Daily Archives: December 10, 2012

USDA chief: Rural America becoming less relevant

USDA chief: Rural America becoming less relevant



Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has some harsh words for rural America: It’s “becoming less and less relevant,” he says.

A month after an election that Democrats won even as rural parts of the country voted overwhelmingly Republican, the former Democratic governor of Iowa told farm belt leaders this past week that he’s frustrated with their internecine squabbles and says they need to be more strategic in picking their political fights.

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Mold can cause toxic contaminants in feed

Mold can cause toxic contaminants in feed

Farm and Ranch Guide

Increased demand on animal performance and productivity inevitably brings new challenges and risks to modern animal production. Toxic contaminants produced by molds in storage grains, forages, silage and in some pasture grasses are known as mycotoxins. Most exert toxic effects causing a challenge for producers and a risk to their animals.

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Drug overuse in cattle imperils human health

Drug overuse in cattle imperils human health

Mike McGraw

Charlotte Observer

Editor’s note: Stories of this ilk are included in the blog to inform those in our industry how agriculture is being presented to and perceived by the public.

Two kids seriously injured in the Joplin, Mo., tornado in May 2011 showed up at Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City suffering from antibiotic-resistant infections from dirt and debris blown into their wounds.

Physicians tried different drugs, but at first nothing seemed to work.

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Farmers look to alternative feed for cattle

Farmers look to alternative feed for cattle

Jeff Mondlock


Due to this year’s drought, cattle farmers have begun to think about the future of their herd. Hay prices increased around the area, becoming costly for the farmers.

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The rise and fall of KC’s meatpacking industry

The rise and fall of KC’s meatpacking industry


The Kansas City Star

In the 1990s, local historians and labor groups, arranging a bus tour of important industrial sites, scoured Kansas City’s West Bottoms for whatever remained of the meatpacking giants that grew the city.

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UNL project will study Shiga toxin

UNL project will study Shiga toxin


LINCOLN — Ten months after the University of Nebraska-Lincoln learned of its $25 million grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, a project involving 11 institutions to study toxic bacteria in beef is under way.

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A conversation with … Mark Harms

A conversation with … Mark Harms

Dan Voorhis

The Wichita Eagle

Mark Harms wasn’t born into the cattle business, but he likes it so much he took over as president of the Kansas Livestock Association last week.

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North Dakota ranchers say oil harming herd

North Dakota ranchers say oil harming herd

Amy Dalrymple


Jacki Schilke likes to say her black angus cattle live in harmony with the cats and dogs on her rural Williston ranch.

But recently, Schilke’s ranch has not been in harmony with oil development expanding around her 160 acres.

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Big Beef: Beef’s raw edges

Big Beef: Beef’s raw edges

Mike McGraw

The State

The Star examined the largest beef packers including the big four – Tyson Foods of Arkansas, Cargill Meat Solutions of Wichita, Kan., National Beef of Kansas City, Mo., and JBS USA Beef of Greeley, Colo. – as well as the network of feedlots, processing plants, animal drug companies and lobbyists who make up the behemoth known as Big Beef.

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Profiting from the Cattle Cycle: Alternative Cow Herd Investment Strategies

Profiting from the Cattle Cycle: Alternative Cow Herd Investment Strategies

John D. Lawrence

Iowa Beef Center

Beef cow herd owners can benefit from incorporating price signals into their heifer retention decisions. Whereas a perfect forecast of calf prices over the productive life of the heifer added to the herd would be ideal, such information is not available.

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