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Finding Truth & What to Do Amidst the Controversy Over Crop Protection Materials “Pesticides”

Agriculture and the science of crop protection materials is too often misunderstood by the public and is under constant attack by extremists in the political arena. As legislation and jurisdiction begins to more commonly ignore sound science in their decision-making, farmers are rightfully concerned about the future of agriculture and what may or may not be in their power to …

Genome-Edited Bull Passes on Hornless Trait to Calves

For the past two years, researchers at the University of California, Davis, have been studying six offspring of a dairy bull, genome-edited to prevent it from growing horns. This technology has been proposed as an alternative to dehorning, a common management practice performed to protect other cattle and human handlers from injuries. UC Davis scientists have just published their findings in the …

Overturning the Truth on Conservation Tillage

Just as we blend, cut, and fold ingredients together to follow a recipe, farmers use equipment to stir together soil and crop residue (stalks and roots of previous crops) before planting. This mechanical action is called tillage. Similar to our kitchen cupboard with a blender, mixer, and beater, farmers have access to a variety of tillage equipment. Farmers choose the …

Images from Space could Help Farmers Grow Better Wheat Varieties

space technology for wheat crops

A team of researchers at Washington State University is putting satellites and drones to work in the hunt for better wheat varieties to help feed a growing world more sustainably. WSU scientists launched a new project this spring, developing techniques that let satellites and flying drones identify and study wheat varieties from overhead. The research is funded by a $500,000 …

What’s New in Silage Science?

Silage Science

What’s new in silage production science from seed to feed-out? How can every efficient step forward benefit your bottom line? Find out at the California Silage Conference, July 24, 2017, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Legacy Ranch, Tipton, California. You’ll leave with more confidence in your silage making abilities. Learn about the latest in seed genetics and selection …

International Milk Genomics Consortium Welcomes New Director

Jennifer Smilowitz

The International Milk Genomics Consortium (IMGC) announced the hiring of Jennifer Smilowitz, Ph.D. as its Director of Scientific and Strategic Development. The IMGC has established an inspiring vision to join mechanistic milk science with the innovators who bring science to practice. Its monthly publication, SPLASH!® reviews findings from current scientific articles on milk and lactation and has more than 1,700 subscribers along …

National Jersey Meetings Website Now Available

National-Jersey-Meeting-Web

The 151st AJCA-NAJ Annual Meetings will be held at the Saratoga Hilton Hotel in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. from June 26-29. The website can be accessed at:https://www.jerseyconvention2019.com/. Members can fully register online under the “Registration” tab. Special early bird rates are available to those who register on or before Friday, May 24 at $200 per individual. Registration after May 24 will be …

USDA Announces New Decision Tool for New Dairy Margin Coverage Program

New Dairy Margin Coverage Program

WASHINGTON, April 30, 2019 — Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue announced today the availability of a new web-based tool– developed in partnership with the University of Wisconsin – to help dairy producers evaluate various scenarios using different coverage levels through the new Dairy Margin Coverage(DMC) program. The 2018 Farm Bill authorized DMC, a voluntary risk management program that offers financial protection …

Financial Incentives for New Sustainable Dairy Technologies

Financial Incentives for New Sustainable Dairy Technologies

Free Money!  That’s what people want to hear.  Although nothing is free, there are a lot of great new government incentives available to dairy farmers to modernize their facilities with newer sustainable technologies that may not otherwise be affordable to invest in.  Watch this brief interview with Paul Sousa from Western United Dairymen as he shares, and read more about …

Interest in Postbiotics is Growing

postbiotics

Interest in postbiotics is growing. Postbiotics are non-viable probiotic organisms or cellular components thereof that exert beneficial effects on health or well-being (Shortt 1999). The key distinction between a postbiotic and a probiotic is that a probiotic must be a live microbe when administered. A postbiotic can be dead cells or fragments thereof. The uptick in interest in postbiotics stems …

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