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News
by WLJ
Oct 23, 2015
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.


News
by WLJ
Oct 23, 2015
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.


News
by WLJ
Oct 23, 2015
The Grid Master Award, presented by the Red Angus Association of America (RAAA), recognizes excellence in commercial cattle and the cattle feeding industry.


News
by WLJ
Oct 23, 2015
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.


News
by WLJ
Oct 23, 2015
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.


Opinion
by WLJ
Oct 23, 2015
I have always been fascinated with animal behavior, especially beef cattle on pasture. They are selective grazers always in search for the highest quality forages. This explains why you see areas of lush pasture go ungrazed in pastures with light stocking rates and high forage availability.


Opinion
by WLJ
Oct 23, 2015
Molds can form in fields under opportune growing environments (especially very wet weather) as well as during storage and fermenting, such as silage and haylage products. Mycotoxins are the secondary metabolites emitted from molded feedstuffs and can affect any organ system of the body.


Markets
by WLJ
Oct 16, 2015
The most recent World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE) report reflects a host of international economics situations as they play out on the domestic market. Declining demand for U.S. meat is resulting in declining exports and more meat on the domestic market.


News
by WLJ
Oct 16, 2015
Dairy Farmers of America (DFA) officially announced plans on Oct. 8 to build a dairy ingredients plant in Garden City, KS. In a groundbreaking ceremony at its 156-acre site, representatives from the cooperative were joined by Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback, city and state officials and the area’s dairy farmers.


News
by WLJ
Oct 16, 2015
The Mansfield Award recipient is Rosemary Mucklow, Director Emeritus and Consultant for the North American Meat Institute (NAMI). Mucklow’s career in the meat industry spans more than 50 years including 25 years (1982-2007) as Executive Director of the National Meat Association.


News
by WLJ
Oct 16, 2015
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced on Oct. 8 more than $17 million in grants for organizations that will develop training and provide other resources for beginning farmers and ranchers across the nation.


News
by WLJ
Oct 16, 2015
The American Farm Bureau (AFBF) recently announced the top 10 teams— four finalists and six semifinalists—of the 2016 Farm Bureau Rural Entrepreneurship Challenge. The challenge provides opportunities for individuals to showcase business innovations being developed in rural regions of the U.S.


News
by WLJ
Oct 16, 2015
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced last week that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will award $30 million to projects in six states to protect, restore and enhance wetlands on private and tribal agricultural lands.


News
by WLJ
Oct 16, 2015
U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack recently signed a partnership Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Association of Science-Technology Centers (ASTC) that will provide more than 500 member museums and science-technology centers with resources to incorporate agricultural science and research in their programs.


Opinion
by WLJ
Oct 16, 2015
Becoming Beef Quality Assurance (BQA)-certified allows us to share our story and ensure consumers that we are responsibly raising a safe, wholesome, and healthy beef supply. The checkoff’s BQA practices show us the best management practices for handling cattle, tending to their health, and taking care of the environment.


News
by WLJ
Oct 9, 2015
For this analysis, it is assumed the purchaser can do a good job of analyzing a bull’s phenotype (physical characteristics) prior to purchase. If a producer does not have the necessary skills to visually evaluate the bull, the producer should either ask for help or purchase from operations or sales with breeding soundness or bull health guarantees.


News
by WLJ
Oct 9, 2015
Quality control facilities in the food industry and the federal government can use new technology developed by a team of Purdue University researchers to speed up the process of detecting pathogens like salmonella in fruits, vegetables, meat and other food.


News
by WLJ
Oct 9, 2015
At the end of September, following the Sept. 22 listing decision on the sage-grouse, Governor “Butch” Otter of Idaho and his state legislature filed a lawsuit against the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and the U.S. Forest Service (USFS), among other federal agencies and representatives.