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May 2012 Articles

Spiritual Corner
Notes from Germany
Just Rambling, May 2012
Forage Management Strategies
Agriculture and the EPA Source
Recognizing Stress in Horses
Beef Cattle Management Calendar
Red Ink causes Feedlot Placements to Decline
New sports drink hits market with Covington, LSU AgCenter roots
Wheat harvest looks good, research skewed by unusual weather
Soybean acreage goes up as farmers look for better prices
April 24 Detection of Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy
Changed Cow Slaughter Mix
Louisiana cotton acreage goes down, mirroring nationwide trend
Turkey gnats pose problems for birds
Agricultural land rents increase with commodity prices
Ground Beef Prices
Corn Acreage is Big News in USDA Planting Report
Withdrawal of the Overreaching Child Labor Labor Proposal
AFBF Analysis Sees Soybeans as New Market Driver
New Bill Would Preserve Clean Water Act
AFBF Backs Senate and House Bills Reforming Estate Tax
Notes from Germany
Seeking Balance
Emergency Chocolate Pie

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Spiritual Corner

 Spiritual Corner

Are you Close to God?

On several occasions over the years, I have heard the somewhat amusing story of people aboard a wagon and the mules ran away. As the story goes there was a preacher on board, and in the midst of the calamity he exclaimed, “We’re all going to perish.” Another man shouted, “lord save us.” In turn the preacher looked at him and said, “You had better call on somebody you know.” The man... read more


Notes from Germany

 It’s hard to believe that April has come and gone. For months, it seems, I waited for it, for the arrival of spring and for a glimpse of the German countryside in bloom. Now, however, the weather has turned warmer, and the sun has come out in full force. It won’t be long until summer is here, which means I’ll soon be coming home.

My April was extraordinarily busy, as I spent the first two weeks of the month traveling. First, my parents and my two little sisters... read more


Just Rambling, May 2012

 The month of April was quite eventful. If you read my April “ Just Rambling,” then you know that my oldest daughter, Velvet, was operated on for cancer, and that my wife, Donnette, and I, as well as my two youngest daughters, Dana and Blair, were traveling to Germany to visit our son, Cody, who is teaching in Germany. I am happy to tell you that my daughter, Velvet, is doing well after her surgery, even though she experienced several complications. She has had her first chemo treatment... read more


Forage Management Strategies

 Forage Management Strategies Source: Ross Pruitt, Department of Economics and Agribusiness, LSU AgCenter
Forage conditions in Louisiana are vastly improved over a year ago with some areas of the state a couple of weeks ahead of normal in terms of forage production.  Hay production has already begun which will help rebuild hay stocks for the state which were 30% below the five year average this past December.  That production will not likely be reflected in the May 1st hay stocks,... read more


Agriculture and the EPA Source

 Agriculture and the EPA Source: Mike Strain D.V.M., Commissioner of Agriculture and Forestry

Agriculture is the largest sector of our state's economy.  Agriculture, forestry and aquaculture comprise more than 85 percent of the surface area of this state, 9.7 percent of our work force, and over 243,000 jobs. Valued at more than $30 billion, agriculture and forestry combined make up one of Louisiana’s largest and most economically dependent industries. Agriculture, forestry... read more


Recognizing Stress in Horses

 Recognizing Stress in Horses Source: Mark Russell, Assistant Professor, University of Arkansas
More often than not, our horses will show signs of stress. And just as often, horse owners can control the amount of stress seen in our horses. There are many indicators of stress. If stress levels stay low, chances are the ride and overall experience will be much more positive. Further, you will add life to your horse and allow him to be much happier, and his overall health will increase as... read more


Beef Cattle Management Calendar

 Beef Cattle Management Calendar
May
This calendar is intended to be a reminder of management practices thought to be appropriate for each month of the year. It was developed with herds of all sizes in mind. While it suggests management practices to be considered, it does not give any recommendations as to how they may be accomplished. Annually revised recommendations are available through your local parish or county Extension Service office.
Continue spring breeding; monitor activityread more


