Social Media: Communicate with our customers in their language
A few years ago I was having a discussion with a salesman at our local implement dealership. When I mentioned something about Facebook, he responded he didn’t worry about Facebook, because “Anybody with enough money to buy a tractor didn’t waste their time on that crap.”
The end of COOL is certain, but it sure is taking a long time to die
After the World Trade Organization rulings regarding Canada and Mexico’s challenges of U.S. country-of-original labeling (COOL) were issued, the verdict on the mandatory law was sealed. However, the death of COOL has been long and prolonged.
Co-product feedstuffs are changing
New technological advances in the ethanol-making process have resulted in compositional differences in co-product feedstuffs, such as distillers grains with solubles.
Introducing: the world’s first airport terminal for animals
The Ark, which is scheduled to open in the early months of 2016, will include a departure lounge with comfortable places to sit, eat and drink (Costa Coffee for critters?), individual climate-controlled bedrooms for horses and cattle, a vet, an aviary and a Paradise 4 Paws for cats and dogs.
When do we intervene and assist a cow or heifer in labor?
Before the spring calving season commences, now is the time to put together and post a protocol for family members and hired employees to follow when they find a cow or heifer starting in the process of calving.
Ag Coalition for Cuba Launched
More than 25 companies and organizations launched the U.S. Agriculture Coalition for Cuba (USACC) in Washington Thursday to liberalize trade and re-establish Cuba as a market for U.S. food and agriculture exports.
Cattle tuberculosis confirmed in Castro County
According to a news release from the organization, the infected herds are under quarantine and will remain so until the herds meet all requirements for quarantine release through testing and removal of infected animals.
Time for more-standardized trich regulations
With bull-sale season approaching, we return to the topic of trichomoniasis and the variation in testing and other requirements between the 28 states with cattle-import rules relating to trich.
Effort seeks to increase beef cattle in Tenn.
Officials have announced a public-private partnership aimed at increasing the number of beef cattle in Tennessee. The University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture, the Tennessee Department of Agriculture and the Tennessee Farmers’ Cooperative have joined forces to reverse the state’s decline in beef cattle.
White House Tax Plan Targets Capital Gains, Stepped Up Basis
Vilsack noted at the American Farm Bureau Federation meeting that he and his wife, for instance, would be hit with a high capital-gains tax if they sold their farm in Iowa to someone else.