Industry News

Farm Equipment, Safety on the Road, Everyone’s Role

By : Tracey Erickson, SDSU Extension Dairy Field Specialist, SDSU Dairy and Food Science Department, Courtesy of   It is National Farm Safety Week (September 16-22nd) which also serves as a safety reminder for those involved in agriculture. Silage harvest has been going for a couple of weeks and soybean harvest has started in parts of South Dakota. In addition, we have started to see…

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CHAPS Benchmarks for 2018 Released

By : Heather Gessner, SDSU Extension Livestock Business Management Field Specialist, SDSU Economics Department, Courtesy of   The 2018 CHAPS Data (Cow Herd Appraisal Performance Software) was recently released by North Dakota State University Extension. This software package provides benchmark performance measures to the producers enrolled in the program, representing approximately 88,000 cows. In 2018 the herds participating averaged 261 cows exposed, had a 93.7%…

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Wheat acres could rise slightly as prices trend upward; winter moisture expected

Writer : Adam Russell   COLLEGE STATION – Texas wheat producers may increase planted acres slightly as the forecast for moisture through winter and market trends improve outlook, according to Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service experts. Dr. Clark Neely, AgriLife Extension small grains and oilseed specialist, College Station, said he anticipates a “bump” in statewide wheat acres this season. Texas wheat acres have been exceptionally low, around…

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Cattle Industry Works Together on Traceability at NIAA Strategy Forum

“The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) and NIAA have often worked together on issues that impact the beef industry,” says Jennifer Houston, 2018 NCBA President-Elect and Opening Speaker at the 2018 NIAA Strategy Forum on Livestock Traceability to be held in Kansas City, Mo. at the end of this month.    “We think it is important to reach out to other people in the industry,” she…

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U.S. Pork and Beef Export Volumes Strong in July; Pork Value Squeezed by Higher Duties

July exports of U.S. pork and beef were higher than a year ago, according to data released by USDA and compiled by the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF). Export value results were mixed, with beef exports posting another near-record month while pork export value declined, reflecting the impact of retaliatory duties imposed by Mexico and China. Pork exports totaled 176,413 metric tons (mt) in July, up…

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