Red Ink causes Feedlot Placements to Decline

 RED INK CAUSES FEEDLOT PLACEMENTS DECLINE:
USDA-NASS released the data for the number of cattle on-feed as of April 1 and data for March on marketings and placements of cattle into feedlots. Overall, the report was about as expected with the number of cattle in the monthly reported feedlots (those over 1,000 head one-time capacity) up 2% and marketings down 4%. Placements were 6% below a year ago, recording a year-on-year decline driven by two factors: 1) declining feeder cattle supplies due to shrinking... read more


New sports drink hits market with Covington, LSU AgCenter roots

 New sports drink hits market with Covington, LSU AgCenter roots Source: LSU AgCenter

A new sports drink is hitting the market, and its origins are in Louisiana. It’s called EX5. The “5” refers to the drink’s five benefits – quicker recovery, less sodium, lower calories, more electrolytes and less sugar, says inventor Brian Brothers, of Covington, La.... read more


Wheat harvest looks good, research skewed by unusual weather

 Wheat harvest looks good, research skewed by unusual weather
 WINNSBORO, La. – Despite a dry planting season this past fall and a relatively wet and warm winter growing season, Louisiana wheat farmers can expect to harvest a good crop, according to LSU AgCenter experts.
 “The wheat looks really good this year,” LSU AgCenter wheat specialist Ed Twidwell said at a wheat and oats field day at the AgCenter Macon Ridge Research Station recently.
 With harvest two weeks... read more


Soybean acreage goes up as farmers look for better prices

 Soybean acreage goes up as farmers look for better prices
 This year’s Louisiana soybean crop could exceed 1 million acres, boosted by low prices for other crops and high fertilizer prices.
 “I would say we’re going to be somewhere around 1.2 million acres,” said Ron Levy, LSU AgCenter soybean specialist.
 Last year, 2,224 farmers planted a total of 996,693 acres, according to the LSU AgCenter’s 2011 Ag Summary.
 Levy said the high cost for fertilizer... read more


April 24 Detection of Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy

 Statement by Bob Stallman, President, American Farm Bureau Federation, Regarding April 24 Detection of Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy WASHINGTON, D.C., April 24, 2012 – “American beef and dairy products are safe. The safeguards our government has in place to detect any incidence of this disease are clearly... read more


Changed Cow Slaughter Mix

 CHANGED COW SLAUGHTER MIX The number of cows processed into beef in the U.S. has trended higher since 2005. Annual cow slaughter increased nearly 2 million head (up 41%) between 2005 and 2011. In recent weeks, the largest year-over-year increases have been in dairy cow slaughter. Weekly U.S. cow slaughter is divided into 10 geographic regions with data on both Federally Inspected beef... read more


Louisiana cotton acreage goes down, mirroring nationwide trend

 Louisiana cotton acreage goes down, mirroring nationwide trend Source: LSU AgCenter

 Cotton acreage is expected to decrease in Louisiana this year, mirroring a downward trend nationwide.

 John Kruse, LSU AgCenter cotton specialist, said the decline can be partly explained by the sudden jump up in fertilizer prices, lower cotton prices and high soybean prices.

 “For the longest time this winter, I believed we would have the same amount of cotton acreage as last year,”... read more


Turkey gnats pose problems for birds

 Turkey gnats pose problems for birds Source: LSU AgCenter

From now until early May, a tiny black fly known as the turkey gnat can cause problems for birds, especially caged or cooped poultry.

The swarming of these gnats can disturb poultry and cause them to injure themselves or pile up on each other, which can lead to suffocation and death, according to LSU AgCenter poultry specialist Theresia Lavergne.

These gnats attack during the daytime but are not a problem in barns or enclosures, Lavergne... read more


Agricultural land rents increase with commodity prices

 Agricultural land rents increase with commodity prices

 High commodity prices benefit farmers, but they could be driving up rents farmers pay for land. Farmers in some areas of Louisiana are seeing land rents increase dramatically, according to Kurt Guidry, LSU AgCenter economist, and this could hurt their bottom line and affect production decisions.

