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by USDA
2016 March 14
USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack on March 7 announced the availability of up to $20 million in competitive grants through the Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG) program. The program aims to spark the development and adoption of cutting-edge conservation technologies and approaches for farmers, ranchers and other landowners.


2016 March 14
“Allergy sufferers hate it, and ranchers dread its invasion of their pastures,” said Dr. Charles “Butch” Taylor, superintendent of the Texas A&M AgriLife Research Station at Sonora. “The two predominant species in Texas—redberry and blueberry juniper—even surpass mesquite as a rangeland nemesis since their range is much wider.


by WLJ
2016 March 14
In February, the CME Group proposed a number of changes to its live cattle futures contract. Among those proposals was a proposed seasonal discount of $1.50/cwt. applied to deliveries tendered to Worthington, SD, for the October contract. The comment period for this proposal has been extended to March 21.


2016 March 14
“Given the current economic environment in agriculture, the natural tendency is to save money on each acre planted. We always maintain that seed is the one input in which you can’t afford mistakes, including the purchase of cheap or low-quality products.


by WLJ
2016 March 14
Cargill is eliminating 20 percent of shared-class antibiotics, those deemed important for human medicine and farm animals, from its four feed yards in Texas, Kansas and Colorado, and four additional feed yards operated by Friona Industries, which is a strategic business partner that supplies the company with cattle.


by WLJ
2016 March 14
In a letter March 9, AFBF and 254 other groups called on congressional budget and appropriations leaders to oppose additional cuts that would further reduce spending for programs such as conservation, nutrition assistance and the nation’s farm safety net.


by WLJ
2016 March 14
The well-being and humane management of animals has long been a hot topic among consumers, and the fire doesn’t appear to be fading anytime soon— with good reason. Buyers and retailers have responded to the increased demands for gentler animal handling and alternative management styles.


by WLJ
2016 March 14
Less talked about is the impact of longer feeding periods on feed efficiency (or as measured by feedyard managers, cost of gain). It seems logical from what we learned in our nutrition classes that we lose efficiency as cattle are fed longer, to fatter compositional end points.


2016 March 11
As with the prior week’s market, last week’s cash fed cattle market dallied and put off relevant sale volume until Friday. As of Thursday afternoon, not even 5,000 head had sold throughout the week, posting no trade trends that could be compared to the prior week’s $132-136 live and $210-214 dressed prices.

2016 March 11
Following decades of conservation and success in recovery of the Yellowstone grizzly bear, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) on March 3 proposed removing the bear in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem from the Federal Lists of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife.

2016 March 11
The federal Department of the Interior seems motivated to get on with the largest dam removal in U.S. history. For years, likely due to local opposition in southern Oregon and northern California, Congress has refused to support the removal of four hydroelectric dams along the Klamath River.

2016 March 11
There are a number of options throughout the year at various schools and universities where cattle ranchers, herd managers and others involved in the business can learn how to implement an AI program. Programs through Agtech in Manhattan, KS, and those taught by Dr.

2016 March 11
I’ve been traveling to a lot of bull sales around the western U.S. during the past few weeks. For the most part the sales are off a bit but the quality of the bulls is much better. It has also given me the opportunity to visit with a lot of public land ranchers to find out how they are getting along CROW.

2016 March 4
The cash fed cattle market was exceptionally dead last week, with not even 2,000 head being confirmed sold by end of day Thursday. The prior week saw slow sales pushed off until Friday, with prices eventually coming out to $137- 140 live and $208-214.


2016 March 4
Wolves could again be removed from listing under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) in Wyoming and the Great Lakes region under an amendment to H.R. 2406, the Sportsman’s Heritage and Recreational Enhancement Act (SHARE), which was approved by the U.S. House of Representatives.