Jeff Pope

Executive Director

Ways to Connect

Jeff Vanuga / NRCS

Grassland fires that started March 6th, in northeast Colorado, Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas, resulting in the deaths of several  people, thousands of head of livestock were killed, and property on over 1.2 million acres was destroyed.  Favorable growing conditions for grass last fall, followed by recent warm, dry weather, set the stage for the disasters, when strong winds drove flames for miles across the prairies. 

 

 

The truism that we need to double food production by 2050 to feed the world's growing population may need to be revisited.  Research by

Ron Nichols / NRCS

Farming and ranching operations are complex businesses.  Unlike factories that produce consumer goods, which can ramp up or scale down production quickly, based upon demand, farmer require months or years to change the type or quantity of crops or livestock they produce.

 

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Low crop, dairy and livestock prices are plaguing farmers around the globe.  U. S. farmers are now facing competition from some of the same countries that once shopped for food in this country. 

For example, Brazil is the number one soybean producer in the world.  India exports wheat and is contributing to the world wide wheat glut that is depressing prices.  China is the second largest corn producer in the world, but uses most of what they produce at home.  European farmers export about 60% of the worlds dairy products. 

Pigs Gone Wild

Feb 21, 2017
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Pigs were introduced into North America first, during the Spanish explorations, then by British and European colonists who came to farm this new country.  Since pigs were hard to keep inside rudimentary fences, they were turned out into the forests to fend for themselves and be harvested as needed by the colonists.  Ever since, the southern third of the U.S. has been a welcome habitat for feral pigs that have taken on traits common to their wild ancestors.

 

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