Archive for November, 2011

  • EPA’s Regulatory Burdens Threaten Family Farms

    Wednesday, November 23rd, 2011

    Testifying yesterday on behalf of AFBF before the House Small Business Subcommittee on Agriculture, Energy and Trade, Carl Shaffer, president of the Pennsylvania Farm Bureau, said EPA proposals to exert greater regulatory control over agriculture will drive up the cost of producing food, fiber and fuel.
    Mr Shaffer [...]

  • US Forest Policies Threaten Livestock Grazing

    Wednesday, November 23rd, 2011

    The Public Lands Council (PLC) and American Sheep Industry Association (ASI) have multiple concerns with the proposed planning rule, which could be finalised this winter, said Margaret Soulen Hinson, an Idaho cattle and sheep producer and president of ASI.
    She spent the bulk of her testimony detailing the negative effect [...]

  • Rising Price of Poultry Poop Costs Cattle Operations

    Friday, November 11th, 2011

    The escalating price of fuel, fertilizer, equipment, feed, hay and seed has caused forage and livestock producers to refigure every financial angle in hopes of finding one that will work. Even the price of chicken litter, the once proud member of the dynamic “fescue-litter” duo that fueled [...]

  • Methane emissions in grains fed pigs

    Monday, November 7th, 2011

    At the Swine Research and Technology Centre of the University of Alberta in Canada researchers found that enteric methane produced by finisher pigs is affected by dietary crude protein content of barley grain based, but not by corn based diets.
    Reducing the crude protein (CP) content in pig diets changes [...]

  • Scientists suggest alternative source of arsenic contamination

    Tuesday, November 1st, 2011

    New research contradicts previous findings that arsenic contamination — an environmental crisis that affects more than 60 million people in the Bengal Basin — in groundwater may result from arsenic coming from man-made ponds, suggesting instead that it originates in sediments in aquifers.
    Groundwater sites across southern and eastern Asia contains arsenic [...]