In fiscal 2014, 30 million children participated in USDA’s National School Lunch Program on an average school day, down from a peak of 32 million in 2011. The decline since 2011 reflects a drop in students taking full price, or “paid,” lunch that began in 2008.
On beef cattle operations, the fall season requires many management and labor decisions including repairing fences, planting cover crops, assessing pasture conditions, moving cattle to fall grazing and wondering if enough feed is available for the winter.
The Best Value Agriculture Colleges ranking measured the top 30 agriculture schools in the country by comparing each school’s average 20-year net return on investment as calculated and posted by payscale.com.
pro-renewable energy, pro-trade and an anti-fossil fuel subsidy platform. Canadian media noted that both the Liberals and Conservatives did not present any strong agriculture platform or list of promises to woo rural voters. The Liberals did, however, promise more money for agricultural research.
Russele Sleep, Bedford, IA, was named Champion at the 2016 World Livestock Auctioneer Championship (WLAC) Western Regional Qualifying Event. St. Onge Livestock in St. Onge, SD, hosted the first of three WLAC qualifying events on Oct. 16.
In a study at the Carrington Research Extension Center, researchers found that producers can feed a type of sugar beet called a “feed beet” to cattle without affecting the animals’ growth performance or the quality of the meat from those animals. Feed beets are a variation of sugar beets grown specifically as feed for cattle.
Michael Stern, President and Chief Operating Officer at Climate Corporation, said he believes agriculture globally is on the cusp of an information age that will further digitize data for farmers and their suppliers. Stern noted there are more cellular phones on the planet than people.
Last Tuesday, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy and United Farm Workers of America President Arturo Rodriguez toured a Stockton, CA, farm. The stated purpose of the farm tour was to meet with Californian farm workers to discuss the EPA’s recently updated Farm Worker Protection Standard.
“The soybeans lose weight and become brittle, increasing the potential for handling damage when they are too dry,” North Dakota State University (NDSU) Extension Service Agricultural Engineer Ken Hellevang says. “Also, producers lose money at lower moisture contents.
“This iBook is really unique. Fresh and up-todate, there isn’t anything like it available for cattle producers in this region of the country,” said Barry Dunn, South Dakota Corn Utilization Council Endowed Dean of the SDSU College of Agriculture and Biological Sciences, SDSU Extension Director.
Crop prices have been declining and there is considerable uncertainty about the future. Although phosphorus (P) and potassium (K) fertilizer prices have remained constant or declined slightly, producers are still thinking of reducing application rates for nutrients to balance yield profits and crop production costs.
If the hay is deficient and is fed as the sole ration, consequences can include: •Weak calves at birth; •Low quality and quantity of colostrum produced by dams; •Increased disease (such as diarrhea and pneumonia in nursing calves); •Increased sickness and death of cows in the winter; and •Poor rebreeding rates on cows.
Graduate students Whitney Crossland of Texas A&M University (TAMU) and Greta Krafsur of Colorado State University (CSU) have been awarded W.D. Farr Scholarships for the 2015-16 school year from the National Cattlemen’s Foundation. Each $12,000 scholarship recognizes outstanding students who plan to pursue careers in meat science and animal agriculture.
He also recommends having seed delivered ahead of time. “Often we’re working with either perennial warm-season or cool-season grasses. Supplies of those products can be limited or at least are not as easily attainable in a short time frame, so planning ahead really helps.
A popular food product that many consumers enjoy preparing in different ways, ground meat is often considered versatile and affordable. In the U.S., consumers on average eat about 60 pounds of beef every year, of which about 42 percent is in a ground form, said Travis O’Quinn, a meat scientist at Kansas State University (K- State).
Frost seeding of clovers, birdsfoot trefoils, and some grasses such as annual and perennial ryegrass can be a very economical way to improve pasture forage growth and nutritional quality. Frost seeding is usually performed in late winter typically 40 to 50 days before grass growth begins in the spring.
Subway, the eatery chain, announced last week it is elevating its current antibiotic-free policy. The company previously announced a commitment to serving chicken raised without antibiotics important to human medicine. The most recent statement says the company is beginning to transition to serving only protein from.