Thummel takes the lead for Missouri Beef Industry Council

Sydney Thummel has been named the new execu­tive director of the Missouri Beef Industry Council. Pre­viously, she was manager of membership for the Missouri Cattlemen’s Association. She started her new role July 25.

The Missouri Beef Industry Council (MBIC) is a nonprofit organization responsible for administering programs of promotion, education, research, and consumer and industry information. The MBIC is part of a coordinated state-national effort funded and controlled by beef producers who are assessed $1 per head each time a beef animal is sold.

Thummel will work directly with the MBIC board and will be responsible for all operational and budgetary functions. She will also serve as the organization’s repre­sentative at state and national events.

A native of Sheridan, Mo., Thummel grew up on a di­versified farming operation where her family raised com­mercial and registered Angus cattle as well as corn and soybeans. She has been an active member of the Missouri Junior Cattlemen’s Association and the Missouri Junior An­gus Association. She attended Northwest Missouri State University, earning a bachelor’s degree in agricultural business and will complete a master’s of business admin­istration degree from Northwest in August.

“My undisputed passion for Missouri’s cattle producers will serve as the engine of innovation that I will bring to the table,” Thummel said. “I am not afraid to push the lim­its because our industry is worth it. I thoroughly believe that I have been preparing to be in this position for my entire life and am ready to lead this council.”

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‘Buckets of Fun’ planned at 2022 Missouri State Fair

With the theme, “Buckets of Fun,” the Missouri State Fair returns Aug. 11-21 to the historic fairgrounds in Sedalia, offering a complete lineup of livestock shows, agricultural exhibits, concerts, rodeo and bull riding, ven­dors, carnival and more.

MFA Incorporated continues to support the state fair with several types of sponsorships and participation. MFA booths, equipment and farm supply displays will be part of the machinery area of the fair, with employees on hand to talk with visitors throughout the event. MFA’s tra­ditional sponsorships of youth exhibitions will also continue, including the State 4-H Saddle Award and the 4-H Dog Show.

Missouri Farmers Care’s Food Drive is Tues­day, Aug. 16, with $2 gate admission offered for a minimum donation of two cans of food or $2 donation to benefit Feeding Missouri. Tuesday is also Missouri FFA’s Food Insecurity Service Day, with hundreds of FFA members packing child-friendly meals that will be distributed to six food banks across the state. MFA is an active member of Missouri Farmers Care.

Visit the fair’s website at for the most up-to-date information and schedule.

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Atrazine back under attack

Atrazine is a chlorinated triazine systemic herbicide used to selectively control annual grasses and broadleaf weeds before they emerge. It is primarily used on corn, sorghum and sugar­cane crops, although it is also used on macadamia nuts, guava, nursery ornamentals and turf. EPA is required to periodically re-evaluate pesticides such as atrazine to ensure that risk assess­ments and decisions reflect the best available science.

Currently at issue is atrazine’s aquatic ecosystem concentra­tion equivalent level of concern (CE-LOC), which is the level at which EPA says “organisms are adversely affected.” When EPA concluded its registration review of atrazine in 2020, the CE-LOC level was set at 15 parts per billion. Environmental activist groups retaliated with a lawsuit, opening the door for EPA to shift its tactics. On June 30, EPA proposed an CE-LOC of 3.4 parts per billion, claiming it had always intended to use the ultra-low level instead of 15 parts per billion as published in the 2020 decision. In short, a lower CE-LOC means more atrazine usage restrictions.

“To say growers are frustrated is an understatement,” Krissek said. “The science hasn’t changed since 2020. EPA is playing politics with this decision.”

The National Corn Growers Association has launched a call-to-action asking advocates to submit comments to EPA in response to the recent announcement.

“Corn growers know the value of atrazine, and it is time again that we tell EPA the value of this product to our opera­tions,” said Chris Edgington, an Iowa farmer and NCGA Presi­dent. “In 2016, we came together to submit 10,000 comments to the EPA, and we need that same momentum now.”

More information and a form to submit comments to EPA can be found on the Missouri Corn Growers website at The comment period closes on Tuesday, Sept. 6.

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