“The advancement of technology to support the development of crop varieties is essential to the health and prosperity of the state, nation and the world,” said John Sharp, chancellor of the Texas A&M University System. “This multi-year agreement is fundamental to that goal.
Public lands ranchers breathed a collective sigh of relief Jan. 31 when the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and Forest Service announced that the 2012 grazing fee would remain at $1.35 per animal unit month (AUM), the lowest rate allowable.
The move will help pave the way for both countries to boost their economic and political ties, according to reports. South Korea’s parliament approved the free trade pact in November of last year despite vehement protests from opposition lawmakers. The deal was signed in July 2007 and approved by Congress in October 2011.
Delegates from China met with U.S. agricultural representatives in Iowa to discuss trade agreements and agricultural cooperation at a firstever symposium. Chinese officials toured farms and signed a five-year agreement to direct conversations on agricultural topics.
Biosecurity, and its role in the swine industry, has always been a mandatory practice while some of its importance to the beef industry in recent years has diminished. With the tuberculosis (TB) incident recently documented in eastern South Dakota, cattlemen have good reason to re-evaluate biosecurity measures within their production programs.
It’s been a warm winter everywhere, but the higherthan-usual temperatures have taken on different manifestations around the Corn Belt. In Illinois and Indiana, farmers have been fighting mud while trying to bring their winter corn commitments to market.
Spring has not quite sprung in Oklahoma, though it is hard to tell since we have had very little you could call winter. It is acting more like spring with increasing temperatures and more wind. Much of the state has received moisture recently and conditions are generally much better than this time last year.