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Getting the newborn calf up and running: Supplies to have on hand

While calving season is well underway for some in the area, many others are still in preparation mode. For them, there is still time to gather and organize equipment and supplies. What things should producers have at the ready to help newborn calves get off to a good start? Here’s a partial list for your consideration: • Old towels. Let’s start right at the beginning. When …

| News
How trees help fight climate change

Did you know that carbon dioxide, or CO2, is one of the main contributors to the greenhouse gases that are causing climate change? And, did you know that one averaged-size tree – say a 30-footer – can store hundreds of pounds of CO2 over its lifetime and even longer if it’s used in building materials for a house or furniture? If this is the power of one tree – imagine …

| News
Soils support urban life

Soil is defined as a dynamic natural body that is made up of solids, liquid and gases and occurs on the earth’s surface, contains living matter, and supports or is capable of supporting plants. But soil is bigger than this. Civilizations have either flourished or perished partly based on this natural resource and the capability of its people to manage and use it wisely. We …

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South Dakota prescribed fire training exchange announced

US Fish and Wildlife Service in conjunction with South Dakota Wildland Fire Division, the Bureau of Indian Affairs and the Nature Conservancy will be hosting prescribed fire training in the mixed grass prairies of eastern South Dakota. Two sessions will be held April 27-May 6 and May 11-20, 2015. The host partners and other participating agencies are helping make this event…

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Former agriculture secretaries urges Congress to pass trade promotion authority

WASHINGTON – On Feb. 27, a bipartisan group of former U.S. Agriculture Secretaries, representing all past Administrations from those of President Jimmy Carter to President George W. Bush, issued the following open letter urging Congress to pass Trade Promotion Authority. The former secretaries note that boosting trade and exports is highly beneficial to America's agriculture eco…

| News
How voluntary conservation can help at-risk wildlife and reduce the need for regulation

Regulations may be needed, but are they all we need? That was the common thread weaved through presentations by natural resource experts at USDA’s recent Agricultural Outlook Forum. Panelists included: Chris Hartley, deputy director of USDA’s Office of Environmental Markets; Jim Serfis, chief of the communications and candidate conservation branch of U.S. Fish and Wildlife …

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US Grains Council honors four delegates for 10 years of service

The U.S. Grains Council’s (USGC’s) work often calls for a long-term effort. With 10 years of service, four current Council delegates can point to major Council achievements, while still noting challenges on the horizon. Bill Christ of the Illinois Corn Marketing Board cites the Council’s success with distiller’s dried grains with solubles (DDGS) promotion overseas. “At…

| News
Webinar to discuss optimizing performance through micronutrients

ST. LOUIS — There's no doubt that the cost of production is always an obstacle, and increases in feed ingredient costs have nutritionists closely monitoring every feedstuff put into a diet. Micronutrients such as trace minerals are often overlooked, or discounted in value, due to their low inclusion levels. Trace minerals have been known to play a role in tissue and structural h…

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USGC Corn Harvest Quality Report a hit with Mexican buyers

Feb. 26, 2015 — Given the integration of the North American markets, buyers in Mexico are among the most responsive customers to shifts in U.S. markets. Timely and accurate information is valuable to sophisticated buyers, and the U.S. Grains Council’s (USGC’s) annual Corn Harvest Quality Report and Corn Export Cargo Quality Report have found eager audiences in the Mexican feed a…

| Horses
Hammer named to National Equine Council

Carrie Hammer, the North Dakota State University Extension Service’s equine specialist, has been named to the Scientific Advisory Council for the Horses and Humans Research Foundation (HHRF). The 26-member council is a group of leading researchers and experts from equine-as…

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USDA provides one-time extension of deadline to update base acres or yield history

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced on Feb. 27 that a one-time extension will be provided to producers for the new safety-net programs established by the 2014 Farm Bill, known as Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC). The final day to update yield history or reallocate base acres has been extended one additional month, from Feb. 27, 2015 until Mar…

| Aglife, Family
The cow made me do it

There she was: Miss All-American Angus Cow. I could hardly believe my eyes. She was calmly standing right in front of me, tied in her stall at the recent Watertown Winter Farm Show. Her regal beauty absolutely took my breath away because a person just doesn’t get to see a critter like her every day. I found myself helplessly wanting to claim her for my own. And the story goes li…

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Bills could help Nebraska community gardens, seed libraries

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — The Nebraska local food movement, championed as a bridge between the state's agricultural and urban sectors, needs to be promoted and protected from overregulation, community gardeners told senators on Feb. 24. A legislative committee heard public testimony on a bill by Sen. Burke Harr of Omaha that would allow cities, states and counties to designate v…

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Edmunds County Shoot Sports holds first postal

The Edmunds County Shooting Sports held their first postal. Shooting a qualifying score enables the shooter to participate in the State Shoot in April. Nine archers met on Thursday, Feb. 19. Qualifying for state was beginner Caleb Johnson who shot CWS-R-120.06 and junior Th…

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