2014 Cattle Industry Convention Kicks Off in Nashville

NCBA-Logo-FacebookNASHVILLE– More than 6,200 cattlemen and women from across the country are registered to attend the 2014 Cattle Industry Convention and National Cattlemen’s Beef AssociationTrade Show, which kicked off today at the Gaylord Opryland Resort. The convention, which will run through Feb. 7, is the largest annual gathering of the beef industry.
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Cold weather management for animals

CEWM-MR-1-Cold weather animalsBy George Looby, DVM

Global warming aside, the winter of 2013-2014 is shaping up to go on record as one of the harshest in decades and all domestic creatures exposed to its rigors need help in making adjustments to survive the elements. Animal owners are generally well tuned to the precautions necessary to help insure that their pets and livestock are comfortable during the heat waves of summer but are perhaps less concerned during the winter months.

Lucas praises House passage of Farm Bill conference report

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Chairman Frank Lucas issued the following statement Jan. 29 after the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Agricultural Act of 2014 by a vote of 251-166.

“I am pleased a majority of my House colleagues joined me in supporting a five-year, comprehensive farm bill. I appreciate the efforts of everyone who helped get us here. This is legislation we can all be proud of because it fulfills the expectations the American people have of us. They expect us to work together to find ways to reduce the cost of the federal government. The Agricultural Act contributes major savings to deficit reduction, significant reforms to policy, and yet still provides a safety net not only for the production of American food and fiber, but also to ensure our fellow citizens have enough food to eat. I am hopeful this legislation will enjoy the same success when the Senate considers it, and I encourage the president to sign it quickly into law,” said Chairman Frank Lucas. [Read more…]

Life pies served up at Vermont grazing conference

CEN-MR-4-Life pies 3by Troy Bishopp

FAIRLEE, VT— The menu at this year’s 18th annual Vermont Grazing and Livestock Conference had over 300 farmers from around the Northeast munching on grazing, soil health, financial and life goal entrees rich in practical knowledge. Complementing the enthusiasm for this whole farm decision-making focus were delicious local food choices and the ever popular ice cream social that filled participants’ stomachs and minds with a new perspective for the future of grass-based farming. [Read more…]