Feb. 8 Agriculture Briefs

Cattle and sheep numbers up in North Dakota from 2017

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota has more cattle and sheep than it did a year ago.

New reports from the federal Agriculture Department show 1.86 million cattle and calves in the state on Jan. 1, up 2 percent from last year at the same time. Sheep and lambs totaled 70,000 head, up 4,000 from last year.

The 2017 calf crop totaled 960,000 head, up 5 percent from 2016. Last year’s lamb crop totaled 49,000 head, down 2,000.

 

Cattle and sheep numbers up in South Dakota over 2017

SIOUXFALLS, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota has more cattle and sheep than it did a year ago.

New reports from the federal Agriculture Department show 4 million cattle and calves in the state on Jan. 1, up 4 percent from last year at the same time.

Sheep and lambs totaled 260,000 head, up 10,000 from last year. The 2017 calf crop totaled 1.84 million head, up 9 percent from 2016. Last year’s lamb crop totaled 190,000 head, down 5,000 to a record low.

 

Man escapes Mississippi grain bin without injury

VARDAMAN, Miss. (AP) — A northeast Mississippi man was sucked into a grain bin but has walked away without injuries after a rescue.

Local media report the unnamed worker Monday climbed into the bin on a farm near Vardaman to unclog it, but quickly sank down to his armpits in corn. Calhoun County Sheriff Greg Pollan says deputies and firefighters quickly arrived and volunteers from the Chickenbone Volunteer Fire Department rescued the man in about an hour.

Deaths are a problem nationwide, with a Purdue University study finding at least 30 people died nationwide in grain bins in 2016, usually from getting trapped or tangled in equipment. Federal workplace safety officials have made safety around grain bins a focus of rule enforcement.

 

Prison uses pot-growing equipment to feed the poor

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (AP) — A state prison will use equipment seized from an illegal marijuana grower to cultivate vegetables for poor people.

The Vindicator of Youngstown, Ohio, reports tens of thousands of dollars’ worth of hydroponic equipment seized by police in Campbell has been donated to the Trumbull Correctional Institution for the prison’s inmate agricultural program. Inmates at the maximum security prison in northeast Ohio grew 10,000 pounds of food donated to poor people last year.

The equipment was seized during a raid in Campbell last September in which police found 56 marijuana plants.

 

Lawmakers take aim at cancer research group over Roundup

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans in Washington are threatening to cut U.S. funding for the World Health Organization’s cancer research program over its finding that the herbicide Roundup is probably carcinogenic to humans.

House Science Committee Chairman Lamar Smith says the 2015 finding by the International Agency for Research on Cancer was fundamentally flawed and relied on cherry-picked science. The Texas lawmaker says he has concerns about bias within the program, raising questions about whether it should receive government money.

The group’s 2015 findings differ from those of the Environmental Protection Agency, which concluded in December that Roundup is not likely to cause cancer at typical levels of exposure. Roundup, made by Monsanto, is the world’s most widely used herbicide and has been sprayed on fruits and vegetables since the 1970s.

 

Judge allows delay in ‘Bachelor’ star’s fatal crash trial

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A judge has given an Iowa farmer-turned-reality television star more time to prepare a defense against a charge of leaving the scene of a fatal accident.

Chris Soules appeared on “The Bachelor” and “Dancing With The Stars.” He faces trial after driving his pickup into the back of a farm tractor and killing a neighbor last April in northern Iowa. He reported the accident immediately but left before police arrived.

Judge Andrea Dryer on Monday waived a requirement that Soules’ trial must be held within a year of his arrest, allowing it to be scheduled past April.

She also reaffirmed her denial last month of his motion to dismiss the charge. Soules claimed Iowa’s law requiring surviving drivers to remain at a fatal accident until police arrive is unconstitutional.

Category: