Mark Parker: The Top 10 comments to farm tenants from their urban landlords:
#10. So how come my friend in Iowa rents his farm for twice as much and his place doesn’t even have shade or blackberries?
#9. The girls in my garden club say that if you’d plant marigolds around the edges of the field you wouldn’t have to use those horrible chemicals.
Simple Synchronization of Cows – One Injection, One Time through the Chute, and Bull Breed
Bethany Johnston, Aaron Berger
University of Nebraska
Have you wanted to have more calves born earlier in your calving season, but did not want to deal with the increase in labor, cost and facilities to utilize estrus synchronization and artificial insemination?
Advancing antimicrobial stewardship
The Cattle Business Weekly
A recent summary report on antimicrobials sold or distributed for use in food-producing animals shows sales have declined 33% between 2016 and 2017, indicating the livestock industry is moving toward more judicious use of antibiotics. What other efforts can continue to advance antimicrobial stewardship.
USDA Overhauls Livestock Risk Protection Program
Northern AG Network
USDA recently announced significant improvements to the Livestock Risk Protection Insurance Plan (LRP), a program that allows cattle producers to insure against unexpected price declines. LRP allows producers to insure between 70% and 100% of the projected price of their cattle.
Texas A&M University revitalizes beef herd
Texas A&M University is revitalizing its beef herd and Beef Research Center through a recent initiative with the Red Angus Association of America. The university worked in conjunction with RAAA to solicit embryos of high genetic merit to build a herd of registered Red Angus females.
State-mandated placarding not COOL
Tri State Livestock News
Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) rules were one way Congress and the USDA tried to make it easier for consumers to decipher where their beef and pork products came from. However, COOL is a complex and contentious issue, especially among our trading partners, and these rules were repealed in 2015.
FAMILY FARMER RELIEF ACT: Ask Congress to support changes to Chapter 12 Bankruptcy.
American Farm Bureau Federation
AFBF President Zippy Duvall said, “Lifting the liability cap and giving more farmers an opportunity to qualify for Chapter 12 bankruptcy provides the restructuring and seasonal repayment flexibility that many farmers need in today’s lagging farm economy and will help align bankruptcy law with the scale and credit needs of U.S. agriculture.”
Make it Pay When You Spray Your Pastures
I like to kill weeds. That said, just because weeds are present doesn’t always mean it makes financial sense to apply a herbicide – even a “cheap” one. Herbicide applications need to pay for themselves (chemical and application costs) by increasing the amount or quality of forage available for grazing or harvest. Carefully evaluate the economics of every application, and make sure your efforts will improve your operation’s bottom line.
How Wagyu beef cattle found a home on American farms
South China Morning Post
he Wagyu story can be a little complicated. Translated literally as Japanese beef, Wagyu is any one of four breeds of cattle that are considered indigenous to Japan – black, brown, shorthorn and poll.
NCBA’s Kendall Frazier On What’s Next for the Beef Industry
If you don’t look back on the lessons you’ve learned before you move forward, you risk repeating past mistakes. That’s wisdom well earned in the beef industry, and one National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) CEO Kendall Frazier is wise to pass on to the next generation of cattle producers.
Your Questions About Food and Climate Change, Answered
Julia Moskin, Brad Plumer, Rebecca Lieberman and Eden Weingart
New York Times
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.
Which foods have the largest impact?
Meat and dairy, particularly from cows, have an outsize impact, with livestock accounting for around 14.5 percent of the world’s greenhouse gases each year. That’s roughly the same amount as the emissions from all the cars, trucks, airplanes and ships combined in the world today.