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2016 November 18
Though not a central focus of the event, several speakers at the Northeastern Livestock Symposium talked about antibiotic use, effectiveness and availability in the industry. The event was held in Sterling, CO, last week, hosted by the Colorado Livestock Association.


2016 November 18
New rules on how medically important antibiotics can be legally used in feed or water for food-producing animals will be implemented Jan. 1, 2017. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) began talking several years ago to develop a Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD) to provide guidance and ensure the judicious use of these antimicrobials.


by WLJ
2016 November 18
Darwin Schweitzer passed away from a heart attack while doing something he loved; working outside. Eldest of six children born to Adam and Kay Schweitzer in Montana, Schweitzer grew up ranching and farming. He entered real estate early, selling a farm at age six.


2016 November 18
He also said there is an effort afoot to remove the annual appropriations language that for several years has prevented BLM from euthanizing excess horses or selling them without limitation. Additional language in the draft appropriations bill would allow BLM to transfer horses to other agencies that could use them, such as the U.


by WLJ
2016 November 18
The American Farm Bureau Federation’s (AFBF’s) 31st annual informal price survey of classic items found on the Thanksgiving Day dinner table indicates the average cost of this year’s feast for 10 is $49.87, a 24-cent decrease from last year’s average of $50.
2016 November 18
A Purdue Universitybased startup has licensed an innovation that could develop dried distillers grain solids (DDGS) into a low cost, higher quality option as a bio-based carrier for animal and plant nutrients for feeds and organic fertilizers in home gardens and other commercial industry uses.
by WLJ
2016 November 18
Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts announced last week that his trade mission to China, Hong Kong, and Macau led to the signing of nine agreements to bolster markets for Nebraska beef and pork.
by USDA
2016 November 18
In 2015, 16.6 percent of U.S. households with children (6.4 million households) were food insecure at some time during the year. In about half of these households, only adult household members were food insecure as the children had normal or near-normal diets and meal patterns.
by WLJ
2016 November 11
Johnson is a junior at Kansas State University studying agribusiness. With aspirations to manage his own commercial Angus cattle operation, he also plans to pursue a career in livestock marketing. Johnson found his love for the cattle industry when his father presented his first commercial Angus heifer as a gift.
by WLJ
2016 November 11
Reps. Rob Bishop (R-UT), Tom McClintock (R-CA), Doug LaMalfa (R-CA), and Greg Walden (R-OR)—all of the House Committee on Natural Resources—sent a letter asserting that a pair of proposed monument designations would “exacerbate ongoing crises related to western drought and wildfire.
by WLJ
2016 November 11
Traceability in the equine industry has been a highlydiscussed topic for several years, with varying progress across the country to move forward with a national infrastructure. In an effort to coalesce and move forward, the National Institute for Animal Agriculture (NIAA) and the U.
by WLJ
2016 November 11
Impaction colic is essentially constipation and most often includes the accumulation of hard, dry fecal material in the colon. The usual signs of impending impaction colic are depression, a decreased appetite and decreased production and dryness of manure.
by WLJ
2016 November 11
The Food and Drug Administration recently announced amendments to earlier proposed changes to rules regulating drug residues in food animals. The amendments are to a suite of changes proposed in 2012 and deal mostly with changes to legal definitions.
by DTN
2016 November 11
“Corn moisture, with the help of recent sunshine, is moving closer to 18 percent. We have locations that are tight on corn space. Belmond just finished filling their 1.5-million-bushel bunker and is now piling corn in other areas. Other locations are either loading a train or shuffling bushels among locations to make more room.
by USDA
2016 November 11
The unemployment rate for young rural veterans (ages 18 to 34) has seen a large decline too—from a high of 15.7 percent in 2009 to 7.9 percent in 2015. Young veterans often face high unemployment due to servicerelated disabilities and a lack of civilian work experience, which is a greater obstacle when the economy is weak.
by WLJ
2016 November 11
David Townsend, an agricultural and natural resources and plant science major at the University of Delaware, was elected President. This is the first time the State of Delaware has had a national FFA President. Victoria Harris, a biology major at the University of Florida, will serve as Secretary.


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