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2016 February 29
Have you ever left for a conference feeling just fine, shook a lot of hands and mingled, then returned home to spend a day or two in bed with the cold or flu? The same thing can happen to livestock throughout the various phases of production as new groups of animals mix and germs spread.


by WLJ
2016 February 29
U.S. Rep. Greg Walden (R-OR) announced last Thursday that the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) will finally implement the Crooked River Collaborative Water Security and Jobs Act of 2014, a law that he wrote and that was unanimously approved by Congress in 2014 to improve water management and grow jobs in Central Oregon.


2016 February 29
While the new veterinary feed directive, or VFD, drug ruling by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration went into effect Oct. 1, 2015, livestock producers can expect to see new labels for medically important antibiotics used on the feed of food animals by Jan.


by WLJ
2016 February 29
The winner of the American Farm Bureau Federation’s (AFBF) Young Farmers & Ranchers Collegiate Discussion Meet, announced recently, is Kenna Lewis of California. Lewis was awarded the top prize following a discussion that included protecting farmers’ ability to access new technology while ensuring public acceptance and encouraging innovation.


2016 February 26
Just a year after officials with California’s Point Reyes National Seashore (PRNS) garnered national headlines by shutting down an oyster farm within its borders, three anti-grazing groups have filed suit, contending that the ranchers who graze the property just north of San Francisco should be removed as well.


2016 February 26
The 2015-2016 Dietary Guidelines for Americans released in January continue to support lean beef in a healthy diet. That is good news for beef producers across the country and for Nebraska beef producers, who are providing the healthful protein to local schools through farm to school programs.


2016 February 22
If it’s one thing I’ve learned in my 25 years of serving farm and ranch families, it’s that they hate paying taxes. While most producers are good at reducing their annual income tax bill, typically by purchasing machinery or equipment, many are less familiar with strategies to save taxes when they go to sell ranch property.


by WLJ
2016 February 22
Tennessee Cattlemen’s Association presented Rocky DaCosta of Bedford County with the Backgrounder of the Year Award at its annual convention. Pictured (from left) are: TCA President Gary Daniel; Dr. Emmit Rawls; DaCosta, and his wife, Cindy. Photo courtesy of Tennessee Cattlemen’s Association.


by WLJ
2016 February 22
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, that any person who shall appropriate, excavate, injure, or destroy any historic or prehistoric ruin or monument, or any object of...


by USDA
2016 February 22
USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack announced on Feb. 12 that the USDA and partners across the nation together will direct up to $720 million towards 84 conservation projects that will help communities improve water quality, combat drought, enhance soil health, support wildlife habitat and protect agricultural viability.


by DTN
2016 February 22
“I’m not sure we can continue to ignore the fact that there are restrictions to how we use some of these herbicides if we then follow up with an annual forage crop,” Iowa State University Extension Beef Specialist Joe Sellers told growers and livestock owners in a webinar hosted by the Practical Farmers of Iowa Feb.


by USDA
2016 February 22
USDA Farm and Foreign Agricultural Services Deputy Under Secretary Lanon Baccam signed the agreement along with Eric Eversole, Vice President at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Eversole, a Commander in the Navy Reserve, also serves as the foundation’s President of Hiring Our Heroes.


2016 February 22
Rogers said scientists and land managers have been trying to use scientific principles for brush control, “but it’s all been kind of armwavy with terms such as thresholds, transitions and alternative steady states being discussed but with limited success applying them to real-world problems.


2016 February 22
Dry winds, heavy grass and brush growth, and numerous ignition sources should prompt homeowners and landowners alike to take time now to prepare before the flames of a wildfire are at their back door, said a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service specialist.




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