Monday, July 13, 2020

Kentucky Summer Forage Tour set for Aug. 6

A local family beef farm will be the hosting site for the 2020 Western Kentucky Summer Forage Tour. Palmer Farms Beef, located in Almo, Ky. near Murray, is owned and operated by Michael and Stacie Palmer and their three children. The Palmer’s GRASS finish and retail approximately 40 head of beef cattle per year. The Palmers’ forage system is based on both cool- and warm-season annual and perennial forages with the goal of providing high quality grazing year-round. Two key forage species in their system are annual ryegrass and crabgrass, grown in rotation. Tour stops and topics will include crabgrass as forage; annual ryegrass for grazing and silage; producing and marketing high quality grass finished beef; increasing productivity with summer annual grasses and legumes; managing perennial pastures; endophyte in tall fescue, grass finishing, fencing for controlled grazing, and more. The tour will be held rain or shine from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., Aug. 6, 2020, at Palmer Farms in Almo. Registration will take place at 3 p.m. with the tour beginning at 4 p.m. The cost is $10 per person at the door to cover the farm tour, a dinner and a bluegrass band. There is no cost for students. Preregistration is required and will be limited. The walking tour includes a total route length of approximately 1.5 miles. Limited transportation will be provided on a first come, first serve basis for those unable to walk the tour route. Palmer Farms is located at 2629 Hickory Grove Rd. in Almo. Registration is available online at https://wkyforagefieldday2020.eventbrite.com or by contacting Carrie Tarr-Janes, University of Kentucky Master Grazing Coordinator, at carrie.tarr-janes@uky.edu or by phone at (270) 963-8351. For more information on this tour and other forage and livestock related events, visit http://forages.ca.uky.edu or contact Tarr-Janes.

Friday, July 10, 2020

USDA Announces Initial Purchase of Vaccine for National Animal Vaccine and Veterinary Countermeasures Bank

The United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is announcing the initial purchase of vaccine for the National Animal Vaccine and Veterinary Countermeasures Bank (NAVVCB). APHIS will invest $27.1 million in foot-and-mouth disease vaccine, which the Agency would use in the event of an outbreak to protect animals and help stop the spread of disease. “While we are confident we can keep foot-and-mouth disease out of the country, as we have since 1929, having access to vaccine is an important insurance policy,” said Marketing and Regulatory Programs Under Secretary Greg Ibach. “Vaccines could be an important tool in the event of an incursion of the disease in the U.S, but their use will depend on the circumstances of the incursion and require careful coordination with the affected animal industries.” Vaccination helps control the spread of infection by reducing the amount of virus shed by animals and by controlling clinical signs of illness. While an outbreak would temporarily disrupt international markets, vaccination would allow animals to move through domestic production channels. Foot-and-mouth disease is not a threat to public health or food safety. It is also not related to hand, foot, and mouth disease, which is a common childhood illness caused by a different virus. The NAVVCB is one component of a three-part program established by the 2018 Farm Bill to comprehensively support animal disease prevention and management. The new U.S.-only vaccine bank—a concept APHIS officials have long discussed with stakeholders and industry—makes a much larger number of vaccine doses available than we currently have through the North American Foot and Mouth Disease Vaccine Bank. APHIS will continue to participate in the North American Foot and Mouth Disease Vaccine Bank, and this new program adds to the nation’s level of protection against this devastating disease. In the event of an outbreak, animal health officials would decide when, where and how to use the available vaccine, based on the circumstances of the outbreak. More information about these programs is available at: https://www.aphis.usda.gov/aphis/resources/farmbill.

Thursday, June 11, 2020

Virtual Field Day: Choosing the Best Forage Variety

There are some upcoming forage related programs coming up that I wanted to make you aware of, sorry for the short notice on the first one. They can all be found, and more at the UK Forge event web page: https://forages.ca.uky.edu/Events. The events are scheduled, If you are interested in forage or are thinking about renovating a pasture, the field day tomorrow would be a good one to attend.


Plan to attend the upcoming KFGC/UK Virtual Field Day from the comfort of your home. Although we are all looking forward to in-person field days in the near future (hopefully), for now KFGC and UK specialists are working hard to find alternatives to deliver important information. The virtual field day will include a video tour of the UK Forage Variety Test plots managed by Gene Olson. We will show the performance of varieties of tall fescue, orchardgrass, red and white clover, alfalfa and many other forage species. The field day will include presentations by UK specialists on how to choose the best varieties for you farm and your individual hay fields and pastures. To join the field day use the following link: https://uky.zoom.us/j/6435014290.

