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by DTN
2016 December 30
Have you ever thought about drug testing employees on your farm? It may have been a passing thought as you feel there is no reason to distrust your team. It might seem like an administrative headache for a task that produces no value.
by WLJ
2016 December 30
University of California-Davis veterinarian, Dr. Terry Lehenbauer, was recently appointed by the American Veterinary Medical Association’s (AVMA) board of directors as the primary representative of the American Association of Bovine Practitioners (AABP) on the newly formed AVMA Committee on Antimicrobials.
2016 December 30
Agricultural producers are well aware of the volatility in prices for commodities they produce, as prices move up and down in response to changing supply and demand conditions. However, some consumers have the perception that food prices always increase and rarely decline.
by WLJ
2016 December 30
Political correctness has taught that words matter. Collaboration is defined as “the act of performing work or labor together; especially literary work or scientific research.” The problem is that BLM’s authorized officers will determine what is scientific instead of decisions based on cooperation.
2016 December 30
Hope springs eternal in a cattle person’s heart, so most producers are looking forward to 2017 being a better year than the one just passed. Early such signs came late last year for cattle feeders, as live cattle prices rallied strongly from their mid-October lows.
by USDA
2016 December 30
Midsize farms, those with gross cash farm income between $350,000 and $1 million, concentrate their production on grains and oilseeds. In 2014, over 40 percent of midsize farm production occurred on farms that specialized in these crops—8 percentage points higher than in 1992.
2016 December 30
The American Sheep Industry Association (ASI) outlined a number of priorities in a recent letter to President-elect Donald Trump’s transition team. The letter, signed by ASI President Burton Pfliger, discussed trade, grazing allotments, endangered species and labor among other issues identified as important by sheep industry leaders.


by WLJ
2016 December 30
Belezzuoli graduated from St. Rose-McCarthy Catholic School in 1969, Hanford High in 1973, attended College of the Sequoias and graduated from the Missouri Auction School as a Colonel in 1974. He showed beef cattle in 4-H and FFA and played basketball for Hanford High School.
by WLJ
2016 December 30
Steven Stockham, Professor of Veterinary Clinical Pathology in the university’s College of Veterinary Medicine, will be officially presented the honor at the association’s annual conference and Iverson Bell Symposium March 10-12, 2017 in Washington, D.
2016 December 30
burst. We are now back down to more historic spread levels. I don’t think we will see another drop quite so dramatic as inventory and price expectations have returned to levels that should permit some participants at all levels of the supply chain to be profitable.
2016 December 23
Year-to-date broiler exports for the first 10 months of the year are up 2.5 percent over one year ago. Beef exports in October were 16.9 percent above last year with year-to-date beef exports up 9.4 percent. Meat exports have accelerated recently with year-over-year July to October pork exports up 6.
2016 December 23
His research emphasis was on the use of protein and energy nutrition and animal management techniques to improve the production efficiency of beef cattle. He was author or coauthor of more than 330 research publications and was nationally recognized for research excellence with the American Society of Animal Science Ruminant Nutrition Award.
2016 December 23
“They’re not talking about feeling queasy after a big holiday meal, or heartburn from a convenience store burrito. That statistic refers to illnesses caused by foodborne germs such as salmonella, E. coli and listeria,” said Russ Daly, Professor, South Dakota State University (SDSU) Extension Veterinarian and State Public Health Veterinarian.
by USDA
2016 December 23
USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack recently announced that the agency will offer farmers and ranchers more opportunities to participate in the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP). The announcement includes new CRP practices to protect water quality and adds an additional 1.


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