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2015 November 30
In the afternoon of Thursday, Nov. 19, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced it had granted approval for the first genetically-modified animal for human consumption, the AquAdvantage salmon. The move was a milestone in the history of genetic modification (GM) technology, and was almost two decades in the making.


2015 November 30
At the Dickinson Research Extension Center, cattle are worked quite frequently because we need to collect data for research projects. But, as the center has shifted from intensive cattle production to extensive cattle production, certain managerial questions arise.


2015 November 30
An ideal beef steer is one you can profitably produce again and again, to earn premiums on a value-based grid. That’s the premise Paul Dykstra used in presenting “How to build the perfect steer” at the Angus Means Business National Convention Nov. 2-4..


by WLJ
2015 November 30
By the time this issue reaches mailboxes, Thanksgiving and Black Friday will have taken place and the start of the harvest season for retail stores has begun. It has been a very interesting past few months for the cow/calf producer, especially for those who didn’t manage risk earlier in the year.


by USDA
2015 November 20
Across a broad range of topics for agriculture, food, and related issues, research and development (R&D) conducted by U.S. public research institutions (state and federal institutions) tends to emphasize different themes than R&D conducted by private firms.


by DTN
2015 November 20
It’s 1040 time, and the farm client slides a new Schedule K-1 across the desk, explaining, “I invested in my brother-in-law’s used car dealership in California.” My inner voice of experience is thinking: I’ve just heard three facts and they’re all trouble.


by WLJ
2015 November 20
The American Farm Bureau Federation’s 30th annual informal price survey of classic items found on the Thanksgiving Day dinner table indicates the average cost of this year’s feast for 10 is $50.11, a $0.70 increase from last year’s average of $49.41.


by WLJ
2015 November 20
The American Angus Association announced new members and officers elected to its board of directors during the 132nd Annual Convention of Delegates in Overland Park, KS.


by WLJ
2015 November 20
Leaders from five state departments of agriculture and 26 U.S. agribusinesses and organizations accompanied U.S. Department of Agriculture Deputy Secretary Krysta Harden on a mission to sub-Saharan Africa last week, to expand export opportunities for U.S. food and agricultural products in that market.


2015 November 20
Keck recently hosted a unique entomophagy dinner event at a private residence near San Antonio, TX. More than 70 people paid $35 each to attend the Bug Banquet she coordinated to educate people on insects as a food source and to serve them unique foods prepared with insect ingredients.


by WLJ
2015 November 20
The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA), along with the Public Lands Council and 37 additional agriculture groups, sent a letter to House and Senate leadership last week urging Congress to take up legislation addressing expired tax extenders.


2015 November 20
Students passionate about becoming an entrepreneur can apply for scholarships to the Engler Agribusiness Entrepreneurship Program at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources. Incoming and current College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources students are eligible to apply.


by WLJ
2015 November 20
Wyoming Governor Matt Mead kicked off the first workshop of the Species Conservation and Endangered Species Act (ESA) Initiative earlier this month with a nod to the significance of wildlife in the West and a request to find the best way to employ state expertise to conserve it responsibly.


by WLJ
2015 November 20
ASI has long supported the eradication of scrapie from the U.S. and appreciates the work of the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), state animal health officials, markets, dealers, producers, equipment manufacturers and others who have made contributions to the progress that has been made towards eradication.


by WLJ
2015 November 20
A unique set of challenges in livestock care is associated with the management of young animals—this is especially true with calves in blustery fall and winter weather. Problems can center on inexperience of the dam, illness within the herd, or age of the animals.


2015 November 20
The U.S. Meat Export Federation’s (USMEF’s) annual Strategic Planning Conference concluded earlier this month with the election of a new officer team. Roel Andriessen, who heads the International Sales Group of Tyson Fresh Meats, is the new USMEF Chair.




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