Ag commissioner says now is the time for farmers, agribusinesses to prepare for hurricane season

RALEIGH, NC — Hardly a county in North Carolina can say it is immune from hurricane damage. From Ivan in the mountains, Hugo in the foothills, Fran in the Sandhills, and Isabel and Floyd in the East, hurricanes have cost lives and livelihoods in every region of the state.

Scientists are predicting another active hurricane season in the Atlantic Ocean, which means North Carolina could again find itself in the path of a storm.

Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler is encouraging farmers, livestock producers, food manufacturers, pesticide dealers, timber owners and other agribusinesses across the state to prepare now for hurricane season. [Read more…]

Fighting the silver bullet mentality

CM-50-1-Fighting-the-s1ilverby Sally Colby

Dr. Gareth Bath, University of Pretoria, South Africa, says when it comes to treating sheep and goats for internal parasites, producers have spent far too long concentrating on the parasites instead of the host.

“We tended to rely on dosing remedies that worked,” said Bath, explaining the worldwide resistance problem. “Since the 1960s, there have been a series of excellent drugs. Unfortunately, this led us to be lazy and get into bad habits and not think of anything except a dosing program. [Read more…]

Delaware 4-H and FFA Spring Dairy Expo results

Forty-seven exhibitors presented 66 entries to judge Aaron Horst of Hershey, PA at the recent Delaware 4-H and FFA Spring Dairy Expo held at the Delaware State Fairgrounds in Harrington, DE. Champion awards were presented to the following entries and exhibitors: [Read more…]

Sprouted grains for grazing dairies

CW-MR-1-Sprouted-gr1ains1by Tamara Scully

Sprouted grains have become a “very controversial” and a “very hot topic” in dairy grazing, Dr. Kathy Soder, Animal Scientist, USDA-ARS, said in the recent eORganic webinar “Evaluating Sprouted Grains on Grazing Dairy Farms.”

“You’re taking a grain, and you’re sprouting it.” [Read more…]

Partnerships enhance next generation resources in dairy

HARRISBURG, PA – The Center for Dairy Excellence and Center for Dairy Excellence Foundation of Pennsylvania have strengthened partnerships with both the Pennsylvania Dairymen’s Association and the Pennsylvania Dairy Promotion Program. The two partnerships focus on expanding and enriching the Center Foundation’s “Next Generation” initiatives, Dairy Leaders of Tomorrow and Discover Dairy, while building greater support for broad industry collaboration through the Center for Dairy Excellence. [Read more…]