STAFF BLOG AG RIGHT An interesting lawsuit
One of the most memorable scenes in movie history comes at the end of the 1968 version of "Planet of the Apes." The inimitable Charlton Heston, trapped in an ape-dominated society, finds the Statue of... Posted on 1/10/14 at 12:00 PM
RURAL REFLECTIONS Good Bye in Four Acts
I always liked the song, A Bad Goodbye as it was so sad yet described the end of a relationship so well. It gave me the idea for this week's column in that I wanted to present a good bye/buy i... Posted on 8/30/13 at 5:55 AM
AMY'S RANCH SLANTS The Modern Day Ranch
Americas ranches may have gone through some changes over the last 150 years but ranching is still going strong and continues to be a great part of western Americana.
From the start of most of Ameri... Posted on 1/24/13 at 8:00 PM
Milt Thomas, a Colorado State University professor, explains genomically enhanced expected progeny differences (EPDs) to commercial cattlemen. Already widely used in EPDs, genomics promises to bring more tools to the ranch.
Wild bison from Yellowstone National Park that are deemed free of cattle disease could be safely used to establish new herds elsewhere across the American West without posing a risk to livestock, a U.S. Department of Agriculture study concluded.
Early discussions of animal breeding and selection always grouped producers into three types: breeder, multiplier and commercial producer.
Generally portrayed as a pyramid, the base represented the large group of commercial producers who are in the business of producing products for the consumer. These producers would obtain breeding stock from the second level within the pyramid.
Implementing strict biosecurity procedures is as important as ever, now that North Dakota has its first case of the porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDv), says David Newman, North Dakota State University Extension Service swine specialist.
NDSU Agriculture Communication
, March 10, 2014
The loss of known genetics and performance in cattle herds in areas of western South Dakota hit by the winter storm Atlas in October is a big issue, says Ken Olson, South Dakota State University Extension associate professor and beef specialist.
In about the last half-century, there was a steep decline in the number of farms in South Dakota. In 1959, there were 55,727 farms in the state, according to a U.S. Department of Agriculture report. By 2012, that number had fallen nearly 43 percent to 31,989.
Agweek Editor Lisa Gibson previews the March 10 issue, including a cover story that profiles a South Dakota ranch family working to recover from the Oct. 4 blizzard with the help of friends, neighbors and strangers. The issue also includes coverage of how the unrest in Ukraine is affecting regional ag equipment exporters, and much more.
A cut in funding for the U.S. meat and poultry inspections contained in the Obama administration’s 2015 budget proposal does not mean less attention to food safety, U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack says.
The porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDv) poses such a high risk to pigs that everyone involved with swine must work to prevent its spread to North Dakota, according to North Dakota State University Extension Service swine specialist David Newman.
NDSU Agriculture Communication
, March 03, 2014
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