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by WLJ
2016 June 10
As National Get Outdoors Month begins, USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack announced on June 7 that the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) and partners have invested over $11 million to support work and training opportunities for more than 1,500 youth and veterans on national forests and grasslands in fiscal year 2016.
2016 June 10
Livestock production depends largely on the feeding program, and what you should feed your animals will depend on forage quality analyses. Forage quality determines the potential of a forage to produce the desired animal response. It can measure intake, palatability, digestibility, nutrient content, animal performance, and anti-quality factors.
2016 June 3
While integrated pest management (IPM) is commonplace for controlling crop pests, similar concepts can apply to controlling livestock pests. These concepts include using the right type of control at the right time for the right duration to control pests effectively.


2016 June 3
The wet weather in east Texas and other parts of the country is also preventing producers from entering fields with equipment to fight unwanted plants, she said. Bermuda grass is starting to grow but recent cooler temperatures have slowed its progress in some areas and provided growth opportunity for weeds.


2016 June 3
Calf preconditioning should be a priority for every herd health program. An effective program can be developed to fit most operation and management approaches. For vaccination to be effective, it must stimulate the immune system to create a defense mechanism against important disease pathogens.


by WLJ
2016 June 3
In the Southern Great Plains, pastures of native grass mixtures have been shown to increase wildlife habitat, lower annual maintenance cost, and improve land value compared to introduced pasture species such as Bermuda grass and old world bluestem.


2016 June 3
“The amount of stress cattle are under is affected by both the air temperature and the relative humidity,” Rusche said, referencing Figure 1. “The combination of high temperatures plus high relative humidity is particularly dangerous, especially when there is little to no nighttime cooling.


by WLJ
2016 June 3
A division of the American Sheep Industry Association (ASI), the American Wool Council developed a new logo after months of consultation with the Sterling-Rice Group of Boulder, CO. American wool is vigorous enough to support the U.S. military on the frontlines of battle, yet elegant enough to grace red carpets and magazine covers.


by USDA
2016 June 3
USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack recently announced a one-time, 30-day extension to the June 1 deadline for recording farm organization structures related to “actively engaged in farming” determinations. This date is used to determine the level of interest an individual holds in a legal entity for the applicable program year.


2016 June 3
Each year, thousands of youth all across the country participate in an animal science project and learn about the multiple aspects of animal husbandry. However, one area that is sometimes forgotten is the role youth play in the agriculture industry with their project.


by USDA
2016 June 3
USDA recently announced that farmers and ranchers filing crop acreage reports with the Farm Service Agency (FSA) and participating insurance providers approved by the Risk Management Agency (RMA) now can provide the common information from their acreage reports at one office and the information will be electronically shared with the other location.


2016 June 3
Storing hay with a moisture content of more than 20 percent without using a preservative could allow the growth of bacteria that release heat and cause mold formation, said Keith Johnson, Purdue Professor of Agronomy. This process increases the inner temperature of the bales, sometimes high enough to cause spontaneous combustion.