By definition, drainage water management is the practice of managing water discharged from subsurface agricultural systems via a water control structure at the end of a conventional drainage system. It functions as an in-line dam, allowing the outlet to be artificially set at levels ranging from the soil surface to the bottom of the drain.
Producers who do it right benefit in the long-term. Patterson spoke to a national meeting of the American Society of Animal Science in Kansas City July 23. Patterson, developer of the Show-Me-Select (SMS) Replacement Heifer Program, said management and genetics add value to heifers.
On Monday, USDA Under Secretary for Marketing and Regulatory Programs Ed Avalos met with agricultural media representatives at the American Sheep Industry (ASI) headquarters in Denver to announce the programs. First, he announced the inclusion of U.S. lambs and sheep into the USDA Grass Fed Program for Small and Very Small Producers.
At their recent mid-year meeting in Miles City, the Research and Education Endowment Foundation of the Montana Stockgrowers Association (REEF) announced a change in leadership as Townsend rancher Dusty Hahn finished his five-year term as Foundation Chairman.
“The court’s decision today is disappointing,” said AMI Interim President and CEO James Hodges in a statement. “We have maintained all along that the country of origin rule harms livestock producers and the industry and affords little benefit to consumers.
In a letter sent to President Obama, 140 members of the House, led by Devin Nunes (R-CA) and Charlie Rangel (D-NY), indicated that congressional support for the TPP would be jeopardized if U.S. negotiators accept anything less than elimination of all trade barriers to U.
The event included meetings of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, Cattlemen’s Beef Board, American National Cattle- Women and National Cattlemen’s Foundation. Among the purposes of the yearly conference is to create a framework for checkoff and policy efforts on behalf of U.
Corn and soybeans futures prices have dropped to their lowest levels since 2010—corn below $4 per bushel and soybeans under $11. That is partly because of higher yields expected for many farms this fall. Although high yields result in more bushels for farmers to sell, the abundant supply leads to much lower prices, eroding profits.
USDA’s June Acreage report doesn’t appear to give much hope for 2014 hay prices to come down much, with producers harvesting less hay compared to previous years. But Washington and Oregon, according to the report, seem to be holding their own, with a banner year expected in hay production.