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by DTN
2017 January 20
While we generally have tax legislation every year or so, it’s rarely transformational to the system. The 1969 and 1986 Tax Reform Acts were two blockbusters, changing rates significantly and influencing business structures. It looks as if 2017 could bring another seismic rewrite of our federal tax system.
2017 January 20
The 2016 corn crop in many locations across the Corn Belt that saw flooding last year has resulted in challenges for grain producers. The wet growing conditions, plus the less-than-ideal storage situations that resulted from the overly large supply has resulted a more prevalent threat of mycotoxins.


by WLJ
2017 January 20
My husband Russell and I own and operate a cow/calf operation in Louisiana. We are young producers who plan to be in the cattle business for some time. That’s why I was excited when I was selected last year to begin serving on the Cattlemen’s Beef Board (CBB).
by USDA
2017 January 20
USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) Administrator Val Dolcini announced that USDA will accept over 300,000 acres in 43 states that were offered by producers during the recent ranking period for the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) Grasslands enrollment with emphasis placed on small-scale livestock operations.
by USDA
2017 January 20
USDA’s Economic Research Service’s (ERS’s) lossadjusted food availability data provide estimates of the sources of calories in the U.S. diet. These data are derived from the supply of food available for consumption and adjusted for inedible peels and pits and for spoilage, plate waste, and other losses to more closely approximate actual intake.
by WLJ
2017 January 20
The Garrett Ranch was established in 1937. Over the years, the Garrett family has made significant improvements to pastures with help of the Bureau of Land Management. The family has also made improvements to rangeland health and repaired creeks and other waterways.
2017 January 20
Foster challenged the Natural Resource Conservation Service’s (NRCS’) use of a so-called “reference site” in Kingsbury County about 33 miles from the Foster farm and a 0.8-acre tract of land that Foster contends is not a wetland.
2017 January 20
“Knowing the signs and symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning is one way to protect yourself and your family or employees,” said Field. “Many types of farm vehicles and equipment are fueled by gas or oil and in the winter, some strategies used to keep warm can lead to unsafe levels of exposure.
by WLJ
2017 January 20
Due to the considerable herd expansion that has occurred over the last three years, forecasters predict that 2017 and 2018 cattle markets will be considerably lower than even the transition that took place during the latter half of 2016. Only time will tell, but cattle producers are pretty resilient, and most have seen this market transition before.
2017 January 20
After the prior week’s weak showing in the cash fed cattle market, both in terms of volume and prices, last week saw the cash fed trade completed mostly by Thursday with over 92,500 head confirmed sold at $120-123 live, a $1-4 increase. Dressed cattle sold $191-196, up $1-8 compared to the prior week.


2017 January 20
into existence in the very last days of his presidency, bringing his total actions under the Antiquities Act to an all-time record for any president. His Jan. 12 expansion of the Cascade-Siskiyou and the California Coastal national monuments, along with three smaller designations, bring his total actions to 34.


2017 January 20
The U.S. Supreme Court announced earlier this month that it will hear arguments to determine the proper venue to challenge the Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule. A decision to determine the validity of WOTUS is currently stalled in the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals based in Cincinnati, OH, due to a stay that was imposed in October 2015.


2017 January 20
Protocol: Before calving season starts, develop a plan of what to do, when to do it, who to call for help (along with phone numbers), and how to know when you need help. Make sure all family members or helpers are familiar with the plan. It may help to write it out and post copies in convenient places.


by WLJ
2017 January 20
He was born Oct. 3, 1924 at the family farm Southeast of Chapman, KS, to Andrew J. “AJ” Schuler, Sr., and Susanna (Moore) Schuler. He began working alongside his father as a school boy and even at that age his passion for raising Angus cattle began to develop.




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