Monthly Archives: December 2013

In 2014, Strive To Be The Kind Of Person Your Dog Thinks You Are

In 2014, Strive To Be The Kind Of Person Your Dog Thinks You Are

Joe Roybal

BEEF

There’s a natural tendency, I think, to look beyond home for measures of success, however. The problem is that such factors often aren’t totally under our control – things like wealth, recognition, material possessions, etc. Inspirational speaker Zig Ziglar used to say that "Money won’t make you happy, but everybody seems to want to find out for themselves."

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Talking Bull

Talking Bull

Dr. Ken McMillan

DTN/The Progressive Farmer

There certainly can be paralysis through analysis. Your best resource, other than a breeder you trust, would be a calving-ease EPD.

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A Forage for Every Season

A Forage for Every Season

Bruce Anderson

South Dakota AG Connection

Think back over the past couple of years. Did you have ample pasture all season long, or were there times when more forage growth would have helped?

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Genomic testing: A beneficial tool for breeders

Genomic testing: A beneficial tool for breeders

Heather Smith Thomas          

Progressive Cattleman

Livestock producers now have the ability to check an animal’s DNA for various traits.

A number of genomic tests have been developed, and most breed associations offer tests to check for certain traits or defects.

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Farmers need to focus on what goes in as well as what comes out

Farmers need to focus on what goes in as well as what comes out

Mike Scott

Forbes

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.

As the world’s population heads towards nine billion people, it is crucial that the global agriculture sector is able to meet the increased demand for food. But the world’s food production industry is on an unsustainable path – one that mirrors the unsustainable short-termism of the financial sector in recent years – and needs to change radically if it is to feed the world of the future as well as the world of today.

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Burning cows: Extreme weather and America’s perilous food supply

Burning cows: Extreme weather and America’s perilous food supply

Erik German and Solana Pyne

Salon

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.

It’s a burning cow.

At the height of a crippling drought last year, an errant spark touched off a vast wildfire near Straka’s ranch in the sand hills 200 miles west of Omaha. Fire consumed more than 300,000 acres of Nebraska’s plains in 2012, including one pasture where Straka and her neighbors failed to reach their cattle in time.

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Defined by critics, big ag restarts conversation

Defined by critics, big ag restarts conversation

MARY CLARE JALONICK

The Monterey Herald

Add one more item to the list of chores that Larry Hasheider has to do on his 1,700-acre farm: defending his business to the American public.

There’s a lot of conversation about traditional agriculture recently, and much of it is critical. Think genetically modified crops, overuse of hormones and antibiotics, inhumane treatment of animals and over-processed foods.

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