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Winner of 2014 Borlaug CAST Communication Award named

The Council for Agricultural Science and Technology (CAST) presented the 2014 Borlaug CAST Communication Award to Alison Van Eenennaam, Ph.D., Oct. 15, at a morning event in conjunction with the World Food Prize Symposium in Des Moines, Iowa. FULL STORY »

Record corn crop realized and forecast raised

The U.S. 2014/15 corn yield forecast is raised once again to a new record high of 174.2 bushels per acre, 2.5 bushels higher than last month’s forecast. FULL STORY »

USDA announces measures to help farmers diversify weed control

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced several steps that the U.S. Department of Agriculture is taking to address the increase of herbicide resistant weeds in U.S. agricultural systems. FULL STORY »

Local corn prices dip below $2 in some areas

Even before the current farm bill was adopted, we shared our concern that a $4 plus plateau in corn prices, which was being widely predicted, was in all likelihood no plateau at all. FULL STORY »

Cattle nutrition rules of thumb allow quick estimation

Rules of thumb can be dangerous because they are simplified, generalized algorithms that we use instead of a more detailed, accurate calculation. Many times, however, rules of thumb are very useful when you need a quick estimate of a quantity or relationship. FULL STORY »

In the Cattle Markets: Northern Plains calf marketing situation

On Sept. 29 – Oct. 2, I had the opportunity to see a good portion of the heart of Northern Plains cattle country. We drove across southern North Dakota (N.D.), down through southwestern N.D. and the entire stretch of western South Dakota (S.D.), and halfway down eastern Wyoming. FULL STORY »

Large stock market losses depressed commodities Wednesday

Big equity losses weighed on the ag markets Wednesday. Tuesday’s weekly USDA Crop Progress indicated the corn harvest was farther along than expected, which weighed on CBOT futures in early trading. FULL STORY »

U.S. encouraged by progress with Japan on Pacific trade pact

Progress in U.S. talks with Japan towards a Trans-Pacific Partnership trade pact is encouraging, but difficult issues remain, the acting deputy U.S. trade representative said on Wednesday. FULL STORY »

A day in the office Image Gallery

Working for a cattle industry magazine has its perks. While traveling throughout the country to attend industry meetings and conferences and visiting with issue experts about the latest science driving advancements in cattle production are nice, those aren't the perks I’m talking about. FULL STORY »

Financial markets affected commodity futures Tuesday morning

Big equity losses are weighing on the ag markets. The weekly USDA Crop Progress indicated the corn harvest was farther along than expected, which weighed on CBOT futures in early trading. FULL STORY »

Consumers less likely to spend money on beef products, deli ham

Oklahoma State University's October Food Demand Survey shows that while people are spending more in grocery stores on food, they are less willing to buy steak, hamburger, chicken breast and deli ham than one month ago. FULL STORY »

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