It’s Racto-what?

As I’ve said many times before, one of the best things about covering agriculture on the Northern Plains is the opportunity to learn new things.

This week I’m learning about ractopamine, a drug that’s used as a feed additive to promote leanness in animals raised for their meat. ¬†Russia says the additive is unsafe and has suspended imports of U.S. meat.

I’ve talked with some regional and national experts to get their thoughts on ractopamine and its use. The story will run in the Feb. 18 issue of Agweek and already has been posted on the Agweek website.

If you’re wondering, it’s pronounced “rac TOPE ah mean..