08-30-17 RAAA Implements Updated Zoetis Genomic Test

RAAA Implements Updated Zoetis Genomic Test

The Red Angus Association of America is excited to announce the release of Zoetis’ HD50K/i50K Version 2 genomic test along with the release of the Fall 2017 EPDs. Representing a recalibration of Zoetis’ original genomic test, Version 2 provides Red Angus breeders with a significant improvement in genetic prediction accuracy.   Continue reading

08-30-17 CDA: Go Outside and Give Your Trees the Once-Over During National Tree Check Month

CDA: Go Outside and Give Your Trees the Once-Over During National Tree Check Month

BROOMFIELD, Colo. –As Labor Day and the end of summer approaches, it’s a great time to take stock of the trees in our urban landscapes.  August is National Tree Check Month.  Why is it important to check our trees and make sure they are healthy, strong and pest-free?
Sometimes we take trees for granted; we don’t think about how much they contribute to our quality of life.  Trees serve as wind breaks, sun shields, they muffle noise and block unsightly views.  They help conserve energy and water.  Trees, prevent soil erosion, provide habitat for wildlife and clean the air.  For all trees do for us, now is a great opportunity to take 10 minutes to check yours.

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08-30-17 KSU: Kansas farmer to be featured on Discovery Channel documentary

Kansas farmer to be featured on Discovery Channel documentary

Knopf credits Kansas State University for sustainability efforts

Justin Knopf, a central Kansas farmer who was featured in the acclaimed book ‘Rancher, Farmer, Fisherman’ for his practical approach to sustainable farming, is now being highlighted in a documentary that will premier at 8 p.m. (CDT) on the Discovery Channel on Thursday, Aug. 31. Continue reading

08-30-17 The 2017 America’s Pig Farmer of the Year Finalists Announced

2017 America’s Pig Farmer of the Year Finalists Announced

Public encouraged to vote at AmericasPigFarmer.com

DES MOINES, IOWA – Aug. 30, 2017 –The National Pork Board has announced the four finalists who are vying to be named the 2017 America’s Pig Farmer of the YearSM. The program honors a U.S. pig farmer each year who excels at raising pigs using the We CareSM ethical principles and is committed to sharing his or her farming story with the American public.

“The four finalists represent the diversity of the pork industry in the United States,” said National Pork Board President Terry O’Neel, a pig farmer from Friend, Nebraska. “They exemplify the best in pig farming and in taking the lead on environmental sustainability, animal welfare and continuous improvement.”

The 2017 finalists are:

  • Bill Luckey – Columbus, Nebraska
  • Maria Mauer – Greensburg, Indiana
  • Leslie McCuiston – Columbus, Nebraska
  • Leon Sheets – Ionia, Iowa

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Crop Insurance Industry Responds to GOA Report

The crop insurance industry is calling a report by the Government Accountability Office “disheartening.” The GAO last week recommended to Congress that it considers directing the Department of Agriculture to adjust the expected rate of return for crop insurance. In 2010, USDA negotiated with insurance companies to set a 14.5 percent target rate. According to GAO’s analysis, the reasonable rate of return declined, averaging 9.6 percent. However, the Crop Insurance Industry says the GAO “glossed over” key facts. An industry news release says providers of crop insurance are not achieving the returns targeted, and says the GAO did not consider full business expenses by insurers for the report. The industry points out that a 2017 study by economists from the University of Illinois and Cornell University noted that net returns for crop insurance providers were just 1.5 percent from 2011-2015.

Hurricane Harvey Hit’s Texas livestock Operations

Cattle ranchers in the path of Hurricane Harvey in Texas have been forced to move cattle to higher ground, but much of the impact won’t be assessed until later this week. Flooding remains a threat to much of the storm area, leaving many farmers and ranchers unable to reach their fields or livestock, though some ranchers are reporting that their cattle are safe. The Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association says the organization is working with state agencies to coordinate relief and support efforts for ranchers. The hurricane follows the recovery efforts by the Texas cattle industry from years-long drought. Those who want to help are being urged to donate to the State of Texas Agriculture Relief, or STAR Fund, managed by the Texas Department of Agriculture. More flooding is expected in Texas, along with Louisiana, as the storm moves on.

Dow Chemical Company Pledges $1 Million for Hurricane Relief

Dow Chemical Company and the Dow Chemical Foundation will donate $1 million to support immediate relief and long-term recovery and rebuilding efforts associated with Hurricane Harvey. Dow will donate $100,000 to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund, $100,000 to Team Rubicon, and $200,000 to other local nonprofit organizations assisting the region. Texas is home to approximately 12,000 Dow employees and contractors. Dow has safely accounted for each of its employees, however, many are personally impacted by the storm. The company says it will also nmatch employee and retiree donations up to $100,000 to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund.

Monsanto Has Big Supply of RR2E Soybeans for 2018

Monsanto says it has enough supply of Roundup Ready 2 Xtend soybeans for up to half of all U.S. soybean acres for the 2018 season. The supply doubles the planted area for Roundup Ready 2 Xtend beans from this season. Monsanto Chief Technology Officer Robb Fraley said at the Farm Progress Show Tuesday that the company has seen great demand for the crop system, which features a low-volatility dicamba herbicide, XtendiMax. While dicamba drift is a big concern for farmers moving forward, Fraley said that for the vast majority of situations, the company has “identified issues that are addressable through training and following the label instructions.” He said Monsanto has directly worked with nearly 50,000 farmers and applicators at XtendiMax herbicide learning events across the country and will continue to evolve and tailor trainings to continue to help growers.


University of Missouri Studying Tick-Borne Diseases

A $460,000 grant will help the University of Missouri research an infectious blood disease in cattle caused by bacteria transmitted by ticks worldwide. The University recently received the grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to study a new approach to interfering with the pathogen in the tick vector. A team of researchers at the university are working to develop immunizations with extracts from tick tissues to fight the disease. It has been estimated that more than 80 percent of beef cattle are affected by ticks. The targeted disease infects the red blood cells and causes severe anemia, fever and weight loss in cattle, sometimes can be fatal. Researchers say the overall goal is to develop sustainable ways to treat the disease to keep cattle and herds healthy.


Chicken-Wings Face Tough Season

Wholesale prices of chicken wings are hitting record highs, leaving restaurants to choose between raising prices, or cutting portions. The Wall Street Journal reports that Americans ate more than one billion restaurant orders of chicken wings in the 12 months that ended in June, and that’s not even counting the wings eaten at home. America’s appetite for chicken wings has been a bright spot for casual-dining restaurants, but wholesale prices for chicken wings have climbed by almost 20 percent, to a record $2.09 a pound in August for jumbo whole wings. Buffalo Wild Wings says costs are at a “historic high” and the company’s earnings have dropped 60 percent while menu prices remain steady. Demand for chicken wings usually takes off in fall and doesn’t let up until spring, after college basketball’s March Madness ends. Restaurants like Buffalo Wild Wings are encouraging consumers to opt for cheaper boneless wings, because they are actually made from chicken breast.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service