Posted by: Chelsea Hampton | August 17, 2012

News in Agriculture

-USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack has announced funding for a program to enhance rural development through expanding electric services. 18 states will receive loan guarantees to improve electric utilities in rural areas, and this funding comes from the USDA Rural Development Rural Utilities Service (RUS). More on this story can be found at the ElectricNet site:  http://www.electricnet.com/doc.mvc/agriculture-secretary-vilsack-announces-funding-to-rural-electric-service-0001?atc~c=771+s=773+r=001+l=a.

-A vaccine has been shown to be effective at reducing E. coli bacteria in cattle. The new development was found to reduce the number of cattle with E. coli by 50-75 percent. Even more significant is that these findings occurred despite using only two doses of the vaccine, rather than the recommended three. More on this story can be found at the ScienceDaily® site: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/08/120806125927.htm.

-Farmers affected by drought in counties that have been designated by the USDA as disaster areas can enter to win up to $5,000 for their community nonprofit organizations. This financial support is provided by Monsanto’s America’s Farmers Grow Communities program, and entries are due November 30. More information can be found at the America’s Farmers website at:  http://www.americasfarmers.com/growcommunities/.

-A new variety of oat has been developed at Clemson University Experiment Station in South Carolina. The new variety, which has been named “Graham,” shows great potential for production. More on this story can be found at the ScienceDaily® site: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/07/120723151149.htm.

This information is provided courtesy of the Wyoming AgrAbility Project. For more information, visit our website or call toll-free at 866-395-4986.

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