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Commentary: Oh, the outrage!

Two recent events produced the opposite reactions from industry, versus what ought to have occurred. From this perspective, it appears that people’s anger was directed at the wrong event. FULL STORY »

Harvest height for native grass forages

Native grasses have relatively low fertility requirements. The reason for this nutrient efficiency is not fully understood, but the high volume of underground organic matter produced by the vigorous root systems of these plants may be part of the explanation. FULL STORY »

Take care now to protect fall harvest

Farmers planting treated seed this spring should clean equipment thoroughly after planting to avoid contaminating their fall harvests. FULL STORY »

MU meat study looks at how value cuts affect ground chuck

Removing value-added cuts of beef from the chuck increases profits for producers while offering consumers lower-cost, high-quality steaks. The meat that is left over is usually sold as ground chuck. Does removing those value cuts affect the quality of the ground beef? FULL STORY »

Kitchens could be sources of drug-resistant bacteria

Cutting boards used to prepare raw poultry may be an important source of drug-resistant bacteria in hospital kitchens and private homes, according to a new study. FULL STORY »

U.S. barbecues grow pricier as beef, pork reach record highs

With the Chicago weather finally getting a little nicer, Chris Anderssen wanted to grill some burgers outside for a group of family and friends. When she got to the meat aisle at her local Jewel-Osco supermarket, a case of sticker shock made her change the menu: extra lean ground beef was $4.99 a pound. FULL STORY »

Food shortages could be most critical world issue by mid-century

The world is less than 40 years away from a food shortage that will have serious implications for people and governments, according to a top scientist at the U.S. Agency for International Development. FULL STORY »

Breeding soundness exam: Insurance for your breeding season

I received this call a couple of weeks ago. I seem to receive calls similar to this one 6-8 times each year. This particular rancher had just finished getting his cows diagnosed for pregnancy. FULL STORY »

Community-led development makes difference in Senegalese village

Driving through the countryside in Senegal, it is easy to become dismayed by all of the plastic bags. They are everywhere, becoming more noticeable as one approaches a community. FULL STORY »

Consider strategies to compensate for drought-stressed pastures

The open winter left many producers with more hay left over than expected. Producers should consider saving some of that hay in case drought conditions continue to develop. FULL STORY »

April – Time to get ready to breed spring-calving beef heifers

April is the time for ranchers to think about the upcoming breeding season. Most cattle producers breed their cows in June so they will calve in March and April, but heifers should be bred 20 to 30 days before the rest of the herd. FULL STORY »

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