New Drought Assistance

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Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced two new pieces of disaster assistance for farmers and ranchers impacted by the nation’s worsening drought. First, Vilsack is expanding emergency haying and grazing on approximately 3.8 million acres of conservation land to bring greater relief to livestock producers dealing with shortages of hay and pastureland. Second, the Secretary announced that crop insurance companies have …

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Vilsack Announces Drought Help

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Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced new flexibility and assistance in the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s major conservation programs to get much-needed help to livestock producers as the most wide-spread drought in seven decades intensifies in the United States. Vilsack also announced plans to encourage crop insurance companies to provide a short grace period for farmers on unpaid insurance premiums, …

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Sec. Vilsack Visits Pa. Dairy Farm

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Pennwood Farms hosted Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack on their farm today. The Pa. dairy farm is using an anaerobic digester to convert manure into electricity and high quality bedding, cutting energy costs and providing a resting area for more contented cows. The digester, which went on-line a year ago, was funded in part with the support of USDA Rural Development. …

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Committee, Ag Leaders React to FARRM Bill Passage

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It took nearly 15 hours, but members of the House Agriculture Committee were able to pass their version of the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act (FARRM) Bill. Committee Chair Rep. Frank Lucas (R-OK) and Ranking Member Rep. Collin Peterson (D-MN) praised the bipartisan legislation: “This is a balanced, reform-minded, fiscally responsible bill that underscores our commitment to production …

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Dairy Reports at Risk in USDA Budget Cuts

John Davis

Some USDA reports vital to dairy producers could be on the budgetary chopping block. A recent Farm Foundation webinar featured several speakers from the federal government, private industry and commodity groups discussing how to head off cuts to many market reports. Jim Robb, the Senior Agricultural Economist and Director at the Livestock Marketing Information Center, told the panel that the …

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Natural Remedy Investigated to Reduce Mastitis

John Davis

Researchers for the USDA are looking at a natural remedy to delay and reduce cases of mastitis in dairy cattle. This story from the Agricultural Research Service says scientists at the National Animal Disease Center (NADC) in Ames, Iowa, have found that vitamin D may be another treatment for mastitis instead of antibiotics: Molecular biologist John Lippolis, in the Ruminant …

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Nominations for National Dairy Board Sought

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture is asking dairy producer and farm organizations to nominate candidates to serve on the National Dairy Promotion and Research Board. Nominations must be submitted by July 20, 2012. The Secretary of Agriculture will appoint 12 individuals from those nominated to succeed members whose terms expire Oct. 31, 2012. The 12 new members will serve terms …

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Dairy Farmers Appointed to National Board

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Congratulations to the following dairy farmers who were appointed to the National Dairy Promotion and Research Board by Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. All appointees’ terms will begin immediately with terms ending October 31, 2014. Newly appointed members are: Kima L. Simonson, Washington (Region 1); Lynda S. Foster, Kansas (Region 4); John R. Howerton, Arkansas (Region 4); Amber L. Horn-Leiterman, Wisconsin …

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BSE Confirmed in California Dairy Cow

Cindy Zimmerman

The U.S. Department of Agriculture today confirmed the nation’s fourth case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) in a dairy cow from central California. “The carcass of the animal is being held under State authority at a rendering facility in California and will be destroyed. It was never presented for slaughter for human consumption, so at no time presented a risk …

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