. Texas animal health officials say they would readily endorse the practice if there is science behind it.

State wildlife officials echo the sentiment. They hope Texas is the leader in the nation in using live animal testing in the future. Let’s hope so.

Texas is a respected leader in wildlife research and management. It can also be a leader in wildlife disease response with the development of live animal tests for CWD.

Read the full article at http://texasagriculture.texasfarmbureau.org/article/Your+Texas+Agriculture+Minute/2369066/287396/article.html.

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