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.
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.
A recent ruling against the environmental group Western Watersheds Project (WWP) in a U.S. district court has signaled a strong victory for ranchers and federal land management agencies who battle legal onslaughts from groups like WWP and others which seek to prevent grazing on public lands.
Private holdings in the West are not just important to those who own and operate them, they also provide key benefits to publicly-owned land throughout the West. That?s one thing participants at the recent Western Range Summit discussed as the Public Land Council held a meeting in Salt Lake City, Feb.
The head of the World Trade Organization (WTO) last week issued a warning over the problems that could arise if nations, particularly the U.S., resort to protectionist trade policies during the current economic crisis.
A dedication to learning, improvement and good animal husbandry helped earn the North American Limousin Foundation (NALF) Commercial Producer of the Year award for Tim and Delarie Kessler of Kessler Livestock, Leola, SD.
The Mustang Heritage Foundation (MHF) is doing what no other horse-related organization in the nation has attempted?give a horse to a trainer for 90 days and guarantee $700 in payment with the promise to help market the trainer and the horse to the public.
A bill introduced to the Colorado House of Representatives by Cory Gardner, R- Yuma, intended to protect landowners from overzealous wildlife officials has failed, but there is still a chance for common property rights to prevail if all goes well in upcoming legislative meetings.
Union County Extension agent David Graham has first-hand experience how an agricultural emergency plan prepares a community. His county had just finished the agriculture amendment to its emergency operations plan when the January 2007 blizzard buried some areas of northeastern New Mexico in more than 30 inches of snow and 10- to 15-foot drifts.
In an effort to provide a solution to the over-population of horses in the U.S. since the last domestic slaughter plants were shuttered in Texas and Illinois two years ago, 12 states are considering the issue. Those states are in the process of either expressing support of the industry within their states or actively attempting to re-establish a plant.
John and Jane Picatto of Spring Valley, IL, were recognized as the 2008 Red Angus Personality of the Year at the 2008 National Red Angus Convention in Cheyenne, WY. Director Esther Fischer of Harlowton, MT, presented the award.
Animal rights groups from across the globe are pushing the World Trade Organization (WTO) for provisions which would make the consideration of animal rights mandatory before any trade agreement can be signed.
The American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) has honored Rep. Tim Holden, D-PA, with its Golden Plow Award, the highest honor the organization bestows on members of Congress. Holden was presented the award last Wednesday for his support of America?s farmers and ranchers by AFBF President Bob Stallman and Pennsylvania Farm Bureau President Carl Shaffer.
What recession? Some 500 supporters of Oregon cattle ranchers showed up recently at a benefit auction and raised more than $70,000 to help local ranchers pay legal costs to defend cattle grazing on public lands.
For several years, nutritionists from Colorado, Wyoming and Nebraska have met twice each year to receive updates and have discussions on pertinent beef nutrition topics. This event has become known as the Colorado Nutrtion Roundtable?or simply the Nutrition Roundtable.
The American Gelbvieh Association (AGA) Board of Directors recently approved an aggressive plan and policy to eliminate the Arthrogryposis Multiplex (AM) gene from the Gelbvieh herdbook. AM is a genetic defect found in certain lines of Angus cattle.
Responding to Gov. Schwarzenegge r?s announcement to take actions to mitigate community and farm impacts due to water shortages, the president of the state?s largest farm organization, Doug Mosebar of the California Farm Bureau Federation, said recently that the action will help.
The 14th Annual Ken Troutt Memorial Scholarship was selected at the Annual Cowman?s Classic All Breed Bull Sale on Feb. 21 at Spokane, WA. This year?s recipients were Mariah Mielke of Davenport, WA ? 1st Runner Up ($250), and Julie Jeske of Royal City, WA ? First Place ($500).