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2017 January 30
EPD averages for the growth traits were as follows: birth weight, minus 1 pound; weaning weight, 62 pounds; and yearling weight, 97 pounds. The EPD averages for carcass traits were as follows: marbling score, .46, and rib-eye area, .25 square inch. Step 1 complete.
by DTN
2017 January 30
During year-end meetings with farm clients, Minneapolis, MN-based consultant Rod Mauszycki, heard farmers pose a question the veteran tax adviser had never heard before, “What’s the penalty for not carrying health insurance next year?” “Many farm...
by USDA
2017 January 30
Local economies and employment levels are more sensitive to economic trends that have a pronounced effect on their leading industries. For example, trends in agricultural prices have a disproportionate impact in farming-dependent counties, which accounted for nearly 20 percent of all rural counties and 6 percent of the rural population in 2015.


by USDA
2017 January 30
The year 2015 marked the most significant annual improvement in food security since the Great Recession ended in 2009. In 2015, 16.6 percent of households with children were food insecure, down from 19.2 percent in 2014, meaning that 2.
2017 January 30
The National Parks Service (NPS) and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) have released a draft grizzly bear restoration plan and environmental impact statement (EIS) for the North Cascades Ecosystem (NCE). As with other grizzly bear issues, this plan is not without opposition or supporters.


by USDA
2017 January 30
On an average day in 2014, Americans age 18 and over spent 37 minutes in food preparation and cleanup. However, the average time spent in “meal prep”—defined as preparing food and beverages, serving them, and cleaning up afterwards—varied considerably among different groups.
2017 January 30
Some Washington State ranchers are cursing the Profanity Peak wolf pack for viciously ravaging their herds and are criticizing the Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife (WDFW) for not more aggressively eliminating the carnivores wreaking havoc with their livestock operations and profit margins.


by WLJ
2017 January 30
Developing a proper stocking rate is among the most important practices a manager can accomplish. No fertilization plan, brush management plan, rotational grazing plan or herd genetic selection can overcome overgrazing from a continually high stocking rate.


by WLJ
2017 January 30
Lander Nicodemus, Cheyenne, WY, was named Champion at the 2017 World Livestock Auctioneer Championship (WLAC) Midwestern Regional Qualifying Event. West Point Livestock Auction, West Point, NE, hosted the final of three WLAC qualifying events.


by WLJ
2017 January 30
The western land-use events of the last few years seem to have been analyzed, pondered, condemned, praised and generally discussed into a state of confusion and stalemate. For 40 or so years I have been active in the advocacy for economic natural resource development, mining, timber, grazing and water.


by DTN
2017 January 30
When President Donald Trump aggressively launched his first full week on the job by withdrawing the country from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a host of agricultural organizations—most of who had explicitly or implicitly embraced the crusade to “Make America Great Again”—almost fell over each other in defiance.


2017 January 27
Futures for both live and feeder cattle saw triple-digit losses in late-week trade, while the beef cutout and cash feeders improved. All this happened against the political and economic backdrop of Donald Trump taking his first flurry of actions as president and the Dow exceeding 20,000 points, respectively.

by USDA
2017 January 20
Wholesale prices increased from roughly $3 per pound to nearly $4 per pound by mid-2015. As wholesale prices rose, retail prices followed, moving from just over $5 per pound in January 2014 to a peak of $6.41 in June 2015. Both prices decreased in 2016, with the wholesale price falling below $3 in late 2016.


2017 January 20
cow numbers,” he said. However, he admitted he thought there would be more cows reported in the U.S. herd. One reason is continued holding back of more heifers. Brown had already explained that there is a mountain of meat— pork, chicken and beef—facing U.S.


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