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A huge shakeup at the American Angus Association

A shakeup at the American Angus Association (AAA) has resulted in large staff turnover. On April 11, 2014 - American  Angus  Association Chief  Executive Officer Bryce Schumann addressed members in a letter that is posted on the association's website.  Schumann addressed the events that resulted from a letter from staff members over the management of the association and asked for Schumann's removal.

This letter prompted a six-member task force made of officers and board members to conduct staff interviews. After two-and-a-half weeks of meetings and a lengthy deliberation - the American Angus Association sided with Schumann - and six regional  managers and six staff  members were dismissed from the association.

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Renewable energy must play a significant role in climate change mitigation

WASHINGTON (April 15, 2014) – Today the third working group of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) issued its report on climate change mitigation. The report finds that climate change is occurring at a rapid rate, but mitigation strategies such as scaling up renewable energy production could substantially reduce anthropogenic greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

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USDA increases specialty block grant funds for Montana

Helena, Mont. – The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced that Montana will receive more than $986,000 from the Specialty Crop Block Grant Program (SCBG).  Montana’s increase in funding is largely due to the additional acres of dry peas and lentils planted.  The previous award amount was $305,000.  The application deadline remains 5 p.m. on May 21, 2014.

Specialty crops are fruits and vegetables, culinary and medicinal herbs, horticultural, and nursery crops, including floriculture. Eligible plants must be intensively cultivated and used by people for food, medicinal purposes and/or aesthetic gratification. A list of specialty crops is available, along with a companion list of ineligible commodities, on the department’s website.

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Livestock Disaster Assistance sign-up begins

WASHINGTON, April 15, 2014 - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that starting today, eligible farmers and ranchers can sign up for U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) disaster assistance programs restored by passage of the 2014 Farm Bill.

"We implemented these programs in record time and kept our commitment to begin sign-up today," said Agriculture Secretary Vilsack. "To ensure enrollment goes as smoothly as possible, dedicated staff in over 2,000 Farm Service Agency offices across the country are doing everything necessary to help producers that have suffered through two and a half difficult years with no assistance because these programs were awaiting Congressional action."

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Western Society of Crop Science to hold annual meeting at MSU

BOZEMAN – The Western Society of Crop Science will hold its next annual meeting July 8-9 at Montana State University in Bozeman.The two-day WSCS meeting will be held at MSU’s Brick Breeden Fieldhouse and will feature presentations from professionals, as well as students working in crop science.

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