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2015 February 20
Dinneen went after the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for being years behind on the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) and pointed to recent job losses in the oil industry to contrast it with ethanol’s staying power in rural America. Just last week, the U.
by WLJ
2015 February 20
On the day a Jordan-area rancher died, friends started a Web-based fundraiser to help the wife and seven daughters he left behind. By Sunday afternoon, more than 500 people had donated over $54,000 to the family of Owen Murnion, who died Thursday, Feb.
2015 February 20
The American Bird Conservancy (ABC) filed its second petition since 2011 with the Department of the Interior in mid-February.
by WLJ
2015 February 20
Each 10 degrees the grain temperature increases reduces the allowable storage time by about half, according to Ken Hellevang, also a Professor in NDSU’s Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering Department.
by WLJ
2015 February 20
The second intermediate weights were completed and the bulls are in the final stretch of their 120-day test. Listed below are the leaders of the pack so far. Bulls are tested for economically relevant traits important to the commercial producer, such as gain efficiency, weight per day average, etc.
by DTN
2015 February 20
Farmers adopt practices such as conservation tillage, no-till, cover crops and crop rotation in attempts to limit and restore what is taken from this precious resource. Farmers utilize animal manures and put back additives such as gypsum and biologicals (humates, enzymes and organisms) in an effort to promote good health.
by WLJ
2015 February 20
That was the goal of a 2014 study led by Dr. Wenwei Xu, AgriLife Research corn breeder in Lubbock, and Thomas Marek, AgriLife Research irrigation engineer in Amarillo, and contributed to by Texas Tech University graduate students Karl Brauer and Traci Bland, which showed the biggest factor in corn silage quality was water.
by WLJ
2015 February 20
Researchers have determined that precipitation and temperature variations over the past 20 years have suppressed the U.S. average soybean yield gain—how much it improves every year—by around 30 percent, contributing to an industry loss of $11 billion nationwide.
2015 February 20
The former top enforcer of USDA’s livestock marketing rules wanted to investigate whether U.S. meatpackers were illegally discriminating against Canadian and Mexican livestock because of country-of-origin labeling six years ago, but advisers to the Agriculture Secretary told Dudley Butler not to pursue such a case.
by DTN
2015 February 20
During a drought, plants release a stress hormone called abscisic acid (ABA), which binds to an important protein receptor. This binding prompts a series of life-saving measures in the plant that allow it to conserve water and halt plant growth until moisture arrives.
2015 February 16
With the prospect of a decision on whether or not to list the greater sage-grouse under the protections of the Endangered Species Act (ESA) looming in the near future, ranchers throughout the bird’s range are taking steps to help prevent a decision to list the now infamous species.
2015 February 16
With the prospect of a decision on whether or not to list the greater sage-grouse under the protections of the Endangered Species Act (ESA) looming in the near future, ranchers throughout the bird’s range are taking steps to help prevent a decision to list the now infamous species.
by WLJ
2015 February 13
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has previously designated natural disaster areas in 256 counties across Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Kansas, Nevada, Oklahoma, Texas, and Utah due to drought conditions in 2015.
by WLJ
2015 February 13
Calf prices have steadily increased for several years. Since spring 2014, replacement female prices have remained at record levels as well. It is only reasonable that bull prices would follow the trend. This has led many producers to explore options to owning enough bulls to cover their cows in a defined breeding season.


2015 February 13
Last week, meat industry opponents of the U.S. country-of-origin labeling (COOL), dropped their 2013 lawsuit against USDA. But the debate and discussion surrounding the controversial labeling is far from over, according to the North American Meat Institute, a party in the dropped lawsuit.


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