 

September 8, Kentucky Grazing School Woodford County

 

October 27, 28, 29 – Kentucky Grazing Conference, Conference is one day, but at three locations: Winchester, Elizabethtown, and Wester KY.

 

Ken Andries

 

Ken Andries, Ph.D.

Interim Director of Graduate Studies

Associate Dean of the College of Agriculture, Communities, and the Environment

Associate Professor, Animal Science

College of Agriculture, Communities, and the Environment

Kentucky State University

CEB 105/113

Office: 502-597-5094

Cell: 502-229-8719

e-mail: Kenneth.andries@kysu.edu

Friday, June 5, 2020

You’ve Goat This: Wisdom to Get You Through the Good, Baaad, and Everything in Between


You’ve Goat This:
Wisdom to Get You Through the Good, the Baaad, and Everything in Between
Featuring Heartwarming Photos of the Adult and Baby Goat StarsGuaranteed to Give Everyone in the Family a Big Smile!

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Given the stressful times we’re living in, it’s no surprise that adorable animal photos are in high demand. But while puppies and kittens have little to add, good-natured goats have it all and can teach us to take life by the horns! With their philosopher’s beards, stately horns, and outgoing charm, these versatile animals know that working hard is just as important as cuddling up. Whether they are hopping up the peaks of mountains, through the treetops, or onto the backs of cows, goats are natural masters of balance, famed for their brains, brawn, and bawdy good humor.

In You’ve Goat This: Wisdom to Get You Through the Good, Baaad, and Everything in Between (Apollo Publishers; June 9; Hardcover: $17.99/ISBN: 978-19480-6250-3), the wily, lovable stars of the Instagram sensation Goats Gone Grazing Acres (38,500 followers) are featured in vibrant, smile-inducing full-color photos taken on their Kentucky farm, along with inspirational quotes on everything from health, romance, family, and work to finding yourself and learning to stop being riddled by your human insecurities.

The book, sure to brighten any darkened day, brims with:
  • Photos divided into chapters such as: Ewe Can Do It!, Thinking Outside the Barn, The Udder Half, and much more!
  • Quotes from the likes of Joan Rivers (“I don’t exercise. If God wanted me to bend over, he would have put diamonds on the floor.”), Blake Lively (“It’s the choice you have to wake up every day and say, “There’s no reason today can’t be the best day of my life.”), Mr. T (“I pity the fool who just gives up.”), and many more!
  • 200 photos of goats paired with motivating quotes on staying true to yourself and living life to the fullest.
GOATS GONE GRAZING ACRES, based in Western Kentucky, is a small, loving goat farm run by former city folk Jessi and Josh Pottebaum. They opened their doors in 2009 with two goats, Suzie Q and Sophie Lou, and now care for 54 goats, whose pictures have gone viral on Instagram (@goats_gone_grazing_acres) and been featured in Buzzfeed and Mashable.

Saturday, May 30, 2020

Requirements for U.S. meat slaughter and processing outlined in June 3 webinar


By Sarah Cato
U of A System Division of Agriculture

Fast facts:
·       National Agricultural Law Center webinar to discuss oversight, requirements for meat slaughter and processing in the U.S.
·       Webinar is June 3 at noon to 1 p.m. EDT
·       Register online at https://bit.ly/2y9P3qG


FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – With meat and poultry processing crippled by COVID-19 closures, some producers with a backlog of animals are seeking other means to process their stock, including smaller processing facilities. Additionally, interest is growing in the necessary steps to open and maintain these types of facilities. However, there are numerous considerations for both groups to examine, Elizabeth Rumley, a Senior Staff Attorney at the National Agricultural Law Center, said.

Slaughter and processing facilities must meet sanitation, building, and sometimes inspection requirements, which differ depending on the services the facility provides, who its customers are and in what state it operates.

Livestock processing in the United States is regulated by the U.S. Department of Agriculture Food and Safety Inspection Service, or USDA-FSIS. That authority may be delegated to a state agency, if that state chooses to apply for it, as long as the state requirements are “at least equal to” those enforced by USDA-FSIS.

