USDA Agricultural Secretary Tom Vilsack and First Lady Michelle Obama announced last week improved nutritional standards for the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) are coming soon. According to US- DA, this move will be the first of its kind in over 15 years.
USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) will spend the next several months contacting farmers and ranchers across the nation to conduct the Agricultural Resource Management Survey (ARMS). The results of this survey will serve as a baseline for numerous federal policies and programs that affect U.
“You’ve all probably heard of the Department of Labor’s proposed rule that would prevent youth under the age of 15 from working on farms and ranches. The department announced this afternoon that they will re-evaluate the original proposal. This is big news.
Cephalosporins are a family of drugs that are used in both people and animals. The cephalosporins most beef producers are familiar with are the injectable ceftiofur products Naxcel (and its generic equivalents), Excede and Excenel.
A Center for Biological Diversity (CBD) lawsuit filed last January could lead to restrictions or the outright banning of many pesticides and other chemicals to protect endangered species. Ongoing settlement negotiations between CBD and agriculture groups could wrap up this spring, assuming a settlement can be reached.
The Red Angus Association of America (RAAA) was the foremost breed association to create and implement Total Herd Reporting (THR). This concept revolutionized the fee structure for Red Angus registrations, but more importantly, focused the industry on the relationship between complete data and the value of subsequent genetic predictions.
Strong City, KS, modeled RAAA as a perfect example of “co-opetition”—a term combining the words “cooperation” and “competition” that describes competitors within an industry cooperating to increase the size of their market share, then competing individually for clientele.
The Red Angus Association of America (RAAA) recently released the 2012 Spring EPDs which evaluate traits from calving ease to performance to carcass merit. The suite of numbers includes tools to select cattle with optimum economic relevance such as stayability, heifer pregnancy and maintenance energy requirements.