The Buzz

Goat milk and Red Angus cattle.

Published on: Sep 24, 2007

Your trusty editor doesn't know spit about milking goats. That's probably what the folks at the Kansas State Fair had in mind when they asked me to participate in the annual Goat Milking Contest on Sept. 14. Luckily, Beth Gaines-Riffel, editor of Grass and Grain, does know a thing or two about this task. She carried our team, which also included Lucky Kidd, deejay at KKSU Radio, to a second place finish in the contest…

MILK MASTERS: Kansas Farmer Editor Bill Spiegel, left, gives encouragement to Goat Milking teammate Lucky Kidd, while Beth Riffel, Grass and Grain, looks on.

  • The winners? The Kansas Highway Patrol, for the second year in a row. The boys and girls in blue generated more than 7 ounces of milk in one minute, while our team's entry yielded just over 3 ounces…
  • Laura Mushrush, Strong City, is the newly elected Public Relations director for the Junior Red Angus Association of America. A junior at Chase County High School in Cottonwood Falls, Mushrush will serve two years on the JRA board of directors…
  • Speaking of the Red Angus Association, the national organization holds its annual meeting in Dodge City this week. For an agenda, click here: redangus.org/membership/2007-convention/
  • The Kansas Soybean Association is seeking applicants from soybean producers for participation in the American Soybean Association/DuPont Young Leader Program, which helps farmers become more active leaders in their local, state and national soybean industry…
  • Applicants will complete a form, finalists will be interviewed and the winner announced at the Kansas Soybean Expo January 9. To nominate an individual, farm couple or yourself as a candidate, contact the KSA office in Topeka at 800-328-7390. Nominations are due October 26…
  • All state 2008 ASA/DuPont Young Leaders will receive the opportunity to participate in leadership training, meet and exchange ideas with other young leaders and receive expense paid trip and special recognition at the Commodity Classic in Nashville, Tennessee, February 28, 29 and March 1, 2008…
  • That USDA Secretary Mike Johanns resigned his post to make a run for his state's open Senate seat is not much of a surprise, after visiting with folks at Husker Harvest Days in Grand Island, Neb. a few weeks ago. What will make it interesting is if former Governor and Senator Bob Kerrey, now president of New York University, decides to run for the same seat…
  • Our neighbors to the north will have one of the highest-profile Senate races in the country, which can only be good for agriculture.