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by DTN
2011 September 2
The U.S. Department of Labor, responding to a surge in fatal grain-elevator accidents, proposed last Wednesday to ban children under the age of 18 from working around these towering structures which hold massive amounts of crops such as corn, wheat and soybeans.
2011 September 2
The Lampasas and Leon rivers watersheds have been listed as impaired by the state due to high counts of E. coli and other bacteria taken in the late 1990s, but from whom, what and where the contamination originates is unclear, say Texas AgriLife Research experts.
2011 September 2
Julie Borlaug, assistant director of partnerships in the Borlaug Institute for International Agriculture at Texas A&M University, said in her keynote speech at the Association of American Plant Food Control Officials meeting in Austin, TX that food production would need to be doubled by 2050 to meet future demand.
2011 September 2
Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman is urging President Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to deny the permit. "I want to emphasize that I am not opposed to pipelines," Heineman wrote. "I am opposed to the proposed Keystone XL Pipeline route because it is directly over the Ogallala Aquifer.
2011 September 2
Since cattle prices are at historical highs, most people logically assume that producers are making money, lots of money. However, that is not necessarily the case. Profitability and, ultimately, survivability in the cattle business is often related more to managing the cost of production.
by WLJ
2011 September 2
In the largest ever study of fuel treatment effectiveness, U.S. Forest Service (USFS) researchers have found that intense thinning treatments that leave between 50 and 100 trees per acre are the most effective in reducing the probability of crown fires in the dry forests of the western U.
by WLJ
2011 September 2
That future has been made possible by a team of Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists, including Ken Vogel, Rob Mitchell, and Steve Masterson at Lincoln, NE; Hans Jung at St. Paul, MN; Bruce Dien at Peoria, IL; and Michael Casler at Madison, WI.
2011 September 2
Rancher Alan Day looks over his cattle herd and the parched landscape in Bosque County, TX. The drought in the southern Plains is forcing many ranchers to sell their cattle because there is nothing for them to eat.
2011 September 2
Two of the most pressing issues facing the beef industry, drought and risk management, will be addressed among other related topics at the 2011 Beef Financial Management Conference on Oct. 6 at the Ambassador Hotel in Amarillo, TX.
2011 September 2
Scrutinize. Repeat study. Inquire. Examine OK, you get the picture. By its fundamental definition, its called RESEARCH, and cattle producers and importers nationwide have been investing their beef checkoff dollars into studying, inquiring, examining and scrutinizing for 25 years now.
by WLJ
2011 August 26
ELAP provides emergency assistance to eligible producers of livestock, honeybees, and farmraised fish that have losses due to disease, adverse weather or other conditions, including losses due to blizzards and wildfires not adequately covered by any other disaster program, as determined by the secretary.
by WLJ
2011 August 26
Summer heat places plenty of stress on cattle and other livestock. To minimize the risk of injury and illness, low-stress handling methods are recommended Anytime we put any kind of stress on an animal, whether it be physical stress, nutritional...
by WLJ
2011 August 26
It has been pretty customary to use rectal palpation to pregnancy check cattle in the past, and open cows are then shipped to market. Usually, cows are roughly 100-120 days along when this occurs.
by WLJ
2011 August 26
Summer heat stress in cow herds may not show up until much laterat calving time, a University of Missouri (MU) Extension specialist told the crowd at the MU Greenley Center field day Aug. 9.
by WLJ
2011 August 26
Beef industry innovators are looking at DNA technology as another selection tool for decisions that give them a marketing advantage. The most important thing for producers to consider is the cost of the DNA technology and what they will get out of it. Like expected progeny differences (EPDs)


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