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by WLJ
2015 May 29
Although record low precipitation has been the main driver of one of the worst droughts in California history, abnormally high temperatures have also played an important role in amplifying its adverse effects, according to a recent study by the U.S. Geological Survey and university partners.


by WLJ
2015 May 29
The number of hungry people in the world has dropped to 795 million—216 million fewer than in 1990- 92, or around one person out of every nine, according to the latest edition of the annual UN hunger report, “The State of Food Insecurity in the World 2015” (SO- FI), released May 27.


2015 May 29
“Beef producers need to do everything that they can to produce a calf from every cow,” said W. Mark Hilton, Clinical Professor of Beef Production Medicine. “If all of your bulls have passed their breeding soundness exam, you can turn them out with confidence.


2015 May 29
After several years of drought, rain in the West is allowing cool season forages to grow in abundance. Harvesting and baling cool season crops such as fescue and wheat hay is a challenge during a wet spring. The timing of the rains can make it difficult for cattlemen who are trying hard to put quality hay in the bale for next winter’s feed supply.


by WLJ
2015 May 29
Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell unveiled the greater sage-grouse land use strategy May 28, made up of landscape-level, tailored state-by-state plans across the West.


2015 May 29
Cattle producers are concerned by the rules as they would relax a longstanding ban by APHIS from allowing fresh beef imports from countries that have a history of foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) in their animal herds. The U.S. has not had a case of FMD in cattle since 1929.


by WLJ
2015 May 29
Bistro In Vitro is a fictitious restaurant that explores the potential impact that in vitro meat could have on our food culture. By presenting imaginary cultured meat recipes, it aims to contribute to the discussion about the future of meat. Bistro In Vitro is a collaboration between Submarine Channel and Next Nature Network in the Netherlands.


by WLJ
2015 May 29
In agriculture, crop and livestock activities are unique sources of nitrous oxide and methane emissions, notably from soil nutrient management, enteric fermentation (a normal digestive process in animals that produces methane), and manure management..

2015 May 22
By moving to invoke cloture, McConnell set the stage for a vote, but several amendments remained in consideration. Still, hope remained that a vote would be taken and the bill would be passed before Congress left town for Memorial Day recess. On May 18, Sen.


2015 May 22
“The stress of cold, wet weather and fighting muddy conditions seems to weaken the immune system to the point whereby bacteria, viruses and certain protozoa such as coccidia gain a foothold and can cause clinical disease,” says Extension Veterinarian and Livestock Stewardship Specialist Gerald Stokka.


by WLJ
2015 May 22
The Leopold Conservation Award Program recognizes agricultural landowners who are actively committed to a land ethic. Working with prominent state conservation partners, Sand County Foundation presents the prestigious honor, which consists of $10,000 and a crystal award, in settings that showcase the landowner’s achievements among their peers.


by WLJ
2015 May 22
Do you know a Montana rancher who is a leader in stewardship and sustainability, implementing conservation practices to ensure the social, economic, and environmental sustainability of their operation? Encourage them to apply for the Montana Environmental Stewardship Award, presented by the Montana Stockgrowers Association (MSGA).


2015 May 22
As cow herd managers monitor the pasture conditions this spring and make decisions about rebuilding a depleted cow herd, some may wish to rethink the time of year that breeding and calving take place. New data from Tennessee on a fescue-based forage system gives more information about the direct comparison between fall and spring calving.




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