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ISSUE DATE: 03/10/2014

Consider environment when using beta agonists

Last summer, Tyson Fresh Meats made a decision that had ripple effects throughout the cattle feeding industry. The company announced that it would no longer accept cattle that had been placed on the beta agonist Zilmax for their last days on feed.

And although Cargill, National Beef and JBS continued to accept cattle that had been fed beta agonists, that one announcement by one company has the U.S. cattle feeding industry questioning how they use these animal health products. Today researchers are re-examining the use of beta agonists in livestock finishing as well as the contributing environmental factors that must be taken into account when cattle are on them for their last days on feed.


NEWS

2012 Census of Agriculture: Kansas following many national farming trends
Ag producers hear about issues that affect them at the state level
Environmental law enforcement officer training slated in Anadarko
EPA seeks tougher safety standards for farm workers
Farm bill discussion set March 13
Garamendi receives Friend of the U.S. Rice Industry Award
Governor's Forum on Colorado Agriculture showcases state and international consumer preferences
Kansas Lottery giveaway planned at 3i Show
Nebraska Gateway to Nutrigenomics Spring Retreat offers 'Big Idea Seminars'
Nebraska LEAD recognition banquet set March 14 in Lincoln
North Missouri Dairy Day set March 10 in Trenton
Novel method makes FMD vaccine production safer
Passing on the farm
Record land values make buying decisions tougher
Sen. Moran reauthorizes critical drought information program
Speaker: Conventional agriculture winning some, losing some in culture war
Statewide food drive aims to raise 100K meals for Kansas families
UNL releases Land Lease Calculator app
USDA announces grants to help communities meet water challenges in upcoming years
Vilsack talks farm bill implementation
World Food Prize founder Norman Borlaug to be enshrined in U.S. Capitol on March 25

CROPS

Breakthroughs made in genomic selection, precision phenotyping
Checkoff-funded study focuses on protein-controlling genes
Controlling marestail in Roundup Ready corn
Dry weather promotes fieldwork, slows winter forage growth
Export opportunities expanding for U.S. wheat
Farmers' Market Conference provides tools to improve local businesses
Fertilizer industry reps to meet July 19-23
FSA reminds producers of March 17 deadline to purchase NAP crop coverage
Growers statewide to share on-farm research
Industrial hemp registration draws near
Interactive on-farm research guide available
It's a whole new world for wheat breeding
Krissek to lead Kansas Corn
McGee Creek NSRA prescribed burn planned
New initiative combines arts and sciences to study the prairie
Oklahoma Forestry Services issues last call for tree orders
Panhandle growers' options narrow
Planning for controlled burns
Producers urged to vote in wheat assessment referendum
Register now to attend March 11-12 No-Till Oklahoma Conference
Researchers find new tool for identifying key soybean genes
Share facts about health, nutritious wheat foods with consumers
Simulation model predicts when and how weeds will develop herbicide resistance
Soy checkoff harnesses industry to combat herbicide-resistant weeds
Upper Arkansas Basin panel to discuss priorities for state water plan
USGC launching Tanzania Food for Progress Program

LIVESTOCK

2014 calf crop projected down 2 to 3 percent from 2013
Addendum issued for Big Creek first quarterly report
Ag partnership conserves historic stock drive in Big Horn Mountains
AgriLife Extension economist: Restocking comes before rebuilding for cattle herds
Beef industry under pressure from activists, government policies, and consumer preferences
CattleFax Outlook at NCBA Cattle Industry Convention prepares producers for 2014
Encouraging daytime calving
Farm animal care specialists look at undercover video
Feeders might consider environmental factors when using beta agonists
Good records key to increasing profits
It pays to read the tag
KCA offers 2014 scholarships
Mc6 joins CAB feedlot network
MCA to host County Leadership Conference
Members take positions on legislative bills
Montana Stockgrowers Foundation offers $1,000 Educational Heritage Scholarship
Moran: USDA to expedite implementation of livestock disaster programs
Pig performance symposium March 19
Profitability in steer feedout improves, helps build herd reputation
Proper management of first-calf heifers keeps them in herd longer
River Valley Beef Cattle Conference rescheduled for March 13
Smartphone app for livestock producers now available
Southwest Kansas CattleWomen offer scholarship
Steve LeValley earns Stow Witwer Award at National Western Stock Show
Stockgrowers announces beef industry internship
TAHC welcomes Brodie Miller as Region 5 director
Texas Beef Council hosts Great American Barbecue in Hong Kong
Tools available for beef producers
Travel award offered for South Africa visit
U.S. agriculture leaders gather for USMEF Market Expo
Unlock new areas of profitability

EDITOR

A movie about people like you
Let's support COOL before it's too late
Obama's budget falls flat
Turning lemons into lemonade

COLUMNS

15 veterinary students receive stipends for large animal careers
Diversify and make a good profit
Forage segment organizational changes
Formulation offers top bioavailability for improved control
Insect control made easier all season long
Leave Russia alone
Optimize water and fertilizer applications
PED virus? What is that?
Planter unit matches speed with accuracy
Software package helps manage ag resources
Vilsack outlines timetable for farm bill implementation
Wireless firm announces new distribution partners

MARKETS

Amarillo livestock sales summary
Below normal precipitation and temps persist south dakota
Below normal temps challenge producers nebraska
Below normal temps cover state wyoming
Dodge City livestock auction report
Drought conditions worsen oklahoma
Ericson livestock sales report
Georgia livestock auction summary
Grain market close
Grains close with solid gains
Hay trade, movement remain slow
Joplin livestock auction report
McAlester livestock market report
Most hay steady
Newell sheep sales report
OKC West livestock sales report
Pratt 3 p.m. livestock auction report
Pratt livestock feeder cattle auction report
Precipitation above normal iowa
Salina livestock auction report
Soil moisture levels above last year montana
Springfield livestock market report
Temps colder than normal kansas
Winter wheat conditions improve in some areas texas

RANGE

KFAC, KFB extend deadline for Be Ag-Wise educator training workshops

FAMILY

Arkansas Agriculture Department announces Century Farm program
Easy-to-assemble meals
FAPC awards top student presentations during Research Symposium
Finding ways to cut expenses
Follow tree pruning tips
Fortner has great appeal from street
FSA targets funds to minority, women, beginning farmers
Keep your furry family members protected from heartworms
Meditation
New tool offers growers easy option to measure soil organic matter content
NMSU Extension co-sponsors Rio Arriba County food, agriculture conference
Oklahoma black bear population monitored
Prairie Star flowers ideal for prairie climate
Puree-processing technology expands into new markets
Some carb choices better than others
Sorghum Foundation seeking applications for 2014 scholarships
Vitamins are an essential part of a healthy diet
Waynoka FFA interviewed on radio station
Waynoka Local Livestock Show held Feb. 8
Wells selected for scholarship to Cattle Industry Convention, NCBA Trade Show
Winter recreation among wildlife requires responsible human behavior

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