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by WLJ
2017 April 21
Jacobson was a pioneer in the meat packing industry and opened National Beef in Liberal, KS, in 1968. For the past four years, he has been actively working with Dr. Barry Booth at veteran’s events, especially talking with school children about World War II.
2017 April 21
In the fall of 2016, the Chinese government indicated a willingness to open China to U.S. beef. Although talks have been ongoing, no agreement has been reached on protocols for U.S. beef to move into the Chinese market. The Trump administration recently reaffirmed that talks will continue under the new U.
2017 April 21
A.G. Kawamura wants to start a new dialogue about agriculture. The former California secretary of agriculture said it’s time for everyone to recognize that the clock is ticking and that people need to become more resilient when it comes to water and food security.
2017 April 14
It’s been nearly 14 years since China allowed sales of U.S. beef in that country, but that may be about to change. And that’s very good news for the U.S. beef and cattle industry, according to a Kansas State University (K-State) agricultural economist..
by WLJ
2017 April 14
“To address the reasonable desire for information about whether pesticide use changes are positive or negative, several researchers have attempted to quantify overall pesticide impacts using simplified measures; however, the two most commonly used...
by WLJ
2017 April 14
In a surprisingly speedy turn-around, the Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration (GIP- SA) responded to stakeholder comments on one of the so-called “Farmer Fair Practices” rules. GIPSA announced last Wednesday that implementation of the “Scope Rule” would be delayed until October, 2017.
2017 April 14
Beyerlein went on to say that, “Following investigation, the survey may be cancelled, corrected, or reinstated, either in whole or in part, but no administrative action based on the plats filed for these three surveys may be initiated or completed by BLM while these surveys are suspended.
2017 April 14
Today’s agriculture is more specialized: The two dairy cows became a large modern dairy; the two sows moved to an automated farrowing center; the flock of 50 hens is now a complex of buildings housing thousands of broilers or laying hens; several...
by DTN
2017 April 14
I remember a situation many years ago in which a son told his “retired” father to stop interfering in the business, and he threatened to call the sheriff the next time Dad set foot on the ranch. Calling law enforcement? That sounded so extreme, I thought.
2017 April 14
“The rally in the cattle futures market has narrowed a near-historically wide basis and the sellers are resistant to the shift,” noted Andrew Gottschalk of Hedgers Edge last Thursday morning, accurately predicting that the closure of the futures markets for Good Friday might spur cash activity at higher levels by Thursday’s close.


2017 April 14
Trump’s plan calls for a 21 percent reduction to the USDA and includes cutting staff at agricultural service offices, along with statistical reports on crop prices and production levels that some farmers and others in the agricultural community rely on.
by USDA
2017 April 14
Former Soviet Union countries, Russia, Ukraine and Kazakhstan experienced significant contractions in meat production in the 1990s and early 2000s. This trend reversed since 2005, with meat production over 70 percent greater in 2011-15 than the low point in 2001-05.
2017 April 14
Nominated by President Donald Trump on Jan. 13 to fill the position a 10th Circuit Court judge, faced partisan opposition. Most Democrats in Congress appeared to oppose Gorsuch as retaliation to the Republicans’ refusal last year to hold hearings on former President Barack Obama’s Supreme Court nominee, Merrick Garland.


2017 April 14
It’s often been “Go big or go home” in this industry. Bigger calf crops, bigger cattle, bigger ribeyes, and more. But when it comes to calves and equipment, sometimes bigger isn’t better. And with an aging cattle industry, using the right tool for the job is increasingly more important.


2017 April 14
Dr. Jason Banta, AgriLife Extension Beef Cattle Specialist, said producing high quality hay can eliminate the need for protein and energy supplementation for beef cattle during the winter. Dr. Vanessa Corriher-Olson, Forage Specialist, said improving Bermuda grass quality can be as easy as correctly timing fertilizer applications and cuttings.
2017 April 7
Fish and Wildlife to remove the Preble’s meadow jumping mouse from Endangered Species Act (ESA) coverage. The petition is based on new scientific findings confirming that the mouse, far from being “threatened,” is not meaningfully different from other populations of jumping mice with healthy populations in a number of parts of North America.
2017 April 7
Good cow management includes a variety of factors. Cattle should receive: • Balanced nutrition (including water) that supports appropriate body weight and condition; • Wind protection and bedding to lessen the impacts of brutal weather; and •...


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