Freddie Davis, a rancher-farmer in Royse City, TX, faced a problem common to many. I wasnt going to have enough hay to make it through the winter. I was going to have to buy about $6,000 worth of hay to make up the shortfall.
Activity is returning to the ranch and farm real estate market in the Intermountain West region, according to several real estate brokers in the region. For buyers, there is good news in the area; prices have rolled back to more attainable levels than those seen just a few years ago and inventory is beginning to increase in some parts of the region.
Teachers Insurance and Annuity Association of America (TIAA) has acquired a controlling interest in Westchester Group, Inc. (Westchester), one of the nations premier, independent agricultural asset managers.
Autumn, with its cooler temperatures and shorter days, is a busy season for ranch horses. Fall works are underway and horses are a vital part of ranching operations. Autumn is also a busy time for rattlesnakes, too.
The Environmental Protection Agencys (EPA) plan to regulate dust produced by agricultural operations was front-and-center again last week. The agency is looking to mitigate dust emissions from common agricultural practices such as field tilling, and even driving on gravel roads, by cutting allowable levels in half from current standards.
The so-called death tax, or more politically correctly estate tax, is levied on the assets of a person who dies, when the assets are transferred to another. For farm and ranch families, the assets are usually in the form of land, machinery and livestock.
In all likelihood, many livestock operators have contemplated how collaborating with groups outside the industry might enhance rangeland, wildlife, public image, and even production levels. But the risk of going out on a limb to invite outsiders in to study, assess, and judge grazing practices makes many producers back away.
Trade at midweek last week was reported $1 lower in the southern Plains at $96-97 live basis. In the northern Plains and Corn Belt regions, dressed prices traded mostly steady at $152-154 even as composite boxed beef prices continued to post declines last week.
Marshall Ernst of Windsor, CO, has been named livestock manager at National Western Stock Show (NWSS). The announcement was made by Marvin Witt, NWSS VP of Operations. Marshalls been a livestock producer his entire life, Witt said.
Texas officials are working feverishly to block the Environmental Protection Agencys (EPA) implementation of new greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions standards. Last week, state Attorney General Greg Abbott filed four motions with federal courts in an attempt to block the new rules
Leading cattle organizationsthe American Association of Bovine Practitioners (AABP) and Academy of Veterinary Consultants (AVC)took advantage of the opportunity to hold one of the most comprehensive scientific programs ever assembled on cattle disease and production.
These journalists are information sources for government officials, meat industry executives, consumers and other journalists, said Susumu (Sam) Harada, USMEF-Japan senior director for trade projects and technical service, who is accompanying the journalists.
Farmers could harvest sizable tax write-offs in a new small-business law giving extra incentives for end-of-year equipment and truck purchases. The U.S. House approved the legislation Sept. 24 following Senate action earlier this fall, and President Barack Obama signed it into law last Monday.
Rep. Jerry Moran, R-KS, is calling for the withdrawal of the recently proposed Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration (GIPSA) livestock procurement rule, citing a lack of economic analysis and errors in administrative procedures.
The challenge of meeting a growing global appetite for red meat in an environment that is increasingly aware of and sensitive to sustainability issues was addressed by Joel Haggard, senior vice president, Asia-Pacific, for the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF), last week at the World Meat Congress 2010 in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
In Texas, there are a lot of good reasons for landowners to keep pasture rental rates steady. One of the biggest is called an agricultural use exemption and without it, landowners can see property taxes go up about tenfold.