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El Nino challenges NOAA’s 2012 U.S. Winter Outlook
The western half of the continental U.S. and central and northern Alaska could be in for a warmer-than-average winter, while most of Florida might be colder-than-normal December through February, according to NOAA’s annual Winter Outlook announced recently from the agency’s new Center for Weather and Climate Prediction in College Park, Md.
U.S. ag negotiator sees bright future for exports
Record high U.S. agricultural exports of $137 billion are helping create good job prospects for students graduating from institutions such as the Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food and Life Sciences at the University of Arkansas, the nation's chief agricultural negotiator told students during a campus visit on Monday, Oct. 8.
USDA announces disaster assistance sign-up
Adrian J. Polansky, USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) State executive director recently announced that producers can enroll in the Supplemental Revenue Assistance Payments (SURE) program for 2011 crop year losses beginning October 22, 2012. Under the 2008 Farm Bill, SURE authorizes assistance to farmers and ranchers who suffered crop losses caused by natural disasters occurring through September 30, 2011.
Nutrition program serving for change
Following the release of national data, new data shows that Fuel Up to Play 60 is seeing significant increases in student participation, engagement, awareness and impact across the Midwest.
Vilsack extends emergency grazing
As the Obama Administration continues to support farmers and businesses impacted by the drought, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced a two-month extension for emergency grazing on Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) acres, freeing up forage and feed for ranchers as they look to recover from this challenging time.
Kan. State Fair wins lawsuit against PETA
A federal judge has sided with the Kansas State Fair in a free speech challenge filed by an animal-rights group.
Drought Survival Tour offers hay management tips
University of Missouri Extension specialists are always looking for a teachable moment. One of those moments came during the recent “Drought Survival Tour” led by MU Extension at a farm in Barry County.
Drought and passage of the 2012 Farm Bill
The quickest route to passing a farm bill would be for House leadership to take House Agriculture Committee Chair Frank Lucas at his word that he could be ready for the committee’s bill to go to the House floor on short notice so that the 2012 Farm Bill could be scheduled for consideration in the remaining work days before the August recess.
Farm bill will not be extended
House GOP leaders on Tuesday of last week decided to drop plans to extend the current farm program for one year and instead will press for immediate help for drought-stricken livestock producers.
Pleasing consumers key to BQA
Eating satisfaction rules when it comes to making beef lovers happy.
That was clear in early results from the 2011 National Beef Quality Audit (NBQA), but defining that satisfaction seemed harder to pinpoint.
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