Editorial

Cornell Cooperative Extension gets FAA approval for drone use

The Federal Aviation Administration has given Cornell Cooperative Extension's Bill Verbeten and Mike Stanyard of Wayne County, N.Y., approval to use crop drones to monitor field crops in the area. FULL STORY »

Nebraska feedlot considers using wind power

The Ensz Feedlot in Nebraska has asked to build a 100-foot wind turbine tower on its property to help reduce electricity costs, according to Lisa Wiegand of Gage County Planning and Zoning. FULL STORY »

Beef Marketing Group: Goals include sustainability

When Beef Marketing Group (BMG) launched their Progressive Beef program 13 years ago, their immediate goal was to improve food safety in their member feedyards, and therefore in the resulting beef products. FULL STORY »

Social media: Good or bad for agriculture?

The solution to my writer’s block was to use the very tool I write about: social media. Sometimes I sit down to write this column and find my fingers have no words in them. Inspiration isn’t usually hard to find, but when it is, I find writer’s block tends to be cured by a cold beer, or two. FULL STORY »

Michigan man headed for trial in dead cattle case

Michigan prosecutors say that a Mt. Pleasant man who was accused of reporting his dead cows as stolen and improperly disposing of 71 head of cattle has also neglected up to 495 head of cattle. FULL STORY »

Health is the focus of New Mexico State's livestock center

New Mexico State University's Clayton Livestock Research Center is putting its focus on cattle health, especially vaccinations. FULL STORY »

Senators ask USDA to study rail delays' impact on state economies

South Dakota Senator John Thune's letter to USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack asks the Agriculture Department to determine how much rail service delays are costing agricultural shippers. FULL STORY »

Commentary: Oil crisis

What’s found in more than half of all the products on sale at the supermarket? Hint: It’s edible, it’s popular and it’s responsible for a significant share of the eco-problems plaguing the planet. FULL STORY »

North Dakota farmers can sign up for ag programs starting Monday

Farmers in North Dakota have two different agriculture programs that they can sign up for soon. FULL STORY »

Manure isn’t going anywhere, but maybe its odor can

There are two types of people: Those who crinkle their nose at the smell of cattle manure and those who acknowledge it slightly, simply stating, “Smells like money.” Two very different reactions spurred by three main compounds that make up two-thirds of manure odors, says USDA and ARS scientists. FULL STORY »

NCBA vows to fight USDA plan to create 2nd beef checkoff program

The largest contractor of the Beef Checkoff Program, the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA), said today that U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack’s idea to reform the checkoff by creating another beef checkoff fund is dead on arrival with the grassroots organization. FULL STORY »

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