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by USDA
2016 August 12
The 2014 Farm Act revised the maximum income limitations (the income cap) that determine eligibility for most commodity and conservation programs and payments by replacing the separate limits on farm and nonfarm income specified in the 2008 Farm Act with a single total adjusted gross income cap of $900,000.
2016 August 12
Livestock producers must become familiar with a new directive regulating certain medications that can be added to the animals’ feed, according to Gerald Stokka, North Dakota State University (NDSU) Extension Service Veterinarian and Livestock Stewardship Specialist.
by WLJ
2016 August 12
Many livestock producers may be facing forage shortages due to dry conditions this growing season. The Agriculture Act of 2014, most commonly known as the 2014 farm bill, includes a program designed to assist livestock producers facing extended drought conditions.
by WLJ
2016 August 12
Sand County Foundation and the Wyoming Stock Growers Association (WSGA) are accepting applications for the 2017 Wyoming Leopold Conservation Award, which honors Wyoming ranchers who demonstrate outstanding, sustainable management of natural resources.
by WLJ
2016 August 12
West Nile virus is regularly found in the United States, and birds serve as the primary host of the disease. Infected mosquitoes can transmit the virus from birds and then carry it to horses or people. The virus can cause encephalitis, an inflammation of the brain and spinal cord.
by WLJ
2016 August 12
The Michigan Cattlemen’s Association has announced the opening of nominations for the 2016- 2017 MCA/MSU Bull Evaluation Program. This bull appraisal program and is a joint effort between the Michigan Cattlemen’s Association (MCA), Michigan State University (MSU), and the Plank Farm.
by WLJ
2016 August 12
Windrow disease is the name that Bruce Anderson, University of Nebraska Extension Forage Specialist, gives to the striped appearance in fields where alfalfa windrows remained so long that regrowth was delayed. Usually it’s due to rained-on hay and sometimes, insects.
2016 August 12
There was a bit of a lull in the markets last week, almost as though the relative revelry of the markets in the last few weeks took a slight breather to look around. Announced changes to the futures market and the anticipation of the August World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates report likely clouded the market’s upward momentum.


2016 August 12
U.S. red meat exports ended the first half of 2016 on a positive note, as June export values for both beef and pork were the highest of the year. June also marked the second consecutive month of solid year-over-year volume growth, according to statistics released by USDA and compiled by the U.


by USDA
2016 August 12
Passage of the Federal Crop Insurance Reform Act in 1994 led to a spike in the use of crop insurance, reflecting the introduction of low-coverage, fully subsidized Catastrophic Risk Protection Endorsement (CAT) insurance and a temporary requirement that producers obtain insurance coverage to be eligible for other commodity support programs.


2016 August 12
For example, an appreciation of the U.S. dollar (stronger dollar) will increase the price of U.S. exports of currently produced agricultural goods. A depreciation of the U.S. dollar (weaker dollar) will decrease the price of U.S. exports in world markets..


2016 August 12
The study—led in part by Bridgett vonHoldt of Princeton University and Robert Wayne of University of California, Los Angeles—focused on the evolutionary and genetic background of wolves and coyotes in the U.S. and Canada. Researchers sequenced 28 different canine genomes looking at over 5.


2016 August 12
Round bales are often priced by the bale but the amount of hay in a bale depends on bale size and density. For example, assume a 5’x6’ round bale (5 feet wide and 6 feet in diameter or height) is priced at $52.50/bale. If the bale weighs 1,500 pounds, the price is equivalent to $70/ ton.


2016 August 12
The Pacific Legal Foundation (PLF) petitioned the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) to repeal a regulation that applies the take provision of the Endangered Species Act (ESA) to every threatened species listed, according to a 19-page petition filed late last week.


by DTN
2016 August 12
Livestock producers who are in need of additional pasture or hay in late September and October could use an August seeding of oats for some additional forage. This system can produce extra tons of forage, but the crop needs moisture during this time and also enough time to grow before the end of the growing season.


2016 August 12
But that is not likely, says retired University of Missouri (MU) Entomologist Ben Puttler, because Japanese beetles do not lay eggs where they feed. They feed in corn and soybean fields but lay eggs in turfgrass and pastures, he says. Grassy areas provide a desirable habitat with no effective natural enemies.




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