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by WLJ
2015 November 6
National Cattlemen’s Beef Association President Philip Ellis confirmed that this agreement is a major victory for the cattle industry, saying, “We were pleased to have the opportunity to review the TPP agreement in full today and it confirms the positive results our negotiators were able to achieve over the past five years of talks.


2015 November 6
As landowners calculate farmland rental rates for the coming year, they may want to consider completing the process with a written cropland rental or lease agreement. Such a document can go far to protect both landowners and tenants, says Rory Lewandowski, an Ohio State University Extension agriculture and natural resources educator.


by USDA
2015 November 6
According to the Tenure, Ownership and Transition of Agriculture Land survey, 354 million acres of farmland in the lower 48 states were rented to farmers by 2.13 million landlords in 2014. The average amount of land rented out per landlord yields insights into whether rented farmland is concentrated among particular types of landlords.


2015 November 6
Farmers who have managed their soil with cover crops and conservation tillage are in better shape to weather El Niño this winter than those who have used traditional soil management methods, says Jeffrey Mitchell of University of California’s Agriculture and Natural Resources (UCANR).


2015 November 6
Beef and dairy producers should watch their herds carefully this fall for signs of the blood disease anaplasmosis, a Purdue animal health specialist says. The disease causes severe and potentially fatal anemia in cattle but poses no threat to humans.


2015 November 6
Funded by a new $2.5 million grant, OSU Plant Pathologist Christopher Mundt and his team are probing infectious diseases of humans, animals and plants that have a distinctive trait in common: the capability of the pathogen— whether virus, fungus or bacterium—to transmit itself over long distances.


by WLJ
2015 November 6
“It’s an honor for me to represent the breed that has been my family’s passion for four generations,” Shaw said. “Having grown up through the National Junior Hereford Association program, the Hereford breed and breeders have given me a lot of opportunities, and it is a pleasure for me to be able to give something back.


by WLJ
2015 November 6
The Water Sustainability Fund (WSF) is a new source of financial support for programs, projects or activities that can help the State of Nebraska achieve its goals for sustainable use of its water resources.


2015 October 30
Helping to eliminate red tape and increase efficiency in hauling livestock is the premise of the Highway Exceptions for Ranchers’ Deliveries Act of 2015 (HERD). The bill, HR 3726, introduced Oct. 8 by Florida Rep. Tom Rooney (R-17), would increase the weight limit for livestock trucks to 95,000 pounds on five axles.


2015 October 30
Infectious and contagious diseases in livestock production can be devastating to those who are directly and indirectly involved in agriculture. In addition to the hardships associated with taking care of the diseases themselves, people also have to consider the potential economic impact.


by DTN
2015 October 30
El Niño is the term used to describe a large-scale warming of the equatorial Pacific waters, along with an atmospheric circulation which results in sustained west-to-east low-latitude jet stream winds. The current El Niño was first identified in March of this year.


2015 October 30
“Residue grazing is an example of how integrating crops and livestock results in a ‘win-win,’” Rusche said. “Corn stalk grazing represents an opportunity to cut feed costs for ranchers, or serve as a source of supplemental income for crop farmers, without hurting yields next year.


2015 October 30
“While weaning time usually requires all hands on deck, we can also take advantage of this time to manage the cows before they are sent back out to pasture,” said Taylor Grussing, South Dakota State University (SDSU) Extension Cow/Calf Field Specialist.


2015 October 30
Through their travels to places such as Brazil, India, Ghana, Rwanda and Congo, Howard G. Buffett and his son Howard W. Buffett have come to recognize that it’s important to understand the country-, culture- and environment-specific challenges every country faces.


by WLJ
2015 October 30
Beef producers meeting in Mazatlan, Mexico, Oct. 22-23 unanimously agreed on expansion of the Five Nations Beef Alliance by endorsing the membership of producer representatives from both Brazil and Paraguay. With the new members, the group was renamed the International Beef Alliance.




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