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by WLJ
2017 February 3
New expected progeny differences (EPDs) from the spring 2017 international cattle evaluation were released Jan. 27, 2017 for the North American Limousin Foundation (NALF) and Canadian Limousin Association (CLA).
2017 February 3
One day after the Trump administration signed an executive order clearing the way for the Keystone XL pipeline (KXL), Trans- Canada filed a new application for a presidential permit with the U.S. Department of State. The company announced this move on Jan.
2017 February 3
In severe cold weather, cows eating toxic fescue—a widely used pasture grass in areas of the Corn Belt and eastern southern states—suffer frozen feet with lost hooves. In one case a Missouri a producer lost five cows out of a herd of 30. Other cases, less severe, are being reported.
2017 February 3
The referenced charts are the nearby continuous contract for feeder and also live cattle. Cattle contracts are reasonably liquid for one year prior to expiration at most and routinely less for feeder cattle. Thus, multiyear patterns require the use of continuous contracts.
by USDA
2017 February 3
The USDA Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) announced interest rates for February 2017. The CCC borrowing rate-based charge for February is 0.875 percent, unchanged from 0.875 percent in January..
by WLJ
2017 February 3
Boehner was the 53rd Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, and served Ohio’s eighth Congressional District from 1991 to 2015. During his time in Congress, Boehner served as Vice Chairman of the U.S. House Committee on Agriculture and as Chairman of the U.
by WLJ
2017 February 3
While I was in the United States Peace Corps, a stranger came to my small village in Kenya and stood on a box to gather villagers around him. He delivered a powerful and convincing story so that he could sell vials of water that he claimed would protect the people from the malaria that was ravaging the community.
2017 February 3
Unfortunately, even successful individuals and organizations have a natural tendency to fall into the trap of focusing on what has worked well in the past, what they feel comfortable doing, and what is politically correct or politically expedient. The result is that we often stifle our potential.
by USDA
2017 February 3
In 2015, the basket’s annual farm value rose by 11 percent to $62.12, while its annual retail value rose by 1.6 percent to $225.80, causing farm share for the basket of fresh vegetables to increase from 25 to 28 percent.
by USDA
2017 February 3
Commercial-sized farms often require more management and labor than an individual can provide. Additional operators can offer these and other resources, such as capital or farmland. Having a secondary operator may also provide a successor when an older principal operator phases out of farming.
by WLJ
2017 February 3
back in the valley and running the family ranch kept Vestal busy, but meeting Marie made his life complete. For his 77 years Vestal did the things he loved; veterinary medicine, raising working quarter horses, roping, riding and enjoying the sport of rodeo.


by USDA
2017 February 3
The Economic Research Service (ERS) Major Land Uses (MLU) series estimates land in various uses, including the acres devoted to crop production in a given year. These acres, collectively referred to as “cropland used for crops,” include acres of cropland harvested, acres on which crops failed, and cultivated summer fallow.


2017 February 3
Nebraska was tapped in 2011 by the USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture to lead the $25 million project to investigate Shiga toxin-producing E. coli (STEC) strains that can contaminate beef. STEC strains can cause life-threatening bloody diarrhea and kidney failure.
by WLJ
2017 February 3
Symptoms of scrapie in sheep are very much like the symptoms of BSE in cattle. Motor function is impaired, tremors and unusual limp movements occur, and coat appearance deteriorates. Infected sheep will display behavior changes, increased sensitivity to sound and movement, and rubbing and biting of the legs.
by WLJ
2017 February 3
Temple Grandin, Ph.D., Colorado State University, kicked off the festivities at of one of the largest American Sheep Industry (ASI) Association conventions in the last decade in her trademark way—by mesmerizing the audience with her concrete thinking..
2017 February 3
The strongest cool-season grass pastures in many areas of the Corn Belt and the eastern southern states come from varieties of tall fescue infected with a fungus. This infection can be good—or bad—depending on which variety and what perspective you take.
2017 February 3
When an almond tree keels over in a mature orchard, it could be a sign of something ominous. University of California (UC) scientists are tracking a fungal infection in San Joaquin Valley almond trees that can cost farmers hundreds of thousands of dollars in lost production.


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