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2016 May 6
With headquarters in Billings, MT, R-CALF filed its case with the District Court in Montana, claiming its members are having their First Amendment rights denied because USDA forces the ranchers to pay into the state’s chapter of the checkoff program without having a say in the marketing strategy.


2016 May 6
Let’s start with managing self-feeders. Just dump the feed in and the calves take care of the rest. Right? Wrong. First, we have to consider whether we want the calves on limited feed intake or “full feed.” If limit feeding is the plan, we usually use roughage or perhaps salt to limit intake to the desired level.


2016 May 6
Yet Glanz has already been told his corn crop will face a quality control audit this growing season by Des Moines-based Rain and Hail LLC after Glanz informed his insurance agent that he plans to interseed a cover-crop mix into his standing corn crop this year.


2016 May 6
A new online course from Nebraska Extension has been developed for feedlots to teach workers, pen riders and processors safe horse handling and care. This one of a kind online certificate course is available 24/7 to allow cattle operations the flexibility of providing training to their workers as needed.


2016 May 6
The tool uses a numeric score, 1 to 9, for evaluating the fleshiness, or body energy reserves, of the beef cow and does not require the gathering and working of cows. Body condition score (BCS) utilizes a score from 1 to 9, with 1 being emaciated and 9 being very obese, with the ideal BCS being 5 to 6.


2016 May 6
The 13th round of Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) negotiations was held April 25-29 in New York City. Although a final agreement has not been reached, U.S Assistant Trade Representative Daniel Mullaney and European Commission Lead Negotiator Ignacio Garcia Bercero expressed optimism that a conclusion to the talks is near.


2016 April 29
Ballot Initi ative, HB3930—an Act to prevent cruelty to farm animals—would set guidelines for the production of eggs, pork and veal within the state. In addition, language in the measure would prohibit sale of products in the state if they were produced using the prohibited animal welfare practices, even if they came from another state.


by USDA
2016 April 29
Environmental and economic management of weeds and pests is a priority for organic farmers and they typically use tillage to address these issues. However, frequent mechanical tillage can reduce soil integrity, which increases costs for farmers and negatively impacts future crop growth.


by WLJ
2016 April 29
The Iowa Cattlemen’s Association has named AJ and Kellie Blair, Dayton, as winners of the 2016 Iowa Environmental Stewardship Award Program (ESAP). The Blairs show a dedication to the environment on their modern, diversified livestock farm, and have added cattle to the farm because of the conservation benefits they have to offer.


by WLJ
2016 April 29
Nevada Cattlemen’s Association (NCA), Nevada Farm Bureau Federation (NFBF) and Nevada Association of Counties (NAC) applaud Gov. Brian Sandoval’s April 25 announcement that he will pursue legal options regarding the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM’s) management of wild horses.


by WLJ
2016 April 29
This decision comes with some potential complications, however. When litigation over WOTUS began, lawsuits were filed in both federal district courts and appeals court. The problem arises now in that both the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals and one of the district courts have claimed to have jurisdiction on the case.


by WLJ
2016 April 29
Low commodity prices, tightening credit, expensive land and rising costs for expenses such as seed and fertilizer will lead to financial losses for many farmers and ranchers this year, Illinois Farm Bureau (IFB) President Richard Guebert, Jr. told a House subcommittee last week.


2016 April 29
“Wet storage of forages in the form of baleage offers several benefits to growers. First, baleage reduces the time needed between cutting and baling,” said Probert. “This allows harvest to occur when it might not be possible to get hay fully cured during cool, wet weather.


2016 April 29
With warmer than average temperatures across the country, landowners need to get their noxious weeds under control earlier than ever this season. Control logistics are making this a challenge, however, said Paul Johnson, South Dakota State University (SDSU) Extension Weed Science Coordinator.