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by DTN
2009 December 11
Nebraska is predicted to harvest the states largest corn crop in history this year, with a total production of nearly 1.6 billion bushels on a record yield of 178 bushels per acre. Yet, getting that crop in the bin is proving to be a challenge, according to a news release from the Nebraska Corn Board (NCB).
by DTN
2009 December 11
Rancher Polly Rex characterized the exemption as a loophole that could ultimately rob her of the means to grow hay and water her livestock. Rex said a subdivision of more than 60 homes going up next to her Absarokee, MT, ranch could eventually draw down the natural springs she uses on an adjacent 1,250-acre field.
by WLJ
2009 December 11
New, dynamic educational sessions with direct access to the leading authorities on pressing cattle industry issues, as well as discussion with other producers facing similar challenges, are available at the 2010 Cattle Industry Convention and National Cattlemens Beef Association (NCBA) Trade Show in San Antonio, TX, starting Jan.
by DTN
2009 December 11
If the $1-per-gallon blenders tax credit for biodiesel is allowed to expire at the end of December, the biodiesel industry could be expected to collapse, a new study released last week said.
by WLJ
2009 December 11
The Mustang Heritage Foundation is shaking up the horse industry again as it offers a sister event to the highly successful Extreme Mustang Makeover with its $100,000 guaranteed Supreme Extreme Mustang Makeover.
by WLJ
2009 December 11
Ranchers, feeders and dairy producers addressed business concerns through policy approved at the Kansas Livestock Association (KLA) Convention Dec. 3-4 in Wichita, KS. KLA members voted to endorse resolutions dealing with taxes, livestock marketing, transportation issues and water policy, among other issues.
by WLJ
2009 December 11
Lower courts failed to adequately consider the mountains of evidence that prove biotech alfalfa is safe and, thus, those courts abandoned a well-established legal principle when they banned the planting of the crop. That is just one of the points supporting a request for the U.
by WLJ
2009 December 4
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced last Tuesday that it will delay a decision on whether or not it will allow an increase in ethanol blending rates to a maximum of 15 percent. The agency said it will wait for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to complete
by WLJ
2009 December 4
Congress was set to vote last week to block the expiration of the so-called "Death Tax." Prior to the vote, the tax on estates was to end in 2010 before coming back in 2011 at an even higher rate. However, congressional action on H.R. 4154, which was introduced by Rep. Earl Pomeroy, D-ND, will extend the 45 percent tax on
by WLJ
2009 December 4
National Beef, Inc. revealed last Wednesday in a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission that it estimates a pricing of between $15 and $17 per share for its proposed initial public offering (IPO) to sell 17.25 million Class A common stock to raise up to $300 million.
by DTN
2009 December 4
Lawmakers divided largely along party lines last Wednesday at a House hearing on agriculture and climate change while USDAs chief economist tried to emphasize that while climate legislation would increase costs to producers, those expenses would be gradual over several decades.
by WLJ
2009 December 4
The scholarship selection process has gone from annual to semi-annual. The Scholarship Committee recently selected and awarded $12,000 in scholarships for the spring 2010 semester. Scholarship recipients will be honored at the 62nd AN- LS Dedication Dec.
by WLJ
2009 December 4
DNA. DNA. DNA. Everywhere you turn these days, talk in the beef industry is about DNA. The Beef Improvement Federation centered its annual convention this past summer on the role of genomics in improving selection tools. And even the lowliest cowpoke knows what a SNP, or snip is.
by WLJ
2009 December 4
Opportunities hide within every challenge, but beef producers can find them through analysis and planning. That was part of the take-home message at the Feeding Quality Forums Nov. 10 in South Sioux City, NE, and Nov. 12 in Garden City, KS.
by DTN
2009 December 4
A coalition of 50 farm and agriculture groups is asking the Obama administration to almost double the USDA budget for competitive research grants to $500 million in its fiscal year 2011 budget request to Congress.
by WLJ
2009 December 4
Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists are testing out alternative ways of tilling the soil and rotating crops to see if they can help wheat farmers in Oregon sequester more carbon in the soil and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
by WLJ
2009 December 4
Climate forecasts are becoming more useful to farmers and ranchers thanks to research by Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists and their cooperators.