Mad Cow Disease Reported in California
Tom Vilsack tells public to eat beef, maintain confidence in U.S. food supply
“I am going home, and I’m having beef tonight for dinner.”
That’s what Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said on CNN the night the USDA confirmed its first case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), a.k.a. mad cow disease, in the United States in six years.
The case was detected at a...[Read More]
Careers in Agriculture Offer Stability to Floundering Generation Y
Job postings up 18% since 2010
As the school year winds down, and high school seniors prepare for their future, those who will be pursuing a degree in agricultural science have chosen a decent career path. According to the Wall Street Journal article, “Which College Majors Pay Best?,” the top 10% of earners in...[Read More]
OSHA Amplifies Efforts
First-time violators targeted with hopes of ascribing 'repeat' status
Popularized in by the misspeak of former president George W. Bush, we're all familiar the following idiom, though I ask that you allow me to take liberties with it for the purposes of this column:
Let’s Talk About the Weather
Unusual winter? La Ni
Occasionally, I find myself in a conversation with a stranger or an acquaintance, cringing as I catch myself mindlessly talking about the weather. Dicussion of the weather, for me, is thoughtless go-to filler for awkward silences or a transition into friendly chit chat. This being said,...[Read More]
The CME Group's response to the failure of MF Global
After MF Global's bankruptcy and the subsequent revelation it had misused customers funds, the grain industry was left reeling from frozen accounts and the lost confidence of its customers during the last quarter of 2011. With Senate hearings underway at the moment and the near-certain...[Read More]
Harvest 2011’s Winners and Losers
Yields a mixed bag
By the time this issue hits the streets, the 2011 harvest will be in full swing. Elevators in some areas will take in record volumes; others, however, will experience the diminished returns resulting from Mother Nature's bipolar regional spring and summer weather. With the numbers from...[Read More]
Stormy Harvest Ahead?
Tornado outbreaks and epic flooding, the spring of 2011 will be remember as one of the most destructive and deadly in recent history.
Tornado outbreaks and epic flooding, the spring of 2011 will be remember as one of the most destructive and deadly in recent history. Add less-than-ideal temperatures, and agriculture is sent reeling, trying to navigate the unpredictable and attempting to catch-up with delayed planting. The...[Read More]
Feed & Grain Turns 50
When Feed, Grain and Farm Equipment published its first issue in 1961, the world was a very different place. John F. Kennedy was in the thick of the Civil Rights movement. Mainframe computer systems took up entire floors of office buildings and held less memory than a common Flash...[Read More]
Attitude Impacts Efficiency
Among the many thought-provoking educational sessions at the International Feed Expo, Leland McKinney's presentation "Energy Conservation Tips for Your Feed Mill" stood out above the rest. While McKinney, an associate professor of grain science and industry at Kansas State, offered up very...[Read More]
The Tide Also Rises
Capitalizing on agriculture
Happy 2011! As we all gladly welcome this new year of opportunity, we as an industry have to be cognizant of political and market trends — both domestically and abroad — to be able to capitalize on and maintain agriculture’s momentum.
In early December I attended my first National Feed &...[Read More]