Commentary: A beef with yogurt

Few food categories are hotter than yogurt is right now. But the brand marketing capitalizing on its trendiness is seriously flawed — as are most of the products themselves, unfortunately. FULL STORY »

State cattlemen’s groups to USDA: Hands off the checkoff

How do cattlemen across the country feel about U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack’s idea to create a second Beef Checkoff Program? A letter from 45 state cattlemen's groups tells the Secretary "hands off." FULL STORY »

Prussic acid testing in forages

Forage suspected of containing prussic acid needs to be properly tested before consumed by animals. FULL STORY »

Forage Focus: Frosted forage precautions

Several forage species can be extremely toxic soon after a frost and deadly to livestock if consumed. FULL STORY »

Open or problem cows and annual costs don't add up

Markets around the state are busy receiving calves from this past spring's calf crop and producers are reaping the benefits of a very strong market. The fall is an excellent time to evaluate your cow herd and decide which cows get to remain your "employees" and which ones need to find a new career. Notice that I referred to the cow as an employee. After all, they work for you. Yes, you have to provide them with the infrastructure to do their job including proper nutrition, health care, facilities, etc. However, if they are not being productive for you, they need to be replaced. FULL STORY »

IBCA urges USDA for less government involvement in beef checkoff

The Indiana Beef Cattle Association (IBCA) along with 39 other state cattlemens’ associations sent a letter to Agriculture Secretary Vilsack, urging him to cease any efforts to establish an additional beef checkoff under the 1996 General Commodity Promotion, Research and Information Act. IBCA President Rick Davis of Thorntown, IN says cattle producers in Indiana are highly concerned that this effort by the Secretary will harm the success of the current checkoff and erode producer support. FULL STORY »

Grain storage bags could be solution for some farmers

With record corn crops expected this year, farmers are looking for alternative storage to silos and storage bins to safely store extra crops. FULL STORY »

Ohio State experts offer tips on improving water quality

Ohio State University's College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences suggest management practices when applying fertilizer to fields this fall. These practices can improve surrounding water quality, as well as boost farm profits. FULL STORY »

New drone regulations to be released in Nov.

Farmers are hoping for decreased drone regulations to increase productivity and farm technology. The FAA is expected to release new regulation this Nov. FULL STORY »

State of Beef conference coming to Nebraska Nov. 4-5

The inaugural State of Beef Conference will be held in North Platte, Nov. 4th and 5th, at the Sandhills Convention Center. FULL STORY »

Proper disposal of dead livestock is producer’s responsibility

An explanation of the proper methods for disposing animal carcasses, reminding producers of the importance of proper animal carcass disposing. FULL STORY »

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