Ranch Beat – April 30, 2013

Posted on April 30, 2013

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Two days after the Boston Marathon bombing, a humongous explosion rocked the Texas town of West when a fire broke out at an agriculture retail facility storing ammonium nitrate. 14 people were killed, more than 200 injured, but despite leaving a crater 93 feet wide and 10 feet deep, the incident played second fiddle in the worldwide news-cycle to a terrorist attack and subsequent manhunt…

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced funding for four rural electric projects in eight states to provide reliable, affordable electricity for rural residents…

Total beef production for the year to date is down 1.3% and total slaughter is down 2.1% compared to the same period last year, according to a report from Derrell Peel, extension livestock specialist with Oklahoma State University…

Most U.S. counties are rural, and recent Census estimates indicate the majority of them are losing population as Americans migrate to cities and suburbs. Two-thirds of counties that the Census considers majority-rural based on population density lost residents last year. By contrast, only 31 percent of more urban counties registered population declines…

New Mexico’s highest court will consider a dispute on Monday over whether the state’s top water manager can decide proposed water rights transfers to increase flows in the drought-stricken Pecos River…Some area ranchers contend the pumping will lower the underground water table and cause their wells to go dry, which hurts their agricultural operations and property values…

 

Stories by State

Naysayers of the beef industry certainly have their work cut out for them once they meet Sonoraville High School Freshman Makayla Holmes…

Worth a Read

There’s little disagreement about the grizzly bear comeback in the Yellowstone region. But how big a comeback it is, and the question of whether it’s sustainable, is still wrought with controversy…

In the four years I’ve served as Deputy Secretary, I’ve talked with thousands of women in agriculture – from young women thinking about entering farming to older women who have been tilling the soil for decades.  Each of their stories is powerful on its own.  But taken together, they have been an inspiration to the entire country. And today, we know that there are nearly one million of these stories around the country – nearly one million women farming and ranching on America’s working lands…

The stress-free, gunshot method approach to livestock slaughter is not viable. In the real world cattle industry where production and efficiency are vital, “marksmen” in deer stands will last as long as a snowflake in summer…

I have read with interest your article dated 4/10/2013 in Bovine Veterinarian concerning detecting and preventing drug-resistant parasites.  I feel this is a very important topic and applaud you’re efforts in bringing this topic to the attention of the cattle industry.  At the same time I feel it is very important to provide the industry with the best information we can…

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