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- Public Lands Council asking for your help Two action items are included in this link - if you are in that area and impacted, please take a moment to act. Read Notice
- APHIS Seeking Stakeholder Insight About Strategic Plan Framework: The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is developing a new strategic plan to guide the agency’s work over the next 5 years. APHIS is seeking insights from its stakeholders on the framework of the draft plan. The strategic plan framework is a summarized version of the draft plan and provides highlights including the mission and vision statements, core values, strategic goals and objectives, and trends or signals of change we expect to influence the agency’s work in the future.Your insights will assist the agency in finalizing the plan.
- Are your interests represented in the plan?
- Are there opportunities for APHIS to partner with others to achieve the goals and objectives?
- Are there other trends for which the agency should be preparing?
- Are there additional items APHIS should consider for the plan?
Comments must be received by July 1, 2022. [6/5/22] Click here to review the strategic plan framework and provide your insights
- Sign Up By June 30 for National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) Ag Census: Agriculture producers who did not receive the 2017 Census of Agriculture and do not receive other U.S. Department of Agriculture surveys or censuses have until June 30 to sign up to receive the 2022 Census of Agriculture. NASS will mail ag census survey codes for responding securely online to every known U.S. producer this November. Hard copy questionnaires will follow in December.
The ag census – conducted for over 180 years – remains the only source of comprehensive and impartial agricultural data for every state and county in the nation. It includes every operation – large or small, urban or rural – from which $1,000 or more of agricultural products are produced and sold, or would normally be produced and sold, in the ag census year. “The Census of Agriculture is a collective voice that tells the story and value of American agriculture. The data influence action and inform policy and program decisions that directly impact producers, their operations and everyone they touch – and that’s all of us,” said Barbara Rater, NASS Census and Survey Division director. “This is why a complete count – with every producer getting and taking the opportunity to be represented in these data – is so important.” [6/4/22] Sign up by June 30 at: SIGN UP TODAY.
- USDA Seeks Proposals for Joint Chiefs' Landscape Restoration Partnership: The Joint Chiefs' Landscape Restoration Partnership enables the Forest Service and NRCS to collaborate with partners such as agricultural producers and forest landowners to invest in conservation and restoration on a large scale. Proposals are developed through a collaborative process between NRCS, Forest Service and local partners. In the past, partners have included county, state, non-governmental, tribal, utilities, or private individual stakeholders. Project proposals are due by August 5, 2022 for FY 2023. [6/4/22] Read more
- USFWS Findings Trigger a 12-month Review Process of ESA Listing for Yellowstone Bison: Following a January 12th court ruling, the US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) was required to reevaluate three separate petitions requesting the emergency listing of the Yellowstone Bison under the Endangered Species Act. Following their second review, the USFWS found that the petitions brought forth enough evidence supporting the listing of the Yellowstone Bison. This has led to USFWS to pursue a status review on the species. Following the conclusion of the 12-month review process the USFWS will release their findings and determine the species' status. The listing of the Yellowstone Bison could affect grazing allotments surrounding Yellowstone National Park in Idaho, Wyoming, and Montana. [6/4/22] Read More
- USDA Confirms: 143 Sheep Fall to Their Death After Being Chased by Wolves: Two wolves are blamed for the deaths of 143 ewes and lambs near Shaw Mountain in southern Idaho, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has confirmed. According to the Idaho Rangeland Resource Commission, Wilder sheep rancher, Frank Shirts reported that the wolf attack occured during daylight hours, a rarity. Sheep herders saw two adult wolves chase the pack of sheep into a steep gully, where they piled up and fell to their death. ]6/4/22] Read More
- Using Sheep and Goats as Fire Prevention: December rains have allowed some places in California to have allowed grass to grow to dangerous levels. Even now, there are fires every day in the city of Sacramento. However, the Sacramento Fire department has a secret – small ruminants. They have turned a herd of sheep loose onto the 200+ acre Natomas National Park as an ethical land management system. [3/22/22] Read More
- US Farmers Feel Squeeze, Ukraine Invasion Sends Feed Costs Higher: Commodity prices for corn had been on the rise before the Ukrainian-Russian war. Now, the conflict could send prices so high they may double what they were last year. Ukraine exports about 16% of the worlds corn. Compounding the crop that will be directly lost due to the conflict, it will also cost more to produce crops due to increased fuel prices and fertilizer costs. [3/15/22] Read More
- Farm Animal Healthcare Market – Growth, Trends, COVID-19 Impact, and Forecasts 2021-2026: This article predicts an increased growth of the Farm Animal Healthcare Market of about 8% from 2021-2026. This is due in part to concerns over diseases that are like COVID-19 in animal populations and furthering their study. Other reasons include research on parasiticides and possibly how to use them in more efficient forms. [2/21/22]Read More
- Two New Products Help You Spot Sick Animals Quicker, Better Define Your Herd Health Program: This article describes a survey in which can be used to try and simplify planning herd health protocols, as well as ear tags (designed for cattle) that can detect body temperature and movement. These ear tags are similar to some systems that are used in dairy cattle operations, and work on the theory that if an animal has noticeably (to the monitor) decreased activity, it is likely ill or becoming ill. While these ear tags are designed for cattle, it is would not be unreasonable for similar tags to be developed for sheep and goats in the future. [2/2/22] Read More
- Sheep, Lamb, and Goat Herds Shrink: In 2021, sheep and lamb inventory fell by 2% with all major categories below that of a year ago. The US goat and kid inventory fell as well. This points to further contraction of the domestic herds int eh US and expected maintained market price if demand holds up. [2/1/22]Read More
- FDA will Fund Studies on Alternative to Antimicrobials for Use in Farmed Animal Production: The FDA is providing grants for studies that can reduce the use of antimicrobial usage in animals, as well as funding for the development of educational material for producers and veterinarians on how to implement antimicrobial stewardship on their farm. [1/25/22]Read More
- Ranchers should prepare now for 2023 animal antibiotic guidelines: The USDA has released new guidance pertaining to medically important antimicrobials currently available over the counter. These antimicrobials are often used to treat livestock. The intent of these guidelines is to prevent antimicrobial resistance from developing. After June 11, 2023, most current antimicrobials currently available OTC will only be available for purchase with a veterinary prescription. [1/11/22] Read More