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Scott Greiner, Virginia Tech Extension animal scientist, recently co-authored a research review that looked at the relationship between marbling and maternal function. FULL STORY »

Ten universities receive research grants to study climate change

USDA's National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) awarded $6 million to 10 universities to study the effects of climate on agriculture production and develop strategies to provide farmers and ranchers with the solutions they need to supply the nation with quality food. FULL STORY »

Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association ranching event

The Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association (TSCRA) will host a ranch gathering Thursday, May 1, at Western Oklahoma State College in Altus, Okla. Registration for the gathering begins at 5:30 p.m. followed by a complimentary beef dinner. The event is free and open to the public. FULL STORY »

Meeting the cows’ nutritional needs after calving

How to address the nutritional needs of a cow herd after calving is critically important to have a successful start to next year’s calf crop. To maintain a 365-day calving interval then re-breeding has to occur 82 days after calving. FULL STORY »

Farm Bill enables record USDA investments in rural water systems

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today celebrated Earth Day by announcing record support for 116 projects that will improve water and wastewater services for rural Americans and benefit the environment. FULL STORY »

Wheat, beans exceptions to the bullish ag rule Tuesday

Slow planting progress supported the corn market Tuesday. FULL STORY »

McDonald's gives Cargill "Best of Sustainable Supply" awards

McDonald's, one of Cargill's largest global customers, honored Cargill today with seven "Best of Sustainable Supply" awards, including two category winners for community impact and economics. FULL STORY »

Livestock, cotton futures outperformed other ag markets Tuesday

Slow planting progress is still supporting the corn market. The Monday afternoon USDA Crop Progress report showed spring corn plantings running well behind seasonal norms. FULL STORY »

Japan has not narrowed trade differences with U.S.

Japanese officials said on Tuesday there was still a significant way to go before reaching a broad agreement on trade with the United States, a day before President Barack Obama visits for a summit. FULL STORY »

BQA certification important part of the beef sector

More than 30 years ago, a grassroots effort that involved many people in the beef industry led to the development of a training program that provided beef producers with proper management techniques. The program, first titled “Beef Safety Assurance” and now called “Beef Quality Assurance” or BQA, helps raise consumer confidence in beef production. FULL STORY »

Monday Market Sentiment: 5-area cash cattle price drops

Cash cattle prices continue a steady decline, dropping the 5-area cash cattle price down $2.66 from the previous week to $146.72. FULL STORY »

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