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2016 April 29
Ballot Initi ative, HB3930—an Act to prevent cruelty to farm animals—would set guidelines for the production of eggs, pork and veal within the state. In addition, language in the measure would prohibit sale of products in the state if they were produced using the prohibited animal welfare practices, even if they came from another state.


by USDA
2016 April 29
Environmental and economic management of weeds and pests is a priority for organic farmers and they typically use tillage to address these issues. However, frequent mechanical tillage can reduce soil integrity, which increases costs for farmers and negatively impacts future crop growth.


by WLJ
2016 April 29
The Iowa Cattlemen’s Association has named AJ and Kellie Blair, Dayton, as winners of the 2016 Iowa Environmental Stewardship Award Program (ESAP). The Blairs show a dedication to the environment on their modern, diversified livestock farm, and have added cattle to the farm because of the conservation benefits they have to offer.


by WLJ
2016 April 29
Nevada Cattlemen’s Association (NCA), Nevada Farm Bureau Federation (NFBF) and Nevada Association of Counties (NAC) applaud Gov. Brian Sandoval’s April 25 announcement that he will pursue legal options regarding the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM’s) management of wild horses.


by WLJ
2016 April 29
This decision comes with some potential complications, however. When litigation over WOTUS began, lawsuits were filed in both federal district courts and appeals court. The problem arises now in that both the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals and one of the district courts have claimed to have jurisdiction on the case.


by WLJ
2016 April 29
Low commodity prices, tightening credit, expensive land and rising costs for expenses such as seed and fertilizer will lead to financial losses for many farmers and ranchers this year, Illinois Farm Bureau (IFB) President Richard Guebert, Jr. told a House subcommittee last week.


2016 April 29
“Wet storage of forages in the form of baleage offers several benefits to growers. First, baleage reduces the time needed between cutting and baling,” said Probert. “This allows harvest to occur when it might not be possible to get hay fully cured during cool, wet weather.


2016 April 29
With warmer than average temperatures across the country, landowners need to get their noxious weeds under control earlier than ever this season. Control logistics are making this a challenge, however, said Paul Johnson, South Dakota State University (SDSU) Extension Weed Science Coordinator.


2016 April 29
Many producers and veterinarians in the beef industry utilize pyrethroidbased insecticide products to improve productivity in cow/calf operations by eliminating potential insectborne diseases. However, in a 2012 Beef Magazine article, potential links were drawn between use of pyrethroids and negative effects on beef bull reproductive health.


by USDA
2016 April 29
“Veterinarians are critical to America’s food safety and security, as well as to the health and well-being of both animals and humans,” said NIFA Administrator, Dr. Sonny Ramaswamy.


2016 April 29
The vote came after Fordyce approved a petition last December to conduct a referendum of Missouri cattle producers, at the request of the Missouri Beef Industry Council and pursuant to section 275.352 RSMo as amended, to establish a $1-per-head state beef checkoff assessment.


2016 April 22
The CAREER Award is the NSF’s most prestigious award to support early career development of faculty researchers. It’s particularly notable because it is awarded to a single person instead of a team, honoring outstanding faculty who haven’t yet received tenure.

by WLJ
2016 April 22
As the weather changes and the season turns, spring healthcare and herd management makes a new appearance. Vaccinations and deworming should play a key part in managing animals that are moved into a herd, are pre-calving, and are being processed in other similar scenarios (such as during pregnancy evaluations, calf processing, or deworming).