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2015 July 2
We have one of those rare times when every organization representing agriculture agrees on an issue. The Obama administration announced last week that they will start to allow 14 regions of Brazil and Argentina to export fresh and frozen beef to the U.


2015 July 2
But even without major tweaking, at least for the center, those May-born calves are holding their own. Last year, the center’s beef herd may have started 100 pounds light, but the calves actually had an adjusted 205-day weight of 681 pounds.


2015 July 2
Who would have believed the discovery of live cattle prices would change so much in a decade? Or that the public cries in the 1990s over “captive supply” would be replaced by a public silence about the disappearing cash market and the preponderance...


2015 June 26
The cash fed cattle trade got underway last Thursday with almost 35,000 head confirmed sold on the negotiated market. Prices for live steers ranged from $147- 150—steady to lower compared to the prior week’s $149-150—and dressed steers were down $2-3 at $235-240.


by WLJ
2015 June 26
Historically small U.S. cattle inventory continues to support high beef prices in 2015, but at least in the short term, increasing imports of processing beef (especially from Australia) and heavy carcass weights have helped moderate some of the price pressures.


by WLJ
2015 June 26
The variation in the percent of total expenses represented by individual expenses across different types of farms reflects how specialized U.S. agriculture has become.


by WLJ
2015 June 26
At 468.56 million pounds of beef in storage, beef stores were up 24 percent compared to last year, but down 3 percent from the prior month. The buildup was entirely credited to increased supplies of boneless beef, most of it likely from Australia given the still-favorable import environment.


by WLJ
2015 June 26
The Agricultural Act of 2014 gradually reduces the cap on land enrolled in the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) from 32 million acres to 24 million acres by 2017. CRP acreage declined 34 percent since 2007, falling from 36.8 million acres to 24.2 million by April 2015.


2015 June 26
Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) legislation finally made its way to President Barack Obama’s office last Wednesday after a series of twists, turns and political maneuvering. The bill returned to the Senate early last week for consideration after the House failed to advance it with Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) attached.


2015 June 26
The Husker Mobile Beef Lab is a mobile experience aimed at teaching youth about microbiology, ruminant nutrition, food production, forage resources management, anatomy and physiology, and more. The mobile lab also provides the opportunity to discuss animal husbandry and welfare in the beef industry and clear up any confusion.


by WLJ
2015 June 26
Regional Forester Nora Rasure of the Intermountain Region recently communicated, by letter, with Governors Brian Sandoval (NV) Matthew Mead (WY) and Butch Otter (ID), along with Utah’s Director of Public Lands Policy Coordinating Office, Kathleen...


by DTN
2015 June 26
This arrangement also has estate tax risk. Given that the payments back from the children are implicitly for Grandpa’s lifetime, the IRS could also apply Section 2036 to pull the property back into his estate at death (assuming Grandpa’s net worth exceeded the estate tax exemption and the IRS had estate tax to collect also).


2015 June 26
Not all forms of nitrogen are created equal. Anhydrous ammonia fares better than other forms applied before planting in wet years. “But neither anhydrous nor Environmentally Safe Nitrogen (ESN) are bulletproof in a wet year,” Scharf says. ESN resists loss when applied early, but releases too slowly to do well on corn over a foot tall.


by WLJ
2015 June 26
Issues important to rural Americans, farmers, ranchers, and senior citizens will be the sole focus of a new series of live one-hour primetime programs featuring presidential candidates leading up to the caucuses in Iowa, and New Hampshire and South Carolina primaries.


2015 June 26
U.S. Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) released a draft proposal early last week to remove mandatory country of origin labeling (COOL) from muscle cuts of beef and pork, and make the program voluntary. She called the proposal a pathway to finding a solution on country of origin labeling.


2015 June 26
Composting animal manure has long been used as a soil amendment to improve soil health. Composting has increased use as a tool to manage animal manure in recent years for livestock producers.


by DTN
2015 June 26
Two features of the 2014 farm bill’s crop insurance coverage will be expanded to winter wheat and other crops starting in 2016, US- DA’s Risk Management Agency (RMA) announced recently. The move should aid growers besieged by extreme yield swings due to drought or excess moisture, although the benefits won’t come without higher premium costs.




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