Popular press headlines yell that “factory farms breed superbugs.” But recent research says something different. A group of Coloradan and Canadian researchers found that antibiotic resistance markers declined from feedlot to fork, not the other way around.
As part of ongoing efforts to combat the spread of invasive and noxious weeds that threaten the health and productivity of millions of acres of public lands, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), on April 7 released the Final Programmatic...
The wetland mitigation bank program is designed to provide agricultural producers with an affordable option to meet their conservation compliance responsibilities by providing a platform where wetland credits can be bought and sold with the assistance of a dedicated third party.
The Deschutes Basin Board of Control (DBBC), however, would like to see a written opinion. DBBC President Mike Britton said, “We naturally believe any mediation will be more productive if the court issues a written opinion explaining the basis for denying the motion for preliminary injunction.
Having soil tested is the first step to having a more productive pasture or garden. Ben Polley, a graduate student working for the University of Missouri (MU) Extension in Douglas County, recommends having soils tested prior to fertilizer applications or, for well-managed operations, every two to three years.
“The reason that we had this press conference is that I was invited to participate in the National Food Policy Conference, which is happening this week and is sponsored by the Consumer Federation of America,” said Teicholz, speaking to a group of at...
Federal agencies, California, Oregon, and a corporation owned by Warren Buffet bucked local opposition last Wednesday when they signed two agreements aimed at removing four major dams along the Klamath River. According to local opponents, the finalization of the agreements was premature and excluded input from the public and affected stakeholders.
The population of the lesser prairie-chicken increased by an estimated 25 percent range-wide following the second year of a management plan, according to the second annual report of the Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (WAFWA). The March 31 report to the U.
“Internet connectivity is what I would consider an enabling technology,” said Terry Griffin, Assistant Professor of Agricultural Economics at Kansas State University (K-State). “Without it, precision ag devices and other special technologies cannot be fully utilized until this infrastructure for wireless connectivity has been completed.
A new study from the Chicago Council on Global Affairs warns that civil unrest stemming from food price volatility and food insecurity in key world regions stands to directly impact U.S. national security interests.
These and other funds will be used to purchase fencing supplies, pay for the treatment of cattle injured in the fire and other priority needs identified by local Kansas Livestock Association (KLA) leadership in counties affected by wildfire that started March 22 and burned into the following week (see WLJ’s April 4 edition).
However, the lack of snow cover is one of the main issues producers are worried about for the next season’s crop production, as alfalfa plants could certainly die if exposed to extremely cold temperatures,” said Karla Hernandez, South Dakota State University (SDSU) Extension Forages Field Specialist.
“When determining what improvements will give you the most bang for your buck, you may want to consider livestock water developments to improve access to water,” North Dakota State University (NDSU) Extension Service Livestock Environmental Stewardship Specialist Miranda Meehan says.
Ranches that successfully attain these goals will profit immensely from the sustainability that will inherently follow. The first steps in designing a successful intensive grazing system are to determine a paddock grazing period and a pasturerecovery period, or rest period.
“When operating margins are strong, as was the situation for several years prior to 2013, this concern seldom came to mind,” says Dwight Aakre, North Dakota State University (NDSU) Extension Service Farm Management Specialist.
Cow/calf producers with fall-calving cows have options as to the optimum date to wean the calves. Traditionally, fall-born calves are weaned at an older age than spring-born calves. Late summer grass will usually allow cows to regain body condition before the next calving season begins in early September.
Wildlife officials in Montana confirmed wolves killed two yearling heifers near Roscoe in south central Montana on March 25. The same Rosebud pack has a history of livestock depredations, according to USDA’s Montana Wildlife Services State Director, John Steuber.
The economic basis for cow/calf production is growing grass and using cows to harvest the grass. Feed costs are typically the largest component of annual cow costs in cow/calf operations. Total feed cost includes grazing cost, harvested forage and purchased supplemental feed.