Commentary: The Big Fat Surprise: Part III

With our diets, we rely on objective science to guide both official policymaking and our personal choices. Unfortunately, the ‘objective’ studies are surprisingly wrong in their conclusions. FULL STORY »

Find, keep the best people

Producing top quality calves and beef takes top quality people, and families can’t always get all the work done on their own. Just about every full-time cattle operation needs hired labor once in a while, but feedlots especially rely on their employees. FULL STORY »

Kansas wheat yield calculator app available

The world of agriculture just got more high tech. The Kansas Wheat Alliance has released the Kansas Wheat Yield Calculator app for Android and Apple devices. FULL STORY »

Mandatory COOL: Still detrimental to trade, no easy solution

On the heels of the World Trade Organization’s (WTO’s) latest ruling on U.S. mandatory country-of-origin labeling (COOL), debate on both sides of the issue continues. FULL STORY »

Climate change impacts agriculture, too

Weather, and climate change, impact agriculture in a number of ways. Both crops and livestock have needs that weather plays into. FULL STORY »

Proactive heifer parasite control helps long-term profitability

Dairy producers could potentially be losing performance and returns if they are not treating for internal parasites in replacement heifers. But Dr. Tom Van Dyke, manager of Large Animal Veterinary Services for Merial, says producers can easily stop parasites from sucking profitability from their bottom line. FULL STORY »

It’s all about mindset

Bud Williams, the originator of LSLH, stressed the importance of five requisite elements or foundational layers of LSLH before talking about principles, techniques and practical applications. The first layer, the one upon which the other four rest, is mindset. FULL STORY »

Mapping agriculture in the U.S.

Agricultural data are valuable for analysis, and thanks to the Census of Agriculture and other surveys, NASS has plenty of data available. FULL STORY »

Commentary: Ag’s leading role in the international marketplace

Farmers and ranchers have a long history of promoting American strength and goodwill through international trade. Thanks to our ability to satisfy demand here and abroad, U.S. agriculture is one of the few sectors that can boast a positive trade balance, overall shipping out more than we bring back in. The balance could shift, however, if political barriers stand in the way of agricultural trade. FULL STORY »

Using corn stalks for feed

As corn harvest progresses, don't overlook corn stalks as a feed resource. Corn residue can meet the nutrient needs of ruminant livestock that are in early to mid-gestation. FULL STORY »

Soy futures again led the crop markets higher Tuesday night

Soybeans seem to lead the crop markets higher again Tuesday night. Little fresh corn news emerged overnight, but yellow grain prices rebounded from afternoon lows. FULL STORY »

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