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2016 February 29
Have you ever left for a conference feeling just fine, shook a lot of hands and mingled, then returned home to spend a day or two in bed with the cold or flu? The same thing can happen to livestock throughout the various phases of production as new groups of animals mix and germs spread.


by WLJ
2016 February 29
U.S. Rep. Greg Walden (R-OR) announced last Thursday that the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) will finally implement the Crooked River Collaborative Water Security and Jobs Act of 2014, a law that he wrote and that was unanimously approved by Congress in 2014 to improve water management and grow jobs in Central Oregon.


2016 February 29
While the new veterinary feed directive, or VFD, drug ruling by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration went into effect Oct. 1, 2015, livestock producers can expect to see new labels for medically important antibiotics used on the feed of food animals by Jan.


by WLJ
2016 February 29
The winner of the American Farm Bureau Federation’s (AFBF) Young Farmers & Ranchers Collegiate Discussion Meet, announced recently, is Kenna Lewis of California. Lewis was awarded the top prize following a discussion that included protecting farmers’ ability to access new technology while ensuring public acceptance and encouraging innovation.


2016 February 29
That being said, producers still have reasons to select bulls based on traits that are not readily available nor in the breed databases. Interestingly, no one ever bluntly denies the use of data, but one most certainly can sense a presence of denial at times.


by WLJ
2016 February 29
The food reform movement is active, vocal, and not likely to go away. The banner under which they parade is a noble one; consumers need to know more about the origin of their food and how it is grown, harvested and delivered to the ultimate user. They also demand a healthful, safe product and they should.


2016 February 26
The cash fed cattle trade was slow to develop last week, though it is unclear if that was because packers were holding out on the hope of declining prices or because they just didn’t need cattle last week. By last Thursday afternoon, not even 6,500 head had been confirmed for the whole week.


2016 February 26
Just a year after officials with California’s Point Reyes National Seashore (PRNS) garnered national headlines by shutting down an oyster farm within its borders, three anti-grazing groups have filed suit, contending that the ranchers who graze the property just north of San Francisco should be removed as well.


2016 February 26
The 2015-2016 Dietary Guidelines for Americans released in January continue to support lean beef in a healthy diet. That is good news for beef producers across the country and for Nebraska beef producers, who are providing the healthful protein to local schools through farm to school programs.


by USDA
2016 February 22
In 2016, payments to stakeholders are forecast to increase by $3.3 billion (4.8 percent), while net value added is forecast to rise by 1.3 percent. Net value added represents the sum of economic returns to all the providers of factors of production.


by USDA
2016 February 22
Agricultural exports support job growth in the U.S., and the number of jobs depends on the type of products exported. In calendar year 2014, $150 billion in U.S. agricultural exports supported an estimated 1,132,000 full-time civilian jobs, up from the 1,095,000 agricultural export-related jobs the previous year.


2016 February 22
Both net cash and net farm income are forecast to decline for the third consecutive year after reaching recent highs in 2013 for net farm income and 2012 for net cash income. Net cash farm income is expected to fall by 2.5 percent in 2016, while net farm income is forecast to decline by 3 percent.


2016 February 22
With the final 2015 trade data in hand, it is possible to look back and summarize 2015 North American cattle trade. Limited cattle inventories, market conditions and exchange rates all played a part in 2015 cattle trade between the U.S. and Canada and suggest what might be expected in 2016.


by DTN
2016 February 22
In the situation you describe, assuming the decedent held 100 percent of the property, the heir or heirs can sell with modest capital gain tax if the sale price is close to the appraised value of the property at date of death.


by USDA
2016 February 22
Canada and Mexico are the two largest sources of U.S. agricultural imports and account for about one-third of the total value, while the combined value of imports from the countries that comprise the European Union roughly equal the value of imports from Canada.