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NIFA grants to fund beginning producers (Finance)
USDA's National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) announced the availability of more than $18 million in grants to help train, educate and enhance the sustainability of the next generation of farmers

Hedge on DDG (Risk Management)
CME Group announced the launch of dried distillers grain agricultural commodity futures contracts, scheduled to begin trading April 26.

Long-term outlook shows higher cattle prices (Risk Management)
SDA released its agricultural projections to 2019 last week, showing gradual improvements in consumption, trade, and livestock prices over the next decade.

Smaller inventory, improving prices (Risk Management)
The USDA's annual cattle inventory report suggests improving prices for 2010. That’s because the nation’s beef herd is down 1 percent, making it the smallest herd inventory since 1963.

Beef industry on the mend in 2010  (Finance)
The cattle industry should be on the mend in 2010, says Purdue University Extension economist Chris Hurt.

ISU offers financial info for livestock producers (Finance)
At a time when livestock producers continue to grapple with the tough economy, Iowa State University Extension wants to make it easier for producers to find educational resources they need.

Maintaining balance between work and family (Human Capital)
Owning and managing a family business such as a family farm offers unique benefits and challenges to the family members involved. Purdue University Extension specialist Aadron Rausch offers practical ideas for good family-business relationships.

Retained ownership decisions Webinar (Risk Management)
The Nebraska Department of Agriculture and the Nebraska Corn Board will host a free Webinar on Dec. 16, titled “Retained Ownership Decisions: Advantages of Feeding in Nebraska.”

Keys to economic survival (Finance)
Tough financial times have hit communities across the United States and beyond, but the problems are not just urban and suburban. Many farm families have been hit hard by economic forces, many of which were beyond their control.

Investing for farm families course (Finance)
A new online course sponsored by eXtension, an educational partnership of more than 70 land-grant universities, helps farmers plan for a secure future.