For many years, cattle producers experienced a somewhat predictable cattle cycle approximately 10 years in length. However, during the last 15 years, an abnormal number of outside events have caused the cycle to be less predictable and left producers wondering if the cattle cycle is relevant for planning purposes.
The economy hit the skids about the time we formed the partnership, and for most years the Schedule K-1 allocations were insignificant. There really was not any profit until 2015. This year the company made a large sale, and my share of the profit is in excess of $300,000.
Because land is a critical input to farming and farm real estate represents such a large portion of the value of farm sector assets (around 80 percent), the ownership of agricultural land is a topic of interest to farmers, lenders, policymakers and others concerned with the farm sector.
Dairy Farmers of America (DFA) officially announced plans on Oct. 8 to build a dairy ingredients plant in Garden City, KS. In a groundbreaking ceremony at its 156-acre site, representatives from the cooperative were joined by Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback, city and state officials and the area’s dairy farmers.
The Mansfield Award recipient is Rosemary Mucklow, Director Emeritus and Consultant for the North American Meat Institute (NAMI). Mucklow’s career in the meat industry spans more than 50 years including 25 years (1982-2007) as Executive Director of the National Meat Association.
In last week’s Intermountain special issue, the matters of PAP (pulmonary arterial pressure) testing and brisket disease were examined as they relate to mountain ranching. Due to his intensely busy schedule, Dr.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced on Oct. 8 more than $17 million in grants for organizations that will develop training and provide other resources for beginning farmers and ranchers across the nation.
In a potential win for grain exporting countries, a European Parliament committee voted last Tuesday to block a proposal that would have allowed each of the 28 EU countries to decide on their own whether to allow the import or use of biotech food or feed.
For spring-calving seedstock herds, fall is a busy time for data collection. The basis for any performancetesting program is collecting whole-herd weaning weights for all calves raised through weaning. Almost all EPDs are calculated with the assumption that all calves in a contemporary group were reported at weaning.
The American Farm Bureau (AFBF) recently announced the top 10 teams— four finalists and six semifinalists—of the 2016 Farm Bureau Rural Entrepreneurship Challenge. The challenge provides opportunities for individuals to showcase business innovations being developed in rural regions of the U.S.
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced last week that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will award $30 million to projects in six states to protect, restore and enhance wetlands on private and tribal agricultural lands.
Last Tuesday, via the Federal Register, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) publicly released its rationales for rejecting recommendations made by state governors affected by its greater sage-grouse landuse plan amendments.
U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack recently signed a partnership Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Association of Science-Technology Centers (ASTC) that will provide more than 500 member museums and science-technology centers with resources to incorporate agricultural science and research in their programs.
The Hammond family in Oregon must be in utter disbelief after the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals demanded that Dwight and Steven go back to jail for the fires they were convicted in 2012 of setting. Time was already served by the pair and for some reason the Department of Justice (DOJ) simply.
By considering the 2014 calf prices abnormally high, budgeting for the future is challenging as prices drop. Budget development is challenging, but cost cutting is even more challenging. The actual implementation of a conservative budget, regardless of business is never pleasant.
Forty-one years ago this summer, Gerald Ford stared into the barrel of constitutional chaos and recited the shredded remains of the presidential oath. With pardon in pocket, Tricky Dick (Nixon) tearfully waved from his helicopter and the threatening sluices of Watergate began shutting down.