Federal vs. state
“State inspection programs add another layer of laws and regulations to meat and poultry processing requirements in those states that have implemented them,” Rumley said. “The substantive difference between the state and federal inspection is that that state programs, with some exceptions, only allow for meat processed in these facilities to be sold within the state, while FSIS inspected facilities can export meat to other states and countries.”

Rumley added that these differences go one step further once the type of facility is considered.

“Exceptions and exclusions such as those for custom slaughter plants and small poultry processing facilities may change the processing oversight and requirements even further,” she said.

To help individuals navigate the complexity of the requirements for slaughter and processing facilities, the National Agricultural Law Center is hosting a free webinar to discuss the agencies with authority over the slaughter and processing of meat and poultry, differences between state and federal oversight, proposed federal legislation that may change processing requirements and additional challenges facing small meat processors.

The webinar will be held June 3 at noon EDT/11 a.m. CDT, and will be led by Elizabeth Rumley and NALC Senior Staff Attorney Rusty Rumley.

Register online for the webinar at https://bit.ly/2y9P3qG.

For more information on meat processing laws in the United States, visit https://bit.ly/2SEz4bj.

To see more about the economics of COVID-19 and meat processing, visit https://bit.ly/2XiWCnt.

For more information on the National Agricultural Law Center, visit https://nationalaglawcenter.org/ or follow @Nataglaw on Twitter.

About the National Agricultural Law Center
The National Agricultural Law Center serves as the nation’s leading source of agricultural and food law research and information. The Center works with producers, state and federal policymakers, Congressional staffers, attorneys, land grant universities, and many others to provide objective, nonpartisan agricultural and food law research and information to the nation’s agricultural community.
The Center is a unit of the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture and works in close partnership with the USDA Agricultural Research Service, National Agricultural Library.
About the Division of Agriculture
The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture’s mission is to strengthen agriculture, communities, and families by connecting trusted research to the adoption of best practices. Through the Agricultural Experiment Station and the Cooperative Extension Service, the Division of Agriculture conducts research and extension work within the nation’s historic land grant education system.

The Division of Agriculture is one of 20 entities within the University of Arkansas System. It has offices in all 75 counties in Arkansas and faculty on five system campuses. 

The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action institution. If you require a reasonable accommodation to participate or need materials in another format, please contact 479-575-4607 as soon as possible. Dial 711 for Arkansas Relay. 

Wednesday, April 8, 2020

U of A Division of Agriculture releases 3-minute videos explaining on-farm COVID-19 safety measures




By Ryan McGeeney
U of A System Division of Agriculture

Fast Facts:


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LITTLE ROCK — While many businesses have closed or moved employee interactions online, much of the world depends on farmers remaining on the job — and in the field. 
The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture has released two videos explaining practical, common-sense safety precautions for anyone working in an agricultural production environment. One video is in English, the other in Spanish.
The precautions are specifically aimed at helping farmers protect themselves and their coworkers from COVID-19, and to slow the spread of the virus.
The English language video features Jarrod Hardke, rice agronomist for the Division of Agriculture; the Spanish language version features Eduardo Castaneda, a program associate with the Division of Agriculture’s Rice Research and Extension Center in Stuttgart, Ark.
Each video explains the importance of social distancing during tailgate meetings, sanitizing equipment before and after use and other safety behaviors in about three minutes.
The English version, “Staying Safe on the Farm through COVID-19,” can be viewed at https://bit.ly/UAEX-COVID19-Farms-English.

The Spanish version, “Mantenerse Seguro en la Granja a Través de COVID-19,” can be viewed at https://bit.ly/UAEX-COVID19-Farms-Español.

For information and resources on COVID-19 for families, businesses and others, visit https://uaex.edu/covid-19.   

To learn about extension programs in Arkansas, contact your local Cooperative Extension Service agent or visit www.uaex.edu. Follow us on Twitter at @UAEX_edu.

About the Division of Agriculture
The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture’s mission is to strengthen agriculture, communities, and families by connecting trusted research to the adoption of best practices. Through the Agricultural Experiment Station and the Cooperative Extension Service, the Division of Agriculture conducts research and extension work within the nation’s historic land grant education system. 

The Division of Agriculture is one of 20 entities within the University of Arkansas System. It has offices in all 75 counties in Arkansas and faculty on five system campuses.  

The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture offers all its Extension and Research programs to all eligible persons without regard to race, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, religion, age, disability, marital or veteran status, genetic information, or any other legally protected status, and is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.