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by DTN
2015 June 12
Beardi, who spent 22 years in the Army, said he was going through “intense therapy” for a year and a half at Walter Reed Hospital after being “blown up” in Iraq, when a Vietnam veteran picked him up twice a week and took him to a farm, where he found the physical exercise and working with animals to be therapeutic.


2015 June 12
“This six-unit course will help anyone who needs a basic understanding of soils, crop nutrients, cropping systems, pest management, crop growth and diagnostics,” Erickson said. “Participants will gain an understanding of the issues related to growing crops and how to more effectively understand and communicate them.


by WLJ
2015 June 12
U.S. Senators Mike Enzi and John Barrasso, both Wyoming Republicans, recently joined a bipartisan group of senators in introducing legislation that would eliminate a costly and redundant U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulation affecting pesticide users.


by WLJ
2015 June 12
One of the first questions anyone answers is, “What do you want to be?” However, we don’t stop answering it as we grow older. College students are often asked this question and ask it of themselves. It is this question that prompted the Agriculture Future of America (AFA) student leaders to select the theme “BE: The Voice.


2015 June 12
An endophyte is a fungus that lives within the plant between cells. It is not a true parasite, but has a symbiotic relationship with the host plant. The endophyte receives water, nutrients and a structure in which to grow. It provides alkaloids to the plant which help protect it from drought, heat and planteating animals, including insects.


by DTN
2015 June 12
Crop farmers always face the balancing act of producing as many bushels as possible from their acres while at the same time protecting net income by avoiding overspending on inputs. Fertilizer is often high on the cost list. This growing season, in particular, is challenging farmers’ ability to remain profitable.


2015 June 5
The federal land management agencies have finalized new regulations on millions of acres across 10 states—all with the alleged purpose of preventing the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) from listing the greater sage-grouse under the Endangered Species Act (ESA).


2015 June 5
When it comes to pest control, breeding for resistance is a very long-range solution. But what it lacks in speed, it makes up for in that it does not spur pesticide resistance among the target pests. As consumers get more concerned about how food animals are raised and treated, non-chemical controls for pests are worth investigating.


by WLJ
2015 June 5
The program started at Glenn and Bev Rowe’s farm near Lorimor, IA. The Rowes are the 2015 Iowa Cattlemen’s Association Environmental Stewardship Award Program winners. After a group meet-and-greet and burgers grilled by the Madison County Cattlemen’s Association, participants sat in on a session about ag professionalism led by Trainer Jodie Beach.


by WLJ
2015 June 5
The American Sheep Industry Association’s (ASI) 2015 Photo Contest is underway and is open to all who wish to enter. The only rule is that the photographs entered in the contest must include sheep or lambs raised in the U.S. Entries must be postmarked by Aug.


by WLJ
2015 June 5
The Texas Department of Agriculture recently hosted a delegation of agriculture leaders from Ecuador and the United States to facilitate the trade of cattle between the two nations. Ultimately, the meeting has led to the sale of Brahman cattle from Texas ranches to Ecuadorian producers.


2015 June 5
“These welfare food labels may be confusing and sometimes a bit misleading,” Carroll said. “However, if producers take the time to read through the cattle care standards they may find that there are additional opportunities to sell their animals in a growing, consumer-driven market without much change to the way they already operate.


2015 June 5
The USDA recently reported preliminary results of the Bee Informed National Management Survey. The survey reported 42 percent total reported annual honey bee hive loss for 2014-2015. This is greater than the losses reported in 2013-2014.


2015 June 5
Spring rains have filled the ponds and now the summer grass is ready to start growing vigorously. As the temperatures heat up, cattle will start to congregate around or in the ponds or other standing water. One of the challenges that cattle producers may face this summer is the occasional lame cow or yearling.


2015 June 5
U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) Michael Froman announced last week that the WTO’s appellate body has ruled India is discriminating against U.S. poultry, eggs and live pigs to protect its own domestic products. India had argued an outright ban on U.S. poultry meat, eggs and swine was needed to protect the country from avian influenza.


2015 June 5
The vaccines currently available aren’t effective enough, the department stated. The one vaccine currently tested offers 60 percent effectiveness in chickens, leaving four in 10 birds unprotected. That would translate into having to euthanize a flock regardless of the vaccine usage.


2015 June 5
Niman discussed the basics of the ecological needs of a grassland landscape; grasslands evolved with massive herds of grazing animals, meaning they not only can tolerate, but require, grazing animals. Not only do grazing animals need grass, but grass needs grazers.


by WLJ
2015 June 5
The beef checkoff, in partnership with the Egg Nutrition Center and National Dairy Council, recently shared checkofffunded protein research with the Sports, Cardiovascular and Wellness Nutrition (SCAN) Dietetic Practice Group (DPG) at their annual symposium in Colorado Springs, CO, with 430 registered dietitians (RD) in attendance.




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