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2017 April 7
There have been some high-profile examples of human trafficking that have touched the agricultural world in recent years. During the National Western Stock Show (NWSS) in 2015, for instance, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and Denver-area law enforcement rescued six minors aged 14-17 who had been trafficked for sex.


2017 April 7
It also notes that modern-day slavery does indeed occur in the U.S., is a widespread but mostly invisible crime, and is enormously profitable on a global scale. Some 21 million people are thought to be slaves across the world in any given year, and it generates billions of dollars in profits annually.


2017 March 31
The routine calving check is one of the most important tasks on the list of beef cattle producers during calving season. Most producers have their own plan for how often they give their calving herd the once-over, but some may have not considered how their animals’ physiology should guide this schedule.
2017 March 31
What is the gestation length of a cow? This question usually gets the answer of “it averages 283 days.” A better answer is “it can range from about 265 to as much as 295 days.” For breeds that have focused on low birth weight genetics for several generations, the average gestation length has shortened.
2017 March 31
“Typically, coarse marbled beef is discounted or there is a prejudice against coarse marbled beef,” O’Quinn said. “By coarse marbling, I mean the flecks of fat within the ribeye are larger. The pieces of fat are actually bigger in coarse marbled beef, though there is no difference in the total amount of fat in the steak.
by USDA
2017 March 31
“Wearing the proper gloves and other PPE when handling insecticide products prevents exposure to the skin. Insecticides can penetrate skin to varying degrees,” said Adam Varenhorst, Assistant Professor and South Dakota State University (SDSU) Extension Field Crop Entomologist.
2017 March 31
During a very congenial confirmation hearing on March 23, USDA Secretary nominee Sonny Perdue reassured members of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry that if confirmed he would be a tireless advocate for America’s farmers and ranchers.


2017 March 31
Last week saw three milestones along political paths of note. Last Tuesday saw a House hearing on the impact of the Endangered Species Act (ESA) on economic development. The day before, President Donald Trump signed House Joint Resolution (H. J. Res.) 44, killing the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM’s) “Planning 2.


by WLJ
2017 March 31
When Christensen was 7 1/2, his parents sent him to Page Military Academy in Los Angeles, CA. He attended school there through sixth grade. For the seventh grade, his mother moved to Gillette and he went to school there. Starting in the eighth grade, he entered University Prep School on the campus of the University of Wyoming (UW).
by USDA
2017 March 31
The result is a searchable and publicly viewable genomics resource of a broad cross section of U.S. beef cattle that will make it easier for scientists to identify genes associated with traits that are important to breeders and ranchers. The 19 breeds include Angus, Hereford, Brangus, Brahman, and Texas Longhorn (See graphic).
by WLJ
2017 March 24
Along with the descriptions of unprecedented funding increases to the military and the need for greater focus on efficiency, President Donald Trump’s Budget Blueprint included some less-than-clear descriptions of funding cuts in areas that may impact agriculture.
by DTN
2017 March 24
Cattle producers often comment on seeing more dogs on their farms and that they hear coyotes at night and finding what appears to be dog manure on top of a hay bale. They then ask, “Do I need to worry about neospora infecting my cow?” Veterinarian Ken McMillan says it is first important for producers to understand what neospora is.


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