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by DTN
2010 February 19
Hog farmers, on the front lines of the $16 billion U.S. hog industry, have struggled with low prices for two years. Higher feed costs due to problems with the corn crop could cause a reduction in the amount of pork on the market due to both a drop in profitability and the slower hog growth rates.
by WLJ
2010 February 19
USDAs Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) recently announced that in fiscal year 2010, $50 million has been set aside for organic producers and those transitioning to organic production nationwide. Of that $50 million, $1.
by WLJ
2010 February 19
A recent Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announcement that corn-based ethanol achieves a 21 percent greenhouse gas reduction compared to gasoline is based on false accounting assumptions and could actually lead to more fossil fuel consumption, according to Cornell University economists whose research will be released in March in the journal.
by DTN
2010 February 19
Profitability in the unit that makes Deeres green tractors and harvesters was especially impressive, reporting margins of nearly 10 percentthree times what investors had expected, according to Eli Lustgarten, an analyst at Longbow Securities..
by WLJ
2010 February 19
Recent snow and ice storms and power outages have been brutal for livestock and livestock producers. Those conditions have kept livestock from getting enough drinking water. Beef cattle, for example, need 8 to 10 gallons per day.
by WLJ
2010 February 19
USDA last week announced details of the final regulation regarding access to pasture for organic livestock operations. This rule amends the National Organic Program (NOP) regulations to clarify the use of pasture in raising organic ruminants.
by WLJ
2010 February 19
Too little rain, too much rain, high fertilizer prices and a volatile cattle marketboth inexperienced and veteran beef producers will learn strategies to deal with all these scenarios at the Pasture and Livestock Management Workshop set for March 30-April 1.
by WLJ
2010 February 19
Treasure Bull Test has now completed 90 days of their test on 70 Angus bulls. Eight Single Shot Jackpot bulls have an average daily gain of 3.64 with an average weight per day of age of 3.39.
by WLJ
2010 February 19
Communicating and looking after the customers intereststhose are two of the main objectives at Dumas (Texas) Feedyard LLC, says partner George Foote Jr. With a customer base ranging from New Mexico to Texas, southern Oklahoma and Alabama, attentive service is the key.
by WLJ
2010 February 19
National Junior Hereford Association (NJHA) member Erick Schmidt, Gonzales, TX, was awarded the B.C. Bud Snidow Award Jan. 16 during the National Western Stock Show in Denver, CO.
by DTN
2010 February 19
U.S. farmers can expect a record corn crop, another huge soybean harvest, and strong demand for its exports, which should combine to produce strong incomes for the agriculture sector this year, USDA said in its latest forecast.
by WLJ
2010 February 19
Horses need energy, protein, vitamins, minerals and roughage, but probably the most overlooked element in horse rations is water, said Gary Stauffer, University of NebraskaLincoln Extension educator in Holt County.
by WLJ
2010 February 19
News reports have surfaced again detailing flash fires and explosions in livestock buildings while liquid pit manure was being agitated and pumped. Iowa State University Extension agricultural engineers say these episodes highlight the caution needed when agitating and pumping manure from pits beneath buildings.
by WLJ
2010 February 19
Molys Hydraulically Operated Sort Gates help lower stress for the animals and the people, promoting safety. Molys Modular, Hydraulic Sort Gates can easily be added to an existing facility, and are designed to add to an existing hydraulic system, such as Molys SILENCER Hydraulic Squeeze Chute.
2010 February 19
Potential cuts to the crop insurance industry would be about 20 percent less than originally proposed, but agent commissions would be capped under a new draft of the standard reinsurance agreement between USDA and the crop insurance industry, USDA officials said last Wednesday.
by WLJ
2010 February 19
Producers who rely on migrant workers under the H-2A visa program may find it more difficult to hire employees for the coming growing season after the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) reversed changes made by the Bush administration meant to make the program more user friendly.
by WLJ
2010 February 19
Following USDA Secretary Tom Vilsacks announcement that his department is changing its approach to developing a national animal identification system (NAIS), the National Institute for Animal Agriculture (NIAA) has announced it will dedicate a...


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