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Ag Event Calendar – Canceled or Postponed Events due to Coronavirus

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Based on recommendations from the US Government and The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, many events, rodeos and other gatherings have been canceled, rescheduled or modified in an effort to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

People who have general questions about coronavirus disease can call The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Information Line at 800-CDC-INFO (800-232-4636).

Canceled or Postponed Events

Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo
March 3-22, Houston, TX

Weld County State Shooting Sports Training
March 13 -15, CO

2020 Kansas Junior Sheep Producer Day
March 14, Manhattan, KS
For more information, contact Lois Schreiner at 785-532-1267 or lschrein@ksu.edu.

Weld County 4-H Horse Levels Workshop
March 14, CO

Weld County 4-H Sunday Dog Practice
March 15, CO

2023 Informational CWF Meeting
March 15, CO

Young Farmer and Rancher Conference
March 16, Louisville, KY
For further information, please contact ACBeginningFarmersandRanchers@usda.gov.

Weld County 4-H Winter Shooting Sports Practice
March 16, CO

BCHA Annual Meeting, Dinner & Community Social
March 17, Longmont, CO

University of Wyoming Private Pesticide Applicator Education Classes
March 17, Hulett, WY
March 18, Gillette, WY
March 18, Sheridan, WY
March 19, Kaycee, WY

Trout Unlimited – How to Match the Hatch presented by Rocky Mountain Flycasters
March 18, Fort Collins, CO

Weld County 4-H Dog Practice
March 18, CO

Women Supporting Women Event
March 19, North Platte, NE

Black Mesa CattleWomen’s Ag Expo for Delta County 4th grade students
Friday, March 20, Hotchkiss, CO

Wyoming Bee College Conference
March 20-22, Cheyenne, WY

The Nebraska Hall of Agricultural Achievement (NHAA) Banquet
March 20th, Lincoln, NE

Wellington Auction Household Consignment Auction
March 20, Wellington, CO

Laramie County 4-H Benefit Bash
Cheyenne, WY

4-H Rocky Mountain Oyster Fry
March 21, Eagle, CO

2020 Kansas State University Sheep Producer Day
March 21, Manhattan, KS
For more information, contact Lois Schreiner at 785-532-1267 or lschrein@ksu.edu.

4-H Day at the Weld Food Bank
March 23, Greeley, CO

The Merry Mixer 4-H Club 24th Annual Cowboy Poetry Night
March 28, Gateway, CO

4-H Speech Contest
March 28, CO

Larimer County Parks Advisory Board Public Meeting
March, Loveland, CO
The Board’s next scheduled meeting is Tuesday, April 7, 2020 at Natural Resources Administration Offices (AO), 1800 S. County Road 31, Loveland. For additional information, please contact Ken Brink Jr., Visitor Services Manager, at (970) 619-4555.

Yonts Water Conference
April 8, Gering, NE
“It is our plan to develop an online version of this conference for the same date, April 8. When we do, we will be sending out an updated news release with details about that event.”

ServSafe Training Program
April 16-17, Bridgeport, NE
For foodservice employees who need ServSafe Certification this spring, an online course is available at https://www.servsafe.com/ServSafe-Manager.

More Information

(In alphabetical order)

Colorado State University

On-campus events: All university events involving 20 or more external visitors or targeted toward an at-risk population are suspended effective March 23 through April 10. The University will re-evaluate and issue further guidelines in advance of that date.

Off-campus events: All university-hosted off-campus events involving 20 or more people or targeted toward an at-risk population are suspended effective March 23 through April 10. We will re-evaluate and issue further guidelines in advance of that date.

More information: https://safety.colostate.edu/coronavirus

CRMR (Central Rocky Mountain Region)

Following the national trend of eliminating or reducing team sports, the Central Rocky Mountain Region (CRMR), in which the University of Wyoming competes, is canceling the first three rodeos of the spring season. In response to concerns about the novel coronavirus COVID-19, the CRMR has canceled rodeos at Gillette College, Eastern Wyoming College and Colorado State University. The spring season was scheduled to begin next week. The spring schedule has been set back until April 17-19 for the Casper College rodeo. UW’s annual Laramie River Rendezvous Rodeo is still scheduled April 24-26. The College National Finals Rodeo is June 14-20 at the Casper Events Center. Both the UW men’s and women’s teams lead the CRMR standings heading into the abbreviated season.

