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ISSUE DATE: 10/31/2011

Calm before the storm

By Kylene Scott

2011 seemed to be a year of disasters. Floods in the Midwest and North Dakota. Wildfires, extreme heat and drought in Texas and the southern Plains. Damaging tornadoes in many parts of the country.

Looking back at some of those disasters can help farmers and ranchers to better prepare for what 2012 might have in store, and come up with a plan to protect their own lives as well as the lives of their animals.

Kansas State University recently hosted a conference discussing what to do with the animals (both pets and livestock) after a natural disaster, as well as lessons learned from Katrina and the Greensburg, Kan., tornado. The recorded webinar is available at .

Joseph Taboda, associate dean for student and academic affairs, School of Veterinary Medicine, Louisiana State University, was a featured speaker at the KSU conference as was Christen Skaer, a veterinarian and president/director, Kansas State Animal Response Team.

"Animal problems are people problems," Skaer said. "Saving animals help save people."


AFA announces Leader in Agriculture Award winners
American Farm Bureau submits comments on LightSquared to Congress
Calculate net worth to measure financial fitness
Crop, economic losses from Missouri River flooding estimated at $207M
Farm Service Agency increases guaranteed loan limit
FSA county committee voting begins Nov. 4
Hoops for Hope charity basketball game set for Oct. 28
Income Tax Schools help take the guesswork out of tax prep
Leaders receive World Food Prize
Market technicals improve slowly
Passing the farm to the next generation
Rural Development announces top 10 lenders
Safety requirements for young ag workers may change


3i Show to feature many firsts
Ag leaders give back to youth
Ag SMARTS Program offered in Scottsbluff
Alliance to host Ag Water Summit
Biodiesel industry applauds support for biofuels
Calibrating yield monitors
CDA hosting 'AgriCultural' photo contest
Conference to focus on ag investing, economy
'Dinosaur' herbicide may be coming back
Don't wait to control broadleaf weeds in wheat
Drought effects may be slowing down
Dust storm shows importance of conservation programs
Extension offers pesticide applicator workshop
Extension offers pesticide training
Farm lease workshops cover market volatility
Farmers look ahead to 2012 and beyond
Fertilize for big yields at low cost
Field days to focus on winter canola potential
Global Harvest Initiative report highlights ag progress, challenges
KARL Class XI to visit Garden City area
KGFA names new general counsel
Know your costs of production on the farm
K-State hosts ag events
Nebraska has key role in addressing global food needs
NMSU Extension to host Ag Day event
NMSU researchers dig into weed and worm conspiracy
NMSU works with farmers to produce sunflower oilseed
No-till on the Plains offers Holistic Management Course
OFB leaders support a farm income safety net
Recent moisture, soil cover may affect wheat tillering potential
Success in wine starts on the vine
Sunflower growing season ending
UNL announces new student ambassadors
Updated Soybean Field Guide available
USW brings Chinese wheat buyers to the U.S.
Winter canola test plots planted
Winter canola's potential as a dual-purpose crop
World Food Prize celebrates benefits of soy


Beef checkoff educating health professionals
Calm before the storm
Colostrum critical to dairy cattle welfare
Coors Western Art Exhibit, Sale names featured artist, award recipients
DNA test for gain, grade available soon
Drought-forced movements of cattle slowing down
FFA chapter places at National Barrow Livestock Judging Contest
Graham County Extension to host goat, sheep meeting
Heifer sale will benefit Jersey youth programs
ISU College of Veterinary Medicine hosts BQA meeting
Joint beef checkoff effort reaches dietitians
KLA Young Stockmen's Academy tours beef, dairy operations
K-State names distinguished animal science alumnus
K-State Sheep and Goat Conference postponed
Linn Post & Pipe Supply features Bova Hold Squeeze Chutes
Longhorns captivate Kansans at Sunflower Parade
Meetings to focus on animal disease traceability
Missouri Livestock Person of the Year to be honored
Missouri Livestock Symposium to cover beef and forage production
National Beef Ambassadors announced
NCBA supports tying ethanol mandate to corn supplies
Northern Beef plant now set for December opening
OSU names distinguished alumni
Packer: Ranchers, feeders need to cooperate
PQA Plus Advisor Certification session is Nov. 15
Producers invited to ISU Beef Nutrition Research Showcase
Red Angus Grid Masters break record
Red Angus producers share ideas for profitability
Rustling costs ranchers millions in poor economy
Saddle and Sirloin inducts Pat Goggins
Show-Me-Select Heifer sale dates set
Superfund Common-Sense Act introduced
Swine conference to be held in Omaha
Tire Tank Installation Workshop Set for Nov. 14
UNL Extension program to cover winter feeding
USMEF names service award winner


Blunt: Trade agreements lead to recovery
They should know better
Youth working on farms is a good thing


Agri-Women gather in Wichita for convention
Cotton trait stack approved
First energy crop processing facility under construction
Ford increases soy content in foam
In other agribusiness news...
Just a scoop full
New herbicide formulation approved
New silage BMR hybrid released
Poor but proud
Vehicle of character


Aberdeen cattle sales report
Ada livestock auction report
Amarillo livestock auction summary
Apache livestock auction report
Arkansas livestock summary report
Clovis livestock auction report
Colorado feeder cattle summary
Dalhart livestock auction report
Demand remains good
Dodge City cattle sales report
Dry weather aides harvest progress
Ericson livestock sales report
Fall weather provides favorable harvesting conditions
Ft. Smith livestock auction report
Georgia cattle auction summary
Grain market close
Hard freeze ends growing season
Harvest aided by cooler weather
Harvest in high gear
Hay trade mostly moderate
High Plains slaughter news
Joplin livestock auction report
Keoco feeder cattle sales report
Lexington livestock market report
Light precipitation aids winter wheat conditions
McAlester livestock auction report
More rainfall needed to relieve persistent drought conditions
Newell sheep sales report
North Arkansas livestock auction report
Ogallala livestock auction report
OKC West livestock sales report
Pratt 3 p.m. cattle sales report
Pratt livestock auction report
Producers worry about winter hay supplies
Rain, hail and frost across Oklahoma
Salina cattle sales report
San Angelo livestock auction report
South Central direct sheep sales
Soybeans, wheat rally
Springfield dairy heifer sales report
Springfield livestock market report
Sugarbeet harvest nearly complete
Texas Direct feeder cattle auction
Tulia livestock auction report
Tulsa livestock auction report
West Plains regional stockyards
Winter wheat planting comes to a close
Woodward livestock auction report
Wyobraska cattle sales report


Ranch Practicum team receives grant to aid beginning ranchers
Stockgrowers pleased with new fish and game policies


Adjust the thermostat to keep cooling cost down
Ashley a good alternative to Coho spinach
Broadleaf weeds now vulnerable to controls
Diagnosing common pine problems
Eggplant was once known as the 'mad apple'
Extension to host holiday bread program
Farmers markets hope to continue into late fall
Follow safety tips when carving pumpkins
Freezing food properly
Game on
Grow Thanksgiving favorites
Master Gardeners' food pantry garden receives international award
Meditation for 10-31-11
Offer smart snacks to children
Poland Angus Ranch Judging contest held
Protect home against carbon monoxide
Statewide programs help prevent hunger
Timnath resident inducted into National 4-H Hall of Fame
Vickie a quaint ranch home

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