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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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
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,
What’s public lands grazing worth to the economy? According to a report recently released by the Department of Interior (DOI), it’s not as much as you might think. The June 21 report, titled "The Department of Interior’s Economic Contributions," gives a breakdown of
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
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.
USDAs chief economist found himself on the spot last Tuesday trying to defend USDAs controversial livestock marketing rule, which senators argued oversteps USDAs authority and will cost the livestock industry dearly.
Sonoma County Farm Bureau will be honoring Clos du Bois vineyard and winery of Geyserville, CA, the Mulas Family of Sonoma Valley, CA, and Tom Crane, a fourth-generation Santa Rosa, CA-rancher, in recognition of excellence in conservation,...
Cattle producers are being asked to provide their input to the 2011 National Beef Quality Audit (NBQA) by taking a short survey at www.cattlesurvey.com. The survey can be completed in approximately 10 minutes.
The St. Louis, MO-company reported last Wednesday its net income rose to $680 million, or $1.26 per share, for the quarter ended May 31, compared with $384 million, or 70 cents a share, a year ago. It says revenue increased 21 percent to $3.59 billion..
Unless it contains a viable program for agriculture, farm groups say they are prepared to oppose legislation introduced in Congress recently that would require all U.S. employers to check work authorizations against the federal database known as E-Verify.
Washington State University (WSU) animal science experts are offering an artificial insemination (AI) short course in Pullman, Aug. 11-13. The course will be taught by David deAvila, a WSU research technician who has extensive experience in AI and in teaching AI to WSU undergraduates.