USDA announced the award of more than $17 million in grants to 29 institutions to address the needs of beginning farmers and ranchers and enhance the sustainability and competitiveness of U.S. agriculture.
In July 2009, new questions were added to the existing checkoff-funded Consumer Beef Index to specifically track additional attitudes and perceptions regarding veal. The tool provides meaningful, evaluative consumer-focused data that helps the checkoff assess the impact of the beef industrys efforts to build demand.
Dawn Vel%u1CF1uez de P%u9CA5z with the Colorado Department of Agricultures Markets Division and Colorado cattleman Gary Volk traveled to Moscow, Russia, in October to explore new prospects for marketing Colorado cattle in Russia.
It was discovered in the early 1900s that under certain conditions, sorghums (including the forage sorghums) are capable of releasing hydrocyanic acid, or commonly called prussic acid. Prussic acid, when ingested by cattle, is quickly absorbed into the bloodstream and blocks the animals cells from utilizing oxygen.
Ranchers and conservationists share an interest in managing grazing lands for optimum ecologic health. They, and others interested in the environmental and economic implications of range management, are invited to a national conference of the Grazing Lands Conservation Initiative (GLCI) being held in Reno, NV, Dec.
Jack Field, executive vice president of the Ellensburg, WA-based Washington Cattlemen's Association, fears his state's proposed gray wolf management plan sets the number of allowed breeding pairs way too high. He also doubts the Evergreen State can afford the plan's generous compensation for ranchers who lose livestock to the predators.
Poor weather conditions have hampered the harvest of corn and soybeans in most U.S. growing regions, according to USDA's Crop Progress report. Last Monday's report showed that farmers are falling farther behind in their push to get crops out of the field before they are damaged or become unsalvageable.
The Colorado Cattlemens Association (CCA) is seeking interested applicants for the 2010 David G. and Lucille S. Rice Legislative Internship. Through the Rice Internship, CCA provides the opportunity for an individual to learn a great deal about government structure, as well as agricultural policies in which CCA members have a vested interest.
Taiwanese officials said last week that the country will lift the current ban on bone-in beef from U.S. sources. The restriction, currently in place in many Asian countries, has significantly limited the amount of product eligible for shipment to the lucrative market.
The Colorado Cattlemens Association (CCA) would like to invite you to participate in the 2010 Kirk Hanna Cattlemens Leadership College (KHCLC). The goal of KHCLC is to provide educational tools and information that can help individuals become active leaders in Colorados cattle industry through their local affiliates and through CCA.
Allowing farmers to use proven management practices and technologies that help them produce food most efficientlywhile allowing consumer choiceis the foundation for reducing hunger both locally and globally, according to Jeff Simmons, president of Elanco.
Oregon Cattlemens Association (OCA) members and interested parties are encouraged to register early for the Cattlemens College at the 2009 Annual Oregon Cattlemens Association (OCA) Convention Dec. 3 at The Riverhouse in Bend, OR.
The National Cattlemens Beef Association (NCBA) is continuing to urge Congress to pass legislation providing additional relief and permanency in the tax code for Americas farmers, ranchers and other small business owners. As part of these ongoing efforts, NCBA is supporting H.