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2017 January 16
California Gov. Jerry Brown recently reappointed Helene Dillard to the California State Board of Food and Agriculture. Dillard, a University of California- Davis (UC Davis) alumna, has served as Dean of College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences since 2014.
by WLJ
2017 January 16
“This is quite an accomplishment for Jeff and Rob,” said Billy Cook, Ph.D., Noble Foundation Agricultural Division Director. “It’s a testament to their professionalism and the respect their peers have for them.
2017 January 16
In the next 50 years, the world needs to double the amount of food it produces in order to feed a growing population. That responsibility doesn’t lie only with farmers and scientists, but with everyone, according to Mark Poeschl, Chief Executive Officer of the National FFA Organization and the National FFA Foundation.
2017 January 16
“During the last 20 years, there have been recommendations to eat less red meat as part of a healthier diet, but our research supports that red meat can be incorporated into a healthier diet,” said Wayne Campbell, Professor of Nutrition Science. “Red meat is a nutrient-rich food, not only as a source for protein but also bioavailable iron.
2017 January 16
The researchers mapped the cows’ positions over the paths of rangeland streams across five spring-to-fall grazing seasons. They discovered that the cows went down to the water when they needed to drink or cross, but did not typically rest or hang out there.
by DTN
2017 January 16
A wealth of confirmed and suspected insect resistance to a number of Bt crops took many off guard in the 2016 growing season and is pushing growers to evaluate the way they use traits and inputs to ward off pests. However, scientists say the problem had been mounting for years.
by WLJ
2017 January 16
The USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) recently announced the expansion of a unique service for farmers and ranchers. FSA’s Bridges to Opportunity program provides a one-stop shop that connects producers with resources, programs and educational services offered across the department, as well as from other USDA partner organizations.
by WLJ
2017 January 16
Whoever says Congress can’t act quickly might have blinked too long to have seen the REINS Act pass the House. This aptlynamed effort to rein in federal agency power has advanced farther in the process to become law in less than three days than its three predecessors did in months.
2017 January 16
“A standby electric generator could prevent costly losses during a power failure,” says Ken Hellevang, North Dakota State University Extension Service Agricultural Engineer. “However, you need to follow some basic safety rules when using a standby generator.
by WLJ
2017 January 16
Vernon Sanders, 94, passed away on Jan. 6, 2017 following a series of health issues. He was born in San Francisco in 1922. During World War II he served years in the U.S. Army, retiring as Field Artillery Captain, followed by five years in the Army Reserve.


by WLJ
2017 January 16
New World Screwworms—flesh-eating maggots of the fly by the same name—were first found in the endangered Key deer in the National Key Deer Refuge on the Big Pine Key in October 2016. The Big Pine Key is among the most westerly—and thereby most removed from the mainland— of Florida’s string of keys.


2017 January 16
With the current economic challenges faced by many farmers, taking full advantage of the plant nutrients found in livestock manure is a sort of no-brainer. But if you aren’t testing manure for nutrient content, you have to depend on published “book values” to estimate nutrients applied from manure application.
by WLJ
2017 January 16
text of S.33 is identical to that of S.437. This earlier bill required congressional approval of monument designations, but also that all designations comply with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and notices from the governors of affected states that their state legislatures had approved the designation.


by WLJ
2017 January 6
U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell issued a Secretarial Order last week directing the Department of the Interior (DOI) and its bureaus to take timely actions to help address the effects of drought and climate change on California’s water supply and imperiled wildlife.
by WLJ
2017 January 6
Past Republican presidential hopeful and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz (R) joined with Rep. Ron DeSantis (R- FL6) last Tuesday with a proposed constitutional amendment. Senate Joint Resolution 2 (S. J. Res. 2) would amend the U.S. Constitution to limit senators to two six-year terms, and representatives to three two-year terms.


by WLJ
2017 January 6
Frank Litterst, Jr., passed away on Dec. 26, 2016 at his home in College Station, TX, at the age of 94. He was born in Harris County, TX, on June 15, 1922. He graduated from Houston Lamar High School in 1939. He entered Texas A & M University (TAMU) in the fall of 1939, a proud member of the Class of 1943 (the class that won the war).


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