During last week’s 2015 Cattle Industry Convention in San Antonio, Texas, Beef Quality Assurance provided producers with updates that included supplemental guidelines with recommendations for selected BQA procedures developed through the collaborative efforts of veterinarians, animal scientists, cattle industry leaders, production managers and producers; new cattle-handling videos on the BQA YouTube channel, featuring Dr. Temple Grandin and Curt Pate. There was also update for Cattle Care and Handling Guidelines, an updated version of an educational resource of practical, research-based production practices.

A national survey of agritourism operators conducted by the National Children’s Center for Rural and Agricultural Health and Safety guided major updates to “Integrating Safety into Agritourism”, and provided new information on activities offered and safety resources desired. The survey was conducted in the spring of 2014. An advisory team of farmers, agritourism association professionals, computer programmers and safety professionals used results of the survey to develop new content and redesign the homepage into walk-throughs, checklists and resources.