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2015 September 4
Despite the challenges of a prolonged drought, data reported last week from USDA shows California farmers had just under $54 billion in cash receipts for crops and livestock in 2014. Of those totals, $38.7 billion came from crops, of which fruits and nuts accounted for $21.


2015 September 4
Ohio 4-H is bringing agricultural science to two urban elementary schools in inner city neighborhoods. The idea is to increase student awareness that food and agriculture are viable career options, even in areas with little green space and limited local employment opportunities.


by WLJ
2015 September 4
District Judge Robert Junell in the U.S. District Court of the Western District of Texas overturned the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s (FWS) April 2014 listing of the lesser prairie chicken as threatened under the Endangered Species Act.


by WLJ
2015 September 4
The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is committed to continue working with ranchers and land managers to conserve habitat for sagegrouse. This was the message Aug. 27 as USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack announced a four-year strategy to invest approximately $211 million in conservation efforts to benefit the greater sage-grouse.


by DTN
2015 September 4
Corn is rapidly moving through dent stage (R5). Excess rain early in the summer, shallow roots, shortages of nitrogen and a dry August have contributed to corn moving through grain fill more rapidly than expected. Any stress, including a shortened grain-fill period would reduce kernel weight by hindering dry matter accumulation.


2015 September 4
Haying season is drawing to a close across parts of cattle country. With that comes a feed inventory analysis opportunity for each producer, explains Heather Gessner, South Dakota State University (SDSU) Extension Livestock Business Management Field Specialist.


2015 September 4
Water quality has always been a priority for agriculture but in recent years those concerns have escalated because of problems in the Western Lake Erie Basin and the Saginaw Bay. Many have pointed at farming as the primary cause.


2015 September 4
“We don’t get this by accident,” Steffens said. “A lot of what we do before the rains determines what we get when the rains come. And taking care of this country through the drought can have a big, big effect on what happens after the drought breaks like it did this year.


2015 September 4
“Mobile drip irrigation has the potential to be applied on most of the row crops we grow in this region,” Kisekka said. “One of the advantages of the mobile drip system is that it is retrofitted into an existing system, so the initial cost is not prohibitive.


2015 September 4
Mobile drip irrigation is a system in which polyurethane tubes, similar to a garden hose, are attached to center pivot sprinklers to deliver water near the surface of the crop. Researchers are finding that it has the potential to save water, because it cuts down on evaporation losses.


2015 September 4
Twenty miles to the east, the Kettle and Colville complexes have charred 73,000 acres. To the west, the Okanogan and Tunk Block complexes have burned more than a quartermillion acres in the largest wildfire ever seen in state history.


2015 September 4
Beef cow/calf producers have consistently improved the quality of beef from cull cows and bulls. Over the past two decades the beef industry has conducted quality assurance audits for cull cows and bulls. Every concern has been addressed and producers have decreased quality defects of most quality measures.


by WLJ
2015 September 4
Breed of the lot significantly affected the sale price of beef calves in these video auctions. Red Angus-sired calves sold for a higher price than all other breed groups. The average price of the Red Angus calves was $166.16 per hundredweight (cwt). This was $7.


by DTN
2015 September 4
I am assuming that all of the gain is attributable to the depreciation (i.e., you are selling the 2012 combine for less than your original cost, and the gain arises entirely from the depreciation deductions that reduced your original cost). If a machinery item is sold for more than its original cost, the excess over the purchase price is capital gain.


by WLJ
2015 August 31
Last Thursday, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced a new strategy for greater sage-grouse conservation in the West. The fouryear plan will see $211 million invested between now and 2018, regardless of the listing decision made by late September.


by WLJ
2015 August 31
The National Institute for Animal Agriculture (NIAA) will be hosting its fifth annual antibiotic symposium Nov. 3-5, 2015 in Atlanta, GA, at the Crowne Plaza Atlanta Midtown.




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