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by WLJ
2009 August 21
Mason Fleenor may squint a little when checking pens, but he certainly sees 20/20 when it comes to selecting top-quality cattle. The Iowa seedstock producer and manager of GG Genetics feedlot picked out 41 of his own steers to win the northeast regions AngusSource Carcass Challenge (ASCC) second quarter title for 2009, with 90.
by DTN
2009 August 21
USDA officials are going to hold conference calls with major agricultural lenders this week, asking those banks and Farm Credit institutions to give struggling farmers more latitude in paying loans.
by WLJ
2009 August 21
Crop conditions over much of the U.S. are quite favorable at this point in the year. The far-western U.S. is turning dry again, as South Texas and the western half of the Gulf Coast slip into extremely dry conditions.
by WLJ
2009 August 21
Cargill last week reported net earnings of $327 million in its fiscal fourth quarter ending May 31, a 69 percent decline from $1.05 billion in the year-earlier period, but still managed the second most profitable year in the companys history. Full-year earnings were $3.
by WLJ
2009 August 21
West Nile virus (WNV), a potentially fatal disease in equines, has been confirmed in two horses in Grant County, the first cases in the county for 2009, the Washington State Department of Agriculture announced last week. A 14-year-old Quarter Horse gelding from Ephrata has been euthanized.
by WLJ
2009 August 21
USDAs Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) began continuous sign-up for the new Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) on Aug. 10 in Colorado. The first cutoff for ranking purposes is scheduled for Sept. 30, Colorado State Conservationist Allen Green recently announced.
by WLJ
2009 August 21
Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Director Robert Abbey announced last week Marcilynn Burke, an attorney and professor at the University of Houston Law Center, as deputy director for policy of BLM. Marcilynn Burke brings a well-rounded knowledge of natural resource and environmental stewardship issues to the table, Abbey said.
by WLJ
2009 August 21
Commercial and other high-volume hay producers can now take advantage of a new, heavier-duty version of North Americas best-selling 14x18 baler: New Hollands BC5070 Hayliner small square baler. The new Hayliner produces denser, uniform bales that are more consistent in length so theyre easier to pick up and handle with automatic bale wagons.
by WLJ
2009 August 21
The Colorado Cattlemens Association (CCA) has been working diligently with Congressman Salazar and the California Cattlemens Association to get H.R. 3524, an estate tax exemption bill directed toward agriculture, introduced to legislation. The Family Farm Preservation and Conservation Estate Tax Act (H.
by WLJ
2009 August 21
Wholesale market demand for beef is said to be picking up for September, but market analysts worry the move will be cut off by low-priced pork, and spotmarket beef sales for the Labor Day holiday weekend may be aimed more at first-of-the-month buying than at any holiday demand.
by WLJ
2009 August 21
The equipment manufacturing firm Deere Co. posted a 27 percent drop in fiscal third-quarter profit amid continued weak demand and lowered its sales forecast for the full year.
by WLJ
2009 August 21
The lingering global economic slump and low prices for domestic beef and pork products in key export markets contributed to declines in both U.S. beef and pork exports in June, while lamb exports continue to enjoy a strong year, according to statistics compiled by the U.
2009 August 21
The market for yearling feeder cattle has stayed quite strong this summer and has appeared to trade without much of a freight basis. For example, 850-pound steers in Nevada are trading at or near the same price as they are in eastern Wyoming.
2009 August 21
Most of tax law is in grey areas. For instance, reasonable people, including those within the IRS bureaucracy, will disagree on what constitutes an ordinary and necessary business expensea big area of tax deductions. Another area concerns whether litigation proceeds to compensate for damages to farm or ranch property constitute taxable income.
2009 August 21
In food production, things are never the same because many variables come into play on a daily basis. The other day I noticed the raspberry bushes were full of raspberries. Most would say that they are supposed to be. However, the real answer is that the raspberries are not supposed to be there because the birds always eat them.
2009 August 20
The “Sale By The Sea” is a very appropriate name for this sale as the location is set in a beautiful valley just a few miles inland from the coast.
by WLJ
2009 August 14
Cash trade was very quiet at midday last Thursday with just a handful of dressed cattle trading through the first half of the week in the north at mostly steady money. There were bids of $
by WLJ
2009 August 14
USDAs National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) updated their mid-season crop forecasts last week, adding to the expected corn crop and shaving a little production off of the soybean crop. The overall tenor of the report was bearish for corn ...


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