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2015 August 21
“Things change over time, but we were interested in the changes in the beef industry’s infrastructure, particularly livestock auction markets,” Anderson said. “Obviously we’ve experienced changes in cattle cycles, inventory numbers and how we trade. We have the Internet, video auctions and direct sales.


by WLJ
2015 August 21
Many landowners in Oklahoma and Texas have experienced varying degrees of damage from weather events this spring and summer. Destruction has come in many ways. Winds have damaged or demolished buildings. Flooding has flattened fences by piling up debris.


by DTN
2015 August 21
“We still do not know what the government will do in the future, but I am kind of sure that the government will keep the purchase program for this year with a reduced floor price, and may terminate floor price next year and let the market decide corn price,” said Jianchuan Zhou, Marketing Manager of Tieqili Feed Company in South China.


by WLJ
2015 August 21
Regionally, the West was the most connected agricultural region and the South was the least. For example, agricultural computer access by region was 77 percent for Western farms/ ranches, and 68 percent for Southern farms/ranches. Across economic levels, computer access, use for farm business, and Internet access tended to increase with farm income.


2015 August 21
Although the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is making progress at developing rules to allow for the wider use of unmanned aerial systems, or UASs, in a variety of applications including agriculture, it could be sometime in late 2016 or early 2017 before those rules are completed.


2015 August 21
The Animas River in Colorado is a beautiful place; my late son David was a river guide on it for a couple years. It’s a shame that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has ruined it…for a while. The EPA was attempting to clean up the old Gold King Mine near Silverton and accidentally.


2015 August 21
The recent passing of a blue moon soon will be followed by the passing of summer. A blue moon is the second full moon in the same month, something that doesn’t happen that often (the next blue moon will be in January 2018). But, like life, it will happen.


2015 August 21
“Ag-gag” is the term used to describe anti-whistleblower laws that apply within the agriculture industry. About half a dozen states have passed laws to criminalize surreptitious filming of alleged abuses of animals on farms and ranches.


by WLJ
2015 August 21
This last year, I served as Chair of the checkoff’s Market Research Working Group, which oversees consumer market-research efforts. Both state and national checkoff efforts should be based on research.


2015 August 14
Oklahoma feeder cattle prices are currently at about the same level as this time last year. The difference is that cattle prices increased steadily last year and were on the way up. Hot dry weather in July and August this year has pulled feeder cattle prices seasonally lower from peaks in May and June.


by DTN
2015 August 14
Erik Norland, an economist at CME, compared how spot futures contract prices and futures spreads for a variety of commodities behaved in the 12-24 months after National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Climate Prediction Center Oceanic Niño Index signaled the beginning of an El Niño or La Niña.


by DTN
2015 August 14
There are some comments about taxes that make me shudder. Here are five that cause me concern: • “I enjoy preparing my own return.” It’s rare, but on occasion I encounter that farm producer who does his own return. Today’s tax system is insanely complex, especially when business activity is in the mix.


by USDA
2015 August 14
The number of rural (nonmetropolitan) counties that lost population in 2010-14 reached a historic high of 1,310. The recent economic recession, increased global competition, and technological changes led to widespread job losses in rural manufacturing.


2015 August 14
It’s mid-August, and an all-familiar haze has settled into the Northwest. “Smells like money,” said one rural resident of northern California. Indeed, “fire season” seems to be the new timber industry in the West. The U.S. Forest Service now spends over $1 billion annually on fire suppression.


2015 August 14
Some livestock management methods from the “Old West” remain as vital today as they were more than 100 years ago. One in particular is the use of range herders to manage sheep and cattle on the open range, but that may be in danger as changes to the H-2A Temporary Agricultural Worker Program are being considered.


by WLJ
2015 August 14
The July 13 article on the Hammond family’s ongoing situation with the BLM (July 13 cover, “Additional jail time for ranchers’ range fires?”) certainly isn’t isolated. Last summer’s standoff in Nevada brought national attention, not all of which was favorable.




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