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Climate change: Ag unfairly blamed but…

…the industry will still need to adapt to climate change, which will affect what farmers can grow and how those crops are grown. FULL STORY »

Brush up on haylage history

Reviewing past year’s setbacks can point to adjustments in management and inoculant choice. FULL STORY »

Cattle pot overturns in Fort Worth, killing at least a dozen head

A cattle pot from Kansas traveling through Fort Worth overturned early Wednesday morning, killing at least 12 of the 95 head of stocker calves on board. FULL STORY »

California Assembly member pushes for antibiotic restrictions

California lawmaker Kevin Mullin (D-22) this week assembled a group of advocates to rally in support of his California Assembly bill 1437, which would place new restrictions on the use of antibiotics in livestock in California. FULL STORY »

Comment period closes on Brazil beef import proposal

With the comment period closed on a USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) proposal to allow fresh beef imports, under specific conditions, from 14 Brazilian states, the agency will begin wading through more than 800 comments submitted since the rule was proposed in December 2013. FULL STORY »

Zoetis launches Calf Wellness initiative

Zoetis today announced the launch of Calf Wellness, a program that emphasizes Dairy Wellness solutions for all key calf and heifer growth stages, from newborn calves through pre-fresh heifers. The program focuses on five foundations of calf and heifer management: nutrition, disease management, reproduction, genetics and labor. FULL STORY »

Ag markets proved rather volatile Wednesday afternoon

Weather and ethanol news may have boosted corn futures Wednesday. The latest weather maps suggest persistent rainfall and returning cold over parts of the Corn Belt next week; that could delay and/or limit spring plantings. FULL STORY »

Weather to blame for rise in gas prices

On April 21, the U.S. average retail price for regular gasoline was $3.68 per gallon (gal), an increase of 39 cents/gal since the 2014 low in early February. This recent retail price increase is mostly the result of an increase in crack spreads (the difference between the price of wholesale gasoline and the price of crude oil) attributable to typical seasonal factors such as refinery maintenance and higher travel-related demand as the driving season begins. In 2014, the average crack spread during the first four months of the year has been close to the five-year average. However, the 2014 seasonal increase has been modestly steeper than normal, which partially stems from lower-than-normal crack spreads in January and February. In its April 2014 Short-Term Energy Outlook (STEO), EIA forecasts that retail gasoline prices will continue to rise into May and then begin to ease as refinery runs peak, adding supply to the market. FULL STORY »

Proposal could put U.S. cattle herd at risk of FMD

The Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association (TSCRA) submitted comments today in opposition to a recent proposal by the United States Department of Agriculture-Animal Plant Health Inspection Service (USDA-APHIS) that could put the U.S. cattle herd at a greater risk of foot-and-mouth disease (FMD). FULL STORY »

Transitioning newly purchased bulls

By now the task of selecting new herd sires has been largely completed. Now it’s time to shift focus towards management practices to make sure that the investments made in new herd sires will last for the long-term. FULL STORY »

Potential impact of climate change on rangeland plants

U.S. Department of Agriculture scientists and their colleagues have conducted research showing the potential response of rangeland plants in arid regions of the United States to the conditions that will occur with climate change. FULL STORY »

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