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2017 June 23
ISU Extension and Outreach is monitoring alfalfa fields across Iowa using PEAQ and posts readings online. Obviously farmers monitoring their fields in southern Iowa will reach their target RFV values earlier than those in northern Iowa. But fields in the same.

by USDA
2017 June 23
Although prices for agricultural commodities frequently vary from year to year, they have generally moved higher in the past decade. In these aggregate measures, by 2014, price indices for crops were up more than 35 percent above their 2006 levels, while those for livestock rose over 75 percent from 2006 to 2014.

2017 June 23
“During drought, forage is likely in short supply and farmers are likely to try to get as much forage as possible,” says Marisol Berti, a forage and biomass production researcher at North Dakota State University (NDSU). “But harvest timing decisions are important to keep a healthy and productive alfalfa stand.

2017 June 23
Let the game begin. Step two follows with the economic process of markets determining the value, size and timing of trade. The restrictions and requirements for U.S. beef to enter China mean that initially only a small portion of U.S. beef production will qualify for export to China.

by USDA
2017 June 23
U.S. agricultural exports support about 1.1 million full-time, civilian jobs, according to 2017 USDA’s Economic Research Service (ERS) estimates (based on 2015 data). A recent ERS study considered how U.S. employment might be affected if the demand for these exports increased even further.

by WLJ
2017 June 23
Brian Curless of Pittsfield, IL, proved his worldclass talent as a livestock auctioneer at the 54th annual World Livestock Auctioneer Championship (WLAC), presented by the Livestock Marketing Association (LMA). This year’s event was hosted by the Public Auction Yards in Billings, MT, on June 17.

by WLJ
2017 June 16
News personalities at 115 TV stations in the top 30 U.S. media markets received bouquets of beef jerky to celebrate National Beef Jerky Day on June 12. The bouquets, arranged in custom “Beef. It’s What’s for Dinner” vases, were delivered along with information that included tips on how beef jerky is the “ultimate snack hack” for consumers.
2017 June 16
Respiratory disease in cattle also known as BRD, shipping fever or pneumonia may cost the U.S. cattle industry over $2 billion annually (Powell 2013). Management techniques can offset much of this cost and having a good vaccination program can maintain the health of a calf all the way through the production system.
by WLJ
2017 June 16
baseball practice. Among the five people injured in the shooting was Tyson Foods Director of Government Relations, Matt Mika. “We have confirmed that Matt Mika, director, government relations for our Washington, D.C. office, is among those who was shot this morning in Alexandria,” read a prepared statement from Tyson Foods, as reported in The Hill.
2017 June 16
Ectoparasites encompass a broad array of pests that may have a negative economic impact on the herd and often include flies, lice and ticks. In total, it is estimated that production losses stemming from ectoparasites are in excess of $2 billion annually, with nearly two-thirds of that loss attributed to flies.
2017 June 16
Sen. John Hoeven (R-ND), chairman of the subcommittee, acknowledged the timing of the budget coming out before Perdue’s confirmation, but said he wanted to talk about and clarify the administration’s support for rural America and production agriculture.


2017 June 16
At a mid-year meeting held in Pendleton on June 2, members of the Oregon Cattlemen’s Association (OCA) voted to move forward with a plan to sue the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) over their continued failure to remove gray wolves from the federal endangered species list in portions of the state.


by WLJ
2017 June 16
He was born on June 14, 1938 in Hamilton, the son of Elwood and Velma Crowell Holland. Ron graduated from Hamilton High School in 1955. After graduation, he worked for several farmers and also on an oil drilling rig in the area. He then served in the United States Army at Fort Carson, CO.
by WLJ
2017 June 9
CS Beef Packers began processing cattle at its new facility in Kuna, ID, on May 30, according to a press release. The meat packing facility was created through a joint venture between the J.R. Simplot Company and Caviness Beef Packers.
by DTN
2017 June 9
Ron Suppes told members of the House Agriculture Committee last Wednesday he would rather be back in Kansas planting his spring crop, but protecting international aid from budget cuts was important enough for him to take time out just to explain it to them.
by USDA
2017 June 9
“County committees allow farmers and ranchers to make important decisions about how federal farm programs are administered locally to best serve their needs,” said Acting FSA Administrator Chris Beyerhelm. “We strongly encourage all eligible producers to visit their local FSA office today to find out how to get involved in their county’s election.
2017 June 9
“I encourage cattle producers to stream this series if they are interested in receiving information and insight on the many steps which go into designing the genetic framework of the cow herd, starting with heifer development,” said Taylor Grussing, SDSU Extension cow-calf field specialist.
by DTN
2017 June 9
The town of Ashland, KS, lies along what was once a military road from Fort Dodge (near Dodge City, KS) to the north and Fort Supply, OK, in the Indian Territory to the south. The town of 816 people sits along the road where soldiers and supplies moved nearly 150 years ago.


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