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USDA grant helps veterans returning to farm
The USDA Risk Management Agency has awarded the Center for Rural Affairs, Farmer-Veteran Coalition, Nebraska AgrAbility Project and eight additional partner organizations with funding intended to introduce new veteran farmers and ranchers to various areas of agriculture, and thereby find solutions to the employment and economic challenges facing so many rural veterans.
Infiltration is the key when it rains
The moisture needs to infiltrate the soil first—and good infiltration is not necessarily a given
Commodity prices up after initial fall from Japan crisis
Commodity prices are back on the rise after they fell quickly in reaction to the earthquake, tsunami and nuclear crisis in Japan.
Aquatic plant growth an issue for farm ponds
Pond owners can follow a general rule to try and eliminate this occurrence from their fishing experience: if your pond was weedy last year, then chances are you will have a similar problem this year.
Emergency plans are vital to protect farms
Disaster planning starts with identifying high on-farm risks and acknowledging past emergencies.
Address small pond problems before they get big
Knowing the common plants in the pond is the first step to staying ahead of potential problems.
Former K-State professor to lead USDA research unit
McVey, a former K-State faculty member, came back to Manhattan to join the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Arthropod-Borne Animal Disease Research Unit, or ABADRU, as supervisory veterinary medical officer. His duties include research and overseeing many of the unit's administrative functions, including budgetary matters, meeting USDA objectives and hiring new staff, because the unit is currently operating at half capacity.
New USDA measures ensure humane treatment
The USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced several measures that will better ensure the humane treatment and slaughter of all cattle presented for processing at FSIS-inspected facilities.
Watch the three Bs in ‘12 farm bill
When the new Republican House majority takes up the farm bill issue, farmers should expect lawmakers to focus on three major areas: Brazil, budget and baseline.
Agreement could be big for wheat growers
South Korea is a top ten market for U.S. wheat producers, importing more than 40 million bushels of mostly Hard Red Spring and Hard Red Winter wheat each of the last five years. Once implemented, the Free Trade Agreement will help protect the market by eliminating a small tariff, which U.S. wheat faces there now.
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