Columbus, Ohio. — United Producers, Inc. (UPI), the Midwest’s largest livestock marketing cooperative, is pleased to announce the hiring of John Marihugh as the company’s vice president of strategy, communication and member services. In this new role, Marihugh will work across the cooperative to support members, grow UPI’s impact and build its brand across the Midwest and beyond.

Marihugh brings a broad range of expertise and experience to his work at UPI, having served most recently as the director of strategic partnerships for the American Meat Institute. Prior to that, he spent several years with the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation (OFBF), where he developed and managed unique, innovative partnerships in his role as senior director of partnership and member services and served as executive director of the Ohio Farm Bureau Development Corp. Before OFBF, Marihugh worked for 20 years in the roles of CFO, controller and accountant, honing his financial expertise.

“We are excited to welcome John to UPI,” said Mike Bumgarner, UPI president & CEO. “John has a keen understanding of the intersection of business strategy and agriculture and how it can play a key role in ensuring our cooperative and its members are positioned for success now and in the future. John also brings a diverse background that includes financial acumen, agriculture experience and a strong dedication to cultivating partnerships to this role.”

Marihugh has a Bachelor of Arts in accounting from Cedarville University and studied international business and German at the University of Salzburg in Austria.

Marihugh resides in Hilliard with his wife Kirsten, and their three children.  In his free time, he enjoys many outdoor activities, such as hunting, fishing, and farming. He volunteers at his church and is involved in Hilliard Davidson athletics and Hilliard youth baseball.

UPI serves 30,000 members in Ohio, Kentucky, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Missouri and Tennessee, handling approximately 2.5 million head of livestock per year. UPI also offers risk management services, including marketing agreements and brokerage services; and offers competitive credit services for agricultural, farm machinery and livestock financing. For more information, visit uproducers.com or follow United Producers, Inc. on Facebook.

Lower Middle Tennessee Cattle Association Video Board Sale

The next Video Board Sale will be held at 9 a.m. central time on Friday, June 3.

Bidding is available online, in-person (UPI-Columbia, Tenn.) or over the phone.

On sale day, click here to visit the LMA Auctions website, and then select " United Producers, Inc. - Monthly Video Sales"

Click here to view the catalog and videos on the LMA Auctions site.

The printable pdf catalog can be found here.

 

*PLEASE NOTE*

You MUST use Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox web browser to view the videos and experience sound during the live sale. Internet Explorer and Microsoft Edge are NOT supported. 

More information about our internet auctions can be found here.

More information about our internet auctions can be found here.

Please join us in congratulating our 2022 scholarship recipients!
United Producers, Inc. is pleased to award these scholarships to help and encourage deserving students to pursue higher education. View the recipients here: https://conta.cc/3lsItAC

WASHINGTON, March 17, 2022— The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has clarified the definition of a spot market sale and hog eligibility under the Spot Market Hog Pandemic Program (SMHPP), which assists producers who sold hogs through a spot market sale from April 16, 2020, through Sept. 1, 2020. Hog producers will also now be required to submit documentation to support information provided on their SMHPP application. USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) will accept applications through April 29, 2022, which is an extension of the April 15, 2022, deadline previously set for the program.

USDA is offering the SMHPP in response to a reduction in packer production due to the COVID-19 pandemic, which resulted in fewer negotiated hogs being procured and subsequent lower market prices. The program is part of USDA’s broader Pandemic Assistance for Producers initiative and addresses gaps in previous assistance for hog producers.

“Since opening signup for the Spot Market Hog Pandemic Program, we have heard from stakeholders and interested parties who have expressed concern and confusion about eligibility criteria, particularly as they related to the definition of a spot market sale and the definition of an eligible hog,” said FSA Administrator Zach Ducheneaux. “We have clarified the intent and scope of this program to target assistance to hog producers who were hard-hit by the pandemic but have not been included in other forms of assistance. In updating the SMHPP, we are working to provide new, broader, and more equitable opportunities for farmers, ranchers and producers.”

SMHPP Program Updates

When the pandemic disrupted normal marketing channels, including access to packers, producers sold their hogs through cash sales to local processors or butchers, direct sales to individuals and third-party intermediaries, including sale barns or brokers. The use of third-party intermediaries was the only available marketing alternative for many producers and are now included in SMHPP. The only direct to packer sales that are eligible for SMHPP are those through a negotiated sale. Hogs sold through a contract that includes a premium above the spot-market price or other formula such as the wholesale cut-out price remain ineligible. Hogs must be suitable and intended for slaughter to be eligible. Immature swine (pigs) are ineligible.

FSA will now require documentation to support the accuracy of information provided on the FSA-940 Spot Market Hog Pandemic Program application, including the number of hogs reported on the application that were sold through a spot market sale and how the price was determined for the sale.

SMHPP payments will be calculated by multiplying the number of head of eligible hogs, not to exceed 10,000 head, by the payment rate of $54 per head. To ensure SMHPP funding availability is disbursed equitably to all eligible producers, FSA will now issue payments after the application period ends. If calculated payments exceed the amount of available funding, payments will be factored.

