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by WLJ
2016 October 28
Fourth generation Kingsbury County, SD, cattle producer Warren Rusche sees growth opportunities for South Dakota cattle producers to feed beef cattle in state. As the new South Dakota State University (SDSU) Extension Beef Feedlot Management Associate, he hopes to help make this possible.



by USDA
2016 October 28
Beginning farmers—those who have managed a farm or ranch for 10 years or less—generally have lower rates of business survival than more established farm operators. According to Census of Agriculture data, only 48.1 percent of beginning farmers with positive sales in 2007 also reported positive sales in 2012—compared with 55.

2016 October 28
The broodmare owner should supply the amount and balance of nutrients that will aid in maximum conception rates and best meet the needs during gestation and lactation. This article provides information on body condition and nutritional needs of broodmares in different stages of gestation and lactation.

by USDA
2016 October 28
For example, new phytosanitary protocols (measures for the control of plant and animal diseases) enabled the export of Mexican avocados to the U.S., while a coordinated campaign by all three North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) governments established a harmonized approach to mitigating the risks associated with BSE.

by WLJ
2016 October 28
The National FFA organization recently named the 2016 American Star Award recipients during the National FFA Convention & Expo. American Star Awards are presented to FFA members who demonstrate outstanding agricultural skills and competencies through completion of a supervised agricultural experience (SAE).
by WLJ
2016 October 28
Two key USDA reports were released recently: the monthly Cold Storage and Cattle on Feed reports. Cold Storage indicated frozen stocks of beef have continued to increase, adding 9 percent compared to August and up 4 percent compared to last year. This also marks the fifth consecutive month beef inventories have increased month over month.

by WLJ
2016 October 28
On Oct. 19, WDFW Director Jim Unsworth lifted his previous order authorizing staff to take lethal action to stop predation by the Profanity Peak wolf pack now that most livestock are being moved off federal grazing allotments in the Colville National Forest.

2016 October 28
A recent Cow/Calf Corner newsletter discussed cull cow grades. Remember cull cows that are destined to go to the packing house are graded by their fleshiness. The fattest cows are called “breakers.” Moderately fleshed cows are “boning.” Thin cows are called “leans” or “lights,” depending upon the weight of the cow.

2016 October 28
The USDA recently published a final rule on the Agricultural Conservation Easement Program (ACEP). The program is administered by the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), and was created in the 2014 farm bill to protect and restore critical wetlands on private and tribal lands through the Wetland Reserve Easement (WRE) component.

2016 October 28
The economic storm rages on in cattle country and the abrupt market downturn has taken a swing at the whole beef cattle industry. Producers raising traditional beef cattle bemoan the roughly 40 percent losses on beef feeders and fed cattle. Losses sustained in the Holstein steer sector are even more staggering, however.

by WLJ
2016 October 21
Vetter, Chief Agricultural Negotiator for the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR), is the 2016 Mansfield Award recipient. The award is presented in honor of former U.S. Senate Majority Leader and U.S. Ambassador to Japan Michael J.
2016 October 21
President Barack Obama issued a Presidential Policy Directive on Oct. 14 in an effort to further normalize relations with Cuba. A press release from the White House said, “This directive takes a comprehensive approach to promote engagement with the Cuban government and people, and make our opening to Cuba irreversible.




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