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by WLJ
2016 February 12
Policymakers can learn about how the transformation of agricultural markets is likely to affect the poor in the developing world by studying Walmart, says a new report from the Global Food and Agriculture Program at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs.


by WLJ
2016 February 12
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) recently announced the winners of the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility (NBAF) Think-and-Do Challenge. The two winners, the Manhattan Area Technical College (MATC) and DynaSim Technical Services, Inc.


by USDA
2016 February 12
USDA is reminding farmers and ranchers that the competitive sign-up deadline for its most popular voluntary conservation program, the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP), is Feb. 26, 2016.


2016 February 7
Utah lawmakers passed HB148, the “Transfer of Public Lands Act,” in 2012 demanding the federal government hand over the federal lands by the end of 2014. When that deadline passed, Utah legislators began weighing a possible lawsuit.


by WLJ
2016 January 29
“Some wanted to call the USDA Cattle on Feed report negative but the truth is in the raw numbers,” asserted Cassie Fish of The Beef report. “The industry marketed more cattle than they placed and placements were still the second lowest in 20 years. The net result was cattle on feed inventories started the year the third lowest in the last 20 years.
by USDA
2016 January 29
U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack recently announced the availability of $18.9 million in competitive grants to support fellowships and other higher education training projects in food, nutrition, natural resources and agriculture fields.
2016 January 29
The farm and ranch real estate market in the Far West—California, Oregon, Washington and Nevada—is one of dualities. Challenges are also opportunities, and much of it centers unsurprisingly on water. In general, the market in 2015 was called good by realtors and land brokers, and the outlook looks good for 2016 for the careful buyer and seller.

2016 January 29
“The release of a forecast for a storm system early next week that could impact some of the South Plains—and with significant amounts of snow for parts of Nebraska and Iowa—sparked the rally in futures yesterday,” reported Andrew Gottschalk of Hedgers Edge last Wednesday.

by WLJ
2016 January 29
Sen. John Barrasso (R- WY) successfully included an amendment to S. 659, the Bipartisan Sportsmen’s Act of 2016, that would delist the gray wolf in Wyoming, Wisconsin, Michigan and Minnesota. S. 659 passed out of the Senate environment and public works (EPW) committee on Jan.

by WLJ
2016 January 29
On Jan. 25, Iowa’s beef farmers joined forces with an Ames, IA, Hy-Vee grocery store to share the story of beef and beef’s nutrition to hundreds of Iowa State University (ISU) students. Students braved the cold in anticipation for the men’s basketball game against Big 12 rival Kansas University.

by WLJ
2016 January 29
“The outlook for beef exports in 2016 is expected to improve as a result of lower domestic prices and an increase in beef supplies that can be shipped abroad. However, there remain several wildcard factors that could limit export growth,” cautioned the report.

by WLJ
2016 January 29
4-H members ages 12-19 from Wyoming, Colorado, Kansas and Nebraska participated, Keil said. The kids catch a calf during a rodeo performance and receive a 600-800-pound calf in May to raise during the next eight-plus months.



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