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Average carcass weight up 12 pounds in 2013

Total red meat production was slightly down in 2013 according to the USDA annual Livestock Slaughter summary released on Monday. FULL STORY »

Corn-stover ethanol could increase CO2 emissions

Removing corn residues for production of cellulosic ethanol puts carbon into the air rather than back into the soil, and likely would generate more CO2 emissions than gasoline, at least initially, according to a new study from the University of Nebraska. FULL STORY »

$48 million Black Angus facility approved in Tama, Iowa

On Friday the Iowa Economic Development Authority board approved the project that boasts $4 million in state tax credits. The project plans to a take what was previously a meat packing plant and turn it into a Black Angus processing facility using Black Angus cattle from a 150-mile radius of the revamped facility. FULL STORY »

No surge in corn planting…yet

Corn planting nearly doubled its pace from last week; however, with just 6 percent of country’s corn in the ground, this pace is less than half of the five-year average and just slightly above the 2013 pace. FULL STORY »

Beef fuels Boston

26.2 miles – the distance thousands athletes ran yesterday during the Boston Marathon. Of the 36 thousand competing was Heath Larson, a Wichita, Kan., man representing Team Beef, a second year veteran to the race. FULL STORY »

Cattle bucked Monday's bearish ag market trend

Weather news appears to depress the crop markets. Although news that March Chinese imports of U.S. corn fell sharply from last year probably weighed on CBOT prices, the weather was reportedly a bigger factor. FULL STORY »

Heifer sales help build herds with Show-Me-Select replacement

Beef herd owners rebuilding cow numbers have two sales this spring to buy Show-Me-Select Replacement Heifers. Sales will be May 3 at the Fruitland (Mo.) Livestock Auction and May 16 at Joplin Regional Stockyards. FULL STORY »

USDA announces investment fund to create jobs in rural America

As part of the Obama Administration’s new “Made in Rural America” export and investment initiative, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the creation of a new investment fund that will help propel the growth of small businesses across rural America. FULL STORY »

Photo: All hands on deck

Photo of the day was taken by Alie McKee of Lone Pine, California. The Cal Poly graduate and her husband work on the Margarita Ranch on the central coast. FULL STORY »

Ag markets fell by varying amounts Monday morning

Weather news appears to be depressing the crop markets. Although news that March Chinese imports of U.S. corn fell sharply from last year probably weighed on CBOT prices, the weather was reportedly a bigger factor. FULL STORY »

Do distillers grains work In cattle rations at today’s prices?

Like corn, prices for distillers grains have been increasing since the beginning of the year. Dried distillers grains plus solubles (DDGS) prices have increased nearly $40/ton so far this year, with recent prices averaging in the mid-$230s per ton in South Dakota. FULL STORY »

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