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2015 August 21
Youth in the barn, usually having at least a few decks of cards on hand, are hard at work preparing to show their project animals or taking a moment to relax until their next event. In an effort to make sure their barns are always clean for spectators, many fairs and clubs have moved to having youth in charge of “barn duty."


by WLJ
2015 August 21
The Soda Fire in Western Idaho started Aug. 10 and burned over 283,686 acres; by Aug. 19 it was reported to be 95 percent contained. Idaho Cattlemen’s Association (ICA) Executive Vice President Wyatt Prescott said the fire is devastating to many ranching families in the area.


2015 August 21
Peterson, whose family farms about 6,000 acres with about two-thirds planted to corn and the remaining one-third to soybeans, said the varied soil quality on his land makes it challenging to adjust to nutrient needs. Peterson said his farm converted to less tillage in the 1960s when there were wet spots on high ground.


2015 August 21
Wells Fargo sent a signal during the week of Aug. 10 that it is looking to sell its crop insurance arm, Rural Community Insurance Services (RCIS). The banker wants to continue offering crop insurance by holding on to its agency, but also increase “cross-selling” by seeking to offer a broader range of insurance and banking products to its customers.


by WLJ
2015 August 21
JBS USA recently announced that it has joined Field to Market: The Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture, a multi-stakeholder initiative working to unite the agricultural supply chain in defining, measuring and advancing the sustainability of food, fiber and fuel production.


2015 August 21
“Things change over time, but we were interested in the changes in the beef industry’s infrastructure, particularly livestock auction markets,” Anderson said. “Obviously we’ve experienced changes in cattle cycles, inventory numbers and how we trade. We have the Internet, video auctions and direct sales.


by WLJ
2015 August 21
Many landowners in Oklahoma and Texas have experienced varying degrees of damage from weather events this spring and summer. Destruction has come in many ways. Winds have damaged or demolished buildings. Flooding has flattened fences by piling up debris.


by DTN
2015 August 21
“We still do not know what the government will do in the future, but I am kind of sure that the government will keep the purchase program for this year with a reduced floor price, and may terminate floor price next year and let the market decide corn price,” said Jianchuan Zhou, Marketing Manager of Tieqili Feed Company in South China.


by WLJ
2015 August 21
Regionally, the West was the most connected agricultural region and the South was the least. For example, agricultural computer access by region was 77 percent for Western farms/ ranches, and 68 percent for Southern farms/ranches. Across economic levels, computer access, use for farm business, and Internet access tended to increase with farm income.


2015 August 21
Although the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is making progress at developing rules to allow for the wider use of unmanned aerial systems, or UASs, in a variety of applications including agriculture, it could be sometime in late 2016 or early 2017 before those rules are completed.


2015 August 14
It’s mid-August, and an all-familiar haze has settled into the Northwest. “Smells like money,” said one rural resident of northern California. Indeed, “fire season” seems to be the new timber industry in the West. The U.S. Forest Service now spends over $1 billion annually on fire suppression.


2015 August 14
Some livestock management methods from the “Old West” remain as vital today as they were more than 100 years ago. One in particular is the use of range herders to manage sheep and cattle on the open range, but that may be in danger as changes to the H-2A Temporary Agricultural Worker Program are being considered.


by WLJ
2015 August 14
The July 13 article on the Hammond family’s ongoing situation with the BLM (July 13 cover, “Additional jail time for ranchers’ range fires?”) certainly isn’t isolated. Last summer’s standoff in Nevada brought national attention, not all of which was favorable.


2015 August 14
Dr. Derrell Peel, Oklahoma State University Livestock Marketing Economist, said the cattle market may have topped earlier this year, but don’t expect a downward spiral in prices anytime soon. However, Peel said to “prepare for lower prices,” according to decades of past charts and data.


2015 August 14
On Aug. 5, while investigating the Gold King Mine in Colorado, an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) cleanup team triggered the release of approximately 3 million gallons of mine wastewater into Cement Creek, a tributary of the Animas River.


2015 August 14
“Although cattle feeding is a tiny part of the daily routine for modern feeders, attention to cattle care and comfort was also a focus within the four feedlots included on this tour,” explained Heidi Carroll, SDSU Extension Livestock Stewardship Associate.




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