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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.
Farm bill clears first hurdle in Senate
A five-year farm and food bill that would revamp the federal safety net for farmers and eliminate direct government payments for idle crop fields took its first step toward passage last week in the Senate.
DeGeer earns foundation scholarship
The Alabama Beef Cattle Improvement Foundation (BCIF) recently awarded a graduate fellowship to an outstanding young person at the Alabama Beef Cattle Improvement Association Annual Meeting and Awards Program. The 2012 Alabama BCIF Graduate Fellowship was awarded to Staci L. DeGeer, a native of Erie, Kan.
Youth farm labor law withdrawn by DOL
American farmers and ranchers received welcome news this evening: the Department of Labor finally listened to them and withdrew its proposed youth farm labor rule.
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