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by USDA
2016 February 22
Cash receipts across all commodities are expected to fall by nearly $9.6 billion in 2016. As in 2015, this decline largely reflects falling commodity prices rather than changes in production, which are lower for a broad set of agricultural commodities in 2016 relative to recent years.


by DTN
2016 February 22
The outlook for ag credit conditions deteriorated sharply in late 2015, based on a fourth-quarter survey by the Kansas City Federal Reserve. Bankers expected a surge of farm loan demand and loan renewals and the steepest drop in repayment rates in the last decade, the survey found.


by USDA
2016 February 22
Animal/animal product cash receipts increased by 43.8 percent in real terms from 2005 to 2014, but are estimated to have declined by 12.5 percent in 2015 and are expected to fall an additional 4.3 percent in 2016 (to $181.4 billion) in nominal terms.


by USDA
2016 February 22
The new Price Loss Coverage (PLC) and Agricultural Risk Coverage (ARC) programs, introduced in the 2014 farm bill, are expected to account for almost two-thirds of direct payments to farm operations. Payments under both of these programs are contingent on a producer’s prior enrollment of “base” acreage and prevailing conditions.


2016 February 22
If it’s one thing I’ve learned in my 25 years of serving farm and ranch families, it’s that they hate paying taxes. While most producers are good at reducing their annual income tax bill, typically by purchasing machinery or equipment, many are less familiar with strategies to save taxes when they go to sell ranch property.


by WLJ
2016 February 22
Tennessee Cattlemen’s Association presented Rocky DaCosta of Bedford County with the Backgrounder of the Year Award at its annual convention. Pictured (from left) are: TCA President Gary Daniel; Dr. Emmit Rawls; DaCosta, and his wife, Cindy. Photo courtesy of Tennessee Cattlemen’s Association.


by WLJ
2016 February 22
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, that any person who shall appropriate, excavate, injure, or destroy any historic or prehistoric ruin or monument, or any object of...


by USDA
2016 February 22
USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack announced on Feb. 12 that the USDA and partners across the nation together will direct up to $720 million towards 84 conservation projects that will help communities improve water quality, combat drought, enhance soil health, support wildlife habitat and protect agricultural viability.


by DTN
2016 February 22
“I’m not sure we can continue to ignore the fact that there are restrictions to how we use some of these herbicides if we then follow up with an annual forage crop,” Iowa State University Extension Beef Specialist Joe Sellers told growers and livestock owners in a webinar hosted by the Practical Farmers of Iowa Feb.


by USDA
2016 February 22
USDA Farm and Foreign Agricultural Services Deputy Under Secretary Lanon Baccam signed the agreement along with Eric Eversole, Vice President at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Eversole, a Commander in the Navy Reserve, also serves as the foundation’s President of Hiring Our Heroes.


2016 February 22
Rogers said scientists and land managers have been trying to use scientific principles for brush control, “but it’s all been kind of armwavy with terms such as thresholds, transitions and alternative steady states being discussed but with limited success applying them to real-world problems.


2016 February 22
Dry winds, heavy grass and brush growth, and numerous ignition sources should prompt homeowners and landowners alike to take time now to prepare before the flames of a wildfire are at their back door, said a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service specialist.


2016 February 22
This year’s 2016 Great Lakes Forage and Grazing Conference is loaded with cutting-edge research and information from progressive farmers, forage researchers and educators across the Midwest and best of all it is open to everyone right at the Michigan State University (MSU) campus.


by WLJ
2016 February 22
Global improvements in grassland management could see grasslands taking on a significantly more important role in food production. Better management would increase the production of meat and milk and prevent the need for additional feed for grazing livestock—feed in the form of grain crops that could otherwise be available for human consumption.


2016 February 22
Replacement heifers that have just reached puberty and started cycling may be vulnerable to any drastic change in feed intake. A small trial conducted at Oklahoma State University (White, et al., 2001) illustrates the impact that sudden severe reduction in energy intake can have on cycling activity in replacement heifers.


by WLJ
2016 February 22
Last Tuesday, the Oklahoma State House of Representatives voted a unanimous 12-0 to pass House Bill 2250. The bill specifically targets animal rights charitable organizations or their solicitors and bars them from seeking contributions in the state that will not be used by programs in the state.