Industry News

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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Understanding Customer Relations in a Changing Beef Industry

By : Garth Ruff, Agriculture and Natural Resources Extension Educator, OSU Henry County Extension (originally published in the Ohio Farmer on-line)   “The customer is always right.” If they want to purchase cattle only from feeders with a BQA certification, then to access their market that’s what we’ll need to do. Things are at a high pace in Ohio’s Extension offices as we move towards spring…

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