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2017 April 28
Cargill announced last week that it has reached an agreement to sell its beef cattle feedyards at Leoti, KS, and Yuma, CO, to Omaha, NE-based Green Plains Inc., a vertically integrated ethanol producer with existing feedyards at Kismet, KS, and Hereford, TX.
2017 April 28
(In an effort to serve the next generation of livestock producers, WLJ’s Youth Opportunities calendar lists internship and scholarship information for agricultural- and livestockfocused students; listed by application deadline. If you have an internship or scholarship to announce, please email it to editorial@.
2017 April 28
“Calves running, nursing and sleeping are signs of healthy calves,” says Karl Hoppe, Extension’s area Livestock Systems Specialist at the Carrington Research Extension Center. “A calf that isn’t joining the herd is a sure sign that something isn’t right.
by DTN
2017 April 28
If for some reason a new farm bill isn’t completed in 2017, leaders of the House and Senate Agriculture Committees said last Tuesday that they are hopeful they can at least help farm bill programs for dairy and cotton through the current budget appropriations process.
2017 April 28
Some years weather conditions cause sugar beets intended to be processed for human consumption to start to deteriorate. When this happens, the beets are no longer acceptable for human consumption and may become available for beef cattle diets at a fraction of the cost of other energy feed sources.
2017 April 28
The National Agricultural Biosecurity Center conducted animal disease response training sessions in Nebraska in April and is offering two sessions in Kansas in May. The training will be offered in Manhattan on May 9 and in Ottawa on May 11. Registration is available at k- state.
by WLJ
2017 April 28
“Permanent repeal of the death tax has been a priority for cattlemen and women for decades,” said Beck. “Since the death tax was implemented nearly a century ago it has not only failed to meet the misguided goals set by Congress, but.
by USDA
2017 April 28
The output of America’s farms contributed $136.7 billion of this sum—about 1 percent of GDP. The overall contribution of the agriculture sector to GDP is larger than this because related sectors rely on agricultural inputs like food and materials used in textile production in order to contribute added value to the economy.
by WLJ
2017 April 28
The Smith family of Nemaha, IA, were named 2017 Iowa Environmental Stewardship Awards Program Winners by the Iowa Cattlemen’s Association. Pictured (from left) are Skylar, Etta, Seth, Levi, Lane and Lynn Smith. Photo courtesy of Iowa Cattlemen’s Association.
by USDA
2017 April 28
Breaking down food spending further, 7.2 percent of expenditures were spent at the grocery store and 5.4 percent at restaurants. Price changes for the items in the different budget categories relative to each other play a role in the categories’ shares of annual household consumer expenditures.
2017 April 28
Correct pasture stocking rates and grazing plans are essential for the short run and the long-term survival of a beef operation. Producers have many approaches to grazing systems. The key point is to have a plan because improper grazing steals from the future.
by DTN
2017 April 28
Pardon the picking of old political scabs, but somehow only the magnitude of that famous historical pivot adequately describes the financial sea change cattle feeders are set to experience in 2017. In short, the feedlot business has finally emerged from its own constitutional crisis (read multi-billion-dollar equity drain).
2017 April 28
The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) doesn’t want consumers eating animal protein, especially beef. To reach that goal the radical animal rights activists have partnered with the Organization for Competitive Markets (OCM) in an attempt to gain standing and add an air of legitimacy to their efforts.
2017 April 28
After the swearing-in ceremony, Perdue made his way to the USDA’s headquarters where he addressed employees. Later in the day he participated in an agricultural roundtable discussion and was on hand as President Donald Trump signed an executive order (EO) “promoting agriculture and rural prosperity in America.

2017 April 28
“The previous administration used a 100-year-old law known as the Antiquities Act to unilaterally put millions of acres of land and water under strict federal control—have you heard about that?—eliminating the ability of the people who actually live in those states to decide how best to use that land,” Trump continued.

2017 April 28
The month of May is traditionally the time when “spring round-ups” take place. This is the time that large and small cow-calf operations schedule the “working” of the calves. As the majority of the calves reach their second month of life, it is time to castrate the male calves and immunize all of the calves to protect them against blackleg.



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