Stenholm, who spoke at the forum, told the audience agriculture “is extremely fortunate” to have U.S. Rep. Mike Conaway (R-TX) as Chairman of the U.S. House Committee on Agriculture, praising his efforts for agriculture in the Southwest and U.S. as a whole. Conaway was also in attendance at the forum and addressed attendees.
The UC Davis team is led by Functional Genomicist Huaijun Zhou, an associate professor and Chancellor’s Fellow in the Department of Animal Science. The researchers will focus on the genomes of the chicken, cow and pig, which make up the largest meat-producing industries in the United States.
Beef is a versatile protein option, but it can also be confusing knowing how to prepare different cuts to achieve optimal flavor and tenderness. Culinary students at Mitchell Technical Institute (MTI) will soon have the opportunity to learn about beef preparation from the pros, thanks to support from the Beef Checkoff Program.
Though reports of stem rust date back to biblical plagues and ancient Greece, plant breeders successfully combated the disease by introducing rustresistant cultivars in the mid-20th century. Stem rust epidemics largely faded until 1999, when a mutated strain—Ug99— emerged in the east African country of Uganda.
Most Indiana soybean fields had some level of the disease last year, the most severe since 2010, noted Kiersten Wise, an associate professor of plant pathology. Even though the disease reduced yields, Indiana soybean farmers still produced a record crop last year, at 307.
Dr. Dan Waldron, AgriLife Research Geneticist at San Angelo and the test’s coordinator, said the purpose of the test remains the same, with the Rambouillet rams offered during the afternoon auction tested and ready to make a positive genetic influence on ewes managed by breeders working to improve their flocks.
Between 1960 and 2007, the share of disposable personal income spent on total food by Americans fell from 17.5 to 9.6 percent, as the share of income spent on food at home fell. The share of income spent on food purchased in grocery stores and other retailers declined from 14.
With deadlines set for enrollment in the 2014 Farm Bill’s crop programs in March, farmers have only a few weeks left to make decisions about key farm safety net decisions, said a farm policy expert in the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at Ohio State University.
Natural Resources Conservation Service Chief Jason Weller announced that the USDA is offering a renewal option through Tuesday, March 31, 2015 for eligible agricultural producers and forest landowners with expiring Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) contracts.
That’s something I’m excited to support. In fact, an overwhelming majority of beef and dairy producers continue to say their beef checkoff has value for them in many ways, including contributing to a positive trend in beef demand and the profitability of their operations.