USDA Secretary Announces Creation of Foundation for Food and Agricultural Research
WASHINGTON, July 23, 2014 -- Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced the creation of the Foundation for Food and Agricultural Research (FFAR) and the appointment of a 15-member board of directors. The new foundation will leverage public and private resources to increase the scientific and technological research, innovation, and partnerships critical to boosting America's agricultural economy.
Jul 27, 2014, 09:47
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack Proclaims August 3-9 National Farmers Market Week
WASHINGTON, July 21, 2014 - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has declared August 3 through 9, 2014, "National Farmers Market Week". Throughout the week, USDA will celebrate our nation's thousands of farmers markets, farmers who make them possible and the communities that host them.
Jul 27, 2014, 09:46
USDA Selects 36 Energy Facilities to Accept Biomass Deliveries
Program Includes Biomass Removals from Federal Lands to Reduce Forest Fires
WASHINGTON, July 23, 2014 — Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has selected 36 energy facilities in 14 states to accept biomass deliveries supported by the Biomass Crop Assistance Program (BCAP), which was authorized by the 2014 Farm Bill. Biomass owners who supply these facilities may qualify for BCAP delivery assistance starting July 28, 2014.
Jul 27, 2014, 09:43
Germany Announces Reining Team For 2014 World Equestrian Games
The National Federation of Germany announced their reining team today for the 2014 World Equestrian Games at Normandy, France. It will consist of Nina Lill riding GR Hug A Jewel, Grischa Ludwig riding Custom Del Cielo, Alexander Ripper riding Wild At The Bar and Volker Schmitt riding Smokin Mifillena. Bad Luck for Sylvia Rzepka, whose horse suffered an injury and cannot compete.
Jul 27, 2014, 09:11
$220,000 Sale Incentive Unveiled
NRHA / Markel Insurance Futurity Sales
Any 2-year-old that is consigned to the 2014 NRHA / Markel Insurance Futurity Prospect Sale that competes in the 2015 NRHA Futurity, and wins one of the following divisions, will be paid an additional award as follows:
OPEN / NON PRO:
Level 4 = $50,000
Level 3 = $35,000
Level 2 = $25,000
75% to Owner / 25% to Consignor
Get in the game. Consign now!
Jul 27, 2014, 09:09
Primm produces winning run in Livermore
Livermore, California-In many ways, it was very fitting to see Rachel Primm sprint to the victory at the 96th annual Livermore Rodeo on June 15, 2014.
For one thing, it was Father's Day and Primm lists her father, Roger, as one of her primary influences and supporters to her rodeo career.
"My dad's gotten really into it; he's really interested in the breeding," explains Primm. The elder Primm was not a cowboy, though he rode horses as a youngster. He was more involved in drag racing, apparently passing his love of going fast onto daughter Rachel.
Jul 21, 2014, 18:19
Peebles captures coveted California Salinas Rodeo title
SALINAS, Calif. – While growing up in Salinas, Calif., bareback rider Steven Peebles always dreamed of winning the California Rodeo Salinas.
|Steven Peebles - PRCA|
His dream became a reality July 20.
Peebles registered a two-head score of 165 points to win the average at the July 17-20 California Rodeo Salinas.
Jul 21, 2014, 18:13
PacWest Barrel Racing Rules
PacWest is committed to the growth of fun, exciting barrel racing for all ages and levels. We promote the sport to the best of our ability, with great focus on the horse and rider
safety at all times.
Jul 17, 2014, 18:27
South Buckeye Equestrian & Events Center
South Buckeye Equestrian & Events Center is the home of many national events that bring riders from all over the United States to compete in our state of the art facility. Many of the events we host are also training events that bring some of the best instructors in Equine Sports to our facility.
Jul 17, 2014, 18:22
THE BEN AVERY MOUNTED SHOOTING CENTER DEVELOPMENT
Arizona Mounted Shooters are creating the World’s First Mounted Shooting Center at the Ben Avery Shooting Facility, BASF, in north Phoenix, Arizona. All of the shooter’s efforts are donated to the State of Arizona. The project is led by The Ben Avery Mounted Shooting Development committee and the Arizona Game and Fish Department, AGFD, who manages and operates the entire shooting range. Essential supporters include Arizona Cowboy Mounted Shooters Association, The national Cowboy Mounted Shooting Association, Jim Rodgers, Western Shooting Horse Magazine and Royce Anderson.
Jul 16, 2014, 18:04
Cowboy Mounted Shooters FAQ
What is CMSA?
