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Benefits of Early Calving are Increasing Due to Late Winter Warming

On rangelands of the Western U.S., calving in late winter instead of spring maximizes calf growth (weight) by supplying high-quality forage when its most needed, according to a study by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Agricultural Research Service (ARS). There is high value in utilizing rangelands to lower the cost of beef production. Selecting the right calving time, …

Could Rangeland Return to the Central Valley?

Public Policy Institute of California — California’s farmers are struggling to irrigate their crops during the current severe drought. At the same time, they’re in the early days of a major longer-term transition that will see them using less water overall to safeguard the long-term availability of groundwater, under the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA). A significant amount of irrigated …

Why are Eggs Different Colors?

Have you ever been curious about why chicken eggs can be different colors? While most eggs are white or brown, they also come in colors like cream, pink, blue and green. In addition — and this is no “yolk” — some are even speckled.  Nature has provided chickens with diverse color patterns for their feathers, skin patches and eggshells for …

What Your Food Eats Matters, New Research Reveals

What your food eats is directly linked to the nutritional value of the food you eat. That’s the conclusion of a preliminary comparison study between regenerative and conventional farming practices, recently published in the science journal PeerJ. Researchers used several independent comparisons for the study, all of which indicate regenerative farming practices enhance the nutritional profiles of crops and livestock. It featured measurements …

USDA Extends Deadline for Spot Market Hog Pandemic Program

Hog producers who sold hogs through a spot market sale during the COVID-19 pandemic now have until April 15, 2022, to submit their applications for the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Spot Market Hog Pandemic Program (SMHPP). SMHPP, which is part of USDA’s Pandemic Assistance for Producers initiative, originally had a deadline to submit applications by Feb. 25, 2022. SMHPP assists hog producers who sold …

New Way to Predict Grazing Cattle Weight Gain on Rangelands From Satellite Imagery

USDA’s Agricultural Research Service (ARS) developed a unique approach to using satellite imagery to predict cattle weight gain on rangelands. By fusing multiple images over a period of time, scientists were able to monitor how forage quality changes over space and time in rangelands within the shortgrass steppe, and how this relates to the weight gain of free-ranging cattle throughout …

61 Million Acres Voluntarily Conserved in America, Land Trust Census Reveals

The Land Trust Alliance released a new report today finding that 61 million acres were conserved by land trusts as of year-end 2020 — an increase of more than 15 million acres since 2010. This gain comes as the nation embraces a proposal from the scientific community to conserve 30% of the nation’s lands and waters by 2030, a goal …

New Advocacy Program Blazes Trail for Beef

Driving the demand for beef starts at the grassroots with a strong network of advocates willing to share beef’s positive message. The new Trailblazers program, developed by the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA), a contractor to the Beef Checkoff, takes advocacy to the next level by giving participants the tools and training they need to promote beef to new audiences …

Animal Ag Community Urged to be Aware of Discussions Among Animal Rights Activists

The Animal Agriculture Alliance released a report today detailing observations from the Farmed Animal Conference E-Summit held virtually August 2 – 8. The event was organized and hosted by California-based animal sanctuary Animal Place, which advocates for a vegan lifestyle. The key claims and takeaways from this virtual event included the following: people within positions of wealth and power need …

Disaster Assistance to CA Farmers/Producers Impacted by Wildfires & Drought

California agricultural operations have been significantly impacted by the wildfires and ongoing, severe drought. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has technical and financial assistance available to help farmers and livestock producers recover. Impacted producers should contact their local USDA Service Center to report losses and learn more about program options available to assist in their recovery from crop, land, …

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