Nevada launches drought website
With the 2014 drought looming, University of Nevada Cooperative Extension has partnered with other agencies to launch its Living With Drought website, a one-stop shop where homeowners, gardeners, farmers, ranchers, natural resource managers and others can find information to help them respond to their various drought-related challenges. The website is at http://www.unce.unr.edu/programs/sites/drought/.
As part of the Living With Drought effort, Cooperative Extension is also offering workshops across the state next month to give Nevada agricultural producers information to help them prepare for the drought. Topics will include water availability, recommended irrigation practices, insurance options and an outlook on prices. Workshops will be on April 14 in Schurz and Yerington, and April 29 in Minden.
In addition, Cooperative Extension will offer Living With Drought workshops for Nevada ranchers, including topics such as insurance options, how best to downsize herds, infrastructure recommendations, animal nutrition recommendations, availability of water for animals, and how drought affects plants and grazing options. These workshops will begin in May. As details become available, they will be posted on the Living With Drought website. Farmers and ranchers seeking more information on drought-related workshops can also call Cooperative Extension at 775-945-3444, ext. 12, for more information.
WUD critical of proposed FDA feed rule
Western United Dairymen has written a comment letter to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) criticizing its draft livestock feed regulations. The draft regulations were issued under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), which gave the FDA broad new authority to regulate food. The rule has encountered opposition in recent weeks from many animal agriculture organizations who believe the draft animal feed regulation goes too far, particularly because it would make it harder to use brewers’ grain as animal feed, a practice in use for hundreds of years.
“California’s agricultural environment is considerably different than the rest of the states and that environment needs to be considered as FDA drafts this feed rule,” said CEO Michael Marsh in WUD’s comments. “Hundreds of crops are grown in the Golden State and many of these crops produce by-products which are fed to livestock. This provides a quality feed for livestock, including dairy, and a useful outlet for these by-products other than land filling or other wasteful practices.”