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2016 December 16
The Federal Drug Administration (FDA), which sets policies for antimicrobial development and usage in humans and animals, is responsible for the VFD changes. FDA’s goal is to protect public health. Limiting antimicrobial resistance through judicious use of antibiotics is crucial to meeting that goal.
by WLJ
2016 December 16
A U.S. magistrate judge issued recommendations and findings on Dec. 12 in a district court case challenging the Beef Checkoff Program. The lawsuit was filed earlier this year by Ranchers-Cattlemen Action Legal Fund (R-CALF), defendant, against Tom Vilsack, in his capacity as USDA Secretary, plaintiff.
by WLJ
2016 December 16
These are on the negative side of what are called convenience traits and fortunately, we’ve had great progress in making today’s cows more functional. But you only need to take a short walk through a few feedlot pens to realize we still have work to do in improving cattle temperament.
2016 December 16
Internal Revenue Code (IRC) Section 1031 allows property owners to sell appreciated property and defer capital gains tax and depreciation recapture. Since 1921, the 1031 tax-deferred exchange has been a powerful financial tool for the agricultural producer.
by WLJ
2016 December 16
I have been a dairy farmer in New York for more than 40 years. We milk about 75 Holsteins and plant about 275 acres of alfalfa, corn and oats. I know that many people will not automatically recognize a dairy operation as beef producers, but we certainly are part of this industry!.
2016 December 16
Cash fed cattle trade dallied last week. After several weeks of impressive movement seen by the close of trade on Thursdays, not even 7,000 head had been confirmed sold by last Thursday afternoon. The largest chunk of that was sold via the Fed Cattle Exchange, but only about half of the offered 7,753 head sold.


2016 December 16
On Dec. 10, Congress sent the Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation Act (WIIN Act) to the president’s desk for signing. The hard-fought water bill includes measures that, should the bill be enacted, could increase water storage and dedicate more water to farming in the Golden State.


2016 December 16
President-elect Donald Trump continues to name his choices for key cabinet positions. Last week he named first-term Rep. Ryan Zinke (R-MT) to head the Department of Interior (DOI) and former Texas Governor Rick Perry to fill the Secretary of Energy position.


by WLJ
2016 December 16
Grower Association. White loved his community and served as a member of the school board for both Red Rock Elementary and Santa Cruz Valley Union High School. Although he has passed, his legacy will not be overlooked. He touched the lives of many people and will be greatly missed.
2016 December 9
Each year commercial cow/calf operations must decide how many replacement heifers are grown out to be put in the breeding pasture. Individual ranches must make the decisions about heifer retention based upon factors that directly affect their bottom line.
by DTN
2016 December 9
Most ag producers are well aware of the $500,000 Section 179 first-year deduction that’s available for 2016, as well as the 50 percent bonus depreciation available on new (not used) assets.
2016 December 9
The transition to bigger beef supplies (and psychologically to the idea of bigger supplies) that began impacting cattle markets in 2015 continued in 2016. Markets adjusted down, including a brutal, fear-driven crash in markets in the third quarter, followed by a significant rally in the fourth quarter.
2016 December 9
“Environmental as well as economic sustainability are key elements of best management practices for agriculture, as most people involved in agriculture are well aware they are stewards of the land,” said Keith Owens, Oklahoma State University (OSU) Associate Vice President for the university’s agricultural experiment station system.
by WLJ
2016 December 9
The Kansas Livestock Association (KLA) recognized eight members during the organization’s annual convention in November for 50 years of membership. This year’s honorees epitomize the diversity and commitment of the organization’s membership, the organization said in announcing the names of long-time members.
by USDA
2016 December 9
Small family farms—those with less than $350,000 in annual gross cash farm income (GCFI)—accounted for about 90 percent of U.S. farms, half of all farmland, and a quarter of the value of production. Midsize and large-scale family farms, which have at least $350,000 in GCFI, made up only 9 percent of U.
2016 December 9
Presentations at the 2016 Texas Plant Protection Association addressed the theme of this year’s conference: Advanced Technologies for Texas Agriculture. From smartphone apps to unmanned aerial vehicles, also known as UAVs, speakers said there are big changes in how food and fiber is going to be produced.
2016 December 9
Manure is often an undervalued and underutilized resource and has many soil health benefits. When manure is managed properly and applied at appropriate rates, soil benefits include better drought tolerance and greater resilience to heavy rainfall events when compared to soil where manure is not applied.
2016 December 9
Volume usually refers to huge data sets, while velocity refers to the speed at which the data is generated (real-time data processing). Finally, variety refers to the diverse types and sources of data. For example, a variety of data forms generated could be structured (XML files), semi-structured (emails), and/or unstructured (video files).


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