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by WLJ
2017 February 3
Symptoms of scrapie in sheep are very much like the symptoms of BSE in cattle. Motor function is impaired, tremors and unusual limp movements occur, and coat appearance deteriorates. Infected sheep will display behavior changes, increased sensitivity to sound and movement, and rubbing and biting of the legs.
by WLJ
2017 February 3
Temple Grandin, Ph.D., Colorado State University, kicked off the festivities at of one of the largest American Sheep Industry (ASI) Association conventions in the last decade in her trademark way—by mesmerizing the audience with her concrete thinking..
2017 February 3
The strongest cool-season grass pastures in many areas of the Corn Belt and the eastern southern states come from varieties of tall fescue infected with a fungus. This infection can be good—or bad—depending on which variety and what perspective you take.
2017 February 3
When an almond tree keels over in a mature orchard, it could be a sign of something ominous. University of California (UC) scientists are tracking a fungal infection in San Joaquin Valley almond trees that can cost farmers hundreds of thousands of dollars in lost production.
2017 February 3
Seventeen Native American youth attended the “Linking Native American Youth to Ag Careers” conference conducted and hosted through a partnership with Crazy Horse Memorial Foundation and South Dakota 4-H. Photo courtesy of Crazy Horse Memorial and South Dakota State University extension.
2017 February 3
Biochar—a charcoal created from organic materials burned at high temperatures and added as a soil amendment—has been shown to increase pH and soil fertility in areas with more weathered, acidic soils, like the tropics. But a new study shows its impact on productive soils like those in California’s Central Valley may be quite different.
2017 February 3
Spring cleaning has already begun at the White House, starting with a dizzying clutter of federal regulations. Last Monday, President Donald Trump signed an executive order that fulfills a campaign promise: For every new federal regulation, two must be removed—a concept commonly known as “pay-go.


2017 February 3
“We’ll keep working on the cows!” The environmental litigation group claimed credit for the recent closing of over 19,000 acres to sheep grazing on four allotments in Idaho. The fact the allotments have been unused by sheep for years, and that the motivations behind it are scientifically debatable, draw this “victory” into question.


2017 January 30
“There are buyers who have bought bulls at the sales year after year and probably never thought how they could use the EPDs [expected progeny differences] and percentile rank to study their cows,” said Eldon Cole, Livestock Specialist, University of Missouri Extension.
2017 January 30
For many high school and minority students who grow up in agriculture families, leaving the farm is a primary goal. But the Spark program at Washington State University (WSU) is igniting interest among these teens in rewarding, profitable jobs in ag, where vacancies far outnumber applicants.
by WLJ
2017 January 30
The North American Meat Institute (NAMI) recently unveiled the first-ofits-kind mobile app aimed at helping consumers become more confident when buying meat and poultry. The free MyMeatUp app includes a full guide to beef, pork, lamb and veal retail meat cuts, and draws on content from www.
by WLJ
2017 January 30
As mentioned in the companion piece on page 6, congressional committees wield enormous amount of power. Congressional committees fairly literally have the ability to decide what bills see the light of day and have a slim hope of making it to laws. This is true both for the committees of the House of Representatives and the Senate.
by WLJ
2017 January 30
The 2017 Auction of the Junior Livestock Champions sets a National Western Stock Show (NWSS) record with the top eight champion animals posting total sales of $442,500. The auction started with a bang when the Reserve Grand Champion Lamb sold for $34,000, exceeding last year’s bid by $6,000.


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