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Commodity Communicator Weekly

October 26, 2012

FARM LABOR CONFERENCE NOVEMBER 16, 2012. . . . .One day conference seeks to assist those engaged in understanding the increasingly complex issues of hiring agricultural labor. Training will enhance the knowledge and understanding of the agricultural labor markets, policies and regulations.

Sessions include:
•    Nuts and Bolts of Agricultural Labor
•    Local vs. Migrant Labor Issues
•    Grower’s Perspective
•    Agricultural Labor Policy Update
•    Overview of Legal Issues by National Agricultural Law Center

Where: University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service Headquarters, 2301 South University Ave. Little Rock, AR 72204                 Bruce Tencleve

. . . . .This year’s State Fair attendance registered in as the 3rd largest ever with just over 447,000.  Arkansas Farm Bureau continued its role as a major corporate sponsor, as well as a significant contributor toward various livestock show awards and the Sale of Champions and Scholarship Program.  Other major State Fair activities included a 50-ft. display in the Hall of Industry focused on the importance of Arkansas agriculture and the “Ag-In-Action” interactive exhibit serving as an Agricultural Education Center for Children.         Travis Justice

FARM BUREAU SPONSORS ANNUAL “PURPLE CIRCLE CLUB” AWARDS. . . .The Arkansas Purple Circle Club is a recognition program for youth exhibitors at the State Fair who earn Champion honors with their livestock exhibits.  The Purple Circle awards luncheon is scheduled November 3 in the Farm Bureau Arts and Crafts Building on the state fairgrounds.  This year 107 junior exhibitors from 40 counties will be recognized for exhibiting Grand Champion animals.  2012 marks the eighth year Farm Bureau as sponsored this activity.                Travis Justice

RECENT STATE VOTES TO INCREASE BEEF CHECKOFF FAIL. . . .In recent weeks, both Ohio and California have conducted producer referendums to increase their beef checkoff assessment from $1.00 to $2.00 per head.  Ohio’s vote failed (47% for and 53% against).  California’s referendum also failed to pass on their simple majority vote.       Travis Justice

. . . . .Severe drought has taken a toll on forages in Arkansas. "Focus on Recovery" is the theme of the 2012 Arkansas Forage and Grassland Council Forage Conference set for Thursday, November 1. Conference topics were selected to help producers affected by the severe drought. The conference will be held at the Agora Center in Conway at 705 E Siebenmorgen Road starting at 9:00 a.m. Topics will be covered by nationally known speakers and long-time experts. Speakers from Oklahoma State University and the Noble Foundation will talk about what they learned from the 2011 drought for rebuilding forages, livestock herds, and about the actual market value of forages. Breakout sessions in the afternoon will cover best management for grazing winter annual forages, weed control issues, and a demonstration of smart phone and iPad apps for farm use. The afternoon session will feature a producer panel discussing what practices worked best during this year's drought. A wrap-up summary will be given titled "Making the most of your unplanned pasture improvement opportunity".

Registration can be paid at the door by cash, credit or debit card, or check. The registration fee is $45 per person or $50 per couple and includes lunch, conference materials, and membership in the Arkansas Forage and Grassland Council and American Forage and Grassland Council. Commercial exhibits and booths will be set up for attendees to see the latest forage management products. Pre-registration is encouraged to help with conference planning, but is not required for attendance. Anyone wanting to improve their forage system should attend this conference.                  Click here for flier                                          Travis Justice

FARM BUREAU VEHICLE PURCHASE PROGRAM. . . . . Members now have a better way to buy a new or used vehicle through this easy to use program.  Benefits include in-depth price reports, target prices, estimated values and certified dealers.  The $500 GM incentive for members is already built into the system for qualifying vehicles.  Complete details at

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