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2015 October 30
Forage is one of the major costs associated with cow/ calf operations. Producers need to continue to monitor costs as returns begin to decline compared to 2014. Two insurance products are available for producers as a risk management tool for forage production.


by USDA
2015 October 30
However, nearly half (46 percent) of all organic farms sold food commodities through direct-to-consumer outlets (such as farmers’ markets and community supported agriculture arrangements), and/or through intermediated marketing channels (such as restaurants and retail outlets).


2015 October 30
someone tries to sell you something important— be it a truck, a bull, a politician, or an idea—there’s a certain kind of behavior you expect. They will make direct statements supported by evidence. They are willing to answer your questions fully and HALLADAY.


by WLJ
2015 October 30
We learned last week that the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) has voted to tell the world that they believe processed meats are a human carcinogen. Similarly, they have decided red meat is a “probable carcinogen.


2015 October 30
Close your eyes and imagine this scene. Prehistoric man has just discovered how to make fire. As the flames flicker, he accidentally drops into the fire the raw meat of a creature he was gnawing on. It takes him a few minutes to retrieve the meat. Then he starts eating again and lets out a roar.


by WLJ
2015 October 30
As a cattle producer, you know how important nutrition is to the health of your animals. My husband, Steve, and I take a great deal of energy and time in providing really good feed for our cattle. Before they arrive at our feedyard, we’ve worked with a nutritionist to help us formulate a ration that will meet the needs of those animals.


2015 October 23
Like it or not, it’s a global economy. U.S. meat goes out and foreign meat comes in. But where does made-in-America meat go and from where does the foreign meat hail? A recent USDA report examined the U.S. top meat trade partners, import regulations, and what to expect for the future of trade.


2015 October 23
The past couple months likely will go down as some of the most turbulent in memory for most cattle producers. At the heart of industry-wide price declines and rallies has been concern and uncertainty regarding both supply and demand fundamentals. Most of the near-term supply pressures related to extra-heavyweight fed cattle are well documented.


by DTN
2015 October 23
Fed cattle prices declined more than $20 per cwt. from late August to early October, and early estimates of September losses are as high as $350 per head, according to Purdue University Ag Economics Professor Michael Langemeier. If the trend continues, October losses could soar to $550 per head.


by WLJ
2015 October 23
Last Monday, the U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Administrator Michael Huerta announced the creation of a task force to ultimately help guide the process of creating a registration system for drones or Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS).


by USDA
2015 October 23
In fiscal 2014, 30 million children participated in USDA’s National School Lunch Program on an average school day, down from a peak of 32 million in 2011. The decline since 2011 reflects a drop in students taking full price, or “paid,” lunch that began in 2008.


by WLJ
2015 October 23
The Best Value Agriculture Colleges ranking measured the top 30 agriculture schools in the country by comparing each school’s average 20-year net return on investment as calculated and posted by payscale.com.


2015 October 23
pro-renewable energy, pro-trade and an anti-fossil fuel subsidy platform. Canadian media noted that both the Liberals and Conservatives did not present any strong agriculture platform or list of promises to woo rural voters. The Liberals did, however, promise more money for agricultural research.


by WLJ
2015 October 23
Russele Sleep, Bedford, IA, was named Champion at the 2016 World Livestock Auctioneer Championship (WLAC) Western Regional Qualifying Event. St. Onge Livestock in St. Onge, SD, hosted the first of three WLAC qualifying events on Oct. 16.




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