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2016 May 20
The State of New Mexico has filed for a temporary restraining order against the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) to stop the federal agency from releasing more Mexican wolves into the state. The USFWS has so far released two wolves into New Mexico without the state’s permission, and has indicated it plans to release more.


2016 May 20
Last Monday saw comments close on the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service’s (APHIS’) proposed rule change on brucellosis and bovine tuberculosis (TB) management programs. While the proposed rule changes are in part to improve flexibility and state control, cattle industry groups are concerned about some of the shifts being made.


2016 May 20
Joel DeRouchey, Professor in Kansas State University’s (K-State’s) Department of Animal Sciences and Industry, said that from a sanitation standpoint, any manure that is lying around could end up downstream, especially during times of heavy spring rains.


2016 May 20
Dr. Bob Lyons, AgriLife Extension Range Specialist, Uvalde, gave a presentation on stocking rate management and provided information and a practical demonstration on brush management. Dr. Joe Paschal, AgriLife Extension Livestock Specialist, Corpus Christi, gave a chute-side demonstration of low-stress cattle handling techniques.


2016 May 13
Nebraska farmer and livestock producer Kevin Fulton serves as Chairman of the council and said, “I am proud to serve alongside the distinguished farmers and ranchers for the HSUS’ National Agriculture Advisory Council. These individuals are proven leaders who represent the face of humane and sustainable agriculture in this country.


2016 May 13
Recent spring rains have been welcome to North Dakota and other farmers and ranchers across the country following a fall and winter of below-average precipitation. However, water quality in ponds and dugouts still may be compromised by concentrated levels of salts, minerals, and bacteria.


by USDA
2016 May 13
USDA will provide a new financing option to help farmers purchase portable storage and handling equipment. Farm Service Agency (FSA) Administrator Val Dolcini and Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) Administrator Elanor Starmer announced changes to the Farm Storage Facility Loan (FSFL) at a recent meeting in Columbus, OH.


2016 May 13
Hay quality is a key component to animal performance and proper hay storage is a key component to hay quality, Hall said. Hay loss can be expected, even under a barn, so mitigation and risk management are the keys to protecting as much of your investment as possible.


by WLJ
2016 May 13
“The horses at Fonner Parker were quarantined for 21 days where they were monitored closely. During that time, no further cases were confirmed so the quarantine has been lifted,” said Hughes.


by WLJ
2016 May 13
Farmers and ranchers want to control the information their equipment collects every time it passes through a field, a survey released last week by the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) shows. Farmers also believe that creating a cooperative-style central repository for their data is the best way to enhance its security and maximize its value.


2016 May 13
A growing chorus of cattle producers is expressing frustration regarding feeder cattle futures markets. For many years, I have defended the value of futures markets and the role of speculators in making those markets possible. However, it is increasingly important to ask and deal with questions and concerns, or the alternative may be undesired.


2016 May 13
Black flies aren’t like run-of-the-mill house flies or other biting flies, such as horn or stable flies, Swiger said. They’re tiny, powerful blood-feeders who aren’t picky about their host. They attack humans as readily as domesticated animals and wildlife, and feed at various times throughout the day.


by WLJ
2016 May 13
National FFA Advisor and FFA Board of Directors Chair Dr. Steve Brown shared the news with agricultural education state leaders and National FFA staff, saying, “Mark’s management and leadership experience will embrace the mission of FFA and enhance our vision to grow leaders, build communities and strengthen agriculture.




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