Nebraska continues push for dairy growth

Nebraska officials are attending this week’s World Dairy Expo in Madison, Wisconsin, promoting the advantages of locating dairies in Nebraska. Willow Holoubek with A-FAN, the Alliance for the Future of Agriculture in Nebraska, says they emphasize Nebraska’s water resources and reliable supply of feedstuffs—and that it’s also a great place to live and work. “Nebraska is the… Read more »

UNL report: Climate change debate is settled

The question of whether we’re moving into a long period of extreme climate change—made worse by “human activities”—or simply going through a natural weather cycle, has generated considerable debate in recent years. But according to a new report on climate change from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL), the debate is over, as far as climate… Read more »

A closer look at irrigating manure

The use of irrigation equipment for spreading manure is gaining popularity.  Center pivots and travelling guns can go in a field that is too wet for tankers, there is no need to run heavy tankers repeatedly over rural roads and it usually is more cost-efficient. However, there are objections to the practice, the biggest being… Read more »

Study: No problems from GMO livestock feed

A new study finds no health or nutrition problems associated with the feeding of genetically modified (GM) crops to livestock or poultry. The study was conducted by Dr. Alison Van Eenennaam, an animal biotechnology and genomics specialist at the University of California-Davis. “There’s been a lot of media coverage of a handful of highly controversial studies suggesting… Read more »

Margin Protection Program session at World Dairy Expo

The National Milk Producers Federation will present a session on the new Margin Protection Program at World Dairy Expo.  NMPF president and CEO Jim Mulhern along with University of Missouri dairy economist Scott Brown will address who is eligible for the program, how to sign-up and what the fees and payments look like under different… Read more »

Dairy farmers are holding-on to those cows

National Ag Statistic Service reports 229,000 dairy cows sent to slaughter in August, 5,000 less than in July and 37,000 less than August of last year.  From January through August, 1.85 million dairy cows have been slaughtered under Federal inspection, 233,000 less than what was sent during the same period in 2013.  As of the… Read more »

UNL report predicts ‘unprecedented’ changes in climate

A new University of Nebraska-Lincoln report on climate change predicts Nebraska’s climate will change dramatically in coming decades. UNL scientists says the magnitude and rapidity of the projected changes are “unprecedented”. The report says average temperatures in Nebraska, by the end of this century, will increase from four to nine degrees, depending on the amount… Read more »

Fonterra cuts farm milk price

New Zealand’s dairy giant, Fonterra has lowered its forecast farmgate milk price for 2014-15 to $5.30 per kilogram of milk solids ($4.28 US).  That is down 70 cents from the previous forecast.  The co-op paid $8.40 per kgms last year ($6.78 US). Fonterra Chairman John Wilson says the lower price reflects continued volatility in the… Read more »

Brazil takes advantage of Russian embargo

Brazil is taking advantage of the void created when Russia stopped buying dairy products from Europe.  Russian news agency ITAR-TASS says three Brazilian companies have been cleared to start shipping dairy to Russia and one has already begun deliveries.  The companies will be able to cover more than half of the void left by the… Read more »

NCBA issues another warning on WOTUS impact

Despite EPA’s assurances to the contrary, a top officer of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association remains convinced the proposed Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) rule would greatly expand the scope of the Clean Water Act. NCBA treasurer and Oklahoma cattleman Richard Gebhart, who is also an attorney, says he has read though the WOTUS rule multiple… Read more »