Cowboy Mounted Shooting Association® is the Fastest Growing Equestrian Sport in the Nation. Mounted contestants compete in this fast action timed event using two .45 caliber single action revolvers each loaded with five rounds of specially prepared blank ammunition. The Cowboy Mounted Shooting Association "C.M.S.A." has a variety of levels of competition for everyone, ranging from novice levels to the seasoned professional.
Jul 16, 2014, 17:53
Unveiling at Hall of Fame
The 2014 induction class unveiled at the the American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame & Museum.
Displays for the 2014 induction class of the American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame were unveiled July 15 in a special ceremony that honored those inductees at the American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame & Museum in Amarillo.
Jul 16, 2014, 17:37
Secretary Jewell Announces $43 Million to States for Parks, Outdoor Recreation through Land Water Conservation Fund
Joins with Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price to Underscore Importance of Urban Parks; Calls on Congress to Approve Full, Permanent Funding of Program
FORT WORTH, TX – Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell today joined Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price, co-chair of the bipartisan coalition of Mayors for Parks, to announce that $43.38 million will be distributed from the Land and Water Conservation Fund to all 50 States, the Territories, and the District of Columbia for state-identified outdoor recreation and conservation projects.
Jul 16, 2014, 17:35
Bass strikes it rich in Calgary
Calgary, Alberta-Three weeks ago, Florida cowgirl Kaley Bass was not ranked inside the top 15 of the WPRA World standings, not inside the top 20, not even inside the top 35. After two consecutive trips to the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo, Bass was ranked 38th after competing in just 14 rodeos prior to the Fourth of July.
|Kaley Bass, photo by Mike Copeman|
Other competitors may have panicked, just a bit. But Bass entered the summer run with a confidence born of riding the same horse for over a decade, born of knowing that horse's mind as well as your own and born of two summers past with tremendous success.
Jul 16, 2014, 17:28
News & notes from the rodeo trail, July 14
Three horses belonging to two-time World Champion Steer Wrestler Lee Graves (2005, 2009) were injured slightly in an abduction July 9 in Black Diamond, Alberta. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police responded to the report of a stolen truck and horse trailer containing Graves’ horses – Dave, HYTY and Snap – at 1 a.m. Graves told RCMP officers he had parked his rig on Centre Avenue beside the Black Diamond Hotel an hour earlier, but noticed it was missing when he came out.
Jul 16, 2014, 17:26
Spreadborough is tops in Sheridan
SHERIDAN, Wyo. – After a two-year absence from competing at the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo, saddle bronc rider Sam Spreadborough is making a strong push to return to Las Vegas. Winning the Sheridan WYO Rodeo definitely helped his cause.
The Australian cowboy registered an 88-point ride on Sankey Rodeo’s Tango to win the saddle bronc riding title at the Sheridan County Fairgrounds.
Jul 16, 2014, 17:21
Kimzey bounces back in Casper
CASPER, Wyo. – Some cowboys may have panicked after finding nothing but coal in their Cowboy Christmas stocking last week, but not Sage Kimzey.
The 19-year-old bull rider rebounded from a Grinch-like Fourth of July week to win the July 8-12 Central Wyoming Fair & PRCA Rodeo with a total of 166 points on two head.
Kimzey didn’t make a single penny during Cowboy Christmas, but the win in Casper was a nice pick-me-up.
Jul 16, 2014, 17:19
Animal Health Emergency Management
As leaders in animal health emergency management, we develop strategies and policies for effective incident management and help to coordinate incident response. As a liaison to outside emergency management groups, we ensure that Veterinary Services (VS) emergency management policies, strategies, and responses are consistent with national and international standards.
Jul 15, 2014, 11:36
Animal Disease Traceabililty
On January 9, 2013, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) published a final rule establishing general regulations for improving the traceability of U.S. livestock moving interstate. The rule became effective on March 11, 2013.
Jul 15, 2014, 11:35
Senate Confirmation of Darci Vetter as Chief Agricultural Negotiator
WASHINGTON, July 10, 2014—U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack today made the following statement on the Senate Confirmation of Darci Vetter as U.S. Chief Agricultural Negotiator:
"I am pleased that America's farmers, ranchers and rural communities will continue to benefit from Darci's experience and background in her new role as U.S. Chief Agricultural Negotiator. As Deputy Under Secretary for Farm and Foreign Agricultural Services, she helped to facilitate record food and farm exports that supported nearly one million jobs here at home and expanded opportunity in rural communities. I have no doubt that Darci will continue to be a valuable advocate for rural America."
Jul 15, 2014, 11:33