Today, there are 22 federally mandated commodity check-offs, and they raise some $750 million annually from U.S. farmers and ranchers. In addition to the beef check-off, there are check-off programs for blueberries, Christmas trees, cotton, dairy products, eggs, fluid milk, Hass avocados, lamb, mango, mushrooms, peanuts, popcorn, pork, potatoes, soybeans and watermelons.
By Kate Brooks, University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension
As we work into the first days of summer, now would be a good time to revisit your marketing plans. For those of you who don’t yet have a marketing plan, now may be a good opportunity to start putting one together. Every operation should develop and maintain a marketing plan. These plans can be very simple to very complex, depending on your situation and level of detail. These plans need to be flexible and easily updated as things change. As you look at creating a marketing plan, you need to answer these five questions:
Trade ministers from 12 Pacific Rim nations head to Hawaii this week to tackle the tough decisions needed to finalize a trade deal that will free up global commerce and set common standards for nearly half of the world's economy.
Plants are biochemical factories that are at the base of the food pyramid for nearly all animals on earth (surface). The raw materials plants utilize for synthesizing essentially all components for life are found in the air, water, and in the soil.
By Jennifer Heguy, UCCE Merced & Ed DePeters, UC Davis
Dry matter (DM) is what remains when water (moisture) is removed from a feed. In the example corn silage report, you’ll see DM is listed at 35.9% (for simplicity, we’ll round to 36% DM). Another way to think about the concept of DM is: for every 100 lbs of this corn silage that is fed, 64 lbs of it is water.
By Mary Hightower, University of Arkansas Extension
The heat and humidity of summer can take its toll on cattle and increase management tasks for ranchers, said Tom Troxel, associate head-Animal Science for the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture.
You know the view: picture-perfect pastures that run as far as the eyes can, clashing with pale blue skies and forest green trees upon the horizon; the stunning view that is rural America. But having pretty pastures isn’t just about the breathtaking view. To producers, it’s a vital part of their livestock or horse management program, as it is often the primary source of feed for these animals.
By Frank Wardynski, Michigan State University Extension
Many breed associations publish EPD tables of breed percentile and have EPD search technology. Utilizing these technologies, producers can find the best bull in the country for their particular operation.