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Monsanto calls GM wheat sprouts an ‘isolated occurrence’

Monsanto executives described the discovery of genetically modified wheat growing in an Oregon farmer’s field this spring as an “isolated occurrence.” FULL STORY »

Profit Tips: clover helps keep cattle cool

Adding clover and warm-season grasses to fescue pastures has helped Michael Jones minimize the effect of endophyte-infected fescue. “Grazing these additions in summer helps keep the cows from over-heating from the infected fescue,” he says. Jones utilizes a management-intensive grazing system on his North Carolina farm, and he’s added clover and native warm season grasses such as eastern gammagrass to his pastures. The forages in these photos will be grazed until the last week of August when the cows will be removed. The pastures are then rested until late fall or early winter when the cows are brought back for grazing stockpiled forage. FULL STORY »

Profit Tips: Be careful out there

Long hours are part of the farming and ranching profession, especially during busy planting, haying and harvest seasons. But that’s when injuries can sneak in, says Kent McGuire, an Ohio State University Extension ag safety educator and Ohio AgrAbility Program coordinator. FULL STORY »

Issues that Matter: Groups relieved at ADUFA passage

Industry groups expressed relief as the Animal Drug User Fee Act (ADUFA) was reauthorized last month without major changes or amendments. The act, which was fi rst enacted in 2003, allows the FDA to collect fees from animal-health companies to support testing and approval of new drugs. The fees help reduce the time involved in the review process and speed approvals for new, innovative products. FULL STORY »

GAO reports on state meat-inspection program

In 2011, the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) issued new regulations for the Cooperative Interstate Shipment (CIS) program, which was authorized in the 2008 Farm Bill. The program clears the way for small meat plants that have 25 or fewer employees and use inspectors employed by state agencies rather than the USDA to ship meat out of state. As of Jan. 31, 2013, three states — Ohio, North Dakota and Wisconsin — and eight establishments in two of those states had been selected to participate in the program. FULL STORY »

Profit Tips: pre-breeding nutrition affects fertility

Measuring the effect of nutrition on reproduction can be difficult, says University of Nebraska beef reproductive specialist Rick Funston, PhD. “An animal’s nutritional status is usually assessed on changes in its live weight and body condition. However, these are long-term changes, while many of the events of reproduction, such as ovulation, fertilization and placentation, take only a short time,” he says. FULL STORY »

Insects: They’re what’s for dinner!

With a rapidly growing population, world leaders are rightly concerned about providing enough food for everyone. Estimates suggest Earth’s population will reach 9 billion by midcentury, and it’s commonly accepted that world food production will need to almost double. The search is on for answers to this looming problem. One potential remedy, according to a report this week from the United Nation’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), is edible insects. FULL STORY »

Welfare focus at processing plants

With consumer interest in animal welfare on the rise, meat packers are adopting standards and auditing processes that go beyond those from government or industry, says Lily Edwards-Callaway, PhD, who oversees welfare programs for JBS. Prior to joining the company, Edwards-Callaway earned her PhD studying under Temple Grandin at Colorado State University and served on the faculty at Kansas State University. FULL STORY »

Profit Tips: Equipment - Easy pen access

Opening and closing gates when entering a cattle pen is a tiresome chore, especially during times of peak activity such as calving season. FULL STORY »

Profit Tips: Pasture Management - Consider seeding legumes

Adding legumes such as clovers or alfalfa to grass pastures can provide multiple benefits, say University of Wisconsin Extension specialists. FULL STORY »

Profit Tips: Cow-Calf - Decisions on calf implants

Although the performance benefits of pre-weaning implants are well documented, many ranchers choose not to use them for various reasons. FULL STORY »

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