The U.S. Department of Agriculture released a list of 115 projects across the country that will receive federal funding under the new Regional Conservation Partnership Program, a program created in the 2014 Farm Bill to leverage partnership contributions with federal dollars to fund projects related to water quality, supporting wildlife habitat and enhancing the environment.
Feed costs are a large part of livestock producer’s expenditures. The alternative of either growing or buying quality hay is important to producers as well. Adequate hay storage therefore is critical so producers can minimize the loss in both value and nutrients of their hay.
By Dan Childs, The Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation
Profits from grain and livestock enterprises generally impact the rental rates on lands that are used to grow these commodities. During highly profitable times, rental rates for land usually trend higher. Likewise, when profits are lower, rental rates will trend lower. How quickly rental rates adjust depends to a certain degree on how fast profitability changes for the underlying commodity.
By Jerry Volesky, University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension
With a strong demand for pasture and low grain prices, there has been a renewed interest in the use of irrigated pasture. There are a number of different annual and perennial forage species that could be used.
By Paul Beck and John Jennings, University of Arkansas Extension
One of the most impactful Extension programs in Arkansas is the 300-Day Grazing Program. The management philosophy and holistic processes presented in this program has gotten regional and national attention.
Forage quality is one of the most influential factors in livestock production. Providing good quality, well managed forage can decrease reliance on stored feeds, decrease the need for added supplementation, and increase animal performance. Whether for hay or grazing, the only way to determine the quality of your forage is by implementing a forage test.