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by WLJ
2016 January 4
“Rural America is challenged  with recruiting veterinarians,” said Dr. John Clifford, Chief Veterinary Officer for the USDA. “These professionals often face high student loan debt, leading them to work in locations with larger populations and higher pay.


by DTN
2016 January 4
A Morgan Stanley survey of commercial insurance brokers shows a 12.6 percent increase for individual insurance policies in 2016 and a 13.5 percent increase for small group rates. But some ag producers are grappling with steeper increases.


2016 January 4
Common interest in beef-cattle health has brought New Mexico State University Professor Clint Loest, center, and graduate students Zeno Bester, left, and Eben Oosthuysen from their homeland of South Africa to do research at NMSU on issues associated with the cattle-feeding industry.


by WLJ
2016 January 4
Traditionally, wheat producers in the Southern Great Plains have applied about 80 pounds of actual nitrogen (N) per acre at planting time and 60 pounds of actual N per acre at spring top-dress time.


2016 January 4
“If we improve our management of land to enhance the biodiversity in our soils, we’ll improve human health,” said Wall, Professor in CSU’s Department of Biology, research scientist in the Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory and Director, School of Global Environmental Sustainability.


2016 January 4
When rabies is mentioned, it often conjures classic images from movies of an infected animal running rabid. While this viral disease seems far from concern, particularly in domestic animals, recent events suggest it is a bigger problem than traditionally thought.


2016 January 4
Many producers nationwide were blessed last summer with excellent moisture conditions across the state for the majority of the forage growing areas. In some areas, putting up dry first and second cutting was challenging and there is a significant amount of over mature hay and some that was rinsed off by frequent rains.


by USDA
2016 January 4
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced Dec. 23 that it is standardizing the approach it will take in instances when sample results from livestock or poultry carcasses reveal chemicals for which neither the U.


by WLJ
2016 January 4
Ten top-notch college students, who are pursuing careers in the beef industry, have been chosen for the 2016-2017 CME Beef Industry Scholarships. The scholarship is sponsored by the CME Group and administered by the National Cattlemen’s Foundation (NCF).


2016 January 4
About 23 percent of those acres were located on farms where no-till/strip-till was used on all corn, soybean, wheat, and cotton land, according to USDA. The remaining 15 percent of no-till/ strip-till acres were located on farms where no-till/striptill was used on only part of the acres.


by WLJ
2016 January 4
U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the availability of $350 million to help landowners protect and restore key farmlands, grasslands and wetlands across the nation.


by WLJ
2016 January 4
Bringing in a new year always causes a time of reflection, and it’s quite amazing to realize what took place that impacted the beef industry in a short 12 months. There is a variety of issues to ponder about 2015, but I hold steadfast in my optimism and look for continued positive movement in the coming year from many aspects.


2016 January 4
This past year taught the beef industry some painful lessons. Cattle feeders discovered that the money always runs out before the cattle. Risk managers realized that market volatility can wreck the best hedging plans. Cattle feeders and packers realized that the shrinking cash live cattle market demands urgent action or it will disappear.


2016 January 4
So often, we simply add the words “net profit” and continue. But are not our lives greater than the coins in our pockets? As food producers, we are keepers of others, providers for those without. Like nature and the seasons, we need to ponder potential change within the world.


by WLJ
2016 January 4
The complex of viral and bacterial causes for bovine respiratory disease (BRD) or illness commonly known as “shipping fever” does not respect age or condition of cattle and will become opportunistic whenever the advantage may arise.


2015 December 27
The market year of 2015 was head-spinning in its difference from 2014. While this holds true generally across all sectors of the market, it was most poignantly felt by cattle feeders. The year 2014 was a record up year for feeder cattle prices, 2015 may well prove to be one of the worst down years for cattle feeders.


by WLJ
2015 December 27
“The report is kind of friendly across the board with total on-feed numbers coming down,” noted Troy Vetterkind of Vetterkind Cattle Brokerage. He also pointed out that “There was one extra slaughter day this year compared to last year, helping to give the better marketing number.


by DTN
2015 December 27
Albert Einstein supposedly remarked that the hardest thing in the world to understand is the income tax. That may have been a quick quip back then. If he were around today and encountering the individual retirement account (IRA) distribution rules, he’d be dead serious.


2015 December 27
“Santa Claus does live,” proclaimed Andrew Gottschalk of Hedgers’ Edge on Christmas Eveeve. After weeks upon weeks of downward spiraling markets on almost all fronts, last week saw a turnaround in both futures and cash markets. That Christmas market miracle may well have happened.




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