Kansas State University

Kansas State University has suspended classes and meetings for groups over 100 people to mitigate the risk of spreading COVID-19. Out of an abundance of caution and concern for the health and safety of our participants, volunteers and speakers, the decision has been made to CANCEL Kansas Junior Sheep Producer Day and Kansas State University Sheep Producer Day. We are saddened to have to make this call.

Laramie County Events

With expanding concerns regarding the coronavirus, this past weekend the CDC announced a recommendation that all events of 50 people or more are canceled or postponed. With the safety of our community, guests and event planners in mind, all events scheduled through April at the Laramie County Fairgrounds at Archer have been postponed.

The Laramie County Sportsman’s Expo, originally planned for March 27-29 has been rescheduled for May 15-17, 2020 at the Event Center in Archer. At this time no changes have been made to the 2020 Laramie County Fair. We will continue to monitor updates from the CDC, Wyoming Department of Health, Cheyenne-Laramie County Health Department, and other key entities.

Mid-Plains Community College

Mid-Plains Community College is canceling a number of its upcoming events in an attempt to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19 and to protect its students, staff and the communities that it serves.

Staff are still on campus and will continue to answer phone calls and emails. Whenever possible, prospective students and the public are encouraged to call and schedule an appointment prior to arriving on campus as many needs can be addressed virtually.

The canceled events include: 

  • March 18 – Inter-High Day, North Platte/Imperial Campus expansion groundbreaking, Imperial
  • March 20 – Associate of Fine Arts artist reception, Keystone Business Center in McCook 
  • March 25 – Expanding Your Horizons conference, North Platte 
  • March 29 – TeamMates Mentoring event – McCook 
  • April 5 – SKD induction ceremony, North Platte 
  • April 8 – American Red Cross blood drive, North Platte 
  • April 9 – Paint-In, McCook/ Registration Days, McCook and North Platte 
  • April 20 – NPCC Honors Convocation/NPCC Athletic Banquet, North Platte 
  • April 20-25 – Medical Laboratory Professionals Week activities, North Platte 
  • April 21 – NPCC Foundation Scholarship Reception, North Platte
  • April 24 – AFA Exhibition and Thesis Defense Show opening reception, McCook 
  • April 27 – PTK induction ceremony/ MCC Honors Convocation/ MCC Athletic Banquet, all in McCook 

All non-credit, on-campus classes have also been canceled. Decisions about commencement ceremonies and other future events will be announced closer to their scheduled times. Anyone planning to attend an event not on this list is encouraged to contact the hosting campus to determine if the event will continue as planned. More information about MPCC’s response to coronavirus can be found on the college’s website at mpcc.edu.

National 4-H Council

Effective March 22, 2020, all face to face 4-H events, meetings and activities are suspended until May 15, 2020. Please keep in mind, as this develops the March 22nd date could be pushed earlier and the May 15th date could be extended.

  • All face to face 4-H meetings, both club and county, are suspended. This includes those held at the fairgrounds and those that are offsite.
  • All face to face 4-H practices (teams, shooting sports, horse open rides and clinics, dog practices, etc.) are suspended. This includes those held at the fairgrounds and those that are offsite.
  • All face to face 4-H workshops and other 4-H sponsored activities are suspended. This includes those held at the fairgrounds and those that are offsite.
  • The 4-H staff will be communicating with your organizational leader to give options for having virtual 4-H meetings. Weld County 4-H families will receive more specific club and project information from your leaders.

National Little Britches Rodeo Association

Due to the recent high call volume with the concerns over the Corona Virus the National Office has decided to postpone the release of the camping and stalls that was scheduled for this Thursday March 19, 2020. We have decided to schedule it out for one month and the new release date will be April 16, 2020 at 9:00 MST. With all of the company closures and layoff’s currently taking place nationwide our hope is this extension will give everyone a chance to get past the uncertainty and not put additional financial strain on our families during this current situation. We apologize for any inconvenience this will cause to some but think that the decision will benefit most member’s as a whole.

