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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.


News
by WLJ
Oct 9, 2015
Last week, in the Kay’s Korner column (pg. 2, Oct. 5 issue) included some inaccurate dates when discussing previous examples of extreme cattle market downturns.


Opinion
by WLJ
Oct 9, 2015
Yes, we all can agree that tighter beef supplies from reduced cattle numbers, while exports grew and domestic consumers kept buying, led to amazing cattle prices. Even more amazing, consumers stayed hooked on beef in the face of great buying opportunities for other proteins.


News
by WLJ
Oct 2, 2015
W i t h global needs to fight hunger and prepare for expected popu l a t i o n growth, the industry of agriculture needs educated, skilled and passionate people dedicated to sustainability. The National FFA Organization is answering this need, as the record growth of the organization demonstrates.


News
by WLJ
Oct 2, 2015
Colorado State University’s (CSU’s) Innovation Center for Sustainable Agriculture (ICSA) has joined the sustainable agriculture group Field to Market: The Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture. CSU is one of eight university members of the Washington, DC-based alliance.


News
by WLJ
Oct 2, 2015
Growing conditions in the Great Plains of the western United States can be challenging, due in part to limited water resources.


News
by WLJ
Oct 2, 2015
Each year, about 48 million Americans are sickened by foodborne diseases, and 3,000 die, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. One factor that limits widespread testing of foods for toxins that cause food poisoning is the cost of equipment.
News
by WLJ
Oct 2, 2015
The tumultuous world of water politics continues on despite metaphorically calmer seas. Last week the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finalized a rule for Clean Water Act reporting. At the same time, members of Congress reviewed the involvement of the Army Corps of Engineers in the notorious Waters of the U.


News
by WLJ
Oct 2, 2015
Last week Kathy Simmons, DVM, Chief Veterinarian, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA), delivered comments before a joint public meeting of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), U.S. Department of Agriculture, and Centers for Disease Control addressing antimicrobial use and resistance data collection.


Opinion
by WLJ
Oct 2, 2015
In most parts of America we have a school year that is based on farming. Because of this, summer has no classes. That was created because almost everyone needed three months off to work on a farm and grow food, including kids and teachers.


Opinion
by WLJ
Oct 2, 2015
Anthrax is a highly infectious and fatal disease caused by a spore forming bacterium named Bacillus anthracis. The bacterium has been identified upon every continent on the globe. Three types of anthrax exist and affect the skin, respiratory system, and digestive system.


Markets
by WLJ
Sep 25, 2015
Production estimates continue to chop around in the most recent World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE) report. Predictions of 2015’s production fell by 210 million pounds (mp) to 23.61 billion pounds (bp), and rose 95 mp in 2016 to 25 bp.


News
by WLJ
Sep 25, 2015
In the first two systems, weaned calves are supplied to the marketplace; in the third system, pounds of beef are supplied. Many variations of these three systems are being implemented on farms and ranches in the region. In fact, there are many producers who use one form or another of all three systems.


News
by WLJ
Sep 25, 2015
Billy Perrin of Hugo, OK, received the Livestock Marketing Association’s (LMA) Industry Icon award during the 2015 LMA Annual Convention and World Livestock Auctioneer Championship in Waco, TX, this summer. Perrin joins Pat Goggins and E.H. Fowler as the only Industry Icon award recipients.


News
by WLJ
Sep 25, 2015
COOL, as a mandatory government-run program, violates trade agreements and is discriminatory against Canada and Mexico. Those two countries combined are asking for more than $3 billion annually. The level of retaliation was called into question in July when U.


News
by WLJ
Sep 25, 2015
Brandon Neely, Southside, AL, proved his world class talent as a livestock auctioneer at the 52nd anniversary of Livestock Marketing Association’s (LMA) World Livestock Auctioneer Championship (WLAC). The contest was hosted by Clifton Livestock Commission in Clifton, TX, June 13.


News
by WLJ
Sep 25, 2015
He previously served as a professor and graduate program studies chair in the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at Ohio State University (OSU), Columbus. He has also done domestic and international research projects, and he extended OSU resources to producers.


News
by WLJ
Sep 25, 2015
The Nature Conservancy (TNC) in Nebraska bought the 840-acre Graves Ranch in Garden County in 1983 because its conservation value was so profound. For years, blowout penstemon was thought to be extinct, until 3,000 plants were discovered in the Sandhills— with a third of them on Graves Ranch.