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by DTN
2011 July 8
Gary Hill found out the importance of soil testing the hard way. The University of Georgia animal scientist works with Tifton 85 bermudagrass at the Coastal Plain Experiment Station in Tifton, as well as on his own cattle operation. He started noticing stand losses in the highly productive forage.
by DTN
2011 July 8
The small-scale effort has large aims, according to one of the project leaders. Associate Professor Dan Buskirk said in addition to verifying whether the beef came from a local source, shoppers eventually could use a smart phone or kiosk to find out if it came from grass-fed, grain-fed or hormone-free cattle.
by WLJ
2011 July 8
Agriculture land prices in the U.S. have increased steadily over the last decade, leading experts and landowners to question whether the high values are sustainable.
by WLJ
2011 July 8
When a farmer or rancher has to clear fields of round hay bales before moisture ruins them, theres nothing that does the job like a hay trailer. But what kind is best for you? That depends on your equipment (tractor or pick up), your use (bale size, quantity, and labor), and your budget.
by WLJ
2011 July 8
Even though most strains dont cause illness, its an indicator organismone that waterquality managers use to measure fecal contamination, says Agricultural Research Service (ARS) soil scientist Yakov Pachepsky. When its found in surface water, agriculture or urban runoff is usually implicated as the source.
by WLJ
2011 July 8
The 2011 Kansas Livestock Association (KLA) Young Stockmens Academy (YSA) gathered for its second educational tour of the year June 27-29. The group of young KLA members from across the state spent three days in Kansas City learning more about the agribusiness and retail beef industries.
by WLJ
2011 July 8
Because of the drought, theres going to be no such thing as dryland crops in the Panhandle and south Plains this year, said Nicholas Kenny, Texas AgriLife Extension Service irrigation specialist based in Amarillo, TX.
by WLJ
2011 July 8
USDA recently announced that $37 million is available for the Value-Added Producer Grant (VAPG) program. A special reserve is set aside for beginning farmers and ranchers and socially disadvantaged farmers and ranchers. The deadline to apply is Aug. 29, 2011.
by WLJ
2011 July 8
Some people might say the past 30 years have been unkind to the U.S. beef industry. Buffeted by a sharp drop in exports in 2004, stiff competition from a marketing-savvy poultry industry, and occasional news of recalls, the industry continues to grapple with U.
by WLJ
2011 July 8
The 2011 Fourth of July holiday brought warnings for humans about bluegreen algae in one of the large Oklahoma lakes used for recreation. Blue-green algae has often been a concern to livestock producers in late summer in Oklahoma.
by WLJ
2011 July 8
The ongoing dispute with Mexico over trucking came to an end last week, paving the way for the removal of $2.4 billion in retaliatory tariffs which had been placed on U.S. goods shipped south of the border. The agreement last week will result in removal of half of those tariffs within 10 days, while the remaining half will
by WLJ
2011 July 8
The U.S. Cattlemen’s Association sent a letter last week to Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack requesting that the agency step into the fray over the beef checkoff to examine the events surrounding the recent resignation of Cattlemen’s Beef Board CEO Tom Ramey. Additionally, the group asked Vilsack to
2011 July 8
Page three of the Wall Street Journal is usually reserved for international affairs, major financial news, or significant political developments. So it was quite a departure from the WSJ’s standard fare when last month the esteemed financial daily’s inside spread featured a large photo of a couple of cowboys stretching out a calf, which
by WLJ
2011 July 1
In a surprise announcement last week, Tom Ramey, chief executive officer of the Cattlemen’s Beef Board, resigned from his post, citing personal reasons. The move comes after months of issues between Ramey, CBB’s executive committee, and the primary beef contractor,
by WLJ
2011 July 1
USDA’s monthly supply and demand report released last Thursday exceeded analyst’s expectations for planted corn acreage. The number of acres planted to corn was reported at 92.28 million acres, surpassing last year’s plantings by 5 percent or 4 million acres. Expectations for
by WLJ
2011 July 1
Summer has arrived. There are many areas of the country that did not get enough runoff water to adequately fill the stock ponds.
by WLJ
2011 July 1
Interested agriculture producers are encouraged to visit their local NRCS field office and fill out a 2011 EQIP application. The applications for this funding cycle will be accepted until July 22, 2011. These applications will be ranked and considered for funding by Aug.


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