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Schwieterman: Feeder cattle futures closed mixed on Thur.

Feeder cattle futures closed mixed on Thursday, with moderate losses on most of the late summer and fall contracts. FULL STORY »

To price or protect

Mid-summer just passed by. This time of year is a good time to take stock of what the forward market is shaping up for cattle. It is also a good time to assess whether pricing or protecting cattle is warranted. FULL STORY »

Appeals court rules with FDA on feed antibiotics

In a 2-1 decision, the U.S. Second Circuit Court of Appeals on Thursday overturned earlier district court rulings resulting from a lawsuit filed by activist groups seeking to end the use of antibiotics in livestock feed. FULL STORY »

Natural gas, Henry Hub prices fall

Natural gas prices generally fell at most market locations this report week (Wednesday, July 16—Wednesday, July 23). The Henry Hub spot price declined from $4.10 per million British thermal unit (MMBtu) last Wednesday to $3.79 yesterday. FULL STORY »

White House Rural Council to invest $10 billion for job-creation

The White House Rural Council today announced the creation of the new U.S. Rural Infrastructure Opportunity Fund through which private entities can invest in job-creating rural infrastructure projects across the country. FULL STORY »

Bears made presence felt in the ag markets Thursday afternoon

Corn futures dipped on China talk Thursday. Corn futures followed soybeans higher Wednesday night and seemed likely to keep rising after the weekly Export Sales report stated the new-crop result far above expectations. FULL STORY »

Commentary: Bashing beef

An activist researcher claims that pork, poultry and eggs are five times as eco-friendly as beef. Why? For the very reason that animal rights attack producers: Confinement production. FULL STORY »

2014 Farm Bill conservation compliance changes

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack reminded producers that changes mandated through the 2014 Farm Bill require them to have on file a Highly Erodible Land Conservation and Wetland Conservation Certification. FULL STORY »

Ag markets proved surprisingly changeable Thursday morning

Corn futures dipped on China talk Thursday morning. Corn futures followed soybeans higher Wednesday night and seemed likely to keep rising after the weekly Export Sales report stated the new-crop result far above expectations. FULL STORY »

Cotton root rot inhibits alfalfa stand longevity

Alfalfa is considered one of the world's most important forage crops because of its high nutritive value and ease of incorporation into year-round grazing systems. FULL STORY »

Lessons from the show ring

It’s late July; temperatures are averaging in the mid- to upper-90s nearly every day – that can only mean one thing: it’s county fair time! FULL STORY »

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