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New ARS Study Shows U.S. Beef Is Not a Significant Contributor to Global Warming

By   /  March 11, 2019  /  ARS, Money Matters  /  1 Comment

An Agricultural Research Service (ARS)-led team has completed a comprehensive life-cycle analysis quantifying the resource use and various environmental emissions of beef cattle production in the United States. Their results so far indicate that U.S. beef’s contribution to climate change is small percentage of the country’s Greenhouse Gas emissions, and were not a significant contributor […]

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Prairies Help Us Understand Antibiotic Resistance

By   /  August 6, 2018  /  ARS, Consider This  /  Comments Off on Prairies Help Us Understand Antibiotic Resistance

This article comes to us from Sandra Avant, ARS Office of Communications, USDA Agricultural Research Services. It was published in the September 16 issue of AgResearch Magazine. Since the 1940s, antibiotics have effectively treated certain bacterial diseases. But over the years, some bacteria have developed resistance to the antibiotics that once killed them. Each year, […]

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Fighting Purple Threeawn With Fire

By   /  July 30, 2018  /  ARS, Forage, NRCS, Pasture Health  /  Comments Off on Fighting Purple Threeawn With Fire

Commonly known as purple threeawn, red threeawn, wiregrass or democrat grass, this plant can take over pastures and out-compete other, high quality forage. Agricultural Research Service scientists have discovered how to use fire to beat it back.

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Want to Know How Much Forage You’ll Have This Summer? Check Out Grass-Cast

By   /  June 11, 2018  /  ARS, Forage, NRCS, Pasture Health  /  Comments Off on Want to Know How Much Forage You’ll Have This Summer? Check Out Grass-Cast

Every spring, ranchers face the same difficult challenge—trying to guess how much grass will be available for livestock to graze during the upcoming summer. Now an innovative new Grassland Productivity Forecast or “Grass-Cast” has published its first forecast to help producers in the Northern Great Plains reduce this economically important source of uncertainty. This new, […]

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Moderate Grazing Repairs Soils

By   /  April 23, 2018  /  ARS, Forage, Pasture Health, Soil  /  2 Comments

Thanks to Dennis O’Brien and researchers at the USDA Agricultural Research Service for their assistance on this article. Decades of plowing throughout the Piedmont region of the United States have degraded the soil, allowing much of it to be washed away, and robbing what is left of nutrients and organic matter. Sorghum, cotton, soybean, and […]

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