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by WLJ
2015 March 3
Dr. Dan Waldron, AgriLife Research Geneticist at San Angelo and the test’s coordinator, said the purpose of the test remains the same, with the Rambouillet rams offered during the afternoon auction tested and ready to make a positive genetic influence on ewes managed by breeders working to improve their flocks.
by DTN
2015 March 3
“A bad inversion day is the absolute worst time to spray,” Thostenson said. Avoiding temperature inversions during the spray season is challenging even for professional sprayers, but researchers are slowly gathering more information about how they work and how growers can avoid them.
by DTN
2015 March 3
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack told the Senate Agriculture Committee last Tuesday that he monitors the rate of sign-up for the new farm programs for crops on a daily basis.
by WLJ
2015 March 3
With deadlines set for enrollment in the 2014 Farm Bill’s crop programs in March, farmers have only a few weeks left to make decisions about key farm safety net decisions, said a farm policy expert in the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at Ohio State University.
by WLJ
2015 March 3
Natural Resources Conservation Service Chief Jason Weller announced that the USDA is offering a renewal option through Tuesday, March 31, 2015 for eligible agricultural producers and forest landowners with expiring Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) contracts.
2015 March 3
With negotiations on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal hanging in the balance, the National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) last week threw its support behind renewal of Trade Promotion Authority (TPA), which will enable the current administration and future ones to negotiate and close trade agreements such as the TPP.
by WLJ
2015 March 3
With each degree drop in temperature below freezing, their energy requirements increase by 1 percent. Since the temperature has been easily 20-30 degrees below freezing, livestock will need 20-30 percent more energy to maintain their weight.
by WLJ
2015 March 3
Good managers of grass and cattle know how to lower impact of toxic fescue. They diluted fescue with clover, feed grain supplement and rotational graze paddocks. Those practices also boost returns with novel endophytes, Roberts says. Good managers benefit first and most, he adds.
2015 March 3
“There has been and continued to be an unexplainable desire by dieticians and other ‘health’ professionals to associate or link dietary components, particularly animal food products, with human disease,” wrote Dr.
2015 March 3
While the public relations world does battle with consumer perception regarding beta agonists, scientists do what scientists do…namely, figure out how things work. In this case, they have been trying to figure out how to make beta agonists work better.
2015 March 3
Using objective selection in purchasing bulls is of the utmost importance, and with large contemporary groups, ultrasound and genomically enhanced EPDs, basing a large part of selection on genetic predictions can be done more accurately than ever. However, it is important not to get lost in an alphabet soup of data.
by WLJ
2015 March 3
China’s imports of meats during 2013-14 were more than double the volume imported during the early 2000s. Growing demand and higher prices of domestic meat products have driven the growth in China’s meat imports over the past few years.
by WLJ
2015 March 3
Cindy Whitlock of Queen City uses the MU program. A fifth-generation Schuyler County farmer, she raises show sheep on 40 acres. There’s also a menagerie of guineas, peacocks, donkeys, cats, dogs, chickens and “whatever else anybody dumps out on the road.
2015 March 3
What is the purpose of the horse? To do work for us? To feed us? To provide us companionship? Some might say it’s not for man to decide; the horse has a purpose of its own right, beyond human use or enjoyment. By that reasoning, the horse should be allowed to live in peace, unbridled and unfenced by mankind.


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