October 27, 2016

What Dad Wants His Daughter to Stand Around in a Cold Meat Locker? A Master Butcher Visits NDSU

Some people who are cutting meat in stores today may not have a deep background or knowledge of how a beef carcass is put together and how or why meat is cut the way it is.

That’s why the North Dakota Beef Commission, North Dakota Grocers Association, North Dakota State University Meat Scientists and Cargill Meats coordinated a beef-centric seminar featuring third-generation Master Butcher Kari Underly.  She was instrumental in making the flat iron steak a household name. meats-3

Underly is from Chicago. Her dad was a butcher….her grandma was a butcher…..and she’s a Chicago Cubs baseball fan.  We visited with her at Sheppard Arena on the NDSU campus.

Kari Underly Educates at NDSU Meat Lab

Underly is the author of the James Beard nominated book “The Art of Beef Cutting.”

meats-2Nancy Jo Bateman, executive director of the North Dakota Beef Commission, said the hope was that participants will leave with a better understanding of beef production, the beef carcass and beef cuts.

Nancy Jo Bateman

Demand for this type of programming was so high, North Dakota Grocers Association President Roger Larson said a second day was added to accommodate all of the interest.

Grocers President Roger Larson

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

Beef Cuts



NDFU President Reflects on Trip to The Eternal City

North Dakota Farmers Union President Mark Watne recently traveled overseas to speak in Rome before the United Nation’s Committee for World Food Security, as a representative of the World Farmers Organization.

This is the first time in 43 years that farmers, through the WFO, have been able to participate in the international discussion on food security and nutrition through the United Nation’s Food and Agriculture Organization.

CFS is also recognizing family farm agriculture as the cornerstone of rural society. CFS, WFO and Farmers Union policies agree on land and animal stewardship, conservation of natural resources, and achieving a hunger free world. Rusty Halvorson visited with Watne after he returned stateside.

Watne Travels to Rome

Watne’s trip was also timely from a trade standpoint. The European Union and Canada are struggling to finalize a free trade deal – with the tiny country of Belgium withholding support for the deal – fearing for the livelihood of cattle and hog farmers in the region of Wallonia. Watne says the trip provided a good perspective on the European attitude toward multinational trade deals.

Watne on European Trade

founding-fathersA closer relationship between consumers and farmers helps to create better awareness and support for rural America.   So, the members of North Dakota Farmers Union decided to create a restaurant brand where consumers would benefit from a direct link to foods cultivated on America’s family farms.   The Farmers Restaurant Group was born.

Watne on Restaurants

Launched in 2008 with a single storefront, the NDFU restaurants serve guests high quality foods sourced directly from family farms and ranches, farmer-owned cooperatives and farmer-owned processing plants. You can check out the restaurants and The Founding Fathers Cookbook online at http://www.farmersrestaurantgroup.com/



National Corn Growers Association Accepting Applications For The 2018 Corn Board

header-logoThe National Corn Growers Association Nominating Committee is now accepting applications from members for the 2018 Corn Board.  Through the Corn Board, members can become an integral part of the organization’s leadership. Click here for the application, which provides complete information on requirements, responsibilities and deadlines.
“I have had the privilege of working with so many talented, dedicated volunteers who step forward to lead this organization during my years on the Corn Board,” said NCGA Chairman and Nominating Committee Chair Chip Bowling. “Their willingness to step forward as volunteer leaders plays a crucial role in building NCGA’s future successes. As a true grassroots organization, we rely upon farmers to volunteer to lead, helping to shape policy and drive efforts. Serving on the Corn Board empowers farmers to play a proactive role in determining the collective future of our industry.”
The NCGA Corn Board represents the organization on all matters while directing both policy and supervising day-to-day operations.  Board members serve the organization in a variety of ways.  They represent the federation of state organizations, supervise the affairs and activities of NCGA in partnership with the chief executive officer and implement NCGA policy established by the Corn Congress. Members also act as spokespeople for the NCGA and enhance the organization’s public standing on all organizational and policy issues.
Applications are due Friday, January 6. Nominated candidates will be introduced at the March 2017 Corn Congress meeting, held in conjunction with the Commodity Classic in San Antonio, Texas. Corn Board members will be elected at the July 2017 Corn Congress in Washington, D.C., and the new terms begin Oct. 1.
For more information, growers may contact Kathy Baker at NCGA’s St. Louis office at (636) 733-9004.