Daily Archives: July 8, 2009

Video Feature: Rep. Radanovich Highlights Cap & Trade’s Harmful Impacts on CA Agriculture

Rep. Radanovich Questions Energy Secretary Chu, EPA Administrator Jackson and Transportation Secretary LaHood during House Energy and Commerce Hearing on Global Warming and Cap and Trade.

What Cap-and-Trade means for Agriculture

What Cap-and-Trade means for Agriculture

Congressman Adrian Smith

This bill supposedly combats global warming by setting strict limits on carbon dioxide emissions in the United States and requiring businesses to purchase "allowances" for their emissions, and in doing so it imposes enormous taxes and restrictions on energy use – placing an especially heavy burden on rural America and our nation’s agriculture producers.

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Ketosis in Cattle

Ketosis in Cattle

Merck Veterinary Manual

Ketosis is a common disease of adult cattle. It typically occurs in dairy cows in early lactation and is most consistently characterized by partial anorexia and depression. Rarely, it occurs in cattle in late gestation, at which time it resembles pregnancy toxemia of ewes. In addition to inappetence, signs of nervous dysfunction, including pica, abnormal licking, incoordination and abnormal gait, bellowing, and aggression are occasionally seen. The condition is worldwide in distribution, but is most common where dairy cows are bred and managed for high production.

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The Story of Your Life

The Story of Your Life

Sara Brown

 Beef Today

Finally an original show worth watching on HBO. Set to show later this year, a biography of Temple Grandin will feature Claire Danes in the leading role. Diagnosed autistic in 1950, Grandin is an avid speaker and author on issues related to autism and her work with livestock handling. Currently an associate professor at Colorado State University, she has used her own experiences to challenge and improve the way American agriculture moves and handles livestock. Her research of sweeping curved corrals and squeeze chutes has had major impacts on the animal industry.

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New Livestock Indemnity Program Begins

New Livestock Indemnity Program Begins

Hoosier AG Today

  Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has announced details of a new livestock Indemnity Program which will provide livestock producers with a vital safety net to help them overcome the damaging financial impact of natural disaster. Beginning July 13th, ranchers and livestock producers can begin applying for benefits under the provisions of the Livestock Indemnity Program in the 2008 Farm Bill.

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Even Good Quality Silage Can Develop Clostridia At Feedout

Even Good Quality Silage Can Develop Clostridia At Feedout

Cattle Network

Clostridia, or butyric bacteria, contamination in silage is always a source of financial loss either due to dry matter loss or health issues of the cows. A recently published study (Borreani et al., Journal of Applied Microbiol., 2009) shows that, even when the analysis of fresh silage shows low clostridia count, the silage can become heavily contaminated at feedout, due to aerobic instability, a phenomenon that can easily go unnoticed as long as analysis are performed on fresh silage.

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Ag based elementary schools

Ag based elementary schools

Chad Frey

The Cattle Business Weekly

Kathy Murphy, Newton Kansas has a reputation for being modest and for being an excellent teacher.

The Walton 21st Century Rural Life Center fifth-grade teacher and assistant Newton High School swimming coach was recognized for her work in the classroom this spring, named the 2009 Janet Sims Memorial Teacher of the Year by the Kansas Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom.

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