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by WLJ
2009 March 13
The report, which details the findings of a national online poll of 1,059 consumers conducted in November 2008, was released last week at the 2009 Annual Meat Conference. AMI and FMI published this consumer research which was sponsored by Sealed Air?s Cryovac Food Packaging Division.
by WLJ
2009 March 13
As higher costs and environmental concerns about fossil fuels push more people to buy locally produced food, demand for livestock raised on pastures and rangelands?rather than in feed lots?is spurring a return to greater reliance on native rangelands and cultivated pastures.
by WLJ
2009 March 13
During 2008, when markets were up limit one day and down limit the next, hedge funds and index traders caught the wrath of farmers, elevator grain merchandisers, and others who alleged improper activity and illegal market manipulation. So far, the regulators have not hauled any one or any company off to jail for such improprieties. But why?
by DTN
2009 March 13
While strong 2008 incomes and years of conservative borrowing have kept U.S. farmers in a relatively good credit situation heading into planting season, the long-term outlook is less positive, analysts said.
by WLJ
2009 March 13
Feeding of corn co-products like distillers grains and corn gluten has changed the mineral balance in winter cattle diets, said Dennis Bauer, University of Nebraska Extension educator. Those products are really high in phosphorus, Bauer said.
by DTN
2009 March 13
USDA last Wednesday lowered both U.S. corn and soybean ending stocks for 2008-09 as higher ethanol use buoyed corn usage while soybeans got a bump in record exports to China. ?U.S.
by WLJ
2009 March 13
Nebraska for this annual event. A strong representation of Angus genetics, including many one-half brother combinations that, combined with solid testing and data scans plus the utilization of the Grow Safe Feed Consumption System, afforded buyers or leasers excellent opportunities.
2009 March 6
There was a pleasant view as I went to the auction barn the other day. The semitrailer truck was sitting in the parking lot with a load of alfalfa hay. Under many situations, no one would really notice, but the long, drawn-out winter has many producers checking their hay inventory as frequently as the weather forecast.
2009 March 6
The farming, livestock and horse industries are facing challenges in hard economic times. These industries serve the economic lifeblood of millions of Americans, not only owners, but related industries and services as well. Casualties and setbacks from economic forces are recurring problems making it difficult to make a profit on a consistent basis.
by WLJ
2009 March 6
Cargill has begun construction on an expansion of its Plainview, TX, beef plant, according to the plant?s general manager, Jim Rathke. The expansion adds a finely textured beef operation to the existing facility, and beef product that is 93 percent to 96 percent lean as an ingredient in the company?s ground beef, Rathke said.
2009 March 6
Harry?s first cowboy job was when he was 14 and his last when he was 75 for his good friend Paul Lowrey. He also packed in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, rode race horses, working in a rock quarry and logged. He had many stallions and brood mares through the years.
by WLJ
2009 March 6
Sale Calendar is a service to our advertisers. There is a minimum advertising requirement to be eligible to be listed in the sale calendar. Contact your fieldman for more information, or to have your date added to the Sale Calendar. We will only run auction sale dates or private treaty start dates.
by WLJ
2009 March 6
Some early fed cattle trade last week added $1 to the previous week prices in Nebraska where a handful of cattle traded to a regional packer at $131 dressed.
by WLJ
2009 March 6
A recent ruling against the environmental group Western Watersheds Project (WWP) in a U.S. district court has signaled a strong victory for ranchers and federal land management agencies who battle legal onslaughts from groups like WWP and others which seek to prevent grazing on public lands.
by WLJ
2009 March 6
Private holdings in the West are not just important to those who own and operate them, they also provide key benefits to publicly-owned land throughout the West. That?s one thing participants at the recent Western Range Summit discussed as the Public Land Council held a meeting in Salt Lake City, Feb.
by WLJ
2009 March 6
The head of the World Trade Organization (WTO) last week issued a warning over the problems that could arise if nations, particularly the U.S., resort to protectionist trade policies during the current economic crisis.
by WLJ
2009 March 6
A dedication to learning, improvement and good animal husbandry helped earn the North American Limousin Foundation (NALF) Commercial Producer of the Year award for Tim and Delarie Kessler of Kessler Livestock, Leola, SD.
by WLJ
2009 March 6
The Mustang Heritage Foundation (MHF) is doing what no other horse-related organization in the nation has attempted?give a horse to a trainer for 90 days and guarantee $700 in payment with the promise to help market the trainer and the horse to the public.
by WLJ
2009 March 6
A bill introduced to the Colorado House of Representatives by Cory Gardner, R- Yuma, intended to protect landowners from overzealous wildlife officials has failed, but there is still a chance for common property rights to prevail if all goes well in upcoming legislative meetings.
by WLJ
2009 March 6
Union County Extension agent David Graham has first-hand experience how an agricultural emergency plan prepares a community. His county had just finished the agriculture amendment to its emergency operations plan when the January 2007 blizzard buried some areas of northeastern New Mexico in more than 30 inches of snow and 10- to 15-foot drifts.


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