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2017 March 10
Lamb comes to Texas A&M after serving as Assistant Director of the University of Florida-North Florida Research and Education Center. In Florida, he was responsible for administrative oversight of the animal science programs with primary roles overseeing budgets, staff and marketing of livestock as well as research, extension and teaching programs.
2017 March 10
Wind-whipped wildfires raced across the Texas Panhandle on March 6-7, leaving in their wake tragic human losses, as well as about 440,000 acres of charred land in eight counties, hundreds of miles of burned fences, and uncounted number of dead or injured animals with the flames still moving.
2017 March 10
“With the development of the ‘pour on’ products, along with the generic products, the use increased, and in some cases, these products were used multiple times per year,” he adds. “So whether we are dealing with resistance in lice or less efficacy at the appropriate dose, the result is the same—a lack of control.
by WLJ
2017 March 10
In Texas, most rural land is evaluated as agricultural for tax purposes. The agricultural evaluation (1-d-1 open-space) is commonly referred to as an agricultural tax exemption. This is not a true exemption because landowners of land classified as agricultural still pay a tax, but the tax is at a reduced rate.
2017 March 10
Although many people have argued that rising carbon dioxide levels would benefit crop production, a recent model of the effects of increased CO2 shows that it’s not that simple and that elevated levels could have a much less positive effect on plant photosynthesis than previously predicted.
2017 March 10
The primary function of markets is to figure out what gets produced and what resources are used to accomplish that production. While broader supply and demand forces determine what gets produced and how much is produced, the question of how to produce is particularly tricky in the cattle industry.
by WLJ
2017 March 10
Where present, tree scars are the most common indicator of fire frequency and return interval in a particular area, assuming the sampled trees were scarred during each fire event. For example, if tree scars indicate a particular location burned 10 out of 30 years, then the fire frequency would be once every three years.
2017 March 10
“With today’s consumers interested in knowing more about the way agricultural products are grown, this online training program will equip anyone associated with the beef industry or other areas of agriculture, with added knowledge on the latest industry information,” Gordon said.
2017 March 10
“The reason I got into it was the country is so rough that you can’t buy replacements. I decided to improve my herd, but I can’t just go out and buy cows and turn them out because they just die. They don’t know what to eat and their feet aren’t used to the rocks so they get sore-footed and they literally starve to death.
by WLJ
2017 March 10
Most negative AI experiences can be avoided, however, with careful planning and management decisions. Paying attention to factors such as body condition, operator skill, and heat detection strategies can greatly improve your experience with...
2017 March 10
The use of artificial insemination has been used in commercial cow herds for years as a way to quickly improve the genetics of a herd. It allows producers to breed cows to high accuracy bulls without having to invest in a bull and helps plan calving times.
2017 March 10
Synchronizing estrus in a beef herd can shorten your calving season, produce more uniform calf weights, and last but not least, provide the opportunity to use proven genetics through artificial insemination (AI). As cow herds rebuild, many producers are synchronizing heifers and replacing bull power with AI sires as bull prices increase.
by DTN
2017 March 10
President Donald Trump should make reestablishment of country-of-origin labeling (COOL) for pork and beef part of the renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), an open markets advocate told a National Farmers Union (NFU) audience last Wednesday.
by USDA
2017 March 10
Acting USDA Deputy Secretary Michael Young recently announced the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is investing up to $15 million in technical and financial assistance to help eligible conservation partners voluntarily protect, restore and enhance critical wetlands on agricultural lands.
by DTN
2017 March 10
As Republican House leaders released their plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA, also called “ObamaCare”), National Farmers Union (NFU) President Roger Johnson said last Monday that dealing with health care will be at the top of the list of issues Republicans have to address before the farm bill.
by WLJ
2017 March 10
Barrett started his rodeo career in the early 1950s. In the early days, he would ride bulls and bareback horses, fill in for the announcer, then set up and play the rodeo dance all night long. Barrett and his band, “Hadley Barrett and the Westerners,” played music for 34 years and was inducted.
by USDA
2017 March 10
Although many farm operators are self-employed, in the majority of farm households either the operator or spouse is employed off-farm. In 2015, more than half of farm household members had health insurance coverage through an employer—close to the rate for the overall U.


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