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by WLJ
2010 May 28
Following a meeting with poultry growers recently, USDA announced it will soon crack down on the writing of contracts between poultry growers and packers. USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack said last week that the new rules will be announced in June.
by WLJ
2010 May 28
Calling it the best chance to restore Californias overtaxed water system, the California Farm Bureau Federation has endorsed the water bond measure to be placed before voters in November. The Safe, Clean and Reliable Drinking Water Supply Act of 2010.
by WLJ
2010 May 28
Not necessarily. A sandwich relies on whats between the bread slices; a great book must be compelling from cover to cover, and, likewise, the cattle industry often counts on the stocker phase to ensure cattle quality while moving them from ranch to feedlot.
by DTN
2010 May 28
The Senate is set to vote next month on permanently stopping the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from regulating pollution linked to global warming from factories, utilities and oil refineries, a spokesman for Sen. Lisa Murkowski said last Tuesday.
by WLJ
2010 May 28
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack recently announced funding for the Natural Resources Conservation Services (NRCS) Wetlands Reserve Program (WRP) that will add an expected 75,000 additional acres to the approximately 2.2 million acres currently enrolled in the program.
by WLJ
2010 May 28
The New SILENCER Hydraulic Squeeze Chute Kick Bars hydraulically rotate in behind the animal restrained in the chute, adding operator safety from potential animal rear leg kicking motion.
by WLJ
2010 May 28
Last week, the dairy group Cooperatives Working Together (CWT) announced a new round of dairy herd retirements with an immediate sign-up period starting last Friday and running through June 25. The program is expected to send cull dairy cattle to slaughter from July to early August, a time of seasonally low beef cow slaughter.
by WLJ
2010 May 28
The growth of grasses on South Dakota rangeland provides forage for livestock, habitat for wildlife, and a number of ecosystem services. For ranchers, grass growth affects the health and profitability of the cattle they graze as well as the value of their land.
by DTN
2010 May 28
One of the statistics people forget is how much farmland is owned by folks who do not farm it. Throughout the central Midwest, 50 percent or better is owned by people who do not farm it. Its all land that is leased to farmers either custom farmed, share cropped or cash rent, Farrell said.
by WLJ
2010 May 28
A joint Agricultural Research Service (ARS)-multiuniversity study across the central Great Plains on the effects of more than 19 years of various tillage practices shows that no-till makes soil much more stable than plowed soil.
by WLJ
2010 May 28
Neutral detergent fiber (NDF) concentrations can help producers determine when to harvest alfalfa, according to North Dakota State University Extension Service dairy specialist J.W. Schroeder.
by WLJ
2010 May 28
Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists have long-term studies underway to examine growing camelina as a bioenergy crop for producing jet fuel for the military and the aviation industry.
by WLJ
2010 May 28
An Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientist may have found a way to cut the amount of ammonia produced by cattle. To do it, hes using a key ingredient of the brewers art: hops.
by WLJ
2010 May 21
Last week, in a letter sent to National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) leaders, including President Steve Foglesong, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack expressed concerns over the proposed changes to NCBA’s governance structure and asked the group to
by WLJ
2010 May 21
Herd health is key to a successful cattle operation. Just ask any cattleman. Bobby North, owner of North Farms in Ennis, TX, takes effective measures to protect and continue the success of his herd. About four years ago North started testing his bulls for the venereal disease Trichomoniasis,
by WLJ
2010 May 21
First-quarter 2010 exports of U.S. beef increased 25 percent from 2009. This growth largely stems from the increasing U.S. sales in several Asian markets, namely in Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, and Hong Kong. Firstquarter 2010 exports to Japan and South Korea improved 30 and 9 percent, respectively, above yearearlier levels.
2010 May 21
Trying to spur some new blood in farming and ranching, USDA rolled out a program recently to encourage retiring landowners with land leaving the Conservation Reserve Program to sell or rent that land to a beginning or socially disadvantaged farmer or rancher.
by WLJ
2010 May 21
Amanda Zamudio of Elfrida, AZ, was recently selected to serve as the 2011 Arizona National Livestock Show Ambassador. Zamudio begins her yearlong term in May. She is currently entering her senior year at the University of Arizona (UA) majoring in Animal Science with a minor in Agriculture Education.


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