Blog Highlights from 1/21/2014 – 2/3/2014

  2014 National Biodiesel Conference + Expo – Official Blog Highlights from January 27 Highlights from official blog of the 2014 National Biodiesel Our Sustainable Path To Success: A Progress Report – This report focuses on issues material to our business, organized into three primary sections: Environmental Stewardship, Social and Governance. WSP Media Highlights – 2013 – WSP research on the water soft path approach is mentioned in this December 2013 article in The Castlegar Source about the need to “think outside the box” when it comes to long-term planning for water use in B.C.’s Kettle River watershed Smart Blog On Food and Beverages – As packaging becomes almost as important as the product it holds, packaging design has been elevated to an art form. NRDC Blog Highlights Cornell’s Sports Greening Efforts | Cornell Sustainable Campus Blog highlights form Cornell University 2012 Highlights: Sustainable Forestry This week, we are celebrating our achievements from the past year, where we have seen our rates of growth soar. Today, we focus on our efforts in sustainable forestry…...

New FDA And Federal Government Regulations Of Livestock

New FDA requirements for livestock antibiotics There have been several significant changes announced by the Food and Drugs Administration regarding the use of antibiotics in livestock. According to the new regulations of the U. S FDA, and Veterinary Feed Directives (VFD), a veterinary will need to supervise the use of antibiotic drugs on livestock. The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) has been supportive of sensible drug use by veterinarians, and has been working with the U. S FDA to shape regulations to standardize the medical use among animals to develop processes and principles that promote proper use of antimicrobial among animal farmers. The announcement made by FDA on December 11 2013was somewhat a result of a lawsuit in 2012 by the Defense Council, which put pressure on FDA. Pressure from other public health organizations as well as AVMA made it easier for FDA to make its decision. Requirement for livestock identification by Federal Government The federal government has recently launched a “livestock identification” program. According to experts, this would not be an extra burden for the cattle farmers. The Federal and State laws require that dairy cows and cattle over the age of 18 be registered when they are being transported across the state lines. Some acceptable forms of identifications such as a ear tag has to be displayed on the livestock while transporting them. Each animal is given an identification number attached with the ear tags. In some cases farmers also use tattoos or old fashioned branding on animals, which is also acceptable. The new regulations of the animal identification will help the government to track animals in...

Livestock Health – Causes Care & Cures Of Common Cattle Diseases

If you are raising cattle in your farm, it is very important to know the types of diseases your cattle can suffer from to best manage and treat these diseases. Most of the diseases of cattle or any farm animal can be prevented through proper management and care. Tick Damage If your farm animals are suffering from ticks, they can cause severe damage to your cattle if left untreated for a long time, especially around ears and udder. The wounds made by ticks can be worsened by flies or bacterial infections. It is important to identify the tick attack early. Some ticks are more dangerous than others and cause greater damage, such as the ticks that cause heart water, red water and gall sickness in cattle. Prevention and tick control Use tick control products that are easy to use on your cattle. You may find pour-on, spray-on, or plunge-dip products found at your local farm supply stores. If you have the proper facilities, use the plunge dip methods. Pour-on could be expensive but the easiest method to use. To prevent tick attacks, keep the heavily effected animals separate as soon as identified. Check for ticks once a week in the wet seasons and once every two weeks in the dry seasons. Use vaccination to protect your cattle against tick borne disease. Anthrax Anthrax is a fatal disease caused by bacteria in cattle. It is also highly infections and causes fatality in farm animals across every continents of the world. Animals usually show signs of illness within two to seven days after swallowing the spores of bacteria, which produce extremely...

Countdown to Celebrate Sustainability!

Announcing the 4th Annual Celebrate Sustainability Event A day of FREE education and fun  Nourish the Planet, in partnership with the Institute of Ecolonomics and Mountain Sky Ranch, is pleased to announce the 4th annual Celebrate Sustainability event on September 29th, 10 am until sundown, at the beautiful Mountain Sky Ranch.  This event is free for everyone and open to the public. This year will be our biggest yet, and we are lining up a fantastic day that will be both fun and educational for the entire family.  Mountain Sky Ranch is a gorgeous location where you will be able to fish, play pasture golf, take hay rides, tour the farm, and visit with the largest elite breeding/genetic Alpaca herd in Colorado.  We will also be featuring talks from local experts – including Nourish the Planet staff, demonstrations of our on-farm aquaponics systems and innovative aquaponic based livestock nutrition system, kid’s activities, alpaca & goat products for sale, food from Biggin’s BBQ, and live music from Davey and the Blu Dogs beginning at 4pm. “At Nourish the Planet, we dedicate our lives and day-to-day activities to sustainability.  This event reminds us to celebrate what’s great about this movement, and to share it with our community.  We have fun with this event, and really enjoy watching it grow from year to year,” said Wayne Dorband, CEO of Nourish the Planet. Mountain Sky Ranch is located West of Berthoud, CO. From US-287 take S.W. 42nd St west. Turn left onto N Co Rd 23 going south. Follow the signs for Carter Lake, and take W Co Rd 8e west. Continue on this...

America Revealed: The American Steak

America Revealed is a program on PBS that seeks to take a look at what makes up the America we know. The program focuses on giving its viewers “a fascinating new perspective on the hidden patterns and rhythms of American life, by looking through the eyes of individuals who all play a part in keeping America fed, moving, powered and making goods.” The series is hosted by Yul Kwon, best known as winner of Survivor: Cook Islands and also technology expert and communications attorney. This segment, The American Steak, shows the steps your beef takes from cow to plate. The clips from this series were taken from PBS.org and were not changed in any way from their original form. Watch The American Steak on PBS. See more from America...

Headlines 8/15/12

Here are the headlines for this week!  This drought continues to be big news, as does the impact of warmer temps across the globe.  Send us news you’re spotting and, as always, feel free to comment. Hundred-Year Forecast: Drought – “Until recently, many scientists spoke of climate change mainly as a “threat,” sometime in the future. But it is increasingly clear that we already live in the era of human-induced climate change, with a growing frequency of weather and climate extremes like heat waves, droughts, floods and fires.”  Climate change is now!  How resilient are you? Arctic Sea Ice Disappearing 50% Faster than Predicted – “This rate of loss is 50% higher than most scenarios outlined by polar scientists and suggests that global warming, triggered by rising greenhouse gas emissions, is beginning to have a major impact on the region. In a few years the Arctic ocean could be free of ice in summer, triggering a rush to exploit its fish stocks, oil, minerals and sea routes.”  Wow.  So the results of our ruthless exploitation of this planet will be responded to with even more exploitation?  Great plan. Here’s further discussion of the Arctic Ice situation. Drought Sends Mississippi River into Uncharted Territory – I just heard a joke the other day about how Missouri has more beaches than Florida right now from the all the low rivers and drying lakes… In Drought Stricken Wisconsin, Farmers Helping Farmers – “In central Wisconsin, potatoes, sweet corn, beans and peas are grown with the help of irrigation, harvested in July and early August, and then the fields normally sit idle until a...