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by WLJ
2011 June 3
Unlike most ranchers, Texan Richard Garza Ray no longer looks forward to wide open spaces. The Starr County cattleman stays in his house, where he said there is a loaded gun in every room. He ventures out only when necessary to check cattle and fix fences and water lines cut by those crossing his ranch on foot.
by WLJ
2011 May 27
At a press conference last Tuesday, several agriculture groups stood together with U.S. House Agriculture Committee Chairman Frank Lucas, R-OK, and called for immediate passage of the pending free trade agreements (FTAs) with Colombia, Panama and South Korea. The hold-up is costing agricultural trade in financial terms and it is also cutting
2011 May 27
An unusually wet spring across the Northwest this year found many ranchers in Tehama County, CA, putting off branding in hopes of drier weather. But as ranchers waited for the skies to clear, other eyes were also watching, and waiting. With an abundance of slick calves on the ground and cattle prices at unprecedented highs, the opportunity
by WLJ
2011 May 27
The May 1 Cattle on Feed report caught the marketplace off guard two weeks ago, showing a significant backlog of cattle may be ahead this summer. Inventory and placement numbers had been running ahead of year-ago levels for the first four months of the year, a trend that continued through May. According to
by WLJ
2011 May 27
A fiscal year 2012 funding bill approved last Tuesday by the House Agriculture Ap- propriations Subcommittee would not cut the crop insur- ance program as the initial draft seemed to indicate, but many other agriculture, nu- trition and international food aid programs would lose money.
by WLJ
2011 May 27
USDA has updated its recommendation for safely cooking pork, steaks, roasts, and chops. USDA recom- mends cooking all whole cuts of meat to 145 F as mea sured with a food thermometer placed in the thickest part of the meat, then allowing the meat to rest for three minutes before carving or consuming.
by WLJ
2011 May 27
Immigration reform returned to the forefront of national discussions last week after President Obamas recent speech at the U.S.-Mexico border near El Paso, TX. The presidents speech came at a time when California farmers and ranchers are renewing a push for a reliable, legal way to hire foreign agricultural guestworkers.
by WLJ
2011 May 27
Many new technologies have been made available to the beef industry over the last 75 years. Few have the potential return on investment as do growth promoting implants for nursing calves. The term implant is used to refer to a group of products used in the cattle industry that increase rate of growth.
by WLJ
2011 May 27
Last week, four U.S. senators stepped into the fray over agricultural market reform, introducing legislation which parallels the reforms introduced by USDAs Grain Inspection Packers and Stockyards Administration (GIP- SA).
by DTN
2011 May 27
Rich Porter thrives on ugly cattle. His order buyers in Georgia and Kentucky sit on their hands as their counterparts compete to outbid each other for the sleek, preconditioned calves that bring top dollar. Then Porters buyers scoop up the scrawny, malnourished and mismanaged bull calves that appear to have more value than they cost.
by WLJ
2011 May 27
As of May 22, 79 percent of corn has been planted in 18 states that account for 92 percent of corn production in the U.S. The 79 percent is near the average from 1980 through 2010. Two areas have low percent plantings: the eastern Corn Belt and the upper Midwest.
by WLJ
2011 May 27
Spring and early summer is harvest season for a majority of the nations fed cattle, and cattlemen and feeders are now reflecting on the carcass data from this years crop. Producers who utilize the Red Angus Feeder Calf Certification Program (FCCP) tag may submit their carcass data to be considered for the distinguished GridMaster award.
by DTN
2011 May 27
In response, the National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD) has encouraged USDA to release Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) lands for emergency haying and grazing. There are about 20 million acres enrolled in conservation practices that are eligible for emergency haying or grazing.
by WLJ
2011 May 27
SUPERIOR LIVESTOCK AUCTION May 20, Fort Worth, TX.
by WLJ
2011 May 20
An outbreak of a new, highly-contagious strain of Equine Herpes Virus, known as EHV-1 is causing concern among horse owners and veterinarians across North America. The disease is believed to have been spread by a horse from Canada, which was competing at the National Cutting Horse Association Western National
2011 May 20
For those who had hoped to submit a wild horse eco-sanctuary plan to the government, but ran out of time: do not despair. The Bureau of Land Management announced May 12 that it is giving applicants a few more weeks to put the finishing touches on their proposals for wild horse management facilities that also cater to
by WLJ
2011 May 20
Corn growers and ethanol producers last week trumpeted a new study on indirect land use change (ILUC), saying it settled the debate over whether or not increased ethanol production is resulting in land conversion for corn. The debate over whether acreage is being shifted from other uses to corn crop production is often cited as
by WLJ
2011 May 20
The order is in place through Sept. 30 and applies to a maximum 75 percent of a users CRP acreage. The 12 counties are Grant, Hamilton, Haskell, Kearny, Lane, Meade, Morton, Ness, Seward, Stafford, Stanton, and Stevens. WLJ.


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