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2017 March 10
Artificial insemination (AI) is one of the most underutilized technologies in the industry by commercial cow/calf producers. It is the fastest way to improve a herd genetically, using superior sires that a commercial producer could not otherwise afford to purchase for natural service.


2017 March 3
The futures markets were interesting last week. On Monday, one couldn’t help but notice that expiring February live contract seemed to be high on the success of the cash markets. All the while, more deferred contracts appeared to be pointedly pessimistic about the future despite cash and demand signals.
2017 March 3
Since the 2016 insurance year, Whole Farm Revenue Protection (WFRP) insurance has been available in every county in the nation. WFRP covers farm revenue from all commodities produced for the whole farm for the insured year with adjustments made for inventory carryovers.
by DTN
2017 March 3
Currently, industry tractor sales are 60 percent below where they stood in 2013, just as they were in the 1980s—a disturbing comparison that Chandler was quick to soften: “Thankfully, our net income is nowhere near where it was in the 1980s, and...
2017 March 3
A recent study released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) showed that rural Americans are at a higher risk of dying from five major causes than those living in urban areas. The potentially preventable causes were: heart disease; cancer; unintentional injuries; chronic lower respiratory disease; and stroke.
by WLJ
2017 March 3
The Agriculture Council of America (ACA) will host National Agriculture Day on March 21, 2017. This will mark the 44th anniversary of National Ag Day which is celebrated in classrooms and communities across the country. The theme for National Ag Day 2017 is “Agriculture: Food For Life.
by DTN
2017 March 3
In an initial 2017 outlook comments for the beef, pork, and poultry industry, USDA cited 2016 as a record year for meat production in the U.S., which could weigh down markets as production continues to climb in 2017 and the U.S. beef herd enters its fourth year of expansion.
2017 March 3
“This gives us a good picture of how important it is to keep these markets open,” Ribera said. “When you look at it, over 509,000 jobs and almost $108 billion in economic impact is a lot of money and jobs, especially now that commodity prices are low and farmers are struggling to make a profit.
2017 March 3
Non-pregnant (aka “open”) cows are often considered a byproduct of cow/ calf operations. Usually, when open cows are identified at pregnancy diagnosis they are sorted directly into a separate pen, loaded that day (or as soon as the calves are weaned) and transported to a livestock marketing facility.
2017 March 3
Tim Burrack kept moving from session to session at the USDA Outlook Forum looking for some light at the end of the tunnel for commodity farmers. Whether it was income forecasts or the growing production strength in South America, Burrack eventually had to speak up and question the outlook for U.
by DTN
2017 March 3
Twenty-one Kansas witnesses made suggestions to Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Pat Roberts (R-KS) and ranking member Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) on how to make changes to the farm bill to address much more difficult times than when the 2008 and 2014 farm bills were passed.
2017 March 3
The International Longshoremen’s Association (ILA) announced Feb. 21 that its members were planning a one-day work stoppage in response to growing concerns among union workers that their livelihoods are being threatened by overregulation and job losses due to non-union labor and automation.
2017 March 3
“Good producers manage production to the best of their ability; top producers manage the financial components of their business in the same manner,” said Heather Gessner, South Dakota State University (SDSU) Extension Livestock Business Management Field Specialist.


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