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by WLJ
2016 December 16
Hereford cattle were not part of Frank Douthit’s plan when he and his wife Mary moved west from North Carolina to northwest Kansas in search of a bigger acreage to farm and to support their family in the 1930s.
2016 December 16
The Federal Drug Administration (FDA), which sets policies for antimicrobial development and usage in humans and animals, is responsible for the VFD changes. FDA’s goal is to protect public health. Limiting antimicrobial resistance through judicious use of antibiotics is crucial to meeting that goal.
by WLJ
2016 December 16
A U.S. magistrate judge issued recommendations and findings on Dec. 12 in a district court case challenging the Beef Checkoff Program. The lawsuit was filed earlier this year by Ranchers-Cattlemen Action Legal Fund (R-CALF), defendant, against Tom Vilsack, in his capacity as USDA Secretary, plaintiff.
2016 December 16
On Dec. 10, Congress sent the Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation Act (WIIN Act) to the president’s desk for signing. The hard-fought water bill includes measures that, should the bill be enacted, could increase water storage and dedicate more water to farming in the Golden State.


2016 December 16
President-elect Donald Trump continues to name his choices for key cabinet positions. Last week he named first-term Rep. Ryan Zinke (R-MT) to head the Department of Interior (DOI) and former Texas Governor Rick Perry to fill the Secretary of Energy position.


by WLJ
2016 December 16
Grower Association. White loved his community and served as a member of the school board for both Red Rock Elementary and Santa Cruz Valley Union High School. Although he has passed, his legacy will not be overlooked. He touched the lives of many people and will be greatly missed.
2016 December 9
“Environmental as well as economic sustainability are key elements of best management practices for agriculture, as most people involved in agriculture are well aware they are stewards of the land,” said Keith Owens, Oklahoma State University (OSU) Associate Vice President for the university’s agricultural experiment station system.
by WLJ
2016 December 9
The Kansas Livestock Association (KLA) recognized eight members during the organization’s annual convention in November for 50 years of membership. This year’s honorees epitomize the diversity and commitment of the organization’s membership, the organization said in announcing the names of long-time members.
by USDA
2016 December 9
Small family farms—those with less than $350,000 in annual gross cash farm income (GCFI)—accounted for about 90 percent of U.S. farms, half of all farmland, and a quarter of the value of production. Midsize and large-scale family farms, which have at least $350,000 in GCFI, made up only 9 percent of U.
2016 December 9
Presentations at the 2016 Texas Plant Protection Association addressed the theme of this year’s conference: Advanced Technologies for Texas Agriculture. From smartphone apps to unmanned aerial vehicles, also known as UAVs, speakers said there are big changes in how food and fiber is going to be produced.
2016 December 9
Manure is often an undervalued and underutilized resource and has many soil health benefits. When manure is managed properly and applied at appropriate rates, soil benefits include better drought tolerance and greater resilience to heavy rainfall events when compared to soil where manure is not applied.
2016 December 9
Volume usually refers to huge data sets, while velocity refers to the speed at which the data is generated (real-time data processing). Finally, variety refers to the diverse types and sources of data. For example, a variety of data forms generated could be structured (XML files), semi-structured (emails), and/or unstructured (video files).
by WLJ
2016 December 9
In addition to being involved with CCA, Daley is also a past-president of Butte County Cattlemen’s Association, has been active in land-use issues for the Farm Bureau and cattlemen; was a member of the University of California’s Animal Welfare Task Force, and co-chair of CCA’s Animal Welfare Task Force.
by WLJ
2016 December 9
Most of these premises are located in Alberta, with no more than five in Saskatchewan. These numbers will continue to change as the investigation continues. The total number of animals quarantined by this investigation is currently over 26,000, including infected premises.
by WLJ
2016 December 9
2. David Clawson, a rancher and farmer from Englewood, KS, was elected the 100th President of the association, and members chose Garden City, KS, cattleman Lee Reeve as President-elect. Both men are part of family businesses that have been involved in ranching and farming for multiple generations.
by WLJ
2016 December 9
Last spring the Anderson Creek fire tore across northwest Oklahoma and the devastation was vast, but relief is underway thanks to many generous donations. According to Jeff Jaronek, Coordinator of the Oklahoma Cattlemen’s Foundation (OCF), donations poured in from all over the U.


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