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2017 February 17
The number of grain dust explosions in the United States fell to a 10-year low in 2016, but two of the incidents resulted in the first reported fatalities since 2013, according to an annual report released by Purdue University’s Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering.
2017 February 17
Healthy cows are the key to a good calving season, which already is under way for some but looms fresh on the horizon for most. Sleeping with the cows may not be the total answer, but in reality, one gets a good gauge of the mood, the feel, of their contentment.
by DTN
2017 February 17
Fairly suddenly, it seems, Corporate America’s widespread hope for slashing taxes and regulations is “crashing into the harsh reality of a nationalist agenda focused on reducing immigration and dismantling a generation of liberalized trade rules,” according to a report this week by Politico.
by USDA
2017 February 17
currency relative to competitors in late 2014 into 2015. A stronger U.S. currency can make exports appear more expensive and imports cheaper. Additionally, the U.S. poultry market was heavily impacted by a highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) outbreak that led to sweeping trade restrictions.
2017 February 17
Draft Guidance for Industry 187 has genetic scientists concerned for the future of gene editing in agriculture. In classifying the results of gene-edited animals as drugs under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic (FD&C) Act, the draft guidance could—if finalized—require researchers to jump through onerous regulatory hoops and kill the technology.
2017 February 17
When developing a cattle marketing strategy for 2017, producers should consider basis as well as the multitude of factors which contributed to the continued price decline, said Matthew Diersen, Professor and South Dakota State University (SDSU) Extension Risk/ Business Management Specialist.
by WLJ
2017 February 17
Ms. Halladay, thank you for keeping ranchers in the USA informed of trends you see in the industry. In one of your articles (“Trump to USTR: Pull America out of TPP” on the cover of the Jan. 30 issue) you presented President Trump as antitrade. Maybe you can direct me to a source which contains a statement by Mr.
2017 February 17
Erosion at an auxiliary spillway of the Oroville Dam in Northern California prompted emergency evacuations last week as the risk of flooding in areas below the dam grew. As of press time residents were being allowed to return to their homes, but the situation was declared a disaster on Feb.


by WLJ
2017 February 10
All of the cattle that reacted to the initial screening test were subjected to enhanced post-mortem examinations that included more detailed inspection for the presence of lesions related to bovine tuberculosis. However, the number of infected cattle remains at six, and all of these six cattle were from the same farming operation.
2017 February 10
The USDA Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) published the final rule amending the National Organic Program (NOP), Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices on Jan. 19. The rule adds animal welfare provisions to the organic standards dictating how farmers must raise livestock and poultry, including during transport and slaughter.
by DTN
2017 February 10
After telling the crop insurance industry that he wouldn’t be in Congress if crop insurance had existed when he tried to farm, House Agriculture Committee Ranking Member, Rep. Collin Peterson (D-MN7), said he doesn’t think the 2018 farm bill should be as hard as some in the past.
2017 February 10
Every kind of group tied to agriculture and nutrition is ramping up for Congress to craft a farm bill during the current Congress even though the 2014 farm bill does not expire until the end of the 2018 crop year—Sept. 30, 2019, for fall-harvested crops.
2017 February 10
The current TB program—evaluating risk on farms, monitoring the movement of animals in and out of the zone, testing herds, buying cattle that react on a test to slaughter and find out if they are infected—is costly. Yet even with that expense, there are still one to four new infected herds identified every year in Michigan alone.
2017 February 10
We know for sure that deer can become infected with TB and are able to pass that infection to others. While many question the role of small animals (opossums, raccoons, etc.), it has never been shown that they can transmit the disease. Focus on what is known—deer can carry and spread the disease.


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