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by WLJ
2016 September 16
Along with research, development, training, and education related to agriculture, the nation’s Extension programs have fully embraced the digital age. Both the University of Missouri (MU) and Kansas State University (K-State) Extensions have announced new digital tools to help farmers and ranchers recently.


by WLJ
2016 September 16
The ruling in American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) and National Pork Producers Council vs. EPA concerned the federal agency’s 2013 release to three environmental groups of a vast compilation of spreadsheets containing personal information about farmers and ranchers who raise livestock and poultry in 29 states.


2016 September 16
Cow/calf producers can’t buy insurance to protect their cattle, but good livestock stewardship will go a long way toward making sure the animals stay in good health, according to Gerald Stokka, the North Dakota State University Extension Service’s Veterinarian and Livestock Stewardship Specialist.


2016 September 16
The tradition of calling an auctioneer “colonel” can be traced to the Civil War. After a battle, the winning side would scour the battlefield and collect all the equipment and personal belongings of the deceased. These items were then displayed and auctioned.


2016 September 16
As a livestock economist, Scott Brown hears the same question every day: “How low can prices go?” The University of Missouri Extension specialist can’t say when prices will hit bottom, as many factors affect the sharp decline. That includes weather, dollar strength and exports.


2016 September 9
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) revealed on Sept. 1 a seven-year work plan to take a bite out of its backlog of Endangered Species Act (ESA) decisions. USFWS faces decision deadlines on over 550 species that have been petitioned for listing, and hundreds more that the agency has already determined may warrant listing.


by USDA
2016 September 9
Federal food intake surveys conducted between 1977 and 2012 reveal that, in the 1990s, fast food overtook school food as the largest source of food prepared away from home in children’s diets. However, school foods have remained a more important source of calories for lower income children than for higher income children.


2016 September 9
Bacterial leaf streak disease of corn, caused by Xanthomonas vasicola pv. vasculorum, has been confirmed in some Nebraska corn fields. The disease had not been previously identified in the U.S., but had been reported on corn in South Africa. The bacterium also causes gumming disease in sugarcane in numerous other countries.


by WLJ
2016 September 9
The Oklahoma Department of Agriculture (ODA) confirmed the EIA-positive horse in a Sept. 3 statement and said the 13-yearold Quarter Horse gelding located in McCurtain County was euthanized. Past EIA test history for this horse is unknown. The first reported EIA case for 2016 was in a 14-year-old Quarter Horse mare from Atoka County on Sept.




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