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2016 September 9
The most common legal issue associated with verbal farm leases is how a lease may legally be terminated. For both year-to-year leases and holdover leases, six months advance notice must be given to legally terminate the lease. However, the lease date (the date from which the six months is counted) is different.


2016 September 9
made hay harvest challenging. As a result, there has been some higher moisture hay baled, which has led to concerns about spontaneous combustion. “If hay is harvested in the upper 20 percent moisture range or higher, it is possible that within six weeks of baling a fire will occur internally in hay bales.


by DTN
2016 September 9
As Congress came back to Washington last Tuesday for the last legislative session before the November election, members will be under pressure to fund the government before the fiscal year ends on Sept. 30. However, the Zika virus may complicate the agriculture section of any appropriations bill.


by WLJ
2016 September 9
Making critical decisions about the future of your breeding program demands the very best tools and up-to-date information available. The Red Angus Association of America (RAAA) has released the 2016 Fall expected progeny differences (EPDs) that evaluate traits from calving ease to performance to carcass merit.


by WLJ
2016 September 9
Member breeders send DNA samples to GeneSeek or Zoetis, where the DNA testing is performed. The single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) results are used by Livestock Genetic Services, in combination with traditional performance data, to perform the genetic evaluation on over 1.


by WLJ
2016 September 9
In a pure and perfect free market, prices for our cattle and calves are determined by the supply of cattle, the value of the beef and byproducts, less the incremental or remaining costs to grow, finish, and transform our cattle into the end products. Prices are also influenced by forward expectations for those values.


2016 September 9
The American Simmental Association (ASA) recently held their annual Fall Focus in Bozeman, MT, which featured the ribbon cutting on their new building. The fourday event included tours of the new headquarters, an educational program, open committee meetings and a board meeting.


2016 September 2
It was more than a bit of a crazy week last week for the markets. Not only did the cash fed cattle market see large volumes of cattle trade every day of the week starting Monday. By close of trade Thursday, over 85,000 head had sold at painful prices..

2016 September 2
Bevers shared the data from a large New Mexico ranch recently during the 62nd Texas A&M Beef Cattle Short Course in College Station. In his evaluation of the past 25 years of income and expenses on the ranch, veterinary services and breeding per herd accounted for 3.

2016 September 2
More than a decade after Nebraska created its “livestock friendly” designation, participating counties have gained more cattle farms and lost fewer hog farms than those that lack the designation, a new study by agricultural economists at the University of Nebraska- Lincoln (UNL) shows.

2016 September 2
To someone with no connection to agriculture, all bovine animals are “cows” regardless whether udders or testicles hang between their back legs. To a rancher, “cows” are adult female cattle that have calved. Same word, but different worlds make for different meanings.

by USDA
2016 September 2
“I saw my grandparents’ love for agriculture, and I always remember how much fun it was growing up on the ranch,” she said. “As a little girl, I was so excited to join my family when they headed into the fields before sunrise. On several occasions I stayed up all night to make sure I was awake when they left.

2016 September 2
The scientists are focusing on nutrient transfer to the embryo and development of the placenta (an organ that connects the developing calf to its mother), and how and when those occur. They’re also studying how disruptions in nutrient supply and placental development may cause embryo loss.

by USDA
2016 September 2
After falling from 17.0 percent in 1960 to 10.0 percent in 1999, the share of DPI spent on total food by the average American has remained between 9.5 and 9.8 percent since 2000. The share of DPI spent on food away from home (food purchased from restaurants, fast food places, schools, and other food-away-from-home eating places) was 3.

by USDA
2016 September 2
In a meeting with new and beginning farmers at Iowa State University last week, USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack announced a new investment of $17.8 million for 37 projects to help educate, mentor, and enhance the sustainability of the next generation of farmers.

2016 September 2
The USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is seeking comments on whether or not to amend the U.S. Standards for Grades of Carcass Beef to include dentition and documentation of actual age as an additional determination of maturity grouping for official quality grading.

2016 September 2
Labor Day historically marks the start of the transition for beef from the summer grilling season to the Christmas holiday season. So it’s instructive to look back as well as forward to see how beef has performed and might fare the rest of the year. The latter will be crucial for the direction of live cattle prices the rest of the year.



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