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Considerations for spring seeded alfalfa

Long term alfalfa productivity depends on successful stand establishment. Achieving a profitable stand of alfalfa is the result proper field selection utilizing proven production practices to ensure germination and establishment. FULL STORY »

Programs for beginning farmers, ranchers

The average age of principal farm operators in the US increased from 54 years-of-age in 1997 to 57 years-of-age in 2007. Today, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, sixty percent of agricultural producers are age 55 or older. FULL STORY »

Meat, poultry groups urge Obama to hold strong in TPP talks

As President Obama’s state visit to Japan approaches, the pending Trans-Pacific Partnership is top of mind for many in the agricultural sector, including five meat and poultry organizations that sent a letter to the White House thanking the administration for the “strong stance” it’s taken in TPP negotiations with regard to eliminating tariffs on agricultural products. FULL STORY »

CDC issues mixed food-safety report

Some foodborne illnesses have declined and some have increased, according to a new report from FoodNet at the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). FULL STORY »

Drought maintains strangle-hold on southern Plains

Dry states – especially those on the southern Plains and in the West – are continuing to sink further into drought, despite the return of wet weather. FULL STORY »

Lucky sweepstakes winner is going to Vegas

Toni Eaves of Elkmont, Ala., not only came away invigorated from this year’s Cattle Industry Annual Convention and National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) Tradeshow, she also came away a winner. She won a sweepstakes from Zoetis for two tickets to the 2014 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo (WNFR) and a $1,500 Funjet Vacations travel voucher. FULL STORY »

Most ag markets turned lower Thursday

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

BeefTalk: Are 60 percent calving in first 21 days?

Just do it: Grab a pen and paper to calculate the percentage of cows calving in the first 21 days of the calving season. This is a very important number to record and think about as one develops management plans and reviews those plans. FULL STORY »

Natural gas prices drop due to warmer weather

As temperatures warmed and natural gas heating demand declines, northeastern and Mid-Atlantic prices dropped below the national benchmark Henry Hub spot price on several days since the end of March. This is a reversal of price movements of the past several months. FULL STORY »

Making recommendations on climate change mitigation

The latest assessment of global climate change is out and scientists from around the world have recommended changes including some in agriculture, forestry and other land use designed to mitigate their effects on climate change. FULL STORY »

U.S. beef export sales continue to break market-year highs

U.S. beef export shipments continue to trend up, moving 3 percent higher than the previous week to 12,700 metric tons. The increase did not impact the 4-week average, but dropped the 27-week average slightly to 13,183 MT. FULL STORY »

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