Whether the Republicans can accomplish federal tax reform is still an open question. If enactment does occur, it seems more likely the changes will be effective in 2018 rather than retroactively in 2017. As the process plays out in Congress, here are some points to consider if passage looks likely.
Farmers and agriculture interest groups across the country have raised concerns about a seemingly growing number of lawsuits filed by environmental groups aimed at agriculture and other industries during the Obama administration beginning in 2008.
“Although cyanobacteria typically are a concern beginning in mid-July, drought conditions have facilitated the growth of algae blooms,” North Dakota State University (NDSU) Extension Service Livestock Environmental Stewardship Specialist Miranda Meehan says.
Despite the fact that JBS had enjoyed an impressive growth curve through Brazil and parts beyond for more than 50 years, the global meat giant was treated like the new kid on the block by the U.S. media when it first made “worthy” headlines in 2007.
It hasn’t been smooth sailing for the beef cattle industry over the past year. For its part, the cattle market has certainly been aggravating. As a beef producer I know the limitations of what any of us at the ranch level can do individually to fully control profitability and assure that the bottom line has more black ink on it than red.
In January 2013, USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) launched the Direct Farm Operating Microloan program to better serve the credit needs of small farms, beginning farmers, farmers from socially disadvantaged groups (women and minorities), and veterans.
It also violates the predictions, made early last week, that trade would be fully steady to up. Given that packers had a holiday-shortened week for this week’s full production schedule, analysts expected that the leverage would lie in the hands of cattle feeders.
Agricultural producers could, in the future, make use of better forecasts to more efficiently irrigate their fields using a Purdue University-developed technology that could more accurately sense soil moisture below the surface through measuring the reflections of communication satellite signals.
As of printing, the largest uncontained fires were the Brianhead fire in Utah (67,430 acres, 75 percent contained), the Truckee fire in Nevada (47,000 acres, 20 percent contained), and the Frye fire in Arizona (46,700 acres, 51 percent contained)..
On the heels of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s announcement that the Yellowstone Ecosystem population of grizzly bears will be removed from the endangered species list, the Western Watershed Project (WWP) announced its intent to sue the service.
Anyone watching the U.S. Drought Monitor lately has noticed a distinct lack of red. Acres impacted by drought this year are half of what they were last year, and severity is down considerably. All around very good. But what changed, and what is to come?.
WGA Chair and Montana Gov. Steve Bullock was joined by fellow western governors Dennis Daugaard, SD; Matt Mead, WY; Brian Sandoval, NV; Gary Herbert, UT; David Ige, HI; Doug Burgum, ND; John Hickenlooper, CO; Butch Otter, ID; and Ralph Torres, Northern Mariana Islands.
The Western Indiana Marketing Group represents 13 producers that pool their cattle to maximize their marketing potential. Their program has been wildly successful, marketing five loads of feeders this past year on Superior Video Auction at the top of the market.
Lance Pekus, a rancher from Salmon, ID, was featured in the July 3 episode of NBC’s American Ninja Warriors, setting the best time of the night’s contest. He completed the obstacle course in just over two minutes, officially 2:10:13. The winning time qualifies him to compete in the Kansas City finals, which air Aug.
Early weaning is always listed as an option in drought management strategies. This does reduce grazing pressure if the calves are sold or confined in a drylot area. Depending on the severity of the drought and the available forage a producer has, this may or may not be a sufficient strategy.