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by USDA
2016 April 8
As part of ongoing efforts to combat the spread of invasive and noxious weeds that threaten the health and productivity of millions of acres of public lands, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), on April 7 released the Final Programmatic...


2016 April 8
The wetland mitigation bank program is designed to provide agricultural producers with an affordable option to meet their conservation compliance responsibilities by providing a platform where wetland credits can be bought and sold with the assistance of a dedicated third party.


2016 April 8
The Deschutes Basin Board of Control (DBBC), however, would like to see a written opinion. DBBC President Mike Britton said, “We naturally believe any mediation will be more productive if the court issues a written opinion explaining the basis for denying the motion for preliminary injunction.


2016 April 8
Having soil tested is the first step to having a more productive pasture or garden. Ben Polley, a graduate student working for the University of Missouri (MU) Extension in Douglas County, recommends having soils tested prior to fertilizer applications or, for well-managed operations, every two to three years.


2016 April 8
The cash fed cattle trade got underway in the rarely-seen usual fashion last week, with over 50,000 head having been confirmed sold by close of trade on Thursday. Prices paid for cash cattle were steady with the prior week at $132-135 (up $1 on the upper end of the range) for live and $213-215 dressed.


2016 April 8
February beef exports totaled 83,203 metric tons (mt), up slightly from last year, while value dropped 18 percent to $437 million. January-February exports were up 2 percent in volume (165,504 mt) from a year ago but fell 16 percent in value ($875.1 million).


2016 April 8
Federal agencies, California, Oregon, and a corporation owned by Warren Buffet bucked local opposition last Wednesday when they signed two agreements aimed at removing four major dams along the Klamath River. According to local opponents, the finalization of the agreements was premature and excluded input from the public and affected stakeholders.


2016 April 8
The population of the lesser prairie-chicken increased by an estimated 25 percent range-wide following the second year of a management plan, according to the second annual report of the Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (WAFWA). The March 31 report to the U.


2016 April 8
“Internet connectivity is what I would consider an enabling technology,” said Terry Griffin, Assistant Professor of Agricultural Economics at Kansas State University (K-State). “Without it, precision ag devices and other special technologies cannot be fully utilized until this infrastructure for wireless connectivity has been completed.


by WLJ
2016 April 8
A new study from the Chicago Council on Global Affairs warns that civil unrest stemming from food price volatility and food insecurity in key world regions stands to directly impact U.S. national security interests.


by WLJ
2016 April 8
These and other funds will be used to purchase fencing supplies, pay for the treatment of cattle injured in the fire and other priority needs identified by local Kansas Livestock Association (KLA) leadership in counties affected by wildfire that started March 22 and burned into the following week (see WLJ’s April 4 edition).


2016 April 8
Looking at the cattle futures markets down the road, it’s a little hard to get excited about feeder cattle through summer and fall. The June live cattle contract was at $132 and August is trading at $117.65. We need to see a good rally on the futures and cash markets so cattle feeders.


2016 April 8
The traditional thought process embedded in generations of beef producers would not acknowledge the countercultural role. Cow/ calf production has been anchored by strong ties to the land, which change very slowly. Those who depend on the land approach life in the same way; “stability” would be a good word.


by WLJ
2016 April 8
Historic and seasonal trends are important for reference points testing current price and production trends against a historical perspective. Fortunes have been made and lost trading on information provided by datasets from the past and staking bets accordingly.


by WLJ
2016 April 4
Corn futures reacted negatively to the larger-thanexpected acreage projections in the report with the entire board seeing red. By Thursday’s settle, the nearterm corn contract stood at 351'4, down 15'4 in just Thursday’s trade. The more deferred contracts of December 2016 and March 2017 were at 368'6 (down 15'2) and 378'2 (down 14'4) respectively.
by WLJ
2016 April 4
Last week saw the release of Rabobank’s first quarter beef report. The focus was on international beef trade. South American beef countries, China, Oceania, and North America all are or will see changes in their trade-related fundamentals in 2016, according to the report.