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2016 June 3
Each year, thousands of youth all across the country participate in an animal science project and learn about the multiple aspects of animal husbandry. However, one area that is sometimes forgotten is the role youth play in the agriculture industry with their project.


by USDA
2016 June 3
USDA recently announced that farmers and ranchers filing crop acreage reports with the Farm Service Agency (FSA) and participating insurance providers approved by the Risk Management Agency (RMA) now can provide the common information from their acreage reports at one office and the information will be electronically shared with the other location.


2016 June 3
Storing hay with a moisture content of more than 20 percent without using a preservative could allow the growth of bacteria that release heat and cause mold formation, said Keith Johnson, Purdue Professor of Agronomy. This process increases the inner temperature of the bales, sometimes high enough to cause spontaneous combustion.


2016 June 3
The second most important holiday week/weekend for retail beef sales is now behind us. But how sales went over the Memorial Day week will be vital for the wholesale beef and live cattle markets this month. Retail sales over the holiday week last year were a bust.


2016 June 3
Forward or backward are two options. Once the clutch is engaged and the accelerator pressed, action is necessary. Is the operation in “drive” to move forward or in “reverse” to move backward? Let’s hope cattle producers are moving forward, but slowly, however.


2016 June 3
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other agencies, including the Department of Defense (DOD) and USDA, are unifying responses to prevent the spread of a new antibiotic-resistant E. coli bacterium with a gene that could defeat lastresort antibiotics and is new to the United States.


2016 June 3
Boarding wild horses must be a pretty good business and it looks as if it will only get better. I’ve seen many feedlots around the West with thousands of the wholesome creatures penned up and getting regular groceries. This past spring I even saw a band of burros in central Utah enjoying fresh hay.


by WLJ
2016 June 3
I was in my tractor listening to a radio report one day and the message I got was how disassociated people are with agriculture. I took it a step further and found 98 percent of the population today are not associated in any way with ag and that’s a big challenge for our industry.


by WLJ
2016 May 27
There are a few agricultural producers still active who remember the 1980s and the difficult times that persisted throughout much of the decade. For those unfamiliar with the stress many producers experienced during that time, a reflection back provides a comparison and may provide insight into what to expect for the next few years.


2016 May 27
Feedlot inventories on May 1 were 10.78 million head in feedlots over 1,000 head capacity. This is up 1.3 percent from May 2015. Placements in April were 107.5 percent of year-ago levels; the third straight monthly increase in feedlot placements. April marketings were 101.


2016 May 27
Four months ago, the top brass of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME) Group addressed a full house at the annual Cattle Industry Convention and National Cattlemen’s Beef Association trade show. They tackled the topic of volatility in the cattle futures and announced changes to be applied to those markets to try to rein them in.