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Calf branding/processing time and BQA

It is spring and that means branding time across cattle country. As producers are finishing calving season and preparing for branding/processing, it is important to review Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) guidelines. FULL STORY »

Crop markets reacted differently to Thursday's export data

Corn traders seemed disappointed by Thursday’s Export Sales report. Potential improvements in spring planting conditions have been weighing are probably weighing on corn futures. FULL STORY »

Weather will drive cattle inventory dynamics

Drought continues to parch most of the West and Southwest United States and appears to be spreading farther east and north into the Southern and Central Plains. The winter rainy season in California and the Southwest was disappointing at best, portending another drought year. The rainy season for the Plains usually begins about mid-April and continues through mid-June. FULL STORY »

The cost of not testing a bull

The cow-calf business is an intricate business with many moving parts. Some of the moving parts are constantly in motion while others are seasonal in nature. FULL STORY »

Health and nutrition go hand in hand

There are many aspects to keeping a herd of cattle healthy. Vaccinations, worming, etc. are often what we think of. But if you want your calves to be born healthy next year and your cows to remain healthy and productive, nutrition is as important as anything. FULL STORY »

13th annual Animal Ag Summit "Cracking the Millennial Code"

Menu analysts, trend spotters, brand strategists and researchers will comprise a panel on food trends at the upcoming 13th annual Stakeholders Summit, the Animal Agriculture Alliance announced. FULL STORY »

Exports: Corn sales set 10-week low…again

Corn net sales dropped to yet another 10-week low, marking the second third consecutive week the USDA has reported a decline in corn sales. FULL STORY »

Export market expansion through 2014 Farm Bill programs

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Foreign Agricultural Service awarded funding to more than 60 U.S. agricultural organizations to help expand commercial export markets for American products. FULL STORY »

CME trading outage showed that man can still match the machine

Just over a week ago, CME Group Inc suffered the worst-ever trading outage on the world's most important agricultural markets, plunging electronic screens into darkness and sending dozens of traders scrambling for Chicago's famous but now often deserted trading "pits." FULL STORY »

This Week in Petroleum: Activities spending on the rise

Annual reports by oil and natural gas companies show that spending on exploration and development activities increased by 5% ($18 billion) in 2013, while spending on property acquisition continued to decline by $17 billion. Total upstream spending was relatively flat after a period of strong growth (averaging 11% per year) from 2000 to 2012. FULL STORY »

Beef Herd Expansion: More fencing, choose supplies carefully

Wood prices are predicted to reach record highs by the end of 2014. This is due to timber-supply shortages related to environmental factors such as heavy rainfall. The increasing demand for wood products as the economy and housing markets begin to recover also plays a large part in rising prices. With low supply and increasing demand, the wood product industry and its consumers are facing price hikes on wood everywhere. FULL STORY »

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