We currently have been experiencing a lot of calls regarding our franchise rodeos. At this time the National Office has decided to leave the scheduling of the rodeo’s up to the franchise’s themselves. As many of you know regulations are different from state to state and in most place’s county to county. It would be impossible to regulate that from our office here in Colorado. At this time, it will be at the discretion of the facilities and franchises to determine if the rodeos will take place. Having said that the NLBRA would encourage everyone to follow the CDC guidelines in your area and follow all state and county regulations.

At this time there has been no change in plans for the National Finals being held in July. We will continue to monitor the situation closely over the coming months and will keep everyone updated as we learn more. We would encourage everyone to enjoy the time spent in the practice pens, take the long overdue horse ride with the kids, and simply enjoy your time with families. This too will pass and we will look forward to seeing all of you at the future rodeos. Don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions at all.


See the full list upcoming PRCA Events and whether they are scheduled or canceled here: http://www.prorodeo.com/news-display/2020/03/13/updated-prca-event-status

University of Nebraska -Lincoln Extension

In response to the COVID-19 situation, Nebraska Extension has advised its employees to cancel face-to-face learning events that have been scheduled for upcoming weeks, or else develop on-line options for the public to participate.

Due to the situation with COVID-19, Nebraska Extension has canceled all in-person training, including chemigation and pesticide applicator training, starting March 16. We understand this is inconvenient, and we appreciate your patience and understanding at this time. Please see below for certification and recertification methods.

Private Training

Online private self-study program — Private applicators can certify or recertify by completing this online training program.


Purchase FlipBooks — Initial training for commercial/ noncommercial applicators will be available solely through our FlipBooks. NDA-administered applicator exams have been put on hold. Please contact NDA at 402-471-2351 for more information on exams.

Recertification sessions — For recertification, please contact our office at 402-472-1632.

University of Wyoming Extension

The University of Wyoming Extension has suspended all in-person events through March 31 due to coronavirus concerns. The suspension also includes all 4-H-related in-person activities. County extension offices will remain open and maintain established office hours, dependent upon circumstances within a county, said Kelly Crane, extension director. “We are an important resource for the communities we serve,” he said. “I hope UW Extension offices can continue to provide this critical support to Wyoming communities.” The guidelines are the extension’s efforts to mitigate risk and promote the health of extension employees, their families, and community members. Crane said the policy may change as conditions shift; for example, a determination about April events will be made when appropriate. Residents with questions can contact their local extension offices.

County extension office contact information is at www.uwyo.edu/uwe/county/index.html.

Wellington Auction Service, CO

​​NO Auction Until ​???? Due to the COVID-19 Restrictions, the next AUCTION has been postponed indefinitely. We hope to open again in a week or two and will let you know the date of the Next Auction as soon as possible. Thank you for your continued interest and support. Please check back here for updates: http://www.wellingtonauctionservice.com/index.html Stay Healthy and Hope to See You Soon!

McKinney: China not requesting purchase downgrade; focus on tough markets

HOUSTON — The Trump administration has not received any request from China to reduce its expected agricultural imports in the next two years due to the coronavirus, but the administration is focusing on increasing U.S. exports to some of the toughest markets in the world, Agriculture Undersecretary for Agricultural Trade and Foreign Agricultural Affairs Ted McKinney said here Wednesday.

The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative has not received any request to reduce the purchases to which China committed itself in the phase one trade agreement, McKinney told the National Ethanol Conference.

McKinney said he believes the Chinese will follow through on their promises because the agreement was signed on “a very public stage” — the White House. He noted, however, that a trip he was supposed to take last week to China was postponed due to the coronavirus.

But if the Chinese should fall behind in their purchases, “your product might be a way to catch up,” McKinney said.

McKinney also said that exporters are telling him that since the new trade agreement with Japan went into effect on Jan. 1, they are “catching up” on market share.

Since he took the job at the beginning of the Trump administration, McKinney noted, he has visited 25 countries and “no, it is not free, fair or reciprocal trade around the world.”

