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2016 April 15
boxed beef cutout values moved sharply higher last week to $224.43, which is signaling the start of the spring rally. Packers have also started to increase slaughter levels in preparation for the upcoming demand. This seasonal trend should allow cattle feeders to CROW.


2016 April 15
Bull docility often is mentioned as a critical talking point when bulls are bought, but it’s often simply accepted once they are unloaded at home. Never trust a bull! That is a story in itself, but the point today is the current bull inventory and the condition of the bulls.


by DTN
2016 April 15
start in more ways than one. Not only is seasonal beef demand experiencing great difficulty in locating the first rung on the ladder to Memorial Day, neither one of our major political parties seems to be making real progress in crowning a presidential nominee.
2016 April 8
Mexican beef exports have grown rapidly in recent years. Total beef exports began increasing in 2009 and have increased from about 28,000 metric tons in 2008 to over 161,000 metric tons in 2015, a nearly six-fold increase. Currently, Mexico is the 10th largest beef exporting country, exceeding Argentina for the first time in 2015.


by DTN
2016 April 8
A key definition in the tax law involves growing. An agricultural operation that’s conducting crop or animal production is classified as a farmer. Activities that only provide services to an agricultural producer aren’t farming.


by USDA
2016 April 8
As part of ongoing efforts to combat the spread of invasive and noxious weeds that threaten the health and productivity of millions of acres of public lands, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), on April 7 released the Final Programmatic...


2016 April 8
The wetland mitigation bank program is designed to provide agricultural producers with an affordable option to meet their conservation compliance responsibilities by providing a platform where wetland credits can be bought and sold with the assistance of a dedicated third party.


2016 April 8
The Deschutes Basin Board of Control (DBBC), however, would like to see a written opinion. DBBC President Mike Britton said, “We naturally believe any mediation will be more productive if the court issues a written opinion explaining the basis for denying the motion for preliminary injunction.


2016 April 8
Having soil tested is the first step to having a more productive pasture or garden. Ben Polley, a graduate student working for the University of Missouri (MU) Extension in Douglas County, recommends having soils tested prior to fertilizer applications or, for well-managed operations, every two to three years.


2016 April 8
The cash fed cattle trade got underway in the rarely-seen usual fashion last week, with over 50,000 head having been confirmed sold by close of trade on Thursday. Prices paid for cash cattle were steady with the prior week at $132-135 (up $1 on the upper end of the range) for live and $213-215 dressed.


2016 April 8
February beef exports totaled 83,203 metric tons (mt), up slightly from last year, while value dropped 18 percent to $437 million. January-February exports were up 2 percent in volume (165,504 mt) from a year ago but fell 16 percent in value ($875.1 million).


2016 April 8
Federal agencies, California, Oregon, and a corporation owned by Warren Buffet bucked local opposition last Wednesday when they signed two agreements aimed at removing four major dams along the Klamath River. According to local opponents, the finalization of the agreements was premature and excluded input from the public and affected stakeholders.


2016 April 8
The population of the lesser prairie-chicken increased by an estimated 25 percent range-wide following the second year of a management plan, according to the second annual report of the Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (WAFWA). The March 31 report to the U.


2016 April 8
“Internet connectivity is what I would consider an enabling technology,” said Terry Griffin, Assistant Professor of Agricultural Economics at Kansas State University (K-State). “Without it, precision ag devices and other special technologies cannot be fully utilized until this infrastructure for wireless connectivity has been completed.


by WLJ
2016 April 8
A new study from the Chicago Council on Global Affairs warns that civil unrest stemming from food price volatility and food insecurity in key world regions stands to directly impact U.S. national security interests.


by WLJ
2016 April 8
These and other funds will be used to purchase fencing supplies, pay for the treatment of cattle injured in the fire and other priority needs identified by local Kansas Livestock Association (KLA) leadership in counties affected by wildfire that started March 22 and burned into the following week (see WLJ’s April 4 edition).