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2015 June 12
In a joint statement June 4, the governments of Canada and Mexico announced they are seeking retaliatory tariffs against U.S. goods. The countries were granted the ability to request the tariffs following the World Trade Organization (WTO) action in May up holding.


by WLJ
2015 June 12
During the committee’s deliberation over the bill, committee members debated about the bill and addressed proposed amendments. Bill author Senator John Barrasso (R-WY) argued that the repeal bill is necessary in the face of the EPA’s WOTUS law, finalized May 27.


by WLJ
2015 June 12
Vilsack made the announcement during a visit to the Snake River Brewing Company in Jackson, WY. The company received a $13,810 USDA Rural Development Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) grant to install a solar panel to generate energy for the business.


2015 June 12
eeder cattle markets had a nice rally last week with the August feeder cattle futures gaining nearly $4 for the week. Last Wednesday the contract finished the day at $226.77; Feb. 24 marked the low point at $196.87, so we’ve seen a 15 percent increase in the contract value.


2015 June 12
A shepherd is one who cares for a flock. However, a shepherd does not necessarily just care for sheep because anyone can be a shepherd by caring for those around him or her and helping as needed. That caring and helping process also is a protection process.


by WLJ
2015 June 12
All of our herd must be in optimal shape in order to attain prime breeding potential, but first-time heifers may have special needs. In order to create “reproduction momentum” in your herd, body condition scoring becomes paramount. A perfect world would allow for all cattle to breed and re-breed in an efficient, timely manner ever year.


2015 June 12
A charitable remainder trust (CRT) enables a family selling a farm or ranch to avoid tax on the sale of their land, livestock and equipment and generate lifetime income for retirement. In addition to saving taxes and generating a lifetime income, a CRT provides several other benefits:.


by WLJ
2015 June 12
If an estate has a value greater than the exemption amount ($5.34 million in 2014), it must file a return. An estimated 2.7 percent of farm estates would be required to file an estate tax return in 2014, with about 0.8 percent of estates owing any federal estate tax.


by WLJ
2015 June 12
With “drought” still dominating headlines nationwide, the concept of rain— specifically too much rain— is counterintuitive. But even as California and Nevada continue to bake in their years-long dry spell, states in the Great Plains, particularly the South, are under water.


2015 June 12
About 40,000 acres of oats were harvested in Michigan in 2014. Michigan’s oats are grown for a variety of reasons including feed grain, forage, cover crop and seed production. Oats as a feed grain fill a niche in today’s livestock production systems, particularly in places where corn grain production is unreliable.


2015 June 12
“Factors such as insemination timing, semen placement, estrous detection and synchronization protocols usually receive the most focus; however, semen handling is equally important,” Rusche said. “A successful artificial insemination (AI) program is the result of all the separate steps done correctly.


2015 June 12
Maintaining a 60-75-day breeding and calving season can be one of the most important management tools for cow/calf producers. A uniform, heavier, and more valuable calf crop is one key reason for keeping the breeding season short. Plus, more efficient cow supplementation and cow herd health programs are a product of a short breeding season.


by DTN
2015 June 12
Beardi, who spent 22 years in the Army, said he was going through “intense therapy” for a year and a half at Walter Reed Hospital after being “blown up” in Iraq, when a Vietnam veteran picked him up twice a week and took him to a farm, where he found the physical exercise and working with animals to be therapeutic.


2015 June 12
“This six-unit course will help anyone who needs a basic understanding of soils, crop nutrients, cropping systems, pest management, crop growth and diagnostics,” Erickson said. “Participants will gain an understanding of the issues related to growing crops and how to more effectively understand and communicate them.


by WLJ
2015 June 12
U.S. Senators Mike Enzi and John Barrasso, both Wyoming Republicans, recently joined a bipartisan group of senators in introducing legislation that would eliminate a costly and redundant U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulation affecting pesticide users.


by WLJ
2015 June 12
One of the first questions anyone answers is, “What do you want to be?” However, we don’t stop answering it as we grow older. College students are often asked this question and ask it of themselves. It is this question that prompted the Agriculture Future of America (AFA) student leaders to select the theme “BE: The Voice.


2015 June 12
An endophyte is a fungus that lives within the plant between cells. It is not a true parasite, but has a symbiotic relationship with the host plant. The endophyte receives water, nutrients and a structure in which to grow. It provides alkaloids to the plant which help protect it from drought, heat and planteating animals, including insects.


by DTN
2015 June 12
Crop farmers always face the balancing act of producing as many bushels as possible from their acres while at the same time protecting net income by avoiding overspending on inputs. Fertilizer is often high on the cost list. This growing season, in particular, is challenging farmers’ ability to remain profitable.


by DTN
2015 June 11
Closing Livestock Comments by John HarringtonGENERAL COMMENTS: A limited number of live sales were reported in Kansas at $155, fully steady with last week. Yet, for the most part, feedlot country rema


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