McKinney said he and the administration are operating on a “no stone unturned philosophy” on trade and that he is trying to open up the most difficult markets.

That includes Mexico, he said, which allows 10% ethanol except in the three major cities.

“I think the opportunities in Mexico are the consummate win-win,” McKinney said, with U.S. corn-based ethanol flowing south and Mexican sugar cane-based ethanol flowing north. “Our market is big enough for their ethanol and our ethanol.”

Brazil has imposed a tariff on U.S. ethanol, but Brazilian officials “know how we feel about the tariff they put on our ethanol. They worked us over to take our tariff down. It just sticks in my craw. I believe we will find success in getting rid of the doggone tariff they have put on us.”

Brazil “desperately” wants to become a member of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, a Paris-based organization of recognized wealthy, developed countries, he said. The ethanol tariff “is is a factor they have to take into consideration,” he said.

His predecessors told him India “is impossible,” McKinney said.

“They are not incorrect. I have been there twice and will go again.”

Noting that he was “the only aggie” at a reception to welcome the new Indian ambassador to Washington, he said “you must stick a toe, maybe an ankle into that water.”

He added that he believes ethanol will be part of President Donald Trump’s discussions when he visits India.

Indonesia is a potential market but it’s necessary to get the Indonesians to follow World Trade Organization rules, he said, citing other potential markets in Asia as Phillippines, Malaysia and Vietnam.

“We just have to keep at it,” McKinney said, noting that he has logged about 450,000 international air miles, but that Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue has told him he logs a million air miles while he holds the job.

Only the European Union “disses our product,” McKinney. “The rest of the world loves the quality and safety of our products.”

Sale Report Jamison Quarter Horses

TFP Rep: Drew Feller

Email Address: dfeller@tsln-fre.com

Date of Sale: Oct. 4 2019

Location: Quinter, Kan.

Auctioneer: Lynn Weishaar and Seth Weishaar

Sales Manager: United Livestock Brokers, Inc.


• 42 Ranch Geldings Average $8,282

• 1 Saddle Mare Average $20,000

• 48 2019 Foals Average $2,460

• 23 Broodmares Average $2,521

• 6 Kids’ Ranch Ponies Average $3,167

• 120 Total Lots Average $4,691


• $25,000 Driftwoods Fox, 2012 Buckskin gelding (SNW Northern Frost x WC Driftwood Buck). Buyer – Paul Ranch, Colo.

• $16,000 JA Colonel Rain, 2014 Sorrel gelding (JA Colonel Frostwood x A Night Train). Buyer – Dalmont Ranch, Okla.

• $14,000 Driftwoods Lonsum Jo, 2014 Buckskin gelding (Driftwoods Jo x Five Star Joe). Buyer – David Brown, Colo.

• $12,000 JA Winnwood Cline, 2011 Gray gelding (PC Citisun Cline x Wily Frosty Wood). Buyer – Leroy Young, Oklahoma.

• $11,000 Cause Ima Rebel, 2009 Sorrel gelding (Rebel Jeb Stuart). Buyer -Vicki Kinser, Tenn.

• $10,750 PC Go Guy 1126, 2013 Bay gelding (Peponita Cedar 1126). Buyer – Leroy Young, Okla.

• $10,500 Stanwood Frost, 2015 Buckskin gelding (PC Stan Wood x DVA Maxi Driftwood). Buyer – Anderson Cattle Co., Colo.

$10,500 KN Ratchett, 2011 Sorrel gelding (KN Fast Fast Freddy). Buyer – Tenneson Equine, Wash.

Saddle Mares:

• $20,000 Bet On Risto, 2013 Sorrel mare (Bulletproof Risto). Buyer – Paul Ranch, Colo.

2019 Foals:

• $7,750 2019 Dun colt (PC Frost Em Peppy x Three Jay Colonel). Buyer -Taylor Ranch, N. Mex.

• $4,500 2019 Dun filly (Roosters Shorty x DVA Maxi Driftwood). Buyer – Dugo Livestock, Cal.

• $3,900 2019 Sorrel colt (Roan Bar Valentine x PC Citisun Cline). Buyer – Worden Ranch, Tex.