Applying for Assistance 

Eligible hog producers can apply for SMHPP by April 29, 2022, by completing the FSA-940, Spot Market Hog Pandemic Program application, along with required supporting documentation. Producers can visit farmers.gov/smhpp for examples of supporting documentation, information on applicant eligibility and more information on how to apply.

Applications can be submitted to the FSA office at any USDA Service Center nationwide by mail, fax, hand delivery or via electronic means. To find their local FSA office, producers should visit farmers.gov/service-locator. Hog producers can also call 877-508-8364 to speak directly with a USDA employee ready to offer assistance.

USDA touches the lives of all Americans each day in so many positive ways. Under the Biden-Harris Administration, USDA is transforming America’s food system with a greater focus on more resilient local and regional food production, fairer markets for all producers, ensuring access to safe, healthy and nutritious food in all communities, building new markets and streams of income for farmers and producers using climate smart food and forestry practices, making historic investments in infrastructure and clean energy capabilities in rural America, and committing to equity across the Department by removing systemic barriers and building a workforce more representative of America. To learn more, visit usda.gov.

USDA is an equal opportunity provider, employer and lender.

United Producers, Inc. is offering up to 10 – $1,500 scholarships to graduating high school students. The purpose of
the scholarship program is to help and encourage deserving students to pursue higher education.

 

Requirements:

  • Applicants can be a member or a child/grandchild of a UPI member or can be nominated by a member. Members market at least one head of livestock at UPI per year. Membership will be based on UPI’s 2021 records.
  • Applicants must be a 2022 graduating high school senior planning to attend college or technical school.
  • Applicants must submit a completed application and personal essay summarizing their college and career goals.

 

Scholarship Program Flyer

Applications must be completed by April 1, 2022.

 

 

            

 

 

Children and grandchildren of full-time UPI employees or the Board of Directors are not eligible for this award.

 

Questions?

If you have any questions regarding the scholarship program, please contact your local UPI facility or email scholarship@uproducers.com.

All internet and video sales are hosted online at LMA Auctions. Bidding is available online,  in-person, or over the phone. Those interested in online bidding must register to bid on the LMA Auctions website using the instructions found here. If you prefer to bid over the phone, please contact your local sales representative or call the market prior to the sale.

Click to learn more about our internet and video sales.

Monthly Internet Feeder Cattle Sale
July 15
August 19
September 16
October 21
November 18

Sale Time: 11 a.m. EST
Sale Location: UPI-Owenton, Ky., 86 Bramblett Road, Owenton, KY 40359
Contact: (502) 484-5010

 

Lower Middle Tennessee Cattle Association Video Board Sale
May 6
June 3
July 1
August 5
September 2
October 7
November 4
December 2

Sale Time: 9 a.m. CST
Sale Location: Columbia Livestock Center, 1231 Industrial Park Road, Columbia, TN
Contact: (931) 223-8323

 

Tennessee Beef Alliance Sale

August 2

October 4

December 6

Sale Time: 9 a.m. CST
Sale Location: Columbia Livestock Center, 1231 Industrial Park Road, Columbia, TN
To order tags, contact: (931) 433-525

 

Tennessee Hereford and Baldie Sale

November 2

Sale Time: 12 p.m. CST
Sale Location: Columbia Livestock Center, 1231 Industrial Park Road, Columbia, TN
To order tags, contact: (931) 433-525

United Producers is proud to announce the 2021 scholarship recipients. 10 – $1,000 scholarships were awarded to graduating high school students continuing their education. The list of recipients is they use is below.

You can read more about each recipient and their future plans here: 2021 Scholarship Recipients.

2021 Scholarship Winners:
Kaleb Gillespie – Leipsic, Ohio
Shala Graham – Frazeysburg, Ohio
Sydney Hefty – Auburn, Ind.
Emily Hoene – Elizabethtown, Ind.
Caleb Isler – Marysville, Ohio
Ty Knodle – Fillmore, Ill.
Luke Millay – Guston, Ky.
Hayden Schlichter – Bath, Ind.
Josephine Selm – Brookville, Ind.
Morgan Wilderman – Greenville, Ill.

When launching the redesigned site in April, we knew we would received valuable feedback from our members. This feedback about the site is helpful in making continued and necessary modifications to the site so we are able to provide the best possible information to you, our members.

Most of our feedback was in regards to the DTN page of the site, a summary of modifications are listed below.

1. Easier to read Futures Commodity Quotes

The background of each commodity box is now lighter, easier to read and all negative numbers appear in red.

 

 

 

 

 

2. Modified Options Section

We modified the Options section to collapse when not in use to cut down on scrolling. We also enabled a freezing header — when scrolling through the Options, the header will remain at the top of the page so you know what each column is labeled.

 

3. Weather Radar

Last, but certainly not least, we have brought back the weather radar. This was the most missed feature and we are happy to bring it back!