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Wendy’s: Sharing Beef Quality Story

Key staff members share Wendy’s support for beef industry,
plans for future beef promotions.

“We are here because we think we have a lot in common,” said Liliana Esposito, director of communications for the hamburger chain Wendy’s. Esposito shared remarks about the company during a Learning Lounge session in the NCBA Trade Show area at the 2016 Cattle Industry Convention in San Diego Jan. 28. A Wendy’s food truck was also on hand for two days, offering free burgers and Frostys® to convention attendees.

Esposito explained that Wendy’s is “investing more in our brand and our beef business,” and said the company is looking to work with the beef industry to “help us bring a product to our customers that they love.”

Established in 1969 by Dave Thomas, Wendy’s was built around “fresh, never frozen” burgers. Read more.

Casey Jentz

Casey Jentz

Association Perspective

Stay consistent and measure your results.

After coming home from the National Western Stock Show in Denver, there is always a lot of excitement about the new bulls and different sire groups that everyone had the chance to see. This show is often the best chance producers have to see genetics from different parts of the country all at the same place to help compare them. This is also a chance to remember what works best for your operation and to be consistent with what you are trying to accomplish.

At the end of the day, being profitable is the goal of every cattle operation, but there are many different ways to achieve that goal. The best way to achieve this is to have goals and try to be consistent with what you are selecting for. This can be especially true when selecting the next genetics for your operation by means of bull selection. Read more.

Intro to Washington, D.C.

Members of NCBA’s Washington staff outline past,
present and future policy issues.

National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) staff members from Washington, D.C., offered policy updates to cattlemen and women gathered in San Diego, Calif., for the Cattle Industry Convention & NCBA Trade Show Jan. 28.

Colin Woodall, vice president of government affairs; Kristina Butts, senior executive director of government affairs; Kent Bacus, executive director of legislative affairs; Scott Yager, environmental counsel for NCBA; and Ethan Lane, executive director of the Public Lands Council (PLC), led discussions. Read more.

Tax & Credit Changes

Tax extenders, bonus depreciation, estate tax, Dodd-Frank and bank consolidation among topics discussed.

"Even when you win, it's not over."

South Dakota rancher Bill Slovek offered that statement as a warning to National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) members attending the organization’s Tax & Credit Committee meeting Jan. 29. Slovek chairs the committee, which met in San Diego, Calif., during the 2016 Cattle Industry Convention & NCBA Trade Show.

Slovek’s truism seemed particularly appropriate as NCBA staffer Kent Bacus reviewed 2015 and the twists and turns of the ever-changing U.S. tax code. In retrospect, Bacus called it a good year. For one thing, the House of Representatives voted to fully repeal the federal estate tax — the so-called death tax. The Senate has not taken up the measure, but Bacus called the House action a good sign.

“It was a full House vote. There were no empty seats,” stated Bacus. “It was an important vote to have on the record.” Read more.

What’s Inside …

In this February edition of the Angus Beef Bulletin EXTRA, you'll find valuable articles devoted to the management, marketing, and health and nutrition of your beef enterprise. Select from the tabs at the top of the page to access this month’s entire offering by category. A few select features include:

News Briefs …

The American Angus Association and its subsidiaries generate a wealth of information to keep members and affiliates informed of what's happening within the industry, as well as with the programs and services they offer. Click here for easy access to the newsrooms of the American Angus Association and Certified Angus Beef LLC and the Angus Journal Daily archive available in the API Virtual Library.

Health Insurance

Is it too late to enroll for 2016?

Open enrollment for buying coverage through the Affordable Care Act’s health insurance marketplace ended Jan. 31. That means you can’t buy health insurance for 2016 through the marketplace unless you qualify for a special enrollment.

Due to concerns about potential abuse of these special enrollments, new guidelines have been issued clarifying the enforcement of special enrollment periods. Read more.

Your Health


Preventing Bone Loss

Study shows dried plums provide protection from bone loss due to radiation.

Nancy Turner, a Texas A&M AgriLife Research scientist in College Station, was one of a team of researchers who recently studied different interventions to protect from radiation-induced bone loss.

The team’s paper, “Dried Plum Protects from Bone Loss Caused by Iodizing Radiation,” was recently published in Scientific Reports and can be found at Other institutions involved in the study were the Bone and Signaling Laboratory of NASA’s Ames Research Center, the department of radiation oncology at the University of California–Irvine and the division of endocrinology at the University of California–San Francisco.

The study showed consuming dried plums can protect from ionizing radiation that increases oxidative damage in skeletal tissues and results in an imbalance in bone remodeling. Read more.