$3700 2019 Bay Roan colt (PC Frost Em Peppy x Wilywood). Buyer – Shafer Ranch, N. Mex.


• $6,250 PC Laughing Delluxe, 2005 Bay mare (PC Laughing Sundust x Docs Oaks Sugar). Buyer – Cowan T4 Quarter Horses, S. Dak.

• $6,000 Roosters Racy Letters, 2006 Bay mare (Roosters Shorty x Capitol Letters). Buyer – Weeks Ranch, Kan.

Kids’ Ranch Ponies:

• $5,000 Badger, 2013 Gray pony gelding. Buyer – Bob McConville, Neb.

• $4,000 Jasper, 2013 Bay pony gelding, Buyer – Glaze Family, Kan.


Jamison Quarter Horses presented a standout offering of performance bred horses for their 16th annual Breeders & Ranchers Production Sale. A 23-state crowd of horsemen from across America were at ringside for the two day Performance Preview/Sale event staged at ranch headquarters, Quinter, Kan.

Sun Frost, Driftwood and Hancock performance bred horses from western Kansas’ big ranch country… that’s the program. Arena caliber ranch horses are the program goal. Stallions PC Frost Em Peppy and PC Citisun Cline (Sun Frost), JA Colonel Frostwood (World Ranch Versatility Champion Three Jay Colonel x PC Laughing Sundust), JA Frostwood Drift (DVA Maxi Driftwood x Sun Frost), Roosters Shorty (Gallo Del Cielo) and Driftwood Courage (Captain Courage AAAT x Docs Oaks Sugar, Orphan Drift) sire first class, versatile, all-around horses to fit that goal. The JA broodmares are anchored by granddaughters.

Ranch horses and well started ranch and arena prospects are the annual sale headline. Also featured were outstanding 2019 foals, JA program broodmares, and a fancy set of ranch ridden kids’ ponies. A full house crowd of ranchers, breeders, trainers, arena competitors and youth riders bid actively on all classes of horses. The success of this event with its proven bloodlines and quality stand as testimony for the equine industry’s respect for the JA brand and their well recognized AQHA Ranching Heritage breeding program. ❖

Livestock Market Reports – Week ending September 16, 2019

Livestock Market Reports week ending June 10, 2019

Texas men arrested for cattle theft

BASTROP, Texas — Charles Robert Holmes II, 56, of Del Valle and Christopher Lamont Richards Hill, 45, of Bastrop have been indicted and arrested for felony cattle theft. The arrests are the result of an investigation led by Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association Special Ranger Kenny Murchison with Bastrop County estray deputy Jr Tucker.

The investigation began after an area rancher reported the alleged theft of his cattle. He suspected that Holmes, the former caretaker of the property, had stolen the animals after being fired. Murchison quickly identified the stolen cattle as having been sold at the Lockhart Livestock Auction Barn. Sale records and data from TSCRA’s market inspection program helped to confirm that Holmes had sold 11 cows and Hill had sold 10 calves, all allegedly stolen.

In October, Murchison presented the case to a Bastrop County grand jury which handed down indictments for both suspects. Holmes and Hill were subsequently arrested and booked into the Bastrop County Jail, each on a $50,000 bond. As of writing, Holmes is free on bail, but Hill remains in custody pending trial.

The two men each face a second-degree felony charge for theft of livestock. The charges were enhanced because the crimes were committed against an elderly individual. If convicted, Holmes and Hill could face up to 20 years in prison as well as restitution and fines of up to $10,000.

TSCRA would like to thank the Bastrop County District Attorney’s Office and Bastrop County Sheriff’s Office, especially estray deputy Jr Tucker, for their assistance on the case.

Fighting world hunger can be profitable for ag biotech firms

LINCOLN, Neb. — New research from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln shows that agricultural biotechnology companies can do well by doing good.

Agricultural economists Konstantinos Giannakas and Amalia Yiannaka found that companies can profit by lowering the price of genetic-modification technology in hunger-stricken areas when consumers associate this technology with reducing malnutrition and hunger.

