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Weather will dictate cattle trends this year

Commercial cow slaughter has run at historically low levels so far this year, partly due to short supplies but also indicating ranchers intend to stabilize or expand their herds. The situation remains volatile though, and with drought appearing to be expanding in the West and Southwest, weather conditions will help determine the direction of herd numbers, according to the April Livestock, Poultry and Dairy Outlook report from USDA. FULL STORY »

Soy, wheat markets surged Tuesday

Spillover strength supported corn futures Tuesday. The latest forecasts point to cool mid-April temperatures, but they also imply a stretch of dryness. FULL STORY »

Wild horses targeted for roundup in Utah rangeland clash

A Utah county, angry over the destruction of federal rangeland that ranchers use to graze cattle, has started a bid to round up federally protected wild horses it blames for the problem in the latest dustup over land management in the U.S. West. FULL STORY »

Next generations need quality, communication Play video

John Paterson, National Cattlemen's Beef Association, talks about what today's beef consumers want and why cattlemen should pay attention to that. FULL STORY »

Jolley: Five minutes with CSPI's bad science

Michael F. Jacobson holds a Ph.D. in microbiology from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, a school with a justifiably great reputation for turning out great engineers. He proves that microbiology is not engineering. FULL STORY »

Better quality beef starts with improving the quality of the land

When Jake and Jondra Shadowen from Benton, Ky. got married 14 years ago, they decided to buy a 26-acre ranch with a goal of raising a healthy herd of cattle. Today, thanks to hard work and conservation, they maintain a strong herd of 26 cattle, up from 11 when they first began. FULL STORY »

Penn State launches online agribusiness degree

Adults working in these sectors who have some college but not a four-year degree, and who need a degree for career advancement, now have a convenient option. FULL STORY »

Corn consumption continues to exceed projections

The USDA's WASDE report released on April 9 projected corn stocks at the end of the current marketing year at 1.331 billion bushels. The projection of year ending stocks has declined for five consecutive months and is now 556 million bushels smaller than the November 2013 projection. FULL STORY »

Ukraine-Russia situation apparently boosted wheat futures again

Dry forecasts reportedly weighed on corn futures Tuesday morning. Although the latest forecasts point to cool mid-April temperatures, they also imply a stretch of dryness. FULL STORY »

Monday Market Sentiment: Cash cattle prices decline

Cash cattle prices declined slightly from the previous week, moving the 5-area cash cattle price down $0.38 to $149.38. FULL STORY »

U.S. liquid fuel production slows down

Weather conditions in the Lower 48 states during December 2013 and January 2014 caused operational issues in key producing regions. While a temporary slowdown in well completion activity resulted in flat crude oil production during those months, much of the production slowdown is expected to be made up by accelerated completion activity over the next few months. FULL STORY »

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