The Senate Appropriations Committee approved a $19.78 billion fiscal year 2012 Agriculture appropriations bill that provides less discretionary spending than the past two years, but left potential controversial amendments for the Senate floor even though some senators are worried the bill will never come up as an individual piece of legislation.
Various agricultural and consumer advocacy groups have argued for legislation requiring food products to be labeled, and the 2002 Farm Bill did just that, requiring retailers to notify their customer of the country of origin of certain commodities. The COOL final rule went into effect in March 2009.
USDA's latest Supply and Demand report's reduction in yield estimates and supplies has the livestock industries battling ethanol for feed. The reduction in yield estimates removed more than 400 million bushels from an already tight supply/demand balance sheet.
Of course, twas the night before Christmas Eve, nearly eight years ago, when discovery of a single dairy cow with BSE in Washington state put holiday celebrations for much of agriculture on hold and fixated global attention on the U.S. beef and dairy industries and the issue of beef safety.
Wheat researcher Scott Haley recently walked through a maze of carefully labeled seed packets in a Colorado State University workroom, knowing that amid the array there just might be a new variety that yields success for state wheat growers.
The window of opportunity for planting winter wheat for grazing is rapidly closing. In Oklahoma, dualpurpose or forage-only winter wheat generally needs to be planted by mid-September in order to produce significant fall and winter forage. Wheat planted for grain-only has about another month to be in the ideal planting window.
Building your Brand to Add Value to your Herd, is the theme of this year's California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo (Cal Poly), Field Day, Tradeshow and Bull Test Sale set for Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 1 and 2, at the Cal Poly Beef Center, San Luis Obispo.
The House Committee on Agricultures Subcommittee on Livestock, Dairy and Poultry discussed the issue of feed availability and its affect on the livestock and poultry industries during a hearing last week.