USDA has made $22 million in federal funds available for organic certification cost assistance. A portion of these funds will be available for producers and handlers of organic agricultural products in Colorado.
Land values fell in the fourth quarter of 2008, but so far in 2009, land is holding its own, slightly off last years highs. Land prices in the fourth quarter were down 6 percent in Iowa and 3 percent in Illinois, according to the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago.
National Farmers Union (NFU) President Tom Buis announced last week he will be stepping down as NFU president, effective March 15, to serve as CEO of Growth Energy. His successor will be chosen by Farmers Union delegates at the upcoming national convention March 8-10 in Washington, D.
In early February at the World Agricultural Fair, representatives of Hilarides Dairy announced the company is converting cow waste to fuel trucks and generators while minimizing pollution and diversifying energy sources.
Beef demand. What is it, and how can the Beef Checkoff Program influence changes in demand? These are questions that a recent checkoff-funded "U.S. Beef Demand Drivers and Enhancement Opportunities: A Research Study" tried to answer.
USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack said last week he wants U.S. packers to adhere to a more strict interpretation of Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) laws. During a series of meetings scheduled last week, he told consumer groups that he favored a strict interpretation of COOL and that current plans for implementation did not meet that standard.
The ethanol industry, which just one year ago was flying high as energy prices soared, is facing hard times. Now instead of unveiling plans for new plants and investments, the industry is facing plant closures and numerous bankruptcies. Late last year, the nation?s largest ethanol producer, VeraSun Energy Corp.
Kyle Perez, Nara Visa, NM, was selected as the 2009 Hereford Herdsman of the Year at the National Western Stock Show in Denver, CO. Perez was selected for the award by his peers?other Hereford herdsmen and breeders? and honored prior to the selection of the champion horned Hereford bull on Jan.
The Legislature had voted last year to allow the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC) to craft new rules which would better protect wildlife and public health, but now that the rules have been released, landowners and gas developers are crying foul.
Rendering plants across the nation are preparing for implementation of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration?s (FDA) Enhanced Feed Ban regulation set to go into effect April 27. The regulation, which will be immediately enforceable, will require a complete clearing of prohibited materials from the supply pipeline before that date.
Considerable research with a nematode that destroys female ovaries and a pupal parasite that killed the pupae was conducted in Nebraska, but neither proved effective enough to be employed for control. The insecticides recommended for control of horn flies will also control face flies.
Only 5 percent of parasites live in cattle, which means 95 percent of parasites are on pastures. That is why Dr. Bert Stromberg, parasitologist and professor, College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Minnesota, says a parasite control program also can help reduce parasite burdens on pastures.
Groups seeking a preliminary injunction against a California state law which bans any species of non-ambulatory livestock from being slaughtered at federallyinspected plants may get an answer soon, according to industry sources.
Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) Commissioner Bart Chilton is endorsing a bill that would strengthen CFTC?s regulatory powers, but Chilton says he believes CFTC should have authority to launch criminal investigations. CFTC regulates the grain, meat and financial futures exchanges in Chicago, New York, Kansas City and Minneapolis.
Indiana ethanol plants could produce enough of a livestock feed ingredient for Hoosier farmers to feed their animals three times over, a Purdue University study suggests. Dried distillers grains with solubles (DDGS) is made from the leftover parts of the corn kernel in the ethanol production process.
The National Organization of Poll-ettes (NOP) recognized Robin Mead, Mid- vville, GA, as the 2008 Na- ttional Poll-ette of the Year. For her contributions to the Hereford breed, youth and the NOP, Mead was bestowed with this honor Jan. 15 at the 2009 National Western Stock Show.
In a move which company officials say is in no way related to the country?s economic downturn, Smithfield Foods recently announced that it would be instituting a restructuring plan which involves the closure of six pork processing plants.
A bill sponsored by Sen. Tom White of District 8 in Omaha, NE, will change the Property Tax Credit Act which has recently given farmers and ranchers across the state a break in real estate taxes. Legislative Bill (LB) 13 would take the property tax relief from the agricultural sector and give it to homeowners.