If you ask a youth if they learned science through raising an animal, often their response would be “no.” Science is sometimes hard for youth to describe. However, youth are using science in almost all aspects of raising animals.
All of the buzz about soil health—benefits for crop production, how to improve it, how to measure it—has left some Michigan farmers wondering where they fit into the discussion. Two main practices stand out front and center in the soil health discussion: no-till or reduced tillage planting systems; and inclusion of cover crops into rotations.
In order to strengthen the ongoing partnership between the dairy and beef segments of the cattle industry on animal-care issues, the National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) and the National Beef Checkoff’s Beef Quality Assurance Program announced...
USDA Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack recently announced a new step to support farmers transitioning to certified organic production by expanding a crop insurance option to allow producers to purchase insurance coverage that better reflects their product’s actual value.
Farmers markets, farmland preservation, community gardening, and keeping livestock or bees in residential/nontraditional areas are just a few of the popular food system development initiatives supported by local governments, according to a study...
Speaking at a recent Red Angus Brain Trust, Dr. Ken Odde of Kansas State University presented a summary of a research project that studied the last five years of Superior Livestock Auction lot prices based on breed description and found that this description significantly impacted sale price (See Table 1).
The National Institute for Animal Agriculture (NIAA) will be hosting a forum on Bovine Viral Diarrhea (BVD) for beef producers and animal health officials in conjunction with the NIAA Annual Conference April 4-7, 2016. The forum, “BVD: An Industry Prevention Strategies & Solutions Forum,” will be April 7, 2016 in Kansas City, MO.
Wildfires in Kansas don’t usually make the national news the way they do in California or other states, but they can be just as destructive, said Chip Redmond, Network Manager of the Kansas Mesonet and the Kansas Weather Data Library at Kansas State University.
Sometimes, the National Weather Service issues a Red Flag Warning, she said, adding that although such warnings are more common in forested areas of the western United States, they have increasingly been issued in Kansas and other Plains states as a way to alert people of critical fire danger.
Because protection measures such as defensible space around homes and communities, use of fire-resistant building materials, and adequate road access can help protect homes and communities, the public should exercise safe, responsible behavior when...
To best serve western South Dakota cattle producers, Adele Harty, SDSU Extension Cow/Calf Field Specialist, will now work from two South Dakota offices, one at the Cottonwood Range and Livestock Field Station near Philip and the SDSU Extension Regional Center in Rapid City.
Trade representatives from the 12 countries representing the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement met Feb. 4 to formally sign the agreement that would open trade and reduce tariffs on a number of U.S. products including beef. U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman was in Auckland, New Zealand, for the signing ceremony.
They say everything’s bigger in Texas; the sky, the land, and life in general. It should come as no surprise then that Texas contains one of the country’s—and even the continent’s—biggest ranches. At almost 800 square miles, the W.T. Waggoner Ranch is roughly half the size of the State of Rhode Island and has remained under one family for 167 years.
Last fall’s moderate weather allowed alfalfa plants to harden well for winter, leaving them with a high concentration of nutrients in their roots and adequate soil moisture. This winterized condition enables alfalfa crowns and roots to withstand temperatures down as low as 5 degrees above zero.
The annual Cattle (inventory) report estimated that total cattle inventories in the U.S. were up 3.2 percent year-over-year at 92.0 million head. From various inventory categories we can calculate an estimated supply of feeder cattle outside of feedlots. For Jan.