The findings from the 2007 National Resources Inventory (NRI) serve as a stark reminder that our nations agricultural land baseand the benefits it suppliesis threatened by poorly planned development, says Jon Scholl, president of American Farmland Trust (AFT).
Entomologists are concerned about high numbers of pasture-eating grasshoppers this year, though the extent of the infestation wont be known until late May or early June, according to Bob Wright, entomologist at the University of Nebraska-Lincolns (UNL) Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources.
In a fascinating new twist in the debate over the environmental impact of livestock production, an international team of scientists has recently published research that suggests grazing under certain conditions can significantly reduce the amount of nitrous oxide, a greenhouse gas, released into the atmosphere.
One signature occurrence of the frontier is not only alive, it is on the rise. Cattle rustlers are plaguing ranchers from Texas to Colorado to Missouri, using a variety of strategies and techniques to steal and sell millions of dollars worth of cattle.
Last week's trade appeared set to be a Friday affair, with buyers and sellers alike settling in to wait for the release of the cattle on feed report before conducting any business. At midday last Thursday, only a little light volume had changed hands to a regional packer in Nebraska at $160-161 dressed basis.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the rate of illness due to E. coli O157 significantly decreased in 2009. The 2009 E. coli illness rate is the lowest since 2004 and meets the Healthy People 2010
The U.S. beef industry imaging campaign launched late last year is finding a receptive audience among consumers and retailers in South Korea, helping to improve perceptions of our products while leading to increased sales.
Both U.S. beef and pork exports grew in February, with strong expansion in muscle cuts leading the way in both, according to statistics released by USDA and compiled by the U.S. Meat Export Federation (US- MEF).
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and Interior Secretary Ken Salazar recently announced a farreaching agreement to support the conservation of greater sage grouse and sagebrush ecosystems in parts of 11 western states.