Daily Archives: May 3, 2019

A Model for Getting Local Meats and Produce Into Supermarkets

A Model for Getting Local Meats and Produce Into Supermarkets

Kathy Voth

On Pasture

Fifteen years ago, it was unheard of for a small farm to sell beef to a supermarket. But today, thanks to Diana Endicott and several projects supported by Sustainable Agriculture Research and Educatioan grants (SARE), over 100 farmers in the Kansas City area supply 30 supermarkets, with meats, fruits, vegetables and specialty goods.

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Hair Loss May Be Flies

Hair Loss May Be Flies

Dr. Ken McMillan

This condition is similar to dogs with flea allergy dermatitis. Some dogs have a hypersensitivity to the saliva in flea bites. These dogs will scratch and lose hair, and can develop severely infected skin. Other dogs in the same house with even more fleas may show minimal or no signs. This can also occur in cattle and other animals, including humans.

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Decision Tools for Ranchers

Decision Tools for Ranchers

Austin Duerfeldt, Randy Saner, Robert Tigner

University of Nebraska

Nebraska ranchers must make many decisions during a normal production year and now have even tougher decisions where they have experienced serious flooding in early 2019. Wide varieties of decision tools are available to help the rancher make the decisions. Some of the tools require a computer office suite, like Microsoft office, with a spreadsheet.

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Trade war and sagging prices push U.S. family farmers to leave the field

Trade war and sagging prices push U.S. family farmers to leave the field

P.J. Huffstutter


Shuffling across his frozen fields, farmer Jim Taphorn hunched his shoulders against the wind and squinted at the auctioneer standing next to his tractors.After a fifth harvest with low grain prices, made worse last fall by the U.S.-China trade war, the 68-year-old and his family were calling it quits.

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Leaning Towards Leaner

Leaning Towards Leaner

Arizona Beef Blog

The 1980’s saw a shift in focus towards nutrition and diet in America. In 1977, the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Nutrition and Human Needs recommended a reduction in consumption of high fat foods and animal fat. In 1980, the first Dietary Guidelines for Americans was published, sparking many changes in the consumer marketplace. T

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Healing the Mess: Early Season Pasture Management

Healing the Mess: Early Season Pasture Management

Chris Penrose


For those with pastured livestock, this past winter is one we would like to forget, but damage done is preventing that from occurring. Many farmers talked about the loss of livestock due to the wet weather and mud. To make matters worse, more hay had to be fed to deal with the additional stress on animals from the muddy conditions. The result was animals in a lower body condition and fields in a mess from livestock, feeding hay in the fields, and equipment trying to get hay to livestock.

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“We’ve Exhausted All Other Remedies” R-CALF CEO Says of Lawsuit

“We’ve Exhausted All Other Remedies” R-CALF CEO Says of Lawsuit

Sara Brown


Last week, R-CALF USA filed a national class action lawsuit, alleging the four largest beef packers Tyson, Cargill, JBS and National Beef, had engaged in collusion to unlawfully depress prices paid to U.S. cattle producers. And in doing so, they increased both their margins and profits on the backs of the U.S. cattle producers. R-CALF further alleges the packers violated antitrust laws of the U.S., the Packers and Stockyards Act and the Commodity Exchange Act.

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Women Count in Agriculture

Women Count in Agriculture

Cyndie Shearing

American Farm Bureau Federation

The Agriculture Department’s just-unveiled Census of Agriculture revealed that 36% of U.S. farmers are women and 56% of all farms have at least one female decision maker. Also of note, according to USDA, farms with female producers making decisions tend to be smaller than average in both acres and value of production.

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Electric Fencing Basics

Electric Fencing Basics

Angus Beef Bulletin Extra

Electric fencing is ideal for grazing or pasture management by containing animals on a selected area of pasture or crop. It also may be used to protect gardens and landscapes from animal damage.

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Cattle industry blasts NYC mayor’s Green New Deal plan to reduce beef purchases

Cattle industry blasts NYC mayor’s Green New Deal plan to reduce beef purchases

Jeff Daniels


“We think that the mayor’s attempt, while maybe having the best intentions, is pretty misguided to single out beef as something that can have a significant impact,” said Jennifer Houston, president of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, a lobbying group for beef producers. “Lately, we’ve been the flavor of the month to combat the environment, and people are not really looking into the true facts of it.”

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