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by WLJ
2015 March 6
Lower projected farm asset growth is primarily driven by decreases in financial assets and a small drop in farm real estate value. These declines reflect lower forecast net cash income for 2014-15, along with expectations of slightly higher interest rates.
by WLJ
2015 March 6
The largest importer of U.S. beef told Iowa producers that they expect reliable access to a steady supply of high quality U.S. beef. The issue came up at every importer meeting held during a recent Iowa Meat Trade Mission to Japan. Iowa beef producers Steve Rehder, Hawarden, and Connie Richards, Tingley, were on the mission during February.
by WLJ
2015 March 6
Further, there is no wellestablished market that compensates producers for vaccinating for the pathogen. So generally, the price paid for cattle coming out of feedlots is the same whether the vaccine was used or not. Because administering the vaccine adds costs without direct economic incentives, most cattle feeders choose not to, Tonsor said.
by WLJ
2015 March 6
The North American Meat Institute (NAMI) was one of several groups to step up quickly to challenge the recent recommendations on U.S. dietary guidelines. Just a week after seeking a longer comment period on the report from the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (DGAC), NAMI sent letters and emails to more than 40 editorial page editors at U.
by WLJ
2015 March 6
Young animals suffering from bouts of enteritis and severe diarrhea are very susceptible to acute dehydration due to the high percentage of body water in neonates. The ability to recognize and treat dehydration is invaluable to a successful operation.
by WLJ
2015 March 6
Preparation, Rusche said is the key component for success in both fields. “For a rancher, success during calving is critical. More than 60 percent of calves that are born and die before weaning are either born dead or are lost within the first 24 hours of birth,” said Rusche quoting data from the USDA National Animal Health Monitoring System.
by WLJ
2015 March 6
Aside from being a great source of protein, beef provides essential nutrients in a smaller package than some other proteins.
by WLJ
2015 March 6
Bob Hartzler and Mike Owen, professors of agronomy and ISU Extension and Outreach weed scientists, updated the 2015 Herbicide Guide for Iowa Corn and Soybean Production to reflect the 2014 growing season, product effectiveness and changes in industry offerings.
by WLJ
2015 March 6
Kentucky-31 fescue, the dominant grass in Missouri pastures, has a fungus living between cell walls of the plant. Toxin from the fungus protects the plant but harms grazing animals. New novel endophytes protect the grass without harming livestock..
by WLJ
2015 March 6
Its ongoing decline—to its lowest level since July 2010—reflects robust supply conditions as well as ongoing weakness in many currencies versus the U.S. dollar, which appear set to continue, said Michael Griffin, FAO’s dairy and livestock market expert.
by WLJ
2015 March 6
Dr. Mike Roussell, author and nutrition consultant, set out five years ago to answer the question, “Does lean beef have a place in the DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) diet?” He says, “Today that research is being published, and after...
by WLJ
2015 March 6
Next, farmers should carefully disassemble and inspect all material distribution components such as seed delivery mechanisms, fertilizer applicators, herbicide nozzles and insecticide distributors. These parts should be handled with care since some are delicate.
by WLJ
2015 March 6
Beef contributes only 10 percent or less of the saturated fat and total fat in the diet, yet provides more than 10 percent of 10 essential nutrients. Also, more than half of beef’s fatty acids are monounsaturated (good) fat—the same kind found in olive oil and avocados.
by WLJ
2015 March 6
House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) urged the committee to vote for the measure, but the agriculture workforce coalition opposes the bill. The bill, called the Legal Workforce Act, passed out of committee last week by a 20-13 vote, according to a news release by the committee.
by WLJ
2015 March 6
Consumers and the food industry are demanding that sustainable products be produced. Farmers, too, have a vested interest in sustainability as they are stewards of the land. “Best management practices” help growers protect the environment, produce abundant, safe food, and generate profit.
by WLJ
2015 March 6
A group of U.S. beef value chain participants including producers, processors, retailers, foodservice operators, packers, allied industry and non-governmental organizations last week announced the launch of the U.S. Roundtable for Sustainable Beef (USRSB).
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