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March 2013 Articles

Just Rambling, March 2013
An open letter to the People of Louisiana
Livestock Market News
Extension awards $34,000 in special one - year grants
Crtting-edge research could improve deer populations, health
Alligator nutrition main goal of LSU AgCenter research projects
Why we use fertilizers
Beef Cow Slaughter and the Expansion Question
U A Study Shows Trace Minerals Improve Semen Quality
AFBF Outlines Priorities, Concerns with Farm Bill Legislatin
American Forest Foundation Commends Congressional Leaders on Proposed Fix to Far
Multi-Legged Stool Best Approach for Farm Bill
Statement by Bob Stallman, President, American Farm Bureau Federation Regarding
Farmers: Protect Your Skin on 'Don't Fry Day' and Every Day
Beef Production: Today vs. 1977, U.S. agriculture...
Historical Fact:
AFBF Intervenes in Mississippi River Basin Case
LSU AgCenter, LA Cattlemen's Foundation sign lease agreement
2 nuisance caterpillars are out in greater numbers this year
Notes from Germany
Spiritual Corner
Beef Kebabs on the Grill

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Just Rambling, March 2013

 Our front cover this month features my youngest daughter, Blair, with her Brangus heifer, Jessie, the Supreme Champion Brahman-Influenced Heifer at the Northeast Louisiana District Livestock Show in late January of this year. She is pictured below as a champion in another way—the mama of a fine Brangus bull calf, born February 27, 2013. This heifer, named MS DMR Distinction 22242 (Blair calls her Jessie), came from Draggin M Ranch, El Dorado, Arkansas, owned by Mr. John... read more


An open letter to the People of Louisiana

 An open letter to the People of Louisiana ,
 My Dear Friends,
 Of late, there has been a great deal of discussion in reference to the budget of the state.  Accordingly, a number of different viewpoints have been expressed.  I write to you today to ask for support as we move forward and face difficult times.
 As a former legislator, and current Commissioner of Agriculture and Forestry, I have had the honor to serve our state in both good times and bad. ... read more


Livestock Market News

 Livestock Market News Source: University of Arkansas According to James Robb, Center Director, Livestock Marketing Information Center: Monthly Cattle on Feed: Comments and Implications... read more


Extension awards $34,000 in special one - year grants

 Extension awards $34,000 in special one-year grants

 Five teams and two individuals have been awarded a total of $33,852 to develop innovative extension programs over the next year, according to Paul Coreil, LSU AgCenter vice chancellor and director of the Louisiana Cooperative Extension Service.

 “We’ve faced major budget cuts since 2008 and haven’t been able to give raises,” Coreil said. “These grants are a way to help keep... read more


Crtting-edge research could improve deer populations, health

 Cutting-edge research could improve deer populations, health Source: LSU AgCenter White-tailed deer researchers at the LSU AgCenter Bob R. Jones Idlewild Research Station in Clinton are using sperm from dead bucks to keep their favorable genes alive. Dearl Sanders,... read more


Alligator nutrition main goal of LSU AgCenter research projects

 Alligator nutrition main goal of LSU AgCenter research project Alligator farmers could grow bigger alligators faster and with less cost based on feeding studies conducted at the LSU AgCenter Aquaculture Research Station. Until about three... read more


Why we use fertilizers

 Why we use fertilizers By Dan Gill, LSU AgCenter Horticulturist

 There is a great deal of confusion among gardeners about what fertilizers are, what they do and why we use them. To put things in perspective, using fertilizers properly is an important part of gardening, but it is almost never a matter of life and death.

 First, fertilizers are not food. Plants make their own food through a remarkable process called photosynthesis, which utilizes the energy of the sun to create... read more


Beef Cow Slaughter and the Expansion Question

 Beef Cow Slaughter and the Expansion Question Ross Pruitt, Department of Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness, LSU AgCenter

Through the first eighteen weeks of this year, U.S. cow slaughter has declined about 3% relative to last year.  Year-to-date dairy (YTD) cow slaughter is currently about 1% greater than 2011 while YTD beef cow slaughter is 7.6% below last year.  Region 6 which... read more


U A Study Shows Trace Minerals Improve Semen Quality

 UA Study Shows Trace Minerals Improve Semen Quality  Dr. Jeremy Powell, University of Arkansas

A recent UA study evaluated the effect of trace mineral supplementation on bull semen quality during the summer months when high environmental temperatures can negatively affect fertility.The study found that semen quality was improved in bulls fed an organic trace mineral supplement compared to bulls fed a more traditional inorganic mineral supplement. Minerals are commonly supplemented to livestock... read more


AFBF Outlines Priorities, Concerns with Farm Bill Legislatin

 The American Farm Bureau Federation today sent a letter to the Senate outlining the organization’s priorities in, along with its concerns about, the Senate Agriculture Committee’s proposed 2012 farm bill, S. 3240.  In a letter, AFBF President Bob Stallman said that with Farm Bureau’s suggested improvements, he believes S. 3240 moves toward the organization’s core principles for rational, acceptable farm policy and his organization would support passage of the bill.  According to Stallman, Farm... read more


American Forest Foundation Commends Congressional Leaders on Proposed Fix to Far

 American Forest Foundation Commends Congressional Leaders on Proposed Fix to Farm Bill’s Energy Title In an effort to help restore markets for forest products and alleviate some of the financial burden faced by America’s family forest owners, Congressmen Glenn Thompson (PA-5th) and Kurt Schrader (OR-5th) today introduced the Forest Products Fairness Act of 2012. Reps. Thompson and Schrader cosponsored... read more


