As Hurricane Irma barreled toward Florida in early September, she threatened to starve thousands of dairy cows by delaying the “grain train” – two dozen freight cars of feed commodities bound for Lake Okeechobee.
A weather pattern known as La Nina created drought conditions, and subsequent wildfires, across the U.S. Great Plains has faded, But its weather cousin, El Nino, may develop, according to the Climate Prediction Center.
Agriculture on the Great Plains in the coming decades may be adversely affected by a shifting of the climate boundary due to global warming, says Richard Seager, a climate scientist at Columbia University.
As access to information continues to evolve, so do consumer perceptions of animal agriculture. Today, industry leaders are seeing increased questions from consumers regarding antimicrobial resistance in livestock.