Daily Archives: April 8, 2010

Video Feature: Purdue Beef Unit to Host Showcase and Sale

Video Feature:  Purdue Beef Unit to Host Showcase and Sale

Beef producers can learn about some of the latest production tools and methods at Purdue University’s Beef Unit Showcase and Production Sale. The second annual event will be April 17 at the Purdue Animal Science Research and Education Center Beef Unit near West Lafayette. The event begins at 9 a.m. and will feature several programs highlighting recent research and tips for success in beef management.

Author Michael Pollan to speak on the ‘drama on your plate’

Author Michael Pollan to speak on the ‘drama on your plate’

Kelly Folkers


Humans need over 100 food compounds to be healthy, yet three crops dominate the American diet. Corn, wheat and soy comprise approximately 80 percent of Americans’ diet, and author Michael Pollan has some problems with that.

"Humans are omnivores and need to eat a variety of different things," said Pollan, a food expert and the author of the bestselling books In Defense of Food and The Omnivore’s Dilemma. Pollan, who considers himself a nature writer, will speak in Swasey Chapel on April 14 at 8 p.m. as the closing speaker for this year’s campus theme of consumption.

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Reviving The Romance Of Rural Practice

Reviving The Romance Of Rural Practice

Bovine Veterinarian

Mist softens the wide green horizons at midmorning on the Blue River Cattle family farm in southeastern Nebraska.

The owner whistles as he herds cows through a chute, gates clanging between animals as they head toward the stall at the end. There, Dr. Ronald D. Wallman stands with his left arm shoulder deep in the rectum of a cow.

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Beef Center Needs Survey Participants for Ethanol Co-Product Research

Beef Center Needs Survey Participants for Ethanol Co-Product Research

Wallace’s Farmer

Researchers at the Iowa Beef Center at Iowa State University want to help cattle producers use ethanol coproducts more efficiently and effectively as a cattle feed. And they need the help of cattle producers to do that.

"Beef producers can be part of ISU research and make important contributions to the beef industry by participating in a short survey related to ethanol coproduct feeding practices, feedlot incidences of PEM disease and other dietary factors," says Mary Drewnoski.

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I Remember When… Communication is headed in a different direction.

I Remember When… Communication is headed in a different direction.

J. Neil Orth, Executive Vice President, American International Charolais Assn.

There was a time, when one reached a certain age, recalling the past regarding something that had become antiquated, meant many years. Like generations or decades or even a century. Today, everything moves at warp speed. Particularly, our communication methods are moving at frighteningly fast speeds.

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Budget Cuts Force Belt Tightening at Indiana Extension

Budget Cuts Force Belt Tightening at Indiana Extension

Gary Truitt

Hoosier AG Today

A tight State budget and limited county resources are combining to put the financial squeeze on Indiana‘s Cooperative Extension Service. Last week Purdue officials announced major budget cuts for 2010, but Director of Extension Dr. Chuck Hibberd says the cuts are not as bad as what other states have been facing, “We actually feel fortunate that we are not seeing the kinds of cuts taking place in other states.” He said Extension is facing a 6% budget reduction for 2010.

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Mobile slaughterhouse saving W. Washington farms

Mobile slaughterhouse saving W. Washington farms


Seattle Post Intelligencer

Cheryl Ouellette has a dream about meat – real meat, local meat, and how meat can save the family farm.

Known as the "Pig Lady" for the swine she nurtures at her Summit-area farm, Ouellette is the source and the force for the first mobile meat-processing unit in Pierce County.

She is project manager for the Puget Sound Meat Producers Cooperative, which runs the traveling slaughterhouse.

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