“When a company develops a new innovation, such as a new seed trait, a common assumption is that the company should exercise market power in order to maximize profits,” said Giannakas, Harold W. Eberhard Distinguished Professor of Agricultural Economics. “However, our research shows that the company can actually profit by giving away its technology to hunger-stricken areas.”

The Food and Agriculture Organization estimates that more than 820 million people around the world face malnutrition and hunger. Agricultural biotechnology has the potential to address food-insecurity challenges by enhancing both the resistance of plants to environmental stresses, such as drought, and the quality and nutritional value of food.

The research shows that when the association of genetic-modification technology with reduced malnutrition and hunger in food-insecure areas lessens consumer aversion to such technology, innovative companies will find it optimal to reduce their prices and increase consumer access to nutritious food in these areas. The reason is that their losses in these areas are more than compensated by their gains in the rest of the world.

“For these benefits to be maximized, it is important that the impact of genetic-modification technology in hunger-stricken areas of the world is significant and is broadly and effectively communicated,” Giannakas said.

The results of the study were recently published in Agricultural Economics, the journal of the International Association of Agricultural Economists.

World Bank study highlights cost of unsafe food in developing countries

A World Bank study released this week finds that the impact of unsafe food costs low- and middle-income economies about $110 billion in lost productivity and medical expenses each year.

The study, “The Safe Food Imperative: Accelerating Progress in Low- and Middle-Income Countries,” says that a lot of the costs could be avoided by improving how food is handled from farm to fork.

“Better managing the safety of food would also significantly contribute to achieving multiple Sustainable Development Goals, especially those relating to poverty, hunger and well-being,” the study says.

Foodborne diseases caused an estimated 600 million illnesses and 420,000 premature deaths in 2010, according to World Health Organization, but the problem is concentrated in sub-Saharan Africa and southern Asia.

“Relative to their population, low- and middle-income countries in South Asia, Southeast Asia, and sub-Saharan Africa bear a proportionately high burden,” the report says, noting that these countries account for 41 percent of the global population yet 53 percent of all foodborne illness and 75 percent of related deaths.

“Unsafe food threatens young children the most: although children under 5 make up only 9 percent of the world’s population, they account for almost 40 percent of foodborne disease and 30 percent of related deaths.”

“Food safety receives relatively little policy attention and is under-resourced. Action is normally reactive — to major foodborne disease outbreaks or trade interruptions — rather than preventative,” said Juergen Voegele, senior director of the Food and Agriculture Global Practice at the World Bank.

“By focusing on domestic food safety more deliberately, countries can strengthen the competitiveness of their farmers and food industry and develop their human capital. After all, safe food is essential to fuel a healthy, educated and resilient workforce,” Voegele said.

“Governments in low- and middle-income countries not only need to invest more in food safety but also invest more smartly,” said Steven Jaffee, lead agriculture economist at the World Bank and study co-author.

“This means investing in foundational knowledge, human resources, and infrastructure; realizing synergies among investments in food safety, human health, and environmental protection; and using public investment to leverage private investment.”

The study also supports a shift in approaches to food safety regulation. The traditional approach centers on enforcing regulatory compliance through product testing and food facility inspections, and the application of legal and financial penalties for infractions. Greater emphasis is needed on providing information and other resources to motivate and empower food sector operators to comply with food safety regulation.

“The results of regulation should be measured in terms of compliant enterprises, confident consumers, and food safety outcomes rather than the number of fines or business closures,” said Jaffee.

The report was supported by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, and draws on data and insights from the CGIAR Research Program on Agriculture for Nutrition and Health, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, the World Bank, the World Health Organization, the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE), and other partners.

Hot foods purchases approved for SNAP recipients in 23 Georgia counties; also in Florida, North Carolina, Virginia

WASHINGTON — To provide relief from the impacts of Hurricane Michael, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food and Nutrition Service will allow participants in the USDA’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program in 23 Georgia counties to buy hot foods with their benefits through Nov. 17, 2018.

“Hurricane Michael ravaged communities, leaving thousands across the South without power and other services for days,” said USDA’s Acting Deputy Under Secretary for Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services Brandon Lipps. “We are working with our state and private partners every day to give citizens in need flexibility, so they can feed their families and get back on their feet.”

