The National FFA Organization announced Dec. 17 that W. Dwight Armstrong, PhD, Chief Executive Officer of the National FFA Organization and the National FFA Foundation, will retire effective June 30, 2016.
Extremely small recharge rates in the Ogallala Aquifer indicate depletion is inevitable, and that has policymakers scrambling to find ways to prolong its life and ensure a smooth transition to the dryland production to minimize impacts on the overall economy, said Dr.
“Don’t knock the weather. If it didn’t change once in a while, nine out of 10 people couldn’t start a conversation.” —Kin Hubbard, Humorist That quote rings true in many settings, but those in agriculture seem to have a special interest in the weather.
Just before Christmas, Montana Governor Steve Bullock released a decision that has been a decade and a half coming. The result is several hundred thousand acres of public land have been accepted for increased “tolerance zones” for bison migrating out of Yellowstone National Park.
“Rural America is challenged with recruiting veterinarians,” said Dr. John Clifford, Chief Veterinary Officer for the USDA. “These professionals often face high student loan debt, leading them to work in locations with larger populations and higher pay.
A Morgan Stanley survey of commercial insurance brokers shows a 12.6 percent increase for individual insurance policies in 2016 and a 13.5 percent increase for small group rates. But some ag producers are grappling with steeper increases.
Common interest in beef-cattle health has brought New Mexico State University Professor Clint Loest, center, and graduate students Zeno Bester, left, and Eben Oosthuysen from their homeland of South Africa to do research at NMSU on issues associated with the cattle-feeding industry.
“If we improve our management of land to enhance the biodiversity in our soils, we’ll improve human health,” said Wall, Professor in CSU’s Department of Biology, research scientist in the Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory and Director, School of Global Environmental Sustainability.
When rabies is mentioned, it often conjures classic images from movies of an infected animal running rabid. While this viral disease seems far from concern, particularly in domestic animals, recent events suggest it is a bigger problem than traditionally thought.
Many producers nationwide were blessed last summer with excellent moisture conditions across the state for the majority of the forage growing areas. In some areas, putting up dry first and second cutting was challenging and there is a significant amount of over mature hay and some that was rinsed off by frequent rains.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced Dec. 23 that it is standardizing the approach it will take in instances when sample results from livestock or poultry carcasses reveal chemicals for which neither the U.
Ten top-notch college students, who are pursuing careers in the beef industry, have been chosen for the 2016-2017 CME Beef Industry Scholarships. The scholarship is sponsored by the CME Group and administered by the National Cattlemen’s Foundation (NCF).
About 23 percent of those acres were located on farms where no-till/strip-till was used on all corn, soybean, wheat, and cotton land, according to USDA. The remaining 15 percent of no-till/ strip-till acres were located on farms where no-till/striptill was used on only part of the acres.
“We have a lot more to learn, but we have developed models that can monitor water movement in a field as well as the detachment of soil particles, which leads to soil erosion,” said Aleksey Sheshukov, Assistant Professor of Biological and Agricultural Engineering.
As the year comes to a close, there are some stories and issues that stand out more than others. The year 2015 was dominated by politicking, regulations, and courtroom battles. Endangered species fights and pushback against federal agency overreach seemed to be the order of the year and will certainly set the stage for 2016.
Congress came together with bipartisan support on Dec. 18 to pass the $1.15 trillion Omnibus Appropriations Bill that will fund the government through fiscal year 2016. The House gave approval with a 316-113 vote followed by a 65-33 nod in the Senate..
“It was eye-opening,” she says. Golian holds a master’s degree from MU, but she quickly found out she had much to learn about owning a farm. There were leases, fences, estate laws and other topics to learn in the months and years following her husband’s death.
The United States Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is proposing updates to its brucellosis and bovine tuberculosis (TB) program regulations. The changes outlined in the proposed rule were developed over several years of close collaboration between APHIS and its state, tribal and industry partners.