Cover crops offer many benefits

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Cover crops are a great way to address erosion and water quality issues. But according to Tracy Blackmer, director of research with Cover Crop Solutions, there are at least 20 different benefits that a farmer can derive from planting cover crops.  One of the most important, he says, is the nutrient credits that cover crops… Read more »

CNH Nebraska plant announces layoffs

CNH Industrial, maker of Case IH and New Holland farm equipment, says it will lay off 136 full-time workers at its Grand Island, Nebraska manufacturing plant. The company says the layoffs are in response “to market conditions”. According to the Grand Island Independent, the indefinite layoffs are expected to begin in May and be completed… Read more »

Nebraska bills involve livestock expansion

Two bills in the Nebraska legislature would help facilitate livestock expansion in the state. LB106 would make changes to the local permitting process for new or expanding livestock operations. The other bill, LB176, would change current policy by allowing meatpacking companies to own and raise hogs in the state. Mark McHargue, vice president of Nebraska… Read more »

Vilsack says guidelines will focus on nutrition

Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack says he will be personally involved in finalizing the government’s new dietary guidelines and indicates he will keep them narrowly focused on nutrition. Vilsack made those comments this week during an appearance before the House Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee. But, according to an Agri-Pulse report, Vilsack stopped short of saying that he… Read more »

Agreement reached in Brazilian truckers’ strike

Representatives of Brazil’s trucking industry and the government have reached an agreement that officials hope will bring an end to the nine-day Brazilian truckers’ strike. But many roadways in Brazil remained blocked on Thursday as some truckers continued to hold out for more concessions from the government. Brazil’s government has agreed to extend a year… Read more »

ISA expands cover crop research trials

  Cover crops is a major area of focus for the Iowa Soybean Association’s On-Farm Network. At the recent ISA Research Conference, we visited with Nathan Paul, ISA operations manager of cropping systems, about their cover crop research trials and results. One of the things they’ve learned, Paul says, is that good cover crop establishment… Read more »

New delivery system for control of horn flies

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At last year’s Cattle Industry Convention, SmartVet USA and AgiLabs unveiled their new VetGun delivery system for treating horn flies and lice in cattle. This year, the two companies were back at the NCBA Trade Show demonstrating how the VetGun works. The VetGun uses precision-engineered CO2 power to project a precise dosage of AiM-L VetCap… Read more »

New beef plant to be built in Nebraska Panhandle

Plans for a new beef processing plant in the Nebraska Panhandle are taking shape. Local investors say they are about two months away from choosing a site for the project.  Gering and Bridgeport appear to be the top candidates for the plant. Initially, the plant would process about 500 head of cattle per day, with… Read more »

A new approach to parasite control in cattle

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At the recent Cattle Industry Convention in San Antonio, we visited with Dr. Tony Moravec, technical services veterinarian with Merial, about their LONGRANGE product. LONGRANGE is the first extended-release injectable cattle dewormer that provides cattle producers season-long persistent parasite control for 100 to 150 days in a single dose, dependent on parasite species. Moravec says… Read more »

Branstad approves gas tax hike in Iowa

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As expected, Iowa Governor Terry Branstad has approved the bill increasing the state’s gas tax by a dime a gallon. “I know it’s not easy and I know that there are also people who feel strongly on the other side,” Branstad told reporters, “but there is a critical need for additional funding for our roads… Read more »