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MANHATTAN, Kan. – Even during a global pandemic, swine experts at Kansas State University are committed to making research a cornerstone of their program.

This year’s annual K-State Swine Day – scheduled Nov. 18-19 – will be held online only but they’re promising a program chock-full of research presentations just like year’s past.

“Due to increasing concerns around the evolving Covid-19 situation and standing by our commitment to the safety of our participants, volunteers and partners as our top priority, we’ve made the decision to transition this year’s Swine Day to an online format,” said Mike Tokach, University Distinguished Professor and swine specialist with K-State Research and Extension.

Registration is now available at KSUSwine.org and is free through Nov. 11. More information also is available online from the K-State Department of Animal Sciences and Industry.

Tokach said the online program includes a series of 15- to 20-minute presentations beginning at 10 a.m. each day and focusing on swine nutrition, feed safety and feed processing.

The agenda includes:

November 18 

  • Feeding sows immediately before farrowing.
  • Minimizing disruption in nutrient intake after weaning.
  • Preparing for a world without zinc oxide.
  • Current K-State swine nutrition and management research.
  • Understanding and influencing pig body weight variation.

November 19 

  • Feed Safety, including feed mill biosecurity and research findings.
  • Feed processing, including sessions on corn particle size, pellet quality and amino acid digestibility.

For more information, contact Lois Schreiner at 785-532-1267 or lschrein@ksu.edu.

INDIANAPOLIS (Thursday, Oct. 1, 2020/National FFA Organization)—The National FFA Organization is embracing an essential journey to ensure agricultural education and FFA is available and accessible to all.

This week, the National FFA Organization shared with colleagues and stakeholders the new Agricultural Education for All roadmap, which outlines the strategies the organization is taking to support inclusion, diversity and equity. FFA is taking steps to ensure the organization is a bully-free zone that reflects society’s demographics in membership, leadership and staff, and celebrates individuality.

“FFA is building the next generation of leaders—and the world needs leaders with diverse backgrounds, experiences, ideas and identities. Through agricultural education and FFA, students can take these experiences and apply them in their communities,” said Mark Poeschl, chief executive officer of the National FFA. “We want everyone to feel welcome in FFA and know they have a place to belong. It’s critical for our members to feel welcome, safe and celebrated as their authentic selves. Making a welcoming environment is important for our organization and for agriculture as a whole. I am excited to share with our staff, members and stakeholders the roadmap of the journey we are taking to achieve these goals.”

The Agricultural Education for All roadmap aims to ensure that FFA and agricultural education is a place where tolerance, respect and differences are valued.

Some examples of processes and programs FFA will implement include creating a dedicated inclusion, diversity and equity staff position at National FFA; offering additional gender identity options on all forms, surveys and applications; relaunch the H.O. Sargent Award to recognize individuals who have achieved success promoting inclusion, diversity and equity in agricultural education and FFA; developing Agricultural Education for All immersion curriculum and an online platform to build empathy, respect and inclusion for others; and training educators to be Agricultural Education for All facilitators.

Dr. Roger Cleveland, director of the Center for Research on the Eradication of Educational Disparities, has been working closely with FFA to develop the roadmap.

“After working with FFA for a year and a half now, the leadership has moved from words and conversations to action,” Cleveland said. “There have been great strides made to address inclusion, diversity and equity. This roadmap has a systemic focus that will transform the organization.”

More information on the roadmap can be found on FFA.org and FFA.org/ag-ed-for-all.

College students have a unique opportunity to attend the 2021 Cattle Industry Convention and NCBA Trade Show in Nashville, Tennessee, February 1-5 next year.

The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association is looking for a team of interns to gain firsthand experience and be able to interact with leaders of every segment of the cattle and beef industry. The group needs up to 18 interns to perform vital tasks to help with the success of the largest annual meeting in the U.S. beef cattle industry. Interns will help many different staff members and attendees with meetings and events and should be prepared to handle a wide range of responsibilities, which could include setting up the indoor arena, assisting at committee meetings and Cattle College, as well as posting on social media and contributing in the NCBA booth.

NCBA will also provide students with time to maximize industry networking. Students must be at least a junior-level college student, have a background in or working knowledge of cattle and beef, and have a minimum GPA of 3.0. Go to the NCBA website for more information. The deadline for applying is October 23.