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Cow/Calf Producer

USDA announces funding for new Farm Bill conservation measure

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.

Pasture and Rangeland

Carry capacity influences leased land value

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.

Pasture and Rangeland

Perennial grass irrigated pasture

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.

Pasture and Rangeland

300-day grazing program

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.

Cow/Calf Producer

'Unless you test, it’s just a guess': Focus on forage testing

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.

Industry

Alliance provides seed quality control for forage

A producer establishing new tall fescue stands with one of the nontoxic (novel)-endophyte-infected tall fescue varieties needs assurance that the seed actually contains viable nontoxic endophyte. Laboratory tests are now available that can detect the presence or absence of endophyte in the seed as well as determine if the endophyte present is a nontoxic or toxic endophyte (one that produces ergot alkaloids that cause tall fescue toxicosis).

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