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2015 March 9
It appears that we’re headed for a dry summer in the western states, where they have been in an extended drought. Here in Colorado, we received a good shot of snow that for the most part stayed in the mountains and dumped several feet. The state of Colorado has 92 percent of our normal snowpack and we have our wettest months before us.
2015 March 9
It appears that we’re headed for a dry summer in the western states, where they have been in an extended drought. Here in Colorado, we received a good shot of snow that for the most part stayed in the mountains and dumped several feet. The state of Colorado has 92 percent of our normal snowpack and we have our wettest months before us.
by WLJ
2015 March 6
Japan is one of the largest markets for U.S. agricultural exports, and the U.S. has long been its largest supplier. However, in recent years the total value of U.S. agricultural exports to Japan has stagnated (in real terms) and the U.S. share of Japan’s agricultural imports has declined.


by WLJ
2015 March 6
USDA estimates beef production through the end of February to be down 5.2 percent from the same period last year. Total cattle slaughter is down 7.0 percent year-over-year including a 6.4 percent decrease in steer slaughter and an 8.7 percent decrease in heifer slaughter.
by WLJ
2015 March 6
The tour started with an overview of USMEF’s marketing objectives in China and an explanation of several market access issues that impact U.S. meat exports into the region. This was followed by a briefing from the U.S. Agricultural Trade Office in Shanghai, which focused on the business climate in China for


by WLJ
2015 March 6
Lower projected farm asset growth is primarily driven by decreases in financial assets and a small drop in farm real estate value. These declines reflect lower forecast net cash income for 2014-15, along with expectations of slightly higher interest rates.


by WLJ
2015 March 6
The largest importer of U.S. beef told Iowa producers that they expect reliable access to a steady supply of high quality U.S. beef. The issue came up at every importer meeting held during a recent Iowa Meat Trade Mission to Japan. Iowa beef producers Steve Rehder, Hawarden, and Connie Richards, Tingley, were on the mission during February.


by WLJ
2015 March 6
Japan is one of the largest markets for U.S. agricultural exports, and the U.S. has long been its largest supplier. However, in recent years the total value of U.S. agricultural exports to Japan has stagnated (in real terms) and the U.S. share of Japan’s agricultural imports has declined.
by WLJ
2015 March 6
USDA estimates beef production through the end of February to be down 5.2 percent from the same period last year. Total cattle slaughter is down 7.0 percent year-over-year including a 6.4 percent decrease in steer slaughter and an 8.7 percent decrease in heifer slaughter.
by WLJ
2015 March 6
The tour started with an overview of USMEF’s marketing objectives in China and an explanation of several market access issues that impact U.S. meat exports into the region. This was followed by a briefing from the U.S. Agricultural Trade Office in Shanghai, which focused on the business climate in China for U.
by WLJ
2015 March 6
Lower projected farm asset growth is primarily driven by decreases in financial assets and a small drop in farm real estate value. These declines reflect lower forecast net cash income for 2014-15, along with expectations of slightly higher interest rates.
by WLJ
2015 March 6
The largest importer of U.S. beef told Iowa producers that they expect reliable access to a steady supply of high quality U.S. beef. The issue came up at every importer meeting held during a recent Iowa Meat Trade Mission to Japan. Iowa beef producers Steve Rehder, Hawarden, and Connie Richards, Tingley, were on the mission during February.
by WLJ
2015 March 6
Further, there is no wellestablished market that compensates producers for vaccinating for the pathogen. So generally, the price paid for cattle coming out of feedlots is the same whether the vaccine was used or not. Because administering the vaccine adds costs without direct economic incentives, most cattle feeders choose not to, Tonsor said.
by WLJ
2015 March 6
The North American Meat Institute (NAMI) was one of several groups to step up quickly to challenge the recent recommendations on U.S. dietary guidelines. Just a week after seeking a longer comment period on the report from the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (DGAC), NAMI sent letters and emails to more than 40 editorial page editors at U.
by WLJ
2015 March 6
Young animals suffering from bouts of enteritis and severe diarrhea are very susceptible to acute dehydration due to the high percentage of body water in neonates. The ability to recognize and treat dehydration is invaluable to a successful operation.
by WLJ
2015 March 6
Preparation, Rusche said is the key component for success in both fields. “For a rancher, success during calving is critical. More than 60 percent of calves that are born and die before weaning are either born dead or are lost within the first 24 hours of birth,” said Rusche quoting data from the USDA National Animal Health Monitoring System.
by WLJ
2015 March 6
Aside from being a great source of protein, beef provides essential nutrients in a smaller package than some other proteins.
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