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by USDA
2016 October 28
Beginning farmers—those who have managed a farm or ranch for 10 years or less—generally have lower rates of business survival than more established farm operators. According to Census of Agriculture data, only 48.1 percent of beginning farmers with positive sales in 2007 also reported positive sales in 2012—compared with 55.

2016 October 28
The broodmare owner should supply the amount and balance of nutrients that will aid in maximum conception rates and best meet the needs during gestation and lactation. This article provides information on body condition and nutritional needs of broodmares in different stages of gestation and lactation.

by USDA
2016 October 28
For example, new phytosanitary protocols (measures for the control of plant and animal diseases) enabled the export of Mexican avocados to the U.S., while a coordinated campaign by all three North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) governments established a harmonized approach to mitigating the risks associated with BSE.

by WLJ
2016 October 28
The National FFA organization recently named the 2016 American Star Award recipients during the National FFA Convention & Expo. American Star Awards are presented to FFA members who demonstrate outstanding agricultural skills and competencies through completion of a supervised agricultural experience (SAE).
by WLJ
2016 October 28
Two key USDA reports were released recently: the monthly Cold Storage and Cattle on Feed reports. Cold Storage indicated frozen stocks of beef have continued to increase, adding 9 percent compared to August and up 4 percent compared to last year. This also marks the fifth consecutive month beef inventories have increased month over month.

by WLJ
2016 October 28
On Oct. 19, WDFW Director Jim Unsworth lifted his previous order authorizing staff to take lethal action to stop predation by the Profanity Peak wolf pack now that most livestock are being moved off federal grazing allotments in the Colville National Forest.

2016 October 28
A recent Cow/Calf Corner newsletter discussed cull cow grades. Remember cull cows that are destined to go to the packing house are graded by their fleshiness. The fattest cows are called “breakers.” Moderately fleshed cows are “boning.” Thin cows are called “leans” or “lights,” depending upon the weight of the cow.

by WLJ
2016 October 28
When cattle prices erratically head lower, it’s easy to take issue with reports of higher packer margins or retail beef prices that still seem relatively high. But in a volatile market, the segments along beef’s supply chain often see much above- or below-average returns.

2016 October 28
If the bull was turned out June 1, the second trimester of the cows’ pregnancy starts early to mid-September and the third trimester starts Dec. 12. Thus, the last week in September starts a positive opportunity to position the cows for calving and rebreeding next year.
2016 October 28
The USDA recently published a final rule on the Agricultural Conservation Easement Program (ACEP). The program is administered by the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), and was created in the 2014 farm bill to protect and restore critical wetlands on private and tribal lands through the Wetland Reserve Easement (WRE) component.

2016 October 28
The economic storm rages on in cattle country and the abrupt market downturn has taken a swing at the whole beef cattle industry. Producers raising traditional beef cattle bemoan the roughly 40 percent losses on beef feeders and fed cattle. Losses sustained in the Holstein steer sector are even more staggering, however.

2016 October 28
Many times a potential advertiser will call and not be able to, for whatever reason, identify what they’d like their ad to say. In most of these situations, I’ll ask general questions about their operation, what they’re trying to sell, and if they’ve seen ads in the past that they’ve liked or, more importantly, disliked.

2016 October 21
The volatility in the cattle futures has caused much tongue wagging and heartburn for producers. But our futures markets have a long history in which to develop problems. Elsewhere in agriculture, a new market is being created and its stewards are hoping to avoid a lot of those problems before they begin.


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