Grazing cattle with cover crops
Scottsbluff Star Herald
On a Friday morning, the Petersons of Plum Thicket Farms south of Gordon were moving weaned calves from one field of cover crops to the next. Patrick Peterson, and his parents, Rex and Nancy, are one of eight private landowners across the state who’ve agreed to team up with the Nebraska Grazing Lands Coalition and the University of Nebraska Extension to embark on a three year study sponsored by the Nebraska Environmental Trust, examining the impacts and efficacy of grazing cover crops on row crop acres.
What’s Next for WOTUS?
Few things in recent history have unified the agriculture community more than the Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) rule. The 2015 regulation was an easy target and timed perfectly for the election. In the wake of the 2016 election, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Army Corps of Engineers (the Corps) announced their intention to rescind the regulation. That’s the end of it, right? Not yet.
Communicator Summit delves into sustainability of beef
Sustainability in beef. OK, I know what you’re thinking. What does that even mean? For most ranchers, sustainability is defined as having grandkids ready to take over the ranch, and tires that last four years on the pickup.
If you can’t measure it, you can’t improve it. That quote by Peter Drucker is as true today as it was when first uttered. That’s especially true in the beef business.
Add value by culling, feeding
Weaning and “preg checking” tell us how successful our last two breeding seasons were. If you fell short in meeting any challenge like keeping pastures vegetative or replacement heifers without records, those effects are in full view when calves cross the scale at weaning.
Tax Reform Needs to Include These Five Principles
Tax reform has recently taken center stage in Congress, and the discussions and news stories are heating up. Farmers and ranchers are especially interested in the discussion, as agriculture is a high-risk, high-input, capital-intensive business that needs certain provisions in the tax code essential for success.
Custom Grazer Gets 46 Months in Prison for Grazing Fraud
A rancher in in South Dakota has been sentenced to 46 months in prison and must pay back cattle producers after lying about grazing he could offer. Keith Hagen from Sisseton, S.D., was found guilty on eight counts of fraud by a federal jury on June 28. He was sentenced by a federal court in Aberdeen on Oct. 16.