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2017 June 2
I had the pleasure of joining my state cattlemen’s association for their mid-year meeting this past week in Montana. These meetings provide an invaluable opportunity to find out the latest issues pressing to your industry, network with other ranchers, share ideas/.

2017 May 26
Last Tuesday saw Texas Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-1) introduce H.R. 2603. The bill seeks to amend the Endangered Species Act (ESA) “to provide that nonnative species in the United States” are not protected by the ESA. As of press, Gohmert’s office did not have full text of the bill available.



by WLJ
2017 May 26
A constant drum beat in ag today is the call for ranchers to get involved. “Tell your story!” you’re told. But it can get overwhelming, particularly given the sheer volume of places and ways you can do that, not to mention the needs of running your operation.
2017 May 26
Though mid-week cash prices fell to $129-133 live following the Fed Cattle Exchange, by Thursday, live prices increased slightly to $130-136. Dressed prices on Thursday were $206-210. Despite this minor intra-week recovery in the cash prices, they were generally steady with the prior week’s trade and down from recent week’s.

2017 May 26
rights have sounded the alarm for all non-federal water users that rely on these water rights for their livelihood. The Water Rights Protection Act is commonsense legislation that provides certainty by upholding longstanding federal deference to state water law.
2017 May 26
The plan proposes to cut $3.6 trillion in federal spending over the next 10 years while making major increases in defense spending and border security. And, as outlined in his blueprint budget released in March, agriculture is set to take a financial hit.
2017 May 26
“The Whole-Farm Revenue Protection policy came out in 2015 and it essentially is a whole-farm policy as is indicated by the name. It covers revenue from the sale of commodities on the producer’s whole farm. And ‘commodities’ includes crops and livestock,” explained Dave Paul, vice president of underwriting with QBE NAU Crop Insurance.
by WLJ
2017 May 26
Dr. O’Dell G. “Dan” Daniel passed away at his home on May 18, 2017. He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Leonard DeForest and Martha Ann White Daniel. Born in Paris, AR, he attended public school there, graduating from Paris High School in 1940. Following his graduation from Arkansas State Teachers College, he served in the Armed Forces during World War II.

2017 May 26
The hay was cut and baled in June in Moore County, TN. The bales were weighed at the time of harvest and storage. Then they were weighed again the following January at the time of winter feeding. The following table lists the type of storage and the resulting percentage hay loss.

2017 May 26
Rancher Joe mostly grows alfalfa and corn, but has a small cattle operation and a small manure composting operation as well. His primary revenue sources are selling his feed corn and alfalfa hay, but he also direct markets the beef from his cattle in his community, and sells the composted manure to the local nursery.

by DTN
2017 May 26
The USMEF held a press call last Wednesday to update reporters on various markets. Most of the discussion revolved around what the expectations are for China. Joel Haggard, senior vice president for the group, said there is “intense buying interest” for U.

2017 May 26
In response to a request from beef industry stakeholders, the USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is revising the live Government Live Animal (GLA) specification used for all Angus certified programs to provide more objective phenotypic (visual) criteria for identifying eligible cattle.

by USDA
2017 May 26
In 2015, farm households had a median total income of $76,735 per household—a third greater than that of all U.S. households ($56,516). Median total household income increased with farm size, with the median income of households operating small family farms approximating the U.S.

2017 May 26
He said that ASI was working with USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) in an effort to keep within the confidentiality requirements but still get market numbers reported. Not reporting weight data, lagging weight data a week, or combining some weight categories have all been recommendations to deal with the potential confidentiality conflicts.

2017 May 26
Unlike other management tools such as tree cutting or herbicide spraying, burning is not a surrogate for some other disturbance. Rather, it is a natural process that can be used to influence vegetation toward a specific objective, such as reduced brush cover.

2017 May 26
Implants are small pellets applied to the middle third of the back of the ear. A variety of implant products are designed for use during the nursing, growing and finishing stages in beef cattle production. They contain naturally occurring or synthetic hormones that increase the efficiency of feed use and stimulate muscle growth.



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