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by WLJ
2017 March 10
Barrett started his rodeo career in the early 1950s. In the early days, he would ride bulls and bareback horses, fill in for the announcer, then set up and play the rodeo dance all night long. Barrett and his band, “Hadley Barrett and the Westerners,” played music for 34 years and was inducted.
by USDA
2017 March 10
Although many farm operators are self-employed, in the majority of farm households either the operator or spouse is employed off-farm. In 2015, more than half of farm household members had health insurance coverage through an employer—close to the rate for the overall U.
2017 March 10
“The concern producers expressed about current economic conditions is consistent with other measures of conditions in the farm economy,” said James Mintert, barometer Principal Investigator and Director of Purdue’s Center for Commercial Agriculture.
by USDA
2017 March 10
Members of households with very low food security reported cutting back on or skipping meals, and in some cases, going a whole day without eating. The prevalence of very low food security varies considerably across household characteristics.
2017 March 10
After the prior week’s impressive gains, last week saw cash fed cattle prices increase even more. By close of trade Thursday afternoon, almost 110,000 head had been confirmed sold at $125- 129.50 live and $200-204 dressed. This was up a few dollars for live cattle and steady for dressed cattle compared to the prior week.


2017 March 10
In another court settlement aimed at settling a grazing dispute in Nevada, a U.S. District Court Judge ordered Wayne Hage to pay more than $587,000 and remove all livestock from federal lands. The decision was issued Feb. 27 by Chief Judge Gloria Navarro.


2017 March 10
The Senate voted 51 to 48 in a mid-afternoon vote last Tuesday to pass House Joint Resolution (H.J.Res.) 44. The vote came exactly a month after the House of Representatives passed it. If signed by the president, the resolution would effectively kill the Planning 2.
2017 March 10
Artificial insemination (AI) is one of the most underutilized technologies in the industry by commercial cow/calf producers. It is the fastest way to improve a herd genetically, using superior sires that a commercial producer could not otherwise afford to purchase for natural service.


2017 March 3
The futures markets were interesting last week. On Monday, one couldn’t help but notice that expiring February live contract seemed to be high on the success of the cash markets. All the while, more deferred contracts appeared to be pointedly pessimistic about the future despite cash and demand signals.
2017 March 3
Since the 2016 insurance year, Whole Farm Revenue Protection (WFRP) insurance has been available in every county in the nation. WFRP covers farm revenue from all commodities produced for the whole farm for the insured year with adjustments made for inventory carryovers.
by DTN
2017 March 3
Currently, industry tractor sales are 60 percent below where they stood in 2013, just as they were in the 1980s—a disturbing comparison that Chandler was quick to soften: “Thankfully, our net income is nowhere near where it was in the 1980s, and...
2017 March 3
A recent study released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) showed that rural Americans are at a higher risk of dying from five major causes than those living in urban areas. The potentially preventable causes were: heart disease; cancer; unintentional injuries; chronic lower respiratory disease; and stroke.
by WLJ
2017 March 3
The Agriculture Council of America (ACA) will host National Agriculture Day on March 21, 2017. This will mark the 44th anniversary of National Ag Day which is celebrated in classrooms and communities across the country. The theme for National Ag Day 2017 is “Agriculture: Food For Life.
by DTN
2017 March 3
In an initial 2017 outlook comments for the beef, pork, and poultry industry, USDA cited 2016 as a record year for meat production in the U.S., which could weigh down markets as production continues to climb in 2017 and the U.S. beef herd enters its fourth year of expansion.
2017 March 3
“This gives us a good picture of how important it is to keep these markets open,” Ribera said. “When you look at it, over 509,000 jobs and almost $108 billion in economic impact is a lot of money and jobs, especially now that commodity prices are low and farmers are struggling to make a profit.
2017 March 3
Non-pregnant (aka “open”) cows are often considered a byproduct of cow/ calf operations. Usually, when open cows are identified at pregnancy diagnosis they are sorted directly into a separate pen, loaded that day (or as soon as the calves are weaned) and transported to a livestock marketing facility.


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