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by WLJ
2016 December 30
Missouri Governor-elect Eric Greatens has named Chris Chinn to serve as the state’s Secretary of Agriculture. Making the announcement on Facebook, Greatens said, “Our farmers and ranchers form the backbone of Missouri. Every day, men and women across the state wake up before dawn and do hard work to make quality, affordable food for our families.
2016 December 30
North Dakota State University diagnosed net wrap ingestion as the cause of an unexpected death in a feedlot heifer. A 2014 follow up study by S.I. Klein and C. Dahlen and published in the North Dakota Beef Report looked at net wrap digestibility compared to sisal and biodegradable twine.
by USDA
2016 December 30
Agriculture Deputy Under Secretary Lanon Baccam recently announced that beginning Jan. 9, 2017, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will offer an early termination opportunity for certain Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) contracts, making it easier to transfer property to the next generation of farmers and ranchers, including family members.
2016 December 30
Communication helps landlords and tenants find a middle ground for new leases, Koenen says. Landlords in tune with lower farm prices recognize that tenants will request rent adjustments. “I know of renters who are negotiating leases. Several are being successful,” he says.
by WLJ
2016 December 30
In this round of genetic evaluation, over 1.4 million animals were considered. Of those, GE-EPDs were produced for approximately 8,250 Brangus, Red Brangus, UltraRed and UltraBlack animals that have either high- or low-density genomic profiles in the database.
by DTN
2016 December 30
Have you ever thought about drug testing employees on your farm? It may have been a passing thought as you feel there is no reason to distrust your team. It might seem like an administrative headache for a task that produces no value.
by WLJ
2016 December 30
University of California-Davis veterinarian, Dr. Terry Lehenbauer, was recently appointed by the American Veterinary Medical Association’s (AVMA) board of directors as the primary representative of the American Association of Bovine Practitioners (AABP) on the newly formed AVMA Committee on Antimicrobials.
2016 December 30
Agricultural producers are well aware of the volatility in prices for commodities they produce, as prices move up and down in response to changing supply and demand conditions. However, some consumers have the perception that food prices always increase and rarely decline.
by WLJ
2016 December 30
Political correctness has taught that words matter. Collaboration is defined as “the act of performing work or labor together; especially literary work or scientific research.” The problem is that BLM’s authorized officers will determine what is scientific instead of decisions based on cooperation.
2016 December 30
Hope springs eternal in a cattle person’s heart, so most producers are looking forward to 2017 being a better year than the one just passed. Early such signs came late last year for cattle feeders, as live cattle prices rallied strongly from their mid-October lows.
by USDA
2016 December 30
Midsize farms, those with gross cash farm income between $350,000 and $1 million, concentrate their production on grains and oilseeds. In 2014, over 40 percent of midsize farm production occurred on farms that specialized in these crops—8 percentage points higher than in 1992.
2016 December 30
The American Sheep Industry Association (ASI) outlined a number of priorities in a recent letter to President-elect Donald Trump’s transition team. The letter, signed by ASI President Burton Pfliger, discussed trade, grazing allotments, endangered species and labor among other issues identified as important by sheep industry leaders.




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