Clarifying Everyone’s Role

By: Don Tyler Today’s employees seem to struggle with understanding where they fit in the operation, who they are responsible to and why their role is different than others. Surprisingly, many are even confused about how their position and duties differ from the owners. There are different reasons for this that include a lack of…

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Record Keeping Key to Livestock Indemnity Program

By: Jay Parsons, Farm and Ranch Management Specialist, and Aaron Berger, Nebraska Extension Beef Educator The Livestock Indemnity Program (LIP), administered by the USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA), provides compensation to eligible livestock producers who have suffered livestock death losses in excess of normal mortality due to adverse weather, including extreme cold, storms and flooding.…

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USDA Announces $16 Million Funding Opportunity to Support Socially Disadvantaged and Veteran Farmers and Ranchers

WASHINGTON, July 16, 2019 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture today announced up to $16 million in available funding to help socially disadvantaged and veteran farmers and ranchers own and operate successful farms. Funding is made through the USDA’s Outreach and Assistance for Socially Disadvantaged Farmers and Ranchers and Veteran Farmers and Ranchers Program (also…

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Keeping Your Vaccines Viable

By: Tracey Erickson, SDSU Extension Dairy Field Specialist – 7/15/19 Vaccines are a vital part of keeping all livestock healthy. Vaccines help in the prevention of disease, which results in less utilization of antibiotics due to fewer sick animals. Vaccines provide protective immunity approximately 21 days following the initial vaccination in the majority of livestock.…

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Storing Wet and Modified Distillers Grains

By: Warren Rusche, SDSU Extension Beef Feedlot Management Associate – 7/15/19 One of the primary challenges for livestock producers in the coming months could very well be feedstuff cost and availability due to the fact that the corn planted acreage and crop progress are both well behind normal benchmarks. One opportunity that might help cattle…

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