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by DTN
2015 October 30
The initial results were good, but his sandy soils couldn’t sustain fertility and erosion started to take hold. Unperturbed, and armed with initial recommendations from Brazil’s state crop research institute (Embrapa), Mathias started to experiment with alternating beans and cattle.


2015 October 30
Dr. Ron Randel, Texas A&M AgriLife Research Faculty Fellow, Overton, provided one of several presentations representing agriculture. Randel’s presentation, which focused on livestock temperament, was titled, “Temperament is Linked with Stress Responsiveness and is Controlled Genetically.


2015 October 30
Glendo, WY, rancher Larry Cundall was one of 12 people recognized in ceremonies Oct. 26 in Washington, D.C., for exemplary leadership and innovation in agricultural production and education. Cundall was the only rancher honored in the White House Champions of Change for Sustainable and Climate-Smart Agriculture program.


2015 October 30
The research team included Dr. Richard Teague and Dr. Seong Park, both with AgriLife Research, and Stan Bevers, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, all in Vernon, TX, and Dr. Tong Wang, formerly an AgriLife Research post-doctoral researcher now in the South Dakota State department of economics, Brookings, SD.


by WLJ
2015 October 30
The product, developed by Professor Mark Post in his laboratory at Maastricht University, Netherlands, is created by harvesting muscle cells from a living cow. Scientists then feed and nurture the cells so they multiply to create muscle tissue, which is the main component of the meat we eat.


2015 October 30
In all the noise about the recent World Health Organization’s (WHO’s) report linking the consumption of red and processed meat with cancer, the details of the report and its creation have gotten lost. In many cases, the process of the report’s creation has generated as much complaint as the scientific claims it put forth.


by WLJ
2015 October 30
The WHO has a ranking system for potentially carcinogenic agents. The ranking system is a categorization of the volume and strength of the existing evidence rather than of the relative risk of items in the respective categories. The system is as follows: • Group 1; Carcinogenic to humans.


2015 October 30
“We have been waiting for this day for a while now,” Dolcini said at the beginning of last week. “We want to make sure all farmers and all of our customers know what is happening today and this week. We anticipate payments will be made without further delay.


2015 October 30
Stephenville, provided a presentation on livestock internal and external parasite control. Horn flies cost an estimated $1.36 billion in economic losses in U.S. cattle, while stable flies have led to $672 million in losses. Swiger said it is worth the time and money for cattle.


2015 October 30
Nevada Attorney General Adam Laxalt took action on Oct. 22 that added the state to a lawsuit challenging federal land use plans related to the greater sage-grouse. Following an announcement by the Department of Interior on Sept. 22 that the bird was “not warranted” for listing as an endangered species, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and U.


2015 October 30
“Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds.” This nod to the U.S. Postal Service could as easily describe the work ethic of good livestock guardian dogs, according to Texas A&M AgriLife officials at San Angelo.


by WLJ
2015 October 30
The PCRM petition calls upon USDA to stop offering processed meats for purchase, subsidy, and reimbursement under the National School Lunch Program and National School Breakfast Program. The petition asks USDA to encourage schools that offer processed meats to include alternatives to these products in menus.


2015 October 30
Forage is one of the major costs associated with cow/ calf operations. Producers need to continue to monitor costs as returns begin to decline compared to 2014. Two insurance products are available for producers as a risk management tool for forage production.


by USDA
2015 October 30
However, nearly half (46 percent) of all organic farms sold food commodities through direct-to-consumer outlets (such as farmers’ markets and community supported agriculture arrangements), and/or through intermediated marketing channels (such as restaurants and retail outlets).


by WLJ
2015 October 23
Last Monday, the U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Administrator Michael Huerta announced the creation of a task force to ultimately help guide the process of creating a registration system for drones or Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS).


by USDA
2015 October 23
In fiscal 2014, 30 million children participated in USDA’s National School Lunch Program on an average school day, down from a peak of 32 million in 2011. The decline since 2011 reflects a drop in students taking full price, or “paid,” lunch that began in 2008.