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2017 October 20
Beef exports have increased year-over-year every month in 2017. August beef exports were up 14.7 percent over last year, supporting the year-to-date increase of 14.5 percent yearover-year. August exports were up strongly to Japan (up 39.3 percent) and Hong Kong (up 28.
by DTN
2017 October 20
Old-crop (2016-17) corn ending stocks have swelled to a 30-year record of 2.295 billion bushels, according to estimates published in USDA’s quarterly Grain Stocks report at the end of September. While up 32 percent from last year, that number came in below prereport analyst expectations.
by DTN
2017 October 20
A conservation easement (CE) involves placing a permanent restriction on real estate by its owner, usually preventing any development of the property. With farmland, that requires permanently restricting future use via a recorded easement to only farming.
by DTN
2017 October 20
The U.S. formally put forward proposals to make changes to Canada’s dairy supply management system and to make it easier for U.S. fruit and vegetable producers to file trade cases due to seasonal Mexican imports that they believe are damaging their industry, U.
2017 October 20
Before the fall breeding season begins, a few simple management procedures involving the bulls can increase the likelihood of a high pregnancy percentage among the cows. • In multi-sire breeding pastures, make certain that the bulls that will be pastured together have been in a common trap or pasture prior to the breeding season.
2017 October 20
Assuming more fall rainfall comes to the Southern Plains, wheat pasture will again be a key source of protein and some energy for many cow herds in this part of the United States. If that rainfall occurs, grazing of wheat usually will start in late November or early December.
by WLJ
2017 October 20
Economists remind us that underlying all decisions in matters regarding money, human rationality is the prime motivator. People respond to impulses designed to reflect their own selfish economic best interest.
2017 October 20
Cash fed trade got started earlier in the week than usual, but it didn’t come to much by close of trade last Thursday. By then, only 10,470 head had been confirmed sold at mostly $110 live, roughly steady with the prior week’s $108- 111 live prices.


2017 October 20
The USDA announced last week that it was withdrawing a controversial Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration (GIPSA) interim final rule (IFR) and that it will take no further action on a complementary proposed rule released in late 2016.
2017 October 20
Renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAF- TA) is a hot topic. But as things heat up at the federal level, state and provincial ag leaders are trying to keep cool. Last week, delegates from the U.S., Canada, and Mexico were united in their support of NAFTA and the call to “do no harm.
2017 October 20
An “administrative error” that added 23,000 acres to wild horse territory in the 1980s can’t be reversed according to a court ruling. In late September, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia overturned a lower court decision that would have removed the area from wild horse management.
by WLJ
2017 October 20
Dave was born July 18, 1950, in Alliance, NE, to R.M. “Mose” and Merla (Rex) Hebbert. He graduated from Hyannis High School in 1968 and then attended junior college in North Platte before transferring to Casper College where he graduated in 1971.
by WLJ
2017 October 20
The U.S. Embassy in Paraguay announced Oct. 12 that representatives of the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) presented the results of a risk assessment regarding beef exportation from Paraguay to the United States.
by WLJ
2017 October 20
Last Monday, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt signed an agencywide directive aimed at curbing the “sue and settle” behavior that has dogged the agency. “The days of regulation through litigation are over,” said Pruitt in the EPA’s directive.
2017 October 20
As livestock producers start planning for fall weaning, pregnancy observation, and vaccinations they often will apply an endectocide treatment for internal and external parasites such as cattle lice. While this practice is efficacious for most internal parasites and horn flies, it does not always completely control a cattle louse problem.


2017 October 20
An initial and ambitious step toward developing demand for U.S. beef in China was taken recently as the U.S. Beef China Roadshow—a week-long series of events organized by the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF)—brought exporters and importers together in Beijing, Shanghai, and Guangzhou.


by WLJ
2017 October 20
Thanks to scientific innovation in agriculture, farmers and ranchers are using fewer resources to grow an abundant, sustainable food supply. But I wonder how far our new technology and techniques will take us if farmers are left without one of the most critical resources to keep our farms sustainable: a stable workforce.


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