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2017 May 26
Though mid-week cash prices fell to $129-133 live following the Fed Cattle Exchange, by Thursday, live prices increased slightly to $130-136. Dressed prices on Thursday were $206-210. Despite this minor intra-week recovery in the cash prices, they were generally steady with the prior week’s trade and down from recent week’s.

2017 May 26
rights have sounded the alarm for all non-federal water users that rely on these water rights for their livelihood. The Water Rights Protection Act is commonsense legislation that provides certainty by upholding longstanding federal deference to state water law.
2017 May 26
The plan proposes to cut $3.6 trillion in federal spending over the next 10 years while making major increases in defense spending and border security. And, as outlined in his blueprint budget released in March, agriculture is set to take a financial hit.
2017 May 26
“The Whole-Farm Revenue Protection policy came out in 2015 and it essentially is a whole-farm policy as is indicated by the name. It covers revenue from the sale of commodities on the producer’s whole farm. And ‘commodities’ includes crops and livestock,” explained Dave Paul, vice president of underwriting with QBE NAU Crop Insurance.
by WLJ
2017 May 26
Dr. O’Dell G. “Dan” Daniel passed away at his home on May 18, 2017. He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Leonard DeForest and Martha Ann White Daniel. Born in Paris, AR, he attended public school there, graduating from Paris High School in 1940. Following his graduation from Arkansas State Teachers College, he served in the Armed Forces during World War II.

2017 May 26
The hay was cut and baled in June in Moore County, TN. The bales were weighed at the time of harvest and storage. Then they were weighed again the following January at the time of winter feeding. The following table lists the type of storage and the resulting percentage hay loss.

2017 May 26
Rancher Joe mostly grows alfalfa and corn, but has a small cattle operation and a small manure composting operation as well. His primary revenue sources are selling his feed corn and alfalfa hay, but he also direct markets the beef from his cattle in his community, and sells the composted manure to the local nursery.

by DTN
2017 May 26
The USMEF held a press call last Wednesday to update reporters on various markets. Most of the discussion revolved around what the expectations are for China. Joel Haggard, senior vice president for the group, said there is “intense buying interest” for U.

2017 May 26
In response to a request from beef industry stakeholders, the USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is revising the live Government Live Animal (GLA) specification used for all Angus certified programs to provide more objective phenotypic (visual) criteria for identifying eligible cattle.

by USDA
2017 May 26
In 2015, farm households had a median total income of $76,735 per household—a third greater than that of all U.S. households ($56,516). Median total household income increased with farm size, with the median income of households operating small family farms approximating the U.S.

2017 May 26
He said that ASI was working with USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) in an effort to keep within the confidentiality requirements but still get market numbers reported. Not reporting weight data, lagging weight data a week, or combining some weight categories have all been recommendations to deal with the potential confidentiality conflicts.

2017 May 26
Unlike other management tools such as tree cutting or herbicide spraying, burning is not a surrogate for some other disturbance. Rather, it is a natural process that can be used to influence vegetation toward a specific objective, such as reduced brush cover.

2017 May 26
Implants are small pellets applied to the middle third of the back of the ear. A variety of implant products are designed for use during the nursing, growing and finishing stages in beef cattle production. They contain naturally occurring or synthetic hormones that increase the efficiency of feed use and stimulate muscle growth.

2017 May 26
Selling this group creates opportunity for the remaining herd by lessoning the demands on the operation. Life does not always go the direction that we want. And so, there may be truth in the saying, “one person’s loss is another person’s gain.” But with good planning, both should gain, even if the challenge was not desired.

by WLJ
2017 May 19
USTR Robert Lighthizer being sworn in on May 15USTR official photoThe newly-minted U.S. Trade Representative lost no time on honeymoons. Just three days after he was sworn in, Robert Lighthizer jumped
by WLJ
2017 May 19
Verde Farms, based in Boston, MA, and a provider of 100 percent grass-fed and free-range beef, recently announced it has acquired Estancia Beef, the import division of El Raigon Natural Beef based in Petaluma, CA. The terms of the transaction were not disclosed.
by WLJ
2017 May 19
President Donald Trump nominated long-time Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad to be the U.S. ambassador to China and it was expected that the Senate would vote to confirm him last week. According to reports, the Senate is likely to confirm Branstad due in part to his long-standing relationship with China and agricultural acumen.
by WLJ
2017 May 19
We’ve all heard the old saying about the uselessness of closing the barn door—or the gate—after the cows get out.
2017 May 19
On Oct. 12, 2016, 50 percent (chemical lean fresh) trim set its recent low of $31.62/cwt., roughly half of what prices were during the height of the “pink slime” controversy in 2012. Since then, the market gained impressively, setting a new record with a national weighted average of $203.




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