October 23, 2016

Grocers, Retailers Gain a Fresh Look at Beef from Master Butcher

North Dakota and Minnesota grocers and retailers will soon have a fresh look at beef.

That’s the intent of the North Dakota Beef Commission, North Dakota Grocers Association, North Dakota State University Meat Scientists and Cargill Meats, who are coordinating a beef-centric seminar featuring third-generation Master Butcher Kari Underly, author of the James Beard nominated book “The Art of Beef Cutting.”

kari-underlyUnderly is well-known for her contributions to the beef industry. Her work includes the development of new beef cuts like the Flat Iron Steak and the Denver cut.

NDSU meat science instructors will also be on-hand to answer questions about beef production in the Northern Plains.

The hands-on beef cutting seminar runs from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. on either Oct. 26, 2016 or Oct. 27, 2016. Demand for this type of programming was so high, reports North Dakota Grocers Association President Roger Larson, that the second day was added to accommodate all of the interest.

“We recognize that some people who are cutting meat in our stores today may not have the same background or knowledge of how a carcass is put together and how or why meat is cut the way it is,” said Nancy Jo Bateman, executive director of the North Dakota Beef Commission. “Our hope is that participants will leave this seminar with a better understanding of beef production, the beef carcass and beef cuts. We also hope this seminar will be helpful to them as they answer consumers’ questions about beef choices at the meat case,” Bateman concluded.

The program is funded, primarily, by North Dakota beef producers through the state and national beef checkoff program.

North Dakota Beef Commission


North Dakota Science Facility Puts Farm Research in the Fast Lane

Put simply, the United States is falling behind in research related to its biggest industry, agriculture. To a large extent the kind of innovation and research that made the US a world Ag leader has been floundering for years due to a lack of funding, but the real pain is just beginning to surface.

Work related to sustainable production practices, genetic improvement and new uses is where the rubber meets the road – and, it’s also exactly the kind of work we need more of. Tangible results from these kinds of investments can take up to 15 years to fully realize. Enter the National Agricultural Genotyping Center, a small but high tech facility with the single mission of translating scientific discoveries into solutions for farmers. The facility is the brainchild of the National Corn Growers Association in partnership with Los Alamos National Laboratory and the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center.

“The name ‘National Agricultural Genotyping Center,’ or NAGC, may sound intimidating but at its core the facility and its mission is very simple,” said Larry Hoffmann, chairman of the National Corn Growers Association’s Corn Productivity & Quality Action Team. “They are here to identify high priority problems related to production agriculture, food safety, functional foods, bioenergy and national security and then use the latest technology to find an expedited solution.”

The “expedited solution” part of the equation comes from the NAGC’s ability to develop, run and review genetic assays and get U.S. farmers back in the game. Places like China, India and Brazil are making large scale investments in production agriculture research, but with the emergence of NAGC, the United States is able to make smarter investments to provide real answers to problems ranging from honey bee colony collapse to plant and animal diseases.

“NAGC is already proving its worth because of its ability to quickly assess and better understand these problems,” NCGA Research Director Dr. Richard Vierling said. “When it’s done right, agricultural genotyping can alleviate the inefficiencies, redundancies, bottlenecks and gaps that impede research and commercial development.”

New research and technology is critical to ensuring farmers have the tools to continue to improve soil health, water quality and sustainable farming practices while growing our nation’s corn.

Source – NCGA News of the Day



Combines Hit The First Fields Of Round Up Ready Xtend Soybeans

roundup-ready-xtend-crop-system-bannerThe 2016 crop year was the first year that select farmers could grow the complete Roundup Ready Xtend soybean system, and now those farmers are starting to see the results of those efforts.  Across the nations thirty three farmers were chosen to be able and fully utilize the entire seed and chemical package, including XtendiMax with VaporGrip, a chemical still waiting on official regulatory approval.

Boyd Carey is the North American Crop Protection Systems lead for Monsanto.  He says these select farmers were the first to try out the full system in a real-world setting:

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These farmers were involved in Monsanto’s Ground Breakers program, which has the selected farmers producing the first round of commercial seed production for the new Roundup Ready 2 Xtend soybeans.

He says the Roundup Ready Xtend Crop System fits well into the Roundup Ready PLUS program:

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Regulatory approval for spraying dicamba on these soybeans is expected for the 2017 growing season. Carey says growers in the Ground Breaker program have seen excellent results:

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Learn more at Roundup Read Xtend dot com (http://www.roundupreadyxtend.com).