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This section carries the latest in industry news from our cattle associations, government agencies, and other sources as it pertains to the cattle industry and livestock industry as a whole. If it is news that relates to the beef cow or ranches in Texas and other states, then you will find it at southernlivestock.com.

Jan. 31 is deadline to submit applications for 2021 grazing loss

published: January 26th 2022 source: AgDaily

Ranchers and livestock producers are eligible for financial assistance through the Livestock Forage Disaster Program for 2021 grazing losses due to a qualifying drought or fire. The deadline to apply for 2021 LFP assistance is Jan....

MU Extension publication, website guide farm families during short-term absences

published: January 24th 2022 source: University of Missouri Extension

COLUMBIA, Mo. – A new University of Missouri Extension publication and related online tool can guide farmers through the difficult task of keeping the farm running when the owner or key decision-maker cannot....

National F-1 Female Sale set for Feb. 22nd

published: January 18th 2022 source: American Brahman Breeders Association

  Make sure to mark your calendars for the 2022 ABBA National F-1 Female Sale which will be held at Columbus Livestock Co. in Columbus, Texas on Feb. 26, 2022. This is an event that you will not want to miss....

North Region Beef Conference set Jan. 26 in Dumas

published: January 17th 2022 by: Kay Ledbetter source: Texas AgriLife Today

The North Region Multi-County Beef Conference will be held Jan. 26 by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service at the Moore County Community Building, 1600 S. Maddox Ave., Dumas. This is a collaborative program involving the AgriLife Extension offices in Moore, Dallam, Hartley, Oldham, Potter and Sherman counties....

Cedar fever season in Texas

published: January 14th 2022 source: Texas AgriLife Today

Cedar fever season is upon us once again, complete with runny noses, itchy eyes and general misery. But what exactly is cedar fever and why is it so insufferable this time of year?   For starters, cedar fever isn’t a flu or a virus – it is an allergic reaction to the pollen released by mountain cedar trees....

Organic or GMO? Experts explain food lingo

published: January 11th 2022 by: Gail Ellis source: Oklahoma State University Ag Communications Service

As we start a new year with new nutrition goals and eating habits, we’re faced with an overwhelming amount of industry diet terms and food lingo. Experts from the Robert M. Kerr Food and Agricultural Products Center at Oklahoma State University clarified some of the most common references....

Webinar on properly stocking fish ponds set Jan. 18

published: January 7th 2022 by: Adam Russell source: Texas AgriLife Today

A Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service webinar from 6-7 p.m. Jan. 18 will cover the basics of stocking fish in smaller ponds.   The webinar program will cover multiple stocking strategies for ponds smaller than and larger than 1 acre, plus include time for questions following the presentation, said Brittany Chesser, AgriLife Extension aquatic vegetation program specialist in the Department of Rangeland, Wildlife and Fisheries Management, Bryan-College Station....

Bexar County Beef Cattle Short Course on Jan. 11 will be livestreamed

published: January 6th 2022 by: Susan Himes source: Texas AgriLife Today

The Bexar County Beef Cattle Short Course will be livestreamed Jan. 11 from 5-8 p.m. Due to the county-wide increase in COVID-19 cases, there will not be an in-person option. The program will be held virtually through Microsoft Teams....

Pandemic uncertainties turn to relief as beef markets open up; challenges remain for 2022

published: January 3rd 2022 by: Fred Miller source: University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — An element of uncertainty for beef producers coming into 2021 turned to relief as retail markets reopened and people began eating out again after a year of lockdown because of COVID-19....

Blackland Income Growth Conference to highlight farm policy, commodity trends Jan. 11 in Waco

published: December 30th 2021 by: Blair Fannin source: Texas AgriLife Today

Current and future farm policy, as well as issues affecting U.S. and Texas agriculture producers, will be highlighted by Joe Outlaw, Ph.D., co-director of the Agricultural and Food Policy Center and Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service economist, at the 60th Blackland Income Growth Conference Jan....

Central Texas Cow-Calf Clinic set Jan. 6 in Cameron

published: December 29th 2021 by: Susan Himes source: Texas AgriLife Today

The annual Central Texas Cow-Calf Clinic will take place Jan. 6 at the Milam County Youth Exposition Building, 301 S. Houston Ave, Cameron. The event, a staple for Williamson and Milam counties’ ranchers, is in its 41st year....

Bexar County Beef Cattle Short Course set Jan. 11

published: December 28th 2021 by: Susan Himes source: Texas AgriLife Today

The Bexar County Beef Cattle Short Course will be Jan. 11 in the Ozuna Library at Palo Alto College, 1400 Villaret Blvd. in San Antonio. The event may be attended in person or watched via livestream. The course is free but advance registration is required by calling the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service office in Bexar County at 210-631-0400....

OSU receives $500,000 grant to bolster locally sourced meat

published: December 17th 2021 by: Brian Brus source: Oklahoma State University Ag Communications Service

Oklahoma State University has received a grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture worth nearly $500,000 to strengthen and explore new market opportunities for local and regional meat businesses.   The funding comes at a particularly opportune time for Oklahoma, as an already-growing trend of consumer interest in locally sourced food has been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic, said OSU researchers Courtney Bir, OSU Extension specialist and assistant professor in the OSU Department of Agricultural Economics; JJ Jones, OSU Extension area agricultural  economist; and Rodney Holcomb, agribusiness economist for OSU’s Robert M....

Kentucky rising above tornado aftermath

published: December 16th 2021 source: The Ohio Beef Leader

  December152021 Over the weekend all of us were shocked and also saddened by the loss and destruction resulting from the tornado outbreaks, particularly those that devastated much of Western Kentucky....

Ranchers Leasing Workshop 2022 dates announced, starts Jan. 10

published: December 15th 2021 by: Susan Himes source: Texas AgriLife Today

The award-winning Ranchers Leasing Workshop will be held four times in 2022. The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service programs are scheduled for Jan. 10 in Hallsville, Jan. 11 in Wylie; Feb....

Fire ecologist explains what you can do to protect yourself if wildfire is nearby

published: December 14th 2021 source: Oklahoma State University Ag Communications Service

OKLAHOMA CITY — From rangelands to pastures and everything in between, roughly 26 million to 28 million acres of land across Oklahoma is considered flammable. The Sooner State is not even in its driest months yet, and much of the state's grass has started to dry up....

High global fertilizer costs leave growers facing tough choices in 2022

published: December 13th 2021 by: Ryan McGeeney source: University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture

LITTLE ROCK — Consumers are facing rising costs in many sectors, but American farmers, in particular, are seeing a financial squeeze several months down the road, with global fertilizer prices now two to three times what they were in 2020....

Beefmaster Breeders United Hall Of Fame Inductees honored

published: December 10th 2021 by: Jeralyn Novak source: BBU

The 60th Annual Beefmaster Breeders United (BBU) Convention was hosted in Fort Worth, Texas at the Omni Fort Worth Hotel from October 28 – 30, 2021. This year’s convention was very special because three legendary cattle producers were inducted into the BBU Hall of Fame....

What to consider when you select replacement heifers

published: December 10th 2021 by: Steve Neimeyer, Nebraska Extension educ

Replacement heifers are one of the most important groups we can manage in the cowherd; therefore, managing our heifers from weaning to breeding will be a very important time for developing females that remain in the herd for years to come....

D.C. News...

published: December 10th 2021

USDA invests $633 million in climate-smart and resilient infrastructure for people in rural communities Shrewsbury, Pa. -- Uni-ted States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Se-cretary Tom Vilsack today announced the Depart-ment is investing $633 million to reduce the impacts of climate change (PDF, 394 KB) on rural communities....

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