The purchases are allowed in the following Georgia counties: Baker, Ben Hill, Brooks, Calhoun, Clay, Cook, Crisp, Decatur, Dougherty, Early, Grady, Lee, Miller, Mitchell, Randolph, Seminole, Sumter, Terrell, Thomas, Tift, Turner, Webster, and Worth.

“Hot foods” include items sold at authorized SNAP retailers that are hot at the point of sale. This temporary policy, requested by the state and approved by USDA, addresses the inability of those SNAP participants affected by the disaster to prepare food at home. SNAP authorized retailers may need between 24-36 hours to be ready to accept SNAP benefits for hot foods due to programmatic changes that may be required at their stores.

Today’s announcement is the latest in a series of actions that USDA has taken to help residents, farmers and ranchers affected by Hurricane Michael.

Following Hurricane Michael, FNS has worked with state officials to support residents in Florida, North Carolina and Virginia by:

Granting waivers increasing flexibilities in the National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program for schools in Florida’s Gulf and Washington counties;

Satisfying requests for almost 900 cases of USDA foods in four Florida counties;

Extending certification periods and waived periodic reporting requirements for ongoing Florida SNAP households in Bay, Calhoun, Gadsden, Gulf, Jackson, and Liberty counties. This waiver will ensure ongoing households continue to receive crucial nutrition assistance and allow the state agency to sustain timely processing for ongoing SNAP households and new applicants.

Extending the amount of time SNAP households in North Carolina have to make a request for reporting of food lost as a result of Hurricane Michael and requesting replacement of SNAP benefits through Oct. 31, 2018.

Allowing schools in Brunswick County, Virginia, to serve meals that do not meet the school breakfast and lunch meal pattern requirements through Oct. 31, 2018.

Each of these actions has helped streamline program administration and participation to better meet the expanded needs of those affected by the disaster.

FNS works to reduce food insecurity and promote nutritious diets among the American people. The agency administers 15 nutrition assistance programs that leverage America’s agricultural abundance to ensure children and low-income individuals and families have nutritious food to eat. FNS also co-develops the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, which provide science-based nutrition recommendations and serve as the cornerstone of federal nutrition policy.

Salmonella outbreak linked to ground beef; to date 120 people in 22 states sickened

CDC continues to advise consumers and retailers not to eat, serve, or sell recalled ground beef produced by JBS Tolleson, Inc., which is linked to a multistate outbreak of Salmonella Newport infections. More information can be found at https://www.cdc.gov/salmonella/newport-10-18/index.html.


Sixty-three more ill people have been reported from 14 states since the last update on Oct. 4, 2018, bringing the total number of sick people to 120 in 22 states.

Six more states reported ill people: Hawaii, Kansas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas and Washington.

Thirty-three people have been hospitalized. No deaths have been reported.

The most recent illness started on Sept. 28, 2018.

On Oct. 4, 2018, JBS Tolleson, Inc., of Tolleson, Ariz., recalled approximately 6.5 million pounds of beef products, including ground beef, which may be contaminated with Salmonella.

Visit the USDA-FSIS website for a list of stores and states where the recalled ground beef was sold. The list is organized by state in alphabetical order.

This investigation is ongoing, and CDC will provide updates when more information is available.


Restaurants and retailers should not serve or sell recalled beef products and should check food storage and freezers for them.

Consumers who have ground beef in their homes labeled with the establishment number “EST. 267” should check the USDA-FSIS website for a list of stores and states where recalled ground beef was sold. The meat was sold under many different brand names at many different stores, and the establishment mark is the best way to identify recalled beef.

Do not eat recalled ground beef. Return it to the store or throw it away.

Contact a healthcare provider if you think you got sick from eating recalled ground beef.

Most people infected with Salmonella develop diarrhea, fever, and stomach cramps 12-72 hours after eating contaminated food. The illness usually lasts four to seven days, and most people recover without treatment.

If you have further questions about this outbreak, please call the CDC media line at (404) 639-3286. If you have questions about cases in a particular state, please call that state’s health department.