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MU alerts FDA about potentially toxic pet food, prompting recall

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Following an alert by a University of Missouri veterinary toxicology expert working in cooperation with the Missouri Department of Agriculture and the Food and Drug Administration, Midwestern Pet Foods Inc. voluntarily recalled some of their Sportmix brand of pet food Dec. 30, 2020. It expanded the recall Jan. 11. The FDA launched a formal investigation to identify all Sportmix pet ... Read More »

UCCE slates virtual winter rice meeting for Feb. 11

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The University of California Cooperative Extension plans to hold its annual winter rice meetings as a virtual event Feb. 11 from 9 a.m.-noon PST. Continuing education credits are pending from the California Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) and Certified Crop Advisors (CCA). The cost is $10, and you must preregister to receive a Zoom link. Here is the agenda: 9:00-9:10              ... Read More »

New GSI storage bin dealership opens in Jonesboro, Arkansas

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A new GSI dealership, Innovative Grain Systems, has opened in Jonesboro, Arkansas, to serve farmers in a 300-mile radius and commercial grain operations throughout the Mid-South Innovative Grain Systems offers a full line of steel grain storage bins, hopper tanks, high-efficiency dryers and grain handling accessories from GSI, an Agco brand, according to a news release. The dealership management team ... Read More »

LSU AgCenter plans winter rice meetings mostly in virtual format

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The Louisiana State University AgCenter is planning to shift most of the rice meetings it holds each winter to a virtual format this year. Topics will include rice economics, pest control, fertilization, variety development, soybeans and crawfish. Presentations for Evangeline, Acadia, Jefferson Davis parishes and the rest of southwest Louisiana will be online. Videos can be accessed via the internet ... Read More »

UArk honors successes with Arkansas Agriculture Awards

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• By Mary Hightower • The traditional celebratory gathering may have been replaced by an online ceremony, but the change didn’t diminish the Extension, research and teaching successes honored Friday during the Arkansas Agriculture Awards. The annual awards are recognition of the highest levels of performance within both the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture in its research and ... Read More »

MSU focus group sessions pinpoint farming stressors

Researchers from the Mississippi State University Extension Service are looking to collect row-crop farmers’ feedback on stress related to farming. The focus group sessions are part of the MSU Extension opioid prevention campaign PReventing Opioid Misuse In the SouthEast, or the PROMISE Initiative. Participation involves answering a series of questions about farming, stress related to farming and the opioid epidemic. ... Read More »

CRP signup runs through Feb. 12

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Agricultural producers and private landowners interested in the Conservation Reserve Program  can sign up for the program through Feb. 12. The competitive program, administered by U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency, provides annual rental payments for land devoted to conservation purposes. “This signup for the Conservation Reserve Program gives producers and landowners an opportunity to enroll for the first ... Read More »

UArk’s Rick Cartwright among 6 to be inducted into Arkansas Ag Hall of Fame

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The Arkansas Agriculture Hall of Fame has announced that six individuals will be inducted during 2021 due to their leadership and service to the state’s largest business sector. The newest class represents agriculture education, the seed industry, agri-business, row-crop production, agricultural/political advocacy, timber management, plus agricultural research and outreach. The newest inductees include: • Retired Cooperative Extension Service Director Rick ... Read More »

Late December storms weren’t enough to offset California’s dry fall

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The California Department of Water Resources conducted the first Phillips Station snow survey of the season Dec. 30. The manual survey recorded 30.5 inches of snow depth and a snow water equivalent of 10.5 inches, which is 93% of the Jan. 1 average for this location. The snow water equivalent measures the amount of water contained in the snowpack and ... Read More »

UC confirms 6 weedy rice samples; survey updates infested acreage

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During the 2020 season, 31 new suspected weedy rice samples were received and six were confirmed to be weedy rice. Three came from new sites in Sutter, Yuba and San Joaquin counties. The other three came from already infested fields. Additionally, we received five samples that could not be identified and need to be tested in the lab to evaluate ... Read More »