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by DTN
2017 June 9
Last week, J&F Investments, the firm that controls JBS SA, agreed to pay a fine of $3.2 billion (10.3 billion reais) for its role in a bribery scandal that involved Brazilian President Michel Temer, as well as past presidents in the country. Reuters reported JBS will have 25 years to pay off the fine.
by WLJ
2017 June 9
The brucellosis eradication program that began in the 1930s was wildly successful. On the human front, it took a zoonotic disease that infected roughly 6,000 people annually in the 1940s down to roughly 160 cases annually today, with nearly all of those infections being contracted abroad.


2017 June 9
The suit, filed in U.S. District Court on May 30, claims the brand law is unconstitutional and puts an unreasonable burden on commerce. It also seeks injunctive relief prohibiting the future enforcement of the Brand Act as well as other appropriate relief, includ ing.
2017 June 9
We left Cody and meandered through the Shoshone National Forest and up into Yellowstone National Park, hearing stories of wildlife and wayward 19th century tourists told by our local guides. Anecdotes of the ebb and flow of the ungulate populations with the influx of the wolf and population growth of the grizzly bear were ecology lessons in disguise.


2017 June 2
President Donald Trump campaigned on promises of reviewing and renegotiating U.S. trade agreements with other countries. On May 18 he started to make good on that promise as U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) Robert Lighthizer notified Congress of the president’s intent to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).

2017 June 2
The markets were surprisingly strong last week following the crash seen the prior Friday. Cash was up and the futures market saw limit-up trade late in the week. It went from being a relatively uneventful short Memorial Day week to a very exciting market.



by WLJ
2017 June 2
The U.S. Senate recently approved legislation (H.R. 1238) to address the threat of agro-terrorism and ensure the safety of the U.S. food supply. The bill, introduced by Senate Ag Committee Chairman Pat Roberts (R-KS) and Rep.

2017 June 2
Only one to two months ago the spring calving cows were calving, the temperatures were colder and the calving pastures were covered with muck and manure. Experience would say that you do not want to ask cow-calf operators how calving is then, because the response would be less than objective, reflecting bonechilling cold and not enough sleep.

2017 May 26
Last Tuesday saw Texas Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-1) introduce H.R. 2603. The bill seeks to amend the Endangered Species Act (ESA) “to provide that nonnative species in the United States” are not protected by the ESA. As of press, Gohmert’s office did not have full text of the bill available.



2017 May 26
rights have sounded the alarm for all non-federal water users that rely on these water rights for their livelihood. The Water Rights Protection Act is commonsense legislation that provides certainty by upholding longstanding federal deference to state water law.
2017 May 26
The plan proposes to cut $3.6 trillion in federal spending over the next 10 years while making major increases in defense spending and border security. And, as outlined in his blueprint budget released in March, agriculture is set to take a financial hit.
2017 May 26
“The Whole-Farm Revenue Protection policy came out in 2015 and it essentially is a whole-farm policy as is indicated by the name. It covers revenue from the sale of commodities on the producer’s whole farm. And ‘commodities’ includes crops and livestock,” explained Dave Paul, vice president of underwriting with QBE NAU Crop Insurance.
by WLJ
2017 May 26
Dr. O’Dell G. “Dan” Daniel passed away at his home on May 18, 2017. He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Leonard DeForest and Martha Ann White Daniel. Born in Paris, AR, he attended public school there, graduating from Paris High School in 1940. Following his graduation from Arkansas State Teachers College, he served in the Armed Forces during World War II.

2017 May 26
The hay was cut and baled in June in Moore County, TN. The bales were weighed at the time of harvest and storage. Then they were weighed again the following January at the time of winter feeding. The following table lists the type of storage and the resulting percentage hay loss.

2017 May 26
Rancher Joe mostly grows alfalfa and corn, but has a small cattle operation and a small manure composting operation as well. His primary revenue sources are selling his feed corn and alfalfa hay, but he also direct markets the beef from his cattle in his community, and sells the composted manure to the local nursery.



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