Multi-Legged Stool Best Approach for Farm Bill

 Multi-Legged Stool Best Approach for Farm Bill Source: www. fb.org

American Farm Bureau Federation President Bob Stallman at a hearing today on Capitol Hill reemphasized his organizations’ support of a single commodity option and a strong crop insurance program in the 2012 farm bill. Speaking before the House Agriculture Subcommittee on General Farm Commodities and Risk Management, Stallman said he was confident AFBF’s approach could easily provide a safety net that meets regional and commodity differences,... read more


Statement by Bob Stallman, President, American Farm Bureau Federation Regarding

 Statement by Bob Stallman, President, American Farm Bureau Federation Regarding USDA 150th Anniversary The American Farm Bureau Federation congratulates Agriculture Secretary Vilsack and USDA on the department’s 150th anniversary. President Abraham Lincoln is known for many achievements during his lifetime, but a little known triumph of his – that affects all Americans – was the establishment of the United States Department of Agriculture 150 years ago today.

“Lincoln... read more


Farmers: Protect Your Skin on 'Don't Fry Day' and Every Day

 Farmers: Protect Your Skin on ‘Don’t’t Fry Day’ and Every Day To encourage sun safety awareness and remind everyone to protect their skin while outdoors, the National Council on Skin Cancer Prevention has declared May 25 – the Friday before Memorial Day – as “Don’t Fry Day.”

Skin cancer is on the rise in the United States due to overexposure to ultraviolet rays of the sun. The American Cancer Society estimates that one American dies every hour from skin... read more


Beef Production: Today vs. 1977, U.S. agriculture...

 Beef Production: Today vs. 1977, U.S. agriculture….


Produces 13% more beef from 13% fewer cattle,

Which produce 18% less carbon emissions,

Utilizes 30% less land

And requires 14% less water.

What’s more 85% of all land is not suitable for agricultural crops, but can be used to graze livestock

A total of 2.8% of all greenhouse gas emissions can be attributed to livestock production, compared to 26% from transportation.

... read more

Historical Fact:

 Historical Fact: 1607 English colonists in Jamestown., Va., planted grain, potatoes, pumpkins, melons, cotton, oranges and pineapples.


Historical Fact: 1609 Indians taught the Jamestown settlers how to grow corn.

Historical Fact: 1731 Jethro Tull introduced the horse-drawn cultivator and seed drill to English farming.


Historical Facts:


1784 James Small invented the iron plow in England.


1793 Eli Whitney invented the cotton gin.

... read more

AFBF Intervenes in Mississippi River Basin Case

 AFBF Intervenes in Mississippi River Basin Case The American Farm Bureau Federation Tuesday, along with 14 state Farm Bureau organizations and 16 other national and regional agricultural organizations, filed a motion seeking to intervene in Gulf Restoration Network, et al. v. Jackson, et al., a lawsuit seeking to force the Environmental Protection Agency to establish federal numeric nutrient water quality standards for all states in the Mississippi River Basin. The resolution of the lawsuit could be... read more


LSU AgCenter, LA Cattlemen's Foundation sign lease agreement

 LSU AgCenter, LA Cattlemen’s Foundation sign lease agreement Source: LSU AgCenter The LSU AgCenter and the Louisiana Cattlemen’s Foundation finalized a limited lease and use agreement on May 24 that allows the foundation to rent LSU AgCenter property at the Dean Lee Research Station in Alexandria to manage their cattle. LSU AgCenter assistant vice chancellor for research Phil Elzer said... read more


2 nuisance caterpillars are out in greater numbers this year

 2 nuisance caterpillars are out in greater numbers this year

 Two nuisance caterpillars are out in greater numbers than usual this year in Louisiana. One is a dangerous stinging caterpillar, and the other can wreak havoc in small fruit & ornamental trees.

 The inch-long saddleback caterpillar looks like it has two heads with spiky features at both ends. Its primary color is reddish brown. But it has a chartreuse and white “blanket” over its midsection with a reddish brown oval “saddle”... read more


Notes from Germany

  It’s hard to believe, but in just 40 days I’ll be coming home. My, how time flies! Already, it’s nearing the end of May, and my travels have taken me to two new places—to Bern, Switzerland and to Innsbruck, Austria. Traveling has become even more enjoyable since summer finally arrived. The warm, pleasant weather has immersed the countryside, the sunlight shimmering on the green of the trees, and everywhere I see children and families, couples and groups of friends, enjoying this beautiful time of year and delighting in the warmth... read more


Spiritual Corner

 Spiritual Corner Where’s Grumpy?

There was once a family who had in their yard small models of Snow White and the 7 Dwarfs. One night, someone stole Grumpy, and to this day it is not known who that person was. Several weeks later, Grumpy was returned to his rightful position, and taped to his body was a photo album. With pictures as witness, Grumpy had taken quite a journey. There he was in front of the Eiffel Tower, Big Ben and Buckingham palace. There were many other pictures which documented his travels. Upon his return,... read more


Beef Kebabs on the Grill

  This month is beef month, so eat up. Beef Kebabs On The Grill MARINADE: 1 tablespoon olive oil 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice or vinegar 1 tablespoon soy sauce 2 tablespoons fresh parsley or cilantro, minced 1 clove of garlic , crushed fresh ground pepper to taste salt to taste

MEAT AND VEGETABLES: 1 large red onion

1 pound lean beef tenderloin or top round roast 8 ounces button... read more


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