What Are Cover Crops? When is the best time to till in cover crops? Which is best time for cover crops, spring or fall? Incorporating cover crops can help manage soil fertility, soil quality, water, and weeds. But it does require planning and buying into a philosophy that takes into account how sustainable agriculture works. This AgChat provides some information on cover crop approaches.
What Are Nutrients for Plants & Animals? Plants and animals need food to grow. What do farmers and ranchers do to provide the food and what are the issues they must handle? #AgChat farmers and ranchers provide some insights and learn what others are doing.
Forage Pests The mild late winter weather might be good for general outdoor activity but it also means more insects and bugs. For those that grow hay, forage, and other corps, this keeping an eye out on the insect population. This HayTalk conversation shares some of the activity some farmers are taking.
Audio: Future Of Swine Nutrition - Iowa State's Dr. John Patience shares his thoughts on the current state of swine nutrition and where profitable producers will focus in the future [audio] [full presentation video].
The use of antibiotics in animal agriculture fuels discussion based on few facts and much misinformation. Dispel many of those myths as you review these presentations from the National Institute for Animal Agriculture's 2011 Antibiotic Use In Food Animals, held October 26-27, 2011, Chicago, IL, USA.
Jack Welch, past Chairman and CEO of General Electric, shares his thoughts on leadership and management training with MIT's Sloan School of Management students and others in attendance. Some good content on how to find the right people for your team and why its important.
Burn out is theoretical, psychological, a fuzzy thing. Burn out is standing at a lathe for 10 hours doing the same thing. (In) an exciting job, you are turned on every minute and wanting more and more and more....
Did the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations apply balanced comparisons between livestock and transportation, with respect to environmental impact? According to Dr. Frank Mitloehner, Agricultural Air Quality Center Director, University of California, Davis, the FAO's published report "Livestock's Long Shadow" misses the mark by comparing apples to oranges.
A true lifecycle assessment must be done on any system being compared.
You need to perform a complete life cycle assessment of both systems before any statements about livestock and transportation can be made and compared.
2011 National Pork Industry Forum This year saw Pork's new branding position, "Pork. Be Inspired.", support for the US Farmers and Ranchers Alliance, and several updates on policy / economics affecting the industry.