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Does Converting Cow Manure To Electricity Pay Off?

Tue, 2011-10-18 06:44
In a case study published in the Journal of Dairy Science, researchers at the University of Vermont and the Central Vermont Public Service Corporation (CVPS) confirm that it is technically feasible to convert cow manure to electricity on farms, but the economic returns depend highly on the base electricity price; the premium paid for converted energy; financial supports from government and other agencies; and the ability to sell byproducts of the methane generation.

Global demand for fresh water may outstrip supply, putting food security at risk

Fri, 2011-10-14 10:46
It is estimated by the United Nations that the world’s urban population will double between the years 2000 and 2030. In that time, while cities and populations around the world grow, the amount of fresh water available for consumption as well as domestic and industrial use will not expand. It is further predicted that if little is done to alter this situation, global demand for fresh water may outstrip supply by as much as 40 percent by 2030, putting food security at risk. Such a prospect makes fresh water availability one of the most pressing issues facing the world.

Closing the gap in agricultural production

Fri, 2011-10-14 09:15
Global agricultural production needs to continue growing at a significant pace to keep up with food needs, according to the 2011 Global Agricultural Productivity Report from the Global Harvest Initiative. The annual GAP report, developed with input from the Farm Foundation, the United States Department of Agriculture’s Economic Research Service and other agricultural experts, measures ongoing progress in sustainably doubling agricultural output in the next 40 years.

Commentary: Worldwatch fails to help the hungry

Fri, 2011-10-14 09:13
The divide between a utopian vision of food production and the realities of modern, large-scale agriculture grew ever wider this week as Worldwatch Institute released a report on global meat production and consumption. Offering little more than a rehash of unsubstantiated claims regarding livestock production, Worldwatch fails to add serious discussion to the debate about food production, and their actions don’t serve the world’s population that are poor and hungry.

Free-trade agreement will help fuel dairy exports to S. Korea - Latest News - Current Stories, Commentary, Markets

Fri, 2011-10-14 06:50
Congressional approval of three free-trade agreements on Wednesday is a big win for the dairy industry.

USDA extends comment period for traceability rule

Mon, 2011-10-10 07:54
A 30-day extension of the comment period for the proposed rule on animal disease traceability has been made, the US Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service announced. Under the proposed rule, livestock moved interstate would have to be officially identified and accompanied by an interstate certificate of veterinary inspection or other documentation, such as owner-shipper statements or brand certificates, unless specifically exempted. It also encourages the use of low-cost technology and specifies approved forms of official identification for each species, such as metal eartags for cattle.

iPrep

Fri, 2011-10-07 09:53
The iPrep app gives every dairyman the opportunity to monitor their prep procedure by simplifying an otherwise tedious process. The program eliminates the need for pen and paper, re-entering data, performing calculations and creating reports – all actions previously necessary to complete a prep evaluation.

PocketDairy Android

Fri, 2011-10-07 09:46
PocketDairy kicked off the handheld dairy management revolution in 2000. Now it is being used around the farm on the newest Android smartphones. PocketDairy ANDROID displays vital cow statistics for production, reproduction and udder health.

Iowa State celebrates its 1st Nobel Prize winner

Thu, 2011-10-06 04:33
Shechtman was awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his 1982 discovery of quasicrystals, which changed the way scientists think about matter. His discovery turned the accepted thinking of the scientific community on its head, drawing him criticism for years before gaining broad acceptance.

What Are We Spending Our Money On? - Real Time Economics - WSJ

Wed, 2011-10-05 15:04
Consumers, pinched by falling incomes, trimmed their spending last year even as prices for everyday goods climbed, according to a new report from the Labor Department.

Winter Supplementation of Beef Cows

Tue, 2011-09-27 20:11
Forage can provide most of the nutritional requirements of a beef herd during the fall and winter months. The challenge becomes the management of supplement due to variations in forage quality and growth. Several options available to the cow-calf producer for the management of forage and supplement are discussed here.

Food-Price Gains Driven by Chinese Consumers Defy Easing Global Inflation

Tue, 2011-09-27 13:35
Rising food prices that defy easing global inflation may challenge policy makers in countries including China to control costs without hurting economic growth, panelists at a forum said yesterday. A growing middle class seeking higher-protein foods is contributing to increased demand and prices, Abby Joseph Cohen, partner and senior U.S. investment strategist at Goldman Sachs Group Inc. (GS).

Changes Enhance 'Foundation For The Future' Policy

Mon, 2011-09-26 08:00
National Milk Producers Federation’s (NMPF) board of directors have voted to incorporate important changes into the 'Foundation for the Future dairy policy reform proposal. As part of the proposed changes, the basic coverage of the Dairy Producer Margin Protection Programme will be set at 80 per cent of base production.

New Computer Models to Help Tone Down Odor

Mon, 2011-09-26 07:59
Some call it the smell of money, but Teng Teeh Lim thinks that smell does not have to be so bad. The University of Missouri Extension researcher wants to give large, concentrated animal operations an economical way to lessen those troubling smells. Professor Lim recently received a $50,000 Mizzou Advantage grant to develop a computer model that allows large producers to use the size and other simple information about their swine or dairy farm to give them a better idea of the amount of emissions and what they can do to address odour or emission issues.

An interview with Scott Druker: The impact of feed ingredient variability

Mon, 2011-09-26 07:56
Scott Druker, senior business manager for Arm & Hammer Animal Nutrition, discusses why dairy producers should be concerned about ingredient variability and how controlling it can improve milk production consistency.

DCHA develops third set of standards

Mon, 2011-09-26 07:50
The new standards address animal welfare for dairy calves and heifers from birth to freshening across the U.S. This is the third consecutive year that DCHA has developed and published a set of standards. The first and second sets dealt with production standards for pre-weaned and post-weaned heifers, respectively. All three sets of standards can be found at www.calfandheifer.org.

Minimize livestock prussic acid poisoning risk

Fri, 2011-09-23 21:15
Livestock may suffer from prussic acid poisoning after feeding on sudangrass, forage sorghums or sorghum-sundangrass crosses under certain environmental conditions. Producers are concerned about the recent frost because livestock most commonly die from prussic acid poisoning when they've fed on plants that are very young, stunted by drought or frosted. Cattle and sheep are more susceptible than swine because they are more likely to consume large quantities of the poison, according to J.W. Schroeder, North Dakota State University Extension Service dairy specialist.

Mont. ranchers speak against grazing fee increase

Fri, 2011-09-23 21:15
Montana ranchers are speaking out against a proposed increase in grazing fees for state lands. A study done for the Montana Land Board found the state was charging far less for grazing fees than private landowners. The board proposed increasing the fee from around $6.50 to $12.88 per animal unit month, which is the amount of forage needed by a cow and her calf for a month.

Supervisors discuss grazing lands

Fri, 2011-09-23 21:15
The Lake County Board of Supervisors (BOS) Tuesday gave county staff direction on enforcing an ongoing contract regarding grazing lands. Richard Coel, director of community development and Bill Stockton, an associate planner, spoke to the BOS regarding enforcement of the Williamson Act Contract compliance with grazing lands. Stockton said, of 550 parcels of land in the county, 385 parcels, or 40,000 acres, are grazing land. But 300 of those parcels don't comply with grazing land requirements, Stockton said.