Industry News

Inaugural AgCon brings business, government together to discuss ag futures markets

Joint effort of CFTC, K-State will assemble sector’s leading minds in Overland Park in early April WASHINGTON, D.C. — The upcoming AgCon2018 will explore a range of current questions and topics facing the agricultural futures markets. The first-of-its-kind joint conference from the Commodity Futures Trading Commission and the Center for Risk Management Education and Research at Kansas State University, will take place April 5–6 at the Sheraton…

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South Dakota Rancher Testifies Before U.S. Senate in Support of FARM Act

Bill Would Exempt Farms, Ranches From Superfund Regulation WASHINGTON (March 8, 2018) – Third-generation South Dakota rancher Todd Mortenson today testified in support of S. 2421, the Fair Agricultural Reporting Method (FARM) Act, which would prevent the federal government from regulating nearly 200,000 animal agricultural operations as if they were toxic Superfund sites. Mortensen delivered his testimony at a hearing of the Senate’s Environment and Public Works…

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The Markets

The five-area fed steer price ended the week averaging $126.76 for live sales and $204.21 for dressed, down $1.19 and $0.48 from a week ago respectively. Nebraska feeder cattle were lower on the week with 500-600 pound steers down $3.36 averaging $195.64 and 700-800 pound steers down $2.96 averaging $156.40. Corn was up $0.12 on the week trading at $3.60/bu in Omaha on Thursday.       Week…

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USDA’s Outlook Forum Gives a Preview of What Lies Ahead for the Cattle Industry

By : Brian R. Williams, Assistant Extension Professor, Department of Agricultural Economics, Mississippi State University   The United States Department of Agriculture held its annual Agricultural Outlook Forum a couple of weeks ago in which many topics relevant to the agricultural industry were discussed at length. Topics of discussion ranged from trade to regulation and from policy to rural development. But the one topic that is…

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Courtesy of   Landownders should take time as the prescribed burning season approaches to familiarize themselves with information available on and the KS Flint Hills Smoke Management page on Facebook. Tools are available at both locations to help make burn timing decisions that minimize smoke impact on urban areas. The success of this voluntary approach is important to preventing regulation of burning by the…

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