July 26 Agriculture Briefs

Thursday, July 26, 2018

NCBA applauds new Farm Bill conference committee

WASHINGTON — National Cattlemen’s Beef Association President Kevin Kester this month praised the U.S. House decision to proceed to a conference committee for the 2018 Farm Bill: “This is yet another step in the right direction toward a Farm Bill that delivers on the important priorities of America’s farmers and ranchers. We’re especially pleased to see significant bipartisan support for the motion to instruct conferees. This motion instructs the conferees to support permanent mandatory funding for the Foot and Mouth Disease Vaccine Bank and the other important programs included in the Animal Disease Preparedness Response requests in the bill. We look forward to continuing our work with House Ag Committee Chairman Mike Conaway (R-Texas), Ranking Member Collin Peterson (D-Minn.), and the rest of the conferees as the 2018 Farm Bill is finalized.”

— by STAR STAFF

Dimock Cheese breaking ground on $1 million facility

DIMOCK, S.D. (AP) — After making and selling its products in the same location for 87 years, Dimock Cheese is breaking ground on a new facility. Owners of the plant in the Hutchinson County town say the project is expected to cost nearly $1 million and should be completed during the upcoming winter. The Daily Republic reports that a ground-breaking ceremony was set for Thursday a half-mile from the current site. The new location will house the company’s office headquarters, a larger packaging and labeling room, a larger refrigeration space and a retail store. The cheese will continue to be processed at the current site on Main Street.

Michigan marks 50th donation to farmland preservation effort

BALTIMORE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — A western Michigan farmer has become the 50th landowner to donate to a state conservation easement program aimed at preserving farmland. The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development announced George Cullers of Barry County’s Baltimore Township has donated 137 acres to be used as permanent farmland. Cullers says in a release he donated development rights in memory of his late wife, Donna, adding it “seemed right” to continue the nearly 160-year tradition of farming on the land. The state says the 50 donated agricultural easements total 8,000 acres (3,237 hectares). Overall, the Development Rights Program holds 136 easements that preserve 25,000 acres. Officials presented a resolution to Cullers and placed a 50th conservation easement sign on his lawn.

Large grizzly that killed calf in eastern Idaho relocated

KILGORE, Idaho (AP) — Authorities say a 530-pound male grizzly bear that killed a calf in eastern Idaho has been captured and relocated to a remote area. The Idaho Department of Fish and Game in a news release Tuesday says the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Wildlife Services on Friday investigated the death of the domestic calf near Kilgore and determined a grizzly bear killed it. Fish and Game says workers with the state agency and Wildlife Services set a culvert trap that day and captured the bear estimated to be 10 to 12 years old. Officials say the bear was immobilized, given a health assessment, fitted with a GPS tracking collar and released in the Fish Creek drainage on U.S. Forest Service land. Fish and Game says it will monitor the bear’s movements.

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