USDA announced the award of more than $17 million in grants to 29 institutions to address the needs of beginning farmers and ranchers and enhance the sustainability and competitiveness of U.S. agriculture.
In July 2009, new questions were added to the existing checkoff-funded Consumer Beef Index to specifically track additional attitudes and perceptions regarding veal. The tool provides meaningful, evaluative consumer-focused data that helps the checkoff assess the impact of the beef industrys efforts to build demand.
Dawn Vel%u1CF1uez de P%u9CA5z with the Colorado Department of Agricultures Markets Division and Colorado cattleman Gary Volk traveled to Moscow, Russia, in October to explore new prospects for marketing Colorado cattle in Russia.
It was discovered in the early 1900s that under certain conditions, sorghums (including the forage sorghums) are capable of releasing hydrocyanic acid, or commonly called prussic acid. Prussic acid, when ingested by cattle, is quickly absorbed into the bloodstream and blocks the animals cells from utilizing oxygen.
Ranchers and conservationists share an interest in managing grazing lands for optimum ecologic health. They, and others interested in the environmental and economic implications of range management, are invited to a national conference of the Grazing Lands Conservation Initiative (GLCI) being held in Reno, NV, Dec.
Jack Field, executive vice president of the Ellensburg, WA-based Washington Cattlemen's Association, fears his state's proposed gray wolf management plan sets the number of allowed breeding pairs way too high. He also doubts the Evergreen State can afford the plan's generous compensation for ranchers who lose livestock to the predators.
Have you been thinking about all the proposed legislation pending in Washington? You've got healthcare reform, climate change legislation and clean water legislation that will give the federal government authority over all water.
Active fed cattle trade started off early last week with live cattle trade in the southern Plains at prices $1-2 higher than the previous week on Wednesday. Texas cattle feeders managed to push live prices up to $88 while feedlots in Kansas sold live cattle at $87 and Nebraska live trade was reported at $86 late in the day.