Junior Spotlight- Emily Jackson

IBBA features Emily Jackson in the Junior Spotlight. From Waco, Texas, Emily is the reigning Miss International Junior Brangus Association Queen and is actively involved in the IJBBA. Emily has a strong passion for the agriculture industry. She is currently a junior at Texas Tech University and wishes to be a lobbyist or an advocate for the agriculture industry, disproving false claims made by organizations with an anti-meat agenda. Watch the video to see how the IJBBA has made an impact on Emily’s life.

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IJBBA to Host Inaugural Leadership Conference

The International Junior Brangus Breeders Association (IJBBA) will host the first “Legacy Conference” for all IJBBA members January 4-6, 2013, in San Antonio, Texas. Participants will meet and network with other juniors from across the country while building fundamental leadership skills. Pre-registration is just $100 until December 15, 2012, and late registration is available until December 21.

Download the conference schedule and make plans to attend the first IJBBA Legacy Conference in January. To register, download and complete the registration form, and return it to Tyler Dean. Visit the IJBBA website for more information.

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New Technologies and Old Techniques Key to Young Producer’s Success

By Brittni Drennan, IBBA Communications Coordinator

Most involved in the cattle industry are aware of a potential threat that began creeping up in the minds of producers across the nation and is gaining speed as it quickly approaches. The question lingering among farmers and producers is, “Who is going to lead the future of agriculture”?

While many producers are ready to hand down the reins of their operations, there are fewer young people willing to take over. However, that does not mean there are not still some out there willing to jump in and give it a try.

Brody Wallis grew up in Atoka located in southeastern Oklahoma and was always drawn to the agriculture industry. He was raised on his family’s small ranch in which a commercial cow-calf operation was in place to manage the property as well as keep family ties to the cattle industry. He then began taking more of an interest in the cattle operation as he was exposed to agriculture through 4-H and showing cattle throughout high school in FFA. He especially enjoyed visiting relatives on larger cattle operations in north Texas where he was able to watch and learn how large-scale commercial cattle ranches operated.

Wallis started college at Oklahoma State University with the intent of practicing large animal veterinary medicine. He later decided that he wanted to be in the beef industry in another capacity. He changed his Animal Science option from pre-vet to business and began taking classes in economics and range management to gain knowledge that would prepare him for a future in the cattle industry. His formal education helped Wallis form the basis for a small herd of cows on his family ranch.

“As a long-term goal, I want to be a producer who can make a positive impact in the industry,” Wallis said. “With an aging industry and aging producers, there are going to be more opportunities for young producers to introduce new ideas and perspectives to advance and grow the industry all while maintaining the values and beliefs that leaders ahead of us instilled.”

Wallis grew up around commercial cow-calf operations, but when he went to college one of his goal was to diversify himself within the beef industry. He worked for the OSU purebred cattle operation while obtaining his bachelor’s degree as well as worked for a year in the OSU meat laboratory on the campus in Stillwater. To gain valuable experience in the cattle feeding industry he worked as an intern for JBS Five Rivers Cattle Feeding LLC in Hartley, Texas. Wallis is now about to complete his master’s degree at OSU in animal science specializing in ruminant nutrition while doing his research in grazing stocker cattle and subsequent feedyard performance.

“As young people in the industry, we can bring advanced technologies and higher education back to introduce to the operation,” Wallis said. “And with my background and the mentors I’ve had, I want to provide quality genetics to commercial producers whether it’s Brangus bulls and females or crossbred females.

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DOL Proposed Rules could have Critical Effect on Agriculture

New Department of Labor rule will all but eliminate kids under 18 working in agriculture

by Jill Dunkel, FeedLot Magazine

UPDATE: The Department of Labor has extended the comment period on this rule to December 1, 2011. You may submit comments by either of the following:

• Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to the online rulemaking portal. Then click the “Submit a Comment” box found at the top of the page.

• U.S. Mail: Send your comment to Wage and Hour Division, U.S. Department of Labor, Room S-3502, 200 Constitution Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20210.

Odds are, many of us involved professionally in agriculture had some type of ag job growing up. Maybe you hauled hay on your ranch or your neighbors’. Perhaps you cowboy’d in the summers and on weekends for extra cash. If your family farmed, you most definitely spent some time inside a tractor as soon as you were old enough to see over the steering wheel.

But if the Department of Labor (DOL) has their way, those days spent helping, learning and contributing to an agribusiness will come to an end for many teenagers. The Fair Labor Standard Act of 1938, which established child labor laws, includes an exemption for agriculture allowing children under 16 to work on farms and ranches. However, a proposal from the DOL seeks to remove that exemption.

The proposal would place new limits on “hired farm workers” under the age of 16, and in some cases 18, restricting their ability to work on horse farms, ranches and auctions. Specifically, the rule would prohibit workers under the age of 18 from working in feedlots, or auction barns, and would also not allow workers under 16 from herding livestock on horseback, on foot or from a motorized vehicle.

Basically, the DOL believes that it’s too dangerous for anyone under 16 to work around livestock. There is an exemption if the teenagers are working on farms or ranches owned by their parents, however farms or ranches that are owned as partnerships with other family members are not exempt.

If this rule becomes law, no longer will ranch kids get to go brandin’ with their parents. Today’s youth won’t be allowed to get a job cleaning horse stalls, feeding cattle, or hauling hay. They won’t be given the opportunity to learn alongside an experienced mentor and develop a love and passion for animal agriculture while developing a strong work ethic.

Joe Parker, Jr., president of Texas & Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association said this in his comments submitted to the DOL: “Our youth are a key component to ensure the future of agriculture remains strong and prosperous, and we must continue to afford them the opportunity to be involved at a young age. There is no measure to the valuable experiences and extraordinary work ethic young people gain through working in the cattle industry.”

Initally, public comment was being accepted through November 1, however ag organizations have requested a 60-day extension to the comment period.

Other related articles:

Drovers- http://www.cattlenetwork.com/cattle-news/Farmers-encouraged-to-comment-on-DOL-proposed-rules-131097708.html

US Dept. of Labor- http://www.dol.gov/whd/CL/AG_NPRM.htm

Delta Farm Press- http://deltafarmpress.com/government/agriculture-facing-major-changes-child-labor-laws