Crop conditions over much of the U.S. are quite favorable at this point in the year. The far-western U.S. is turning dry again, as South Texas and the western half of the Gulf Coast slip into extremely dry conditions.
Cargill last week reported net earnings of $327 million in its fiscal fourth quarter ending May 31, a 69 percent decline from $1.05 billion in the year-earlier period, but still managed the second most profitable year in the companys history. Full-year earnings were $3.
West Nile virus (WNV), a potentially fatal disease in equines, has been confirmed in two horses in Grant County, the first cases in the county for 2009, the Washington State Department of Agriculture announced last week. A 14-year-old Quarter Horse gelding from Ephrata has been euthanized.
USDAs Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) began continuous sign-up for the new Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) on Aug. 10 in Colorado. The first cutoff for ranking purposes is scheduled for Sept. 30, Colorado State Conservationist Allen Green recently announced.
Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Director Robert Abbey announced last week Marcilynn Burke, an attorney and professor at the University of Houston Law Center, as deputy director for policy of BLM. Marcilynn Burke brings a well-rounded knowledge of natural resource and environmental stewardship issues to the table, Abbey said.
Commercial and other high-volume hay producers can now take advantage of a new, heavier-duty version of North Americas best-selling 14x18 baler: New Hollands BC5070 Hayliner small square baler. The new Hayliner produces denser, uniform bales that are more consistent in length so theyre easier to pick up and handle with automatic bale wagons.
The Colorado Cattlemens Association (CCA) has been working diligently with Congressman Salazar and the California Cattlemens Association to get H.R. 3524, an estate tax exemption bill directed toward agriculture, introduced to legislation. The Family Farm Preservation and Conservation Estate Tax Act (H.
Wholesale market demand for beef is said to be picking up for September, but market analysts worry the move will be cut off by low-priced pork, and spotmarket beef sales for the Labor Day holiday weekend may be aimed more at first-of-the-month buying than at any holiday demand.
Nominations for the annual Environmental Stewardship Awards are now open for 2010. The award, now in its 20th year, recognizes producers at the regional and national level who demonstrate outstanding stewardship practices and wildlife habitat improvement while maintaining profitable cattle operations.
The lingering global economic slump and low prices for domestic beef and pork products in key export markets contributed to declines in both U.S. beef and pork exports in June, while lamb exports continue to enjoy a strong year, according to statistics compiled by the U.
USDAs National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) updated their mid-season crop forecasts last week, adding to the expected corn crop and shaving a little production off of the soybean crop. The overall tenor of the report was bearish for corn ...
Following a directive from the Idaho state government, the Idaho Department of Fish and Game has announced agreements with 11 sheep producers designed to maintain separation between domestic sheep and wild bighorn populations on public land throughout the state.
It is no secret that the state of California has been in dire straights this year as the recession has worsened. While small, but significant, cuts to the states budget have been felt all year through across-the-board budget cuts and the closing of state offices three days a month, perhaps the most severe blow came July 28 as Gov.
Mexican officials have suggested that beef from Greeley, CO-based JBS-Swift be banned after the discovery of E. coli O157:H7 in June. The discovery led to the recall of 380,000 pounds of ground beef derived from beef processed at the plant.
American Ranch Horse Association (ARHA) judges R. David Terrell, Gene Ray Stewart, Curt Summers and Dennis Brown had the challenge of sorting out the best of the best ranch horses at the ARHA World Show in Murfreesboro, TN. ARHA members came from 22 states to compete for top honors in this fast-growing western-performance discipline.
The Cal Poly Bull Test in San Luis Obispo, CA, has just completed their 78-day weight period on Aug. 8, 2009. The top three bulls for each division are as follows (Ranch, Location, Test ID, Sire, Test Index and Average Daily Gain): Low Birth Angus: Yolo Land and Cattle, Woodland, CA, Test ID: 55, Sire: S A V Final Answer 0035
The arrival of ethanol produced from cellulosic feedstock sources has almost been a standing joke within the ethanol industry. Each year, it has always been four to five years down the road before commercial production would become viable. That has changed because the four to five years is now.
Texas animal health officials have cast another wide net in the battle to eradicate cattle fever ticks in south Texas. The Texas Animal Health Commission (TAHC) has temporarily quarantined 152,716 acres in Starr and Hidalgo counties. In nearby Zapata County, fivemile quarantine perimeters are being drawn around fever-tick infested pastures.