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2016 March 4
I typically don’t comment on political races but this year’s primaries are exceptional so I’m going to make an exception because it’s all I can think about this week. I don’t want to offend anyone in either party, but you have to admit that these primary races for the next.


2016 February 29
Mexico has exported feeder cattle to the U.S. for more than a century and continues to do so today. After increasing in the mid-1980s, U.S. imports of Mexican cattle have averaged 1.08 million head for the last 30 years. In the most recent 10 years, the average has been slightly higher at 1.
by USDA
2016 February 29
Over the last decade, retail food price inflation in the United States has bounced around a bit, with yearly price increases ranging from 0.3 to 6.4 percent. In 2007 and 2008, grocery store prices rose 4.2 and 6.4 percent, respectively—well above the 20-year annual average increase of 2.


by WLJ
2016 February 29
While the average retail price of beef has declined, the share of the consumer beef dollar going to producers has increased. In January, ranchers received 50 cents of every consumer dollar spent on beef. This is the highest that portion has been since August of 2015, when it was 52 cents on the dollar.


by DTN
2016 February 29
I have my own health insurance and pay the premiums with my own after-tax dollars. I thought I could deduct the premiums on line 29 of my 1040, but am now told that the premiums must be run through the LLC and counted as guaranteed payment income to me from the LLC.


by USDA
2016 February 29
The average age of principal operators in the latest Census of Agriculture (2012) was 58 and has been greater than 50 since the 1959 census. That farmers are older, on average, than other self-employed workers is understandable, given that the farm is the home for most farmers, and they can gradually phase out of farming over a decade or more.


by WLJ
2016 February 29
“These facts combine to support that we are in a transition phase, going from placements below year-ago levels to placements above yearago levels. Of course if there is a large shift in market fundamentals such as a short corn crop; these expected dynamics will change.


by WLJ
2016 February 29
Complete beef trade data for 2015 was released recently in the USDA Economic Research Service’s Livestock and Meat International Trade Data series. Not surprisingly, imports of beef and veal into the U.S.


by WLJ
2016 February 29
lose a lot of farms and ranches; roughly 20,000 to be specific. However, these losses were all hobby farms and easily made up by increases in the number of larger farms. Possibly more pressing however, is the loss of 1 million acres in farm and ranch land.


2016 February 29
The Purdue Comparative Decision Support matrix, known as PCDS, includes a spreadsheet tool that allows users to create an operating budget based on their own fixed and variable costs, cash flow and expected revenue. The PCDS2 profit/loss analysis function uses cost and price information to calculate potential earnings.


by USDA
2016 February 29
USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), the University of Montana and other partners have used Google Earth Engine to build a new interactive online map tool that for the first time combines layers of data to better target invasive species that are damaging habitat and rangeland.


by WLJ
2016 February 29
Agriculture Future of America (AFA) recently selected its 10 Student Advisory Team members and 15 Campus Ambassadors for the 2016-17 year. These students represent 24 schools from 23 states. During their year of service, these students will interact with agribusiness leaders, campus faculty and fellow students as they represent AFA.


by WLJ
2016 February 29
The farm and ranch families of American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) raised more than $1.1 million and donated a record of more than 48 million pounds of food to assist hungry Americans as part of the organization’s “Harvest for All” program.


by WLJ
2016 February 29
In order to remember the last 100 years, CCA is creating a commemorative coffee table book showcasing ranching families in California and the history they have contributed to the California ranching and beef industries..


by DTN
2016 February 29
Howard Buffett wants farmers to voluntarily embrace more conservation practices before they risk facing more regulatory control. Buffett also said last Thursday he opposes the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) controversial waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) rule, saying it may be impossible for farmers to comply with it.


by WLJ
2016 February 29
The Livestock Marketeers—an informal fraternity of livestock fieldmen, auctioneers, sale managers and related livestock business leaders—met for their 51st Annual Banquet during this year’s National Western Stock Show. The event was hosted by American Live Stock, and Master of Ceremonies was J.


by WLJ
2016 February 29
Last year, the livestock department in Matabeleland North, a western province, warned farmers to prepare for the worst, saying at least 99 percent of the cattle in the province could be lost due to shortage of pastures caused by drought.


by WLJ
2016 February 29
The Colorado FFA Foundation recently inducted four honorees into the Farm Credit Colorado Agriculture Hall of Fame. Peers and business associates recognized the inductees during the Farm Credit Colorado Agriculture Hall of Fame Banquet Feb. 18 in Denver, held in conjunction with the Governor’s Forum on Colorado Agriculture.


by WLJ
2016 February 29
Nevada cattle rancher Cliven Bundy and four others were indicted on Feb. 17 by a federal grand jury in Las Vegas, NV. The 51-page indictment outlines 16 felony charges related to the armed assault against federal law enforcement officers that occurred in the Bunkerville, NV, area in 2014.