Late on a Friday afternoon in early February, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Marine Fisheries Service (NOAA Fisheries) quietly made final two rules regarding the implementation of the Endangered Species Act (ESA) and a new policy.
“Producers in burned areas are devastated,” said Frank Hendrix, Professor and beef expert in WSU Extension’s Agriculture and Natural Resources Program. “They’ve lost the grass in dryland pastures for at least two years. All their fences are gone. We can’t tell if the range grasses will recover until spring.
California Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) recently filed comments with the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) opposing any additional designations of Wild and Scenic Rivers in the Inyo, Sequoia and Sierra National Forests of California.
When it comes to nutritional management of growing and finishing cattle, the scientific aspects tend to get the most attention. In truth, feeding cattle successfully is as much art and judgment as science, explained Warren Rusche, South Dakota State University (SDSU) Extension Cow/Calf Field Specialist.
FarmAfield, an online marketplace being developed by three University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) students, has been named a finalist in the international Thought for Food Challenge. More than 500 entries from more than 100 countries were submitted in the competition aimed at finding creative ways to face the challenge of feeding the world.
There is great interest across agriculture in cover crops and their many benefits to soil health and crop production. Upper Peninsula farmers—who face unique issues with cold climates and short growing periods—displayed their interest by turning out for cover crop educational meetings held by Michigan State University (MSU) Extension in the past.
If you ask a youth if they learned science through raising an animal, often their response would be “no.” Science is sometimes hard for youth to describe. However, youth are using science in almost all aspects of raising animals.
All of the buzz about soil health—benefits for crop production, how to improve it, how to measure it—has left some Michigan farmers wondering where they fit into the discussion. Two main practices stand out front and center in the soil health discussion: no-till or reduced tillage planting systems; and inclusion of cover crops into rotations.
In order to strengthen the ongoing partnership between the dairy and beef segments of the cattle industry on animal-care issues, the National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) and the National Beef Checkoff’s Beef Quality Assurance Program announced...
USDA Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack recently announced a new step to support farmers transitioning to certified organic production by expanding a crop insurance option to allow producers to purchase insurance coverage that better reflects their product’s actual value.
Farmers markets, farmland preservation, community gardening, and keeping livestock or bees in residential/nontraditional areas are just a few of the popular food system development initiatives supported by local governments, according to a study...
Speaking at a recent Red Angus Brain Trust, Dr. Ken Odde of Kansas State University presented a summary of a research project that studied the last five years of Superior Livestock Auction lot prices based on breed description and found that this description significantly impacted sale price (See Table 1).
The National Institute for Animal Agriculture (NIAA) will be hosting a forum on Bovine Viral Diarrhea (BVD) for beef producers and animal health officials in conjunction with the NIAA Annual Conference April 4-7, 2016. The forum, “BVD: An Industry Prevention Strategies & Solutions Forum,” will be April 7, 2016 in Kansas City, MO.
Wildfires in Kansas don’t usually make the national news the way they do in California or other states, but they can be just as destructive, said Chip Redmond, Network Manager of the Kansas Mesonet and the Kansas Weather Data Library at Kansas State University.
Sometimes, the National Weather Service issues a Red Flag Warning, she said, adding that although such warnings are more common in forested areas of the western United States, they have increasingly been issued in Kansas and other Plains states as a way to alert people of critical fire danger.
Because protection measures such as defensible space around homes and communities, use of fire-resistant building materials, and adequate road access can help protect homes and communities, the public should exercise safe, responsible behavior when...
To best serve western South Dakota cattle producers, Adele Harty, SDSU Extension Cow/Calf Field Specialist, will now work from two South Dakota offices, one at the Cottonwood Range and Livestock Field Station near Philip and the SDSU Extension Regional Center in Rapid City.
It’s fine to have a weekend diversion for fun with your horses, and a source for the next beginning 4-H club project. And it gives you a reason to tow a stock trailer sometimes. But c’mon: You’re just playing, right? You’re not in it to make a profit or improve your herd.