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2015 October 23
Frost seeding of clovers, birdsfoot trefoils, and some grasses such as annual and perennial ryegrass can be a very economical way to improve pasture forage growth and nutritional quality. Frost seeding is usually performed in late winter typically 40 to 50 days before grass growth begins in the spring.


by WLJ
2015 October 23
Subway, the eatery chain, announced last week it is elevating its current antibiotic-free policy. The company previously announced a commitment to serving chicken raised without antibiotics important to human medicine. The most recent statement says the company is beginning to transition to serving only protein from.


by WLJ
2015 October 16
Dairy Farmers of America (DFA) officially announced plans on Oct. 8 to build a dairy ingredients plant in Garden City, KS. In a groundbreaking ceremony at its 156-acre site, representatives from the cooperative were joined by Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback, city and state officials and the area’s dairy farmers.


by WLJ
2015 October 16
The Mansfield Award recipient is Rosemary Mucklow, Director Emeritus and Consultant for the North American Meat Institute (NAMI). Mucklow’s career in the meat industry spans more than 50 years including 25 years (1982-2007) as Executive Director of the National Meat Association.


by WLJ
2015 October 16
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced on Oct. 8 more than $17 million in grants for organizations that will develop training and provide other resources for beginning farmers and ranchers across the nation.


2015 October 16
In a potential win for grain exporting countries, a European Parliament committee voted last Tuesday to block a proposal that would have allowed each of the 28 EU countries to decide on their own whether to allow the import or use of biotech food or feed.


2015 October 16
For spring-calving seedstock herds, fall is a busy time for data collection. The basis for any performancetesting program is collecting whole-herd weaning weights for all calves raised through weaning. Almost all EPDs are calculated with the assumption that all calves in a contemporary group were reported at weaning.


by WLJ
2015 October 16
The American Farm Bureau (AFBF) recently announced the top 10 teams— four finalists and six semifinalists—of the 2016 Farm Bureau Rural Entrepreneurship Challenge. The challenge provides opportunities for individuals to showcase business innovations being developed in rural regions of the U.S.


by WLJ
2015 October 16
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced last week that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will award $30 million to projects in six states to protect, restore and enhance wetlands on private and tribal agricultural lands.


by WLJ
2015 October 16
U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack recently signed a partnership Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Association of Science-Technology Centers (ASTC) that will provide more than 500 member museums and science-technology centers with resources to incorporate agricultural science and research in their programs.


2015 October 9
Don’t guess; soil test! The best way to know the fertility level of a field is to soil test. As soil test phosphorus increases, the dissolved phosphorus in runoff increases. This form of phosphorus is readily available as a food for algae and other aquatic weeds in lakes and streams.


by DTN
2015 October 9
base corn acre, while those in a county next door will collect nothing. In Nebraska, some checks will run $20 an acre, others closer to $80 an acre. Similar situations are cropping up in Kansas, Iowa and Illinois, in large part because of the local variation in 2014 yields, policy experts report.


by WLJ
2015 October 9
For this analysis, it is assumed the purchaser can do a good job of analyzing a bull’s phenotype (physical characteristics) prior to purchase. If a producer does not have the necessary skills to visually evaluate the bull, the producer should either ask for help or purchase from operations or sales with breeding soundness or bull health guarantees.


by WLJ
2015 October 9
Quality control facilities in the food industry and the federal government can use new technology developed by a team of Purdue University researchers to speed up the process of detecting pathogens like salmonella in fruits, vegetables, meat and other food.




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