 “Naturally, a landlord will see those high commodity prices and think he has to have his cash rents increased to have his percentage of gross revenue... read more


Ground Beef Prices

 Ground Beef Prices Ross Pruitt, Department of Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness LSU AgCenter

The full impact on demand of recent news stories about lean finely trimmed beef (LFTB or “pink slime”) is still being calculated. The immediate fallout includes many national grocery stores removing LFTB from their shelves due to consumer backlash against incorporation of LFTB in ground beef. Beef Products, Inc. which was named in the news stories, announced this week it was suspending operations at three of the four... read more


Corn Acreage is Big News in USDA Planting Report

 Corn Acreage is Big News in USDA Planting Report Source: www.fb.org

There are still many sharp turns and bumps in the road between now and fall harvest, but a crop report issued today by the Agriculture Department indicates that farmers in the United States are preparing to plant 95.9 million acres of corn, one of the largest crops in history, according to the American Farm Bureau Federation. That number was much higher than grain industry analysts had expected.

“The prospective planting number of 95.9 million... read more


Withdrawal of the Overreaching Child Labor Labor Proposal

 Statement by Bob Stallman, President, American Farm Bureau Federation, Regarding Withdrawal of the Overreaching Child Labor Proposal

“The Labor Department’s notification today that it is withdrawing proposed rules that would have prevented many young people from working in agriculture is the right decision for our nation’s family-based agriculture system. Farm Bureau appreciates the administration’s decision... read more


AFBF Analysis Sees Soybeans as New Market Driver

 AFBF Analysis Sees Soybeans as New Market Driver


A new report on world agricultural supply and demand estimates issued today by the Agriculture Department is setting up what could be an interesting new crop market dynamic, according to economic analysis from the American Farm Bureau Federation.

The WASDE report issued today was largely unchanged on the corn and feedgrain side and was generally viewed as neutral, but on the soybean side, supply estimates were reduced and U.S. exports increased to help make up for smaller South... read more


New Bill Would Preserve Clean Water Act

 New Bill Would Preserve Clean Water Act

The American Farm Bureau Federation this week asked members of Congress to support H.R. 4965, a bill that would preserve existing U.S. water rights and responsibilities to the Clean Water Act. The bipartisan bill was introduced by Reps. John Mica (R-Fla.), Nick Rahall (D-W.Va.), Frank Lucas (R-Okla.), Collin Peterson (D-Minn.) and Bob Gibbs (R-Ohio).

According to AFBF, H.R. 4965 does not alter the Clean Water Act, but it merely reaffirms longstanding provisions in the law. It would prevent... read more


AFBF Backs Senate and House Bills Reforming Estate Tax

 AFBF Backs Senate and House Bills Reforming Estate Tax     Source: www.fb.org

The American Farm Bureau Federation today endorsed Senate legislation that would help protect America’s farm and ranch families from potentially crippling blows of the federal estate tax following a farm owner’s death.

The Senate bill, the Death Tax Repeal Permanency Act of 2012 (S. 2242), was introduced by Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.). The bill is similar to another Farm Bureau-supported, H.R. 1259, introduced in the House by Rep. Kevin... read more


Notes from Germany

  It’s hard to believe that April has come and gone. For months, it seems, I waited for it, for the arrival of spring and for a glimpse of the German countryside in bloom. Now, however, the weather has turned warmer, and the sun has come out in full force. It won’t be long until summer is here, which means I’ll soon be coming home.

My April was extraordinarily busy, as I spent the first two weeks of the month traveling. First, my parents and my two little sisters came to visit me here in Germany. I met them in Munich, where we... read more


Seeking Balance

 Spiritual Corner Seeking Balance

For the past couple of years I have had inner ear problems that have caused me on many occasions to lose my equilibrium. Without warning something in my ear (fortunately not between the ears) gets out of line and I become dizzy. After seeking the help of doctors and many tests of the heart, carotid arteries, and various scans, it has been determined that I have something called “positional vertigo.” It seems as though nothing can compensate for the power of the inner ear when it comes to our balance.... read more


Emergency Chocolate Pie

  Emergency Chocolate Pie


2 cups vanilla ice cream

1 cup milk

1 (4 oz) pkg instant chocolate pudding

1 (8 inch) graham cracker crust


Combine ice cream, milk, and pudding mix. Beat until smooth. Spoon into pie crust. Refrigerate until firm. May be topped with cool whip.

... read more
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