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Student research could increase farm yields

October 26, 2018 — Two North Platte Community College students are conducting research that could potentially improve productivity for farmers across the nation. Luke Christen, of Anselmo, and Patrick Haynes, of North Platte, Neb., have spent the fall picking field corn and analyzing its temperature and moisture content. It's

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Climate watchers still predicting El Nino weather pattern

October 26, 2018 — There are encouraging signs, although no promises, that an expected El Nino climate pattern would provide increased precipitation this winter for at least some drought-stricken areas in the southwestern U.S. In an hour-long live internet webinar on Oct. 24, which was packed with numerous maps

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Nebraska farmers plead guilty to marketing non-organic grain as certified organic

October 25, 2018 — A high-profile case of organic fraud found three Nebraska farmers pleading guilty to marketing non-organic corn and soybeans as certified organic, according to the Associated Press. The case involved Overton, Neb., farmers Tom Brennan, his son James Brennan, and a family friend, Michael Potter. The

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Wild Animal Sanctuary holds more meetings about its new refuge in Colo.

October 25, 2018 — The Wild Animal Sanctuary in Keenesburg, Colo., hosted two meetings in Springfield, Colo., on Oct. 12 and 13. The sanctuary's new property, the Refuge, is in Baca and Las Animas counties on a 9,004-acre ranch. The Refuge is slated to be home to lions, tigers,

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No conclusion on cell-cultured animal products at USDA-FDA meeting

October 25, 2018 — The Agriculture Department and the Food and Drug Administration finished their two-day public meeting on what some call animal cell culture products on Tuesday, and posted the sessions on You Tube. The sessions allowed officials and stakeholders to present their views in a formal setting,

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Feed mills mixing errors cause monensin toxicity in horses; Neb., mill caught error early resulting in no deaths

October 25, 2018 — As fall and winter roll in, horse owners are stocking up on hay and grain from local feed stores, with plans to increase the rations until Mother Nature brings back some green grass. But the simple task of purchasing and feeding is not without risks,

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African Swine Fever, trade disputes to disrupt global pork market

October 23, 2018 — DENVER ) — China, both the top producer and consumer of pork, has been stricken with African Swine Fever in 10 provinces all while being involved in a deepening trade war with the U.S. The Chinese have taken action, by culling almost 50,000 hogs in

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Perdue: Cotton is free of pink bollworm

October 23, 2018 — Pink bollworm has been eliminated from all cotton-producing areas in the continental United States and the Agriculture Department is lifting the domestic quarantine for pink bollworm, relieving restrictions on the domestic and international movement of U.S. cotton, Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue said Friday. "Removing pink

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FDA warns 2 feed mills in Neb., and Minn., about monensin contamination in horse feed

October 22, 2018 — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has issued warning letters to two feed mills, Gilman Co-Op Creamery in Gilman, Minn., and Farmers/Ranchers Cooperative Association in Ainsworth, Neb., that mixed horse feed containing monensin. Monensin is an animal drug approved for use in cattle, swine and

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Cattle producers look at efficiency to fine-tune the cowherd

October 19, 2018 — The U.S. cattle industry is producing 14 percent more beef today, with 1.8 million fewer cows. Despite that, commercial cowherd fertility has made no progress in recent years, with the exception of calving difficulty, according to a professor with the Department of Food and Animal

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Changing times: Landowners increasingly rely on hunting lease managers

October 18, 2018 — Many ranches throughout the country are a hunter's paradise. Ranchers' efforts to conserve the land and optimize it for cattle operations also result in prime habitat for wildlife and a cooperation between hunters and landowners can be mutually beneficial. Cardinal Charolais on the Prewitt Ranch

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Subsurface drip irrigation tested at Panhandle Center in Nebraska

October 17, 2018 — Subsurface drip irrigation (SDI) systems apply water directly to the crop root zone through buried plastic tapes with embedded emitters. The major benefit of SDI systems is their water-use efficiency, compared to sprinkler irrigation or furrow irrigation systems. Because drip tapes are buried at about

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GAP Report: Consumer trends transform agriculture

October 17, 2018 — Consumer trends are the big story in agriculture this year, according to the 2018 Global Agricultural Productivity Report: Agriculture for a Healthy Sustainable World, to be released by the Global Harvest Initiative, a coalition of major agribusiness companies, today on the sidelines of the World

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Water czar unveils Wyoming plan for a West-wide reckoning

October 17, 2018 — ROCK SPRINGS, Wyo. — Wyoming's water czar warned residents in the Green River drainage that an unprecedented 19-year drought could force regulators to shut off water diversions if users don't voluntarily limit their use first. The Colorado River basin reservoir system that supports 40 million

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APHIS deregulates a genetically engineered cotton variety

October 16, 2018 — The Agriculture Department's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service announced the deregulation of a cotton variety genetically engineered by Texas A&M University to have ultra-low levels of gossypol in its seed. Gossypol is a naturally occurring compound in the pigment of cotton plants that protects

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USDA: No cotton quota for 2019

October 12, 2018 — The Agriculture Department's Farm Service Agency announced this week that no marketing quota and no acreage allotments will be in effect for the 2019 upland cotton crop. FSA said in a news release, "The Agricultural Act of 2014 authorized commodity programs for the 2014 through

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FRAC, enviro groups: ‘No farm bill Is better than a bad farm bill’

October 12, 2018 — The Food Research & Action Center, the leading lobbying group on food stamps, and a group of leftist-oriented environmental groups, have scheduled a news conference on Monday to announce that they will tell Congress "No farm bill is better than a bad farm bill." The

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Brucellosis infection reported in cattle herd in Park County, Wyoming

October 12, 2018 — Wyoming state veterinarian, Jim Logan, has been notified by the Wyoming State Veterinary Laboratory and the National Veterinary Services Laboratory that there is a new case of Brucellosis in a cattle herd in Park County which is in the Wyoming Brucellosis Designated Surveillance Area. Serologic

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Rule Adds Processing Facility to Brush, Colo., to their lamb operation

October 12, 2018 — As a new generation of foodies seek out dishes to tantalize their adventurous taste buds, American lamb is poised for a renaissance. With that new market on the horizon, lamb feeder Spence Rule, who feeds lambs between Brush and Akron, Colo., said it was time

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Ranchers disappointed by cancellation of grizzly bear hunt in Wyoming

October 12, 2018 — Sportsmen across Wyoming were excited this spring when a Wyoming wildlife commission voted unanimously to authorize a grizzly bear hunt — the first of its kind in more than 40 years with the exception of a test hunt in the early 1990s. Having only been

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