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by WLJ
2009 February 27
Were in a second-year La Ni a event, said Nebraska State Climatologist Al Dutcher. This event developed over the last month or month and a half. When we look at statistics on La Ni a events across Nebraska, we find 10 since the 1950s. Seven have gone into the second year.
by WLJ
2009 February 27
As a beef producer, are you marketing your product, or are you selling it? This is a question that all producers should ask themselves and then act on management strategies that will enable them to add value and market that valuable product. With each operation being different, we all know there is no cookie-cutter solution.
by DTN
2009 February 27
Land values fell in the fourth quarter of 2008, but so far in 2009, land is holding its own, slightly off last years highs. Land prices in the fourth quarter were down 6 percent in Iowa and 3 percent in Illinois, according to the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago.
by WLJ
2009 February 27
National Farmers Union (NFU) President Tom Buis announced last week he will be stepping down as NFU president, effective March 15, to serve as CEO of Growth Energy. His successor will be chosen by Farmers Union delegates at the upcoming national convention March 8-10 in Washington, D.
by WLJ
2009 February 27
In early February at the World Agricultural Fair, representatives of Hilarides Dairy announced the company is converting cow waste to fuel trucks and generators while minimizing pollution and diversifying energy sources.
by WLJ
2009 February 27
Beef demand. What is it, and how can the Beef Checkoff Program influence changes in demand? These are questions that a recent checkoff-funded "U.S. Beef Demand Drivers and Enhancement Opportunities: A Research Study" tried to answer.
2009 February 27
Right now, its hard not to be overwhelmed by our governments actions. Last week was about the budget deficit; the week prior was about the housing and bank bailout.
2009 February 20
The IRS is focusing more on audits in the farming, livestock and horse industries in which taxpayers are claiming six figures or more in tax deductions. This often pertains to taxpayers who are employed full time in a profession and operate the farm or other activity on a parttime basis, often relying on managers and contract employees.
by WLJ
2009 February 20
Canadian beef exporters will have access to the lucrative Saudi Arabian market for the first time since 2003, said Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz. ?Step by step, this government is reopening markets to Canadian beef producers,? said Ritz.
2009 February 20
Dear Pete, I wanted to comment on your Comments?COOL is cool. I totally agree with your assessment of COOL and your comments in reference to NAIS. I agree that we should let the marketplace work its magic.
2009 February 20
TREASURE BULL TEST Treasure Bull Test has now completed 100 days of their test on 150 Angus bulls, 18 Simm x Angus bulls and 10 Chi x Angus bulls. The 137 spring Angus bulls on test are gaining 3.22 lbs. per day with an average weight per day of age (WDA) of 3.07 lbs.
by WLJ
2009 February 20
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 February 20
A steep two-day decline in the futures markets forced feedlots to the table with inventory earlier than anticipated last week, with most of the week?s northern trade taking place last Wednesday afternoon. Live sales in Nebraska sold $2 lower, from $78-80, and dressed sales sold $3 to $4 lower, from $127-129.
by WLJ
2009 February 20
USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack said last week he wants U.S. packers to adhere to a more strict interpretation of Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) laws. During a series of meetings scheduled last week, he told consumer groups that he favored a strict interpretation of COOL and that current plans for implementation did not meet that standard.
by WLJ
2009 February 20
President Obama's economic stimulus bill has come and gone? discussions on the bill (at least in Congress) have ceased, and the bill has been signed and put into action.
by WLJ
2009 February 20
The ethanol industry, which just one year ago was flying high as energy prices soared, is facing hard times. Now instead of unveiling plans for new plants and investments, the industry is facing plant closures and numerous bankruptcies. Late last year, the nation?s largest ethanol producer, VeraSun Energy Corp.
by WLJ
2009 February 20
Kyle Perez, Nara Visa, NM, was selected as the 2009 Hereford Herdsman of the Year at the National Western Stock Show in Denver, CO. Perez was selected for the award by his peers?other Hereford herdsmen and breeders? and honored prior to the selection of the champion horned Hereford bull on Jan.
by WLJ
2009 February 20
The Legislature had voted last year to allow the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC) to craft new rules which would better protect wildlife and public health, but now that the rules have been released, landowners and gas developers are crying foul.
by WLJ
2009 February 20
Rendering plants across the nation are preparing for implementation of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration?s (FDA) Enhanced Feed Ban regulation set to go into effect April 27. The regulation, which will be immediately enforceable, will require a complete clearing of prohibited materials from the supply pipeline before that date.


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