October 24, 2013

24/10/13: K-State's cattle feed webinar; US government shutdown ends; CHS releases grain mobile app

On the 29 October 2013, Kansas State University (KSU), USA will host a webinar that focuses on the use of controversial feed supplement Zilmax, formerly known as zilpaterol hydrocholoride. 

Led by Chris Reinhardt, extension feedlot specialist, K-State Research and Extension, the webinar will look at the effect Zilmax has on the cattle feed industry.

Although Zilmax is approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), US meat packer Tyson recently suspended its purchase of the supplement following animal welfare concerns.
Read the full K-state announcement here.

Following a 16 day political battle that saw the US Agriculture Department (USDA) suspend its flow of statistical reports, Barack Obama, president, USA has signed a bill to end the federal government shutdown.
The US Agriculture Department (USDA) has stopped its flood of statistical reports on the second day of a government shutdown. - See more at: http://gfmt.blogspot.co.uk/2013/10/03102013-second-day-of-us-government.html#sthash.YMIIu5tI.dpuf
The US Agriculture Department (USDA) has stopped its flood of statistical reports on the second day of a government shutdown. - See more at: http://gfmt.blogspot.co.uk/2013/10/03102013-second-day-of-us-government.html#sthash.YMIIu5tI.dpuf

Weeks of bitter political fighting gave way to a frenzied night in Washington on 16 October as Congress passed the bill that will  prevent the country from crashing into debt. 

"Now that conferees have been named, it is time for the committee to get down to business and take action to bring certainty to our family farmers, ranchers, fishermen, rural residents and hungry neighbors," said Roger Johnson, National Farmers Union (NFU) president. 

Leading farmer-owned grain company CHS Inc. has released a new grain trading mobile application. 

As well as providing market information, the free app also offers access to CHS grain terminals, soybean processing plants and select service center bids.

"We're excited to share our CHS grain trading mobile app, making it even easier for producers to manage aspects of their marketing when and where it's convenient for them," says Rick Dusek, vice president, CHS grain marketing-North America.
Read the full release here


Official photographic portrait of US President...
Official photographic portrait of US President Barack Obama who assumed office 20 January 2009 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
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