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2017 February 3
Seventeen Native American youth attended the “Linking Native American Youth to Ag Careers” conference conducted and hosted through a partnership with Crazy Horse Memorial Foundation and South Dakota 4-H. Photo courtesy of Crazy Horse Memorial and South Dakota State University extension.
2017 February 3
Biochar—a charcoal created from organic materials burned at high temperatures and added as a soil amendment—has been shown to increase pH and soil fertility in areas with more weathered, acidic soils, like the tropics. But a new study shows its impact on productive soils like those in California’s Central Valley may be quite different.
2017 February 3
Aside from demand for beef, there’s no more important issue for beef cattle producers than price discovery. One dictionary definition says price discovery is a method of determining the price for a specific commodity or security through basic supply and demand factors related to the market.


2017 February 3
One of those knobs that need adjusting is selling the calves, or searching for income. The adjustment is timing and how different markets react to different weights of cattle. Either way, as a producer shifts the calving date, he or she finds himself or herself in new, unfamiliar territory in regard to marketing.


2017 February 3
Striking while the iron is hot is an adage alluding to the trade of a blacksmith who must shape iron while it is hot and pliable; if he delays the opportunity is lost. Acting decisively to take advantage of opportunities when they arise also holds true in the real estate business.


2017 February 3
Spring cleaning has already begun at the White House, starting with a dizzying clutter of federal regulations. Last Monday, President Donald Trump signed an executive order that fulfills a campaign promise: For every new federal regulation, two must be removed—a concept commonly known as “pay-go.


2017 February 3
“We’ll keep working on the cows!” The environmental litigation group claimed credit for the recent closing of over 19,000 acres to sheep grazing on four allotments in Idaho. The fact the allotments have been unused by sheep for years, and that the motivations behind it are scientifically debatable, draw this “victory” into question.


2017 January 30
High points of leverage in a cattle production system are places where strategic inputs of time and resources potentially have impacts that are beneficial and significantly greater than the cost. The challenge is that the areas of highest leverage may not be the most obvious.
2017 January 30
Global beef exports are expected to increase yearover-year in 2017 with growth in several major beef exporting countries supported by growing production in most cases. However, the situations vary among beef exporting countries and market conditions will keep international markets dynamic for the foreseeable future.
2017 January 30
“There are buyers who have bought bulls at the sales year after year and probably never thought how they could use the EPDs [expected progeny differences] and percentile rank to study their cows,” said Eldon Cole, Livestock Specialist, University of Missouri Extension.
2017 January 30
For many high school and minority students who grow up in agriculture families, leaving the farm is a primary goal. But the Spark program at Washington State University (WSU) is igniting interest among these teens in rewarding, profitable jobs in ag, where vacancies far outnumber applicants.
by WLJ
2017 January 30
The North American Meat Institute (NAMI) recently unveiled the first-ofits-kind mobile app aimed at helping consumers become more confident when buying meat and poultry. The free MyMeatUp app includes a full guide to beef, pork, lamb and veal retail meat cuts, and draws on content from www.
by WLJ
2017 January 30
As mentioned in the companion piece on page 6, congressional committees wield enormous amount of power. Congressional committees fairly literally have the ability to decide what bills see the light of day and have a slim hope of making it to laws. This is true both for the committees of the House of Representatives and the Senate.
by WLJ
2017 January 30
The 2017 Auction of the Junior Livestock Champions sets a National Western Stock Show (NWSS) record with the top eight champion animals posting total sales of $442,500. The auction started with a bang when the Reserve Grand Champion Lamb sold for $34,000, exceeding last year’s bid by $6,000.


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