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From the BIF conference: Funston on heifer development Play video

Part 1: University of Nebraska animal scientist Rick Funston, PhD, discusses systems for developing beef heifers with low inputs and lower costs while maintaining long-term fertility. FULL STORY »

Native warm-season grasses to offset the ‘summer slump’

Native warm-season grasses, such as switchgrass, eastern gamagrass, little or big bluestem, and indiangrass can be the answer to fill production gaps caused by summer dormancy of cool-season grasses. FULL STORY »

Sjostrom: Fat won’t make you fat – Part 2

Butter is back, whole milk sales are up, and lard dinners are a new fad in New York City. We’ve been part of one of the worst-tasting experiments of all time. FULL STORY »

Chicago Council strategizes response to climate and food security

After examining the impact of human-induced climate change on agriculture—along with an overview of climate science—and the reasons that agriculture needs to take immediate steps to adapt to climate change, the publication, “Advancing Global Food Security in the Face of a Changing Climate”, produced by the Chicago Council on Global Affairs outlines a series of strategies that they believe will both mitigate the impact of climate change and advance global food security. FULL STORY »

Second-cutting fescue makes quality hay when...

Farmers cutting fescue hay don’t get many second chances to make quality hay. This is a one-in-five year, says Craig Roberts, University of Missouri Extension forage specialist. Cool spring temperatures made for bad fescue hay. FULL STORY »

Fixing prices and fixing markets

Price discovery is the process of finding the price through the interaction of buyers and sellers. It allows the forces of supply and demand to arrive at a transaction price, and typically assumes a competitive marketplace in which buyers and sellers are similar in number, size, and influence. FULL STORY »

Ties to the past, eye on the future Play video

Lynda Stuart and her family run a Virginia ranch that has operated continuously since 1774. At the BIF conference, she outlines how the operation has adapted to modern times, using artificial insemination, crossbreeding and feedyard data to improve genetic progress. FULL STORY »

When should you cut prairie hay?

Prairie hay is mostly warm-season grasses like the bluestems and gramas, indiangrass, switchgrass, lovegrass, or prairie sandreed. There might be some wheatgrass or junegrass or other cool-season species present. FULL STORY »

Antibiotic use for safe food production

The discovery of antibiotics began in the 1920’s and continued through the decades providing a wide variety of substances to fight bacteria that caused sickness and disease in people and livestock. FULL STORY »

Adding forage options with summer annuals

Warm-season annuals are excellent options to consider as a way to increase a farm or ranch’s forage production. These are a group of annual grasses that perform best during the warmest part of the summer and are typically planted in June or July. FULL STORY »

'It is Time to Act' on Expanding Livestock Industry in State

Nebraska's uniquely intertwined agricultural economy, although still the engine of the state's economy, may not be operating to its full potential, says a new University of Nebraska-Lincoln report that outlines the potential impact of several livestock-industry expansion scenarios. FULL STORY »

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