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by WLJ
2009 March 13
The case had previously been through the U.S. District Court in Anchorage, AK, and the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which both ruled in favor of the plaintiffs, who alleged that the new USFS regulations violated the 1992 Appeals Reform Act, a law directing the agency to consider public comment when it crafts land or resource management plans.
by WLJ
2009 March 13
In a move that will subject a number of government projects to enhanced environmental and scientific scrutiny, President Obama is restoring a requirement that U.S. agencies consult with independent federal experts to determine whether their actions might harm threatened and endangered species.
by WLJ
2009 March 13
There is a movement gaining steam in Illinois and California to ban tail docking in dairies. The push comes from one of agriculture?s biggest opponents, Farm Sanctuary, and it is being closely monitored by producer groups in those states and elsewhere.
by WLJ
2009 March 13
For a landowner looking to turn a quick profit, the carbon credit market is not the best option, but it can offer supplementary income for conservation practices that are part of a long-term management strategy. ?This isn?t a get-rich-quick scheme,? said Gary Wyatt, an extension educator with the University of Minnesota.
by WLJ
2009 March 13
Texas AgriLife Extension Service has pledged support for ?Operation New Fences,? a new volunteer relief effort for southeast Texas ranchers affected by Hurricane Ike. The initiative was outlined on March 5 by Texas Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples during a press conference held in Houston.
by WLJ
2009 March 13
USDA has granted a conditional license to Epitopix, LLC for America?s first E. coli O157 vaccine for cattle. The vaccine is made with Epitopix? exclusive SRP Technology, an innovative, patented vaccine production process. The new vaccine is labeled for use in cattle to reduce the prevalence of the E. coli O157 carrier state and for reduction in the amount of E. coli O157 shed in feces to minimize E. coli exposure and infection of herd-mates.
by WLJ
2009 March 13
Federal and academic scientists across the country last week agreed that Colorado?s Front Range is in moderate drought, which means the next three months are pivotal going into the summer, said Nolan Doesken, Colorado State University (CSU) state climatologist.
by WLJ
2009 March 13
While the fight?s not over for southeastern Colorado ranchers who oppose the expansion of a military training site, it would appear that landowners in the area continue to garner support from various leaders who are also against the proposed land grab.
by WLJ
2009 March 13
The USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) recently released a proposed rule regarding official animal identification (ID) numbering systems.
by WLJ
2009 March 13
According Accordin to the results of a natio national survey just released, consumers are confident in the safety of their ground grou beef, steaks and roasts despite a rise in their overa overall concern about food safety in i recent months.
by WLJ
2009 March 13
At the American-International Charolais Association (AICA) Spring Board of Directors Meeting, March 1-2, in Kansas City, MO, Arnold and Carol Wienk were welcomed into the AICA Hall of Fame as nominated by fellow Charolais breeders for continued service and dedication to the Charolais breed.
by WLJ
2009 March 13
Eighty-four percent of U.S. agricultural professionals surveyed say the probability that many producers will experience financial stress in the next three years is ?high or very high.? This from a recently completed survey of 2,300 professionals?agricultural producers, agricultural economists, consultants, educators and lenders?in all 50 states.
by WLJ
2009 March 13
Though confronted by numerous challenges, America?s young farmers and ranchers express a high level of optimism about agriculture and say they are better off than they were five years ago. Those are the general findings of the American Farm Bureau Federation?s (AFBF) 17th annual survey of young farmers and ranchers (YFR).
by WLJ
2009 March 13
There are a number of factors that go into determining how to best incorporate the use of artificial insemination (AI) into the breeding strategy for an operation. Large operations, particularly commercial operations, have traditionally been resistant to adopting the use of AI.
by WLJ
2009 March 13
Integrated Management Information Inc. (IMI Global), a leading provider of verification and Internet solutions in the agricultural/ livestock industry, last week launched VerifiedGreen, a verification program that caters to producers and consumers who are committed to reducing their carbon footprint.
by WLJ
2009 March 13
The report, which details the findings of a national online poll of 1,059 consumers conducted in November 2008, was released last week at the 2009 Annual Meat Conference. AMI and FMI published this consumer research which was sponsored by Sealed Air?s Cryovac Food Packaging Division.
by WLJ
2009 March 13
As higher costs and environmental concerns about fossil fuels push more people to buy locally produced food, demand for livestock raised on pastures and rangelands?rather than in feed lots?is spurring a return to greater reliance on native rangelands and cultivated pastures.
by WLJ
2009 March 13
During 2008, when markets were up limit one day and down limit the next, hedge funds and index traders caught the wrath of farmers, elevator grain merchandisers, and others who alleged improper activity and illegal market manipulation. So far, the regulators have not hauled any one or any company off to jail for such improprieties. But why?
by DTN
2009 March 13
While strong 2008 incomes and years of conservative borrowing have kept U.S. farmers in a relatively good credit situation heading into planting season, the long-term outlook is less positive, analysts said.
by WLJ
2009 March 13
Feeding of corn co-products like distillers grains and corn gluten has changed the mineral balance in winter cattle diets, said Dennis Bauer, University of Nebraska Extension educator. Those products are really high in phosphorus, Bauer said.
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