How do you compare to USDA's income, expense summary?
While good crop yields will help boost your income for 2013, lower prices will keep them in storage. FULL STORY »
Conventionally produced beef…safe and sustainable?
We are all bombarded with the propaganda that conventionally raised beef is not healthy or sustainable by media, society, and even some of our fellow producers. FULL STORY »
Where is the safety net? There is no safety net
It could be worse than we thought. With record corn production in a year with heavy spring rains and late planting problems, the price drop in recent weeks suggests that corn demanders see the crop-reducing effects of 2012 drought as an aberration—since apparently improved seed genetics successfully protected 2013 corn production from moderate drought and planting problems. FULL STORY »
Lead negotiator sees January finish for overdue U.S. farm bill
Congress could enact a new U.S. farm law that cuts food stamps for the poor and expands federally subsidized crop insurance in January if negotiators soon break a deadlock, the lawmaker overseeing the negotiations said on Tuesday. FULL STORY »
Crop markets mostly higher Tuesday night
Corn futures continued rising in the face of negative news. As expected, Chinese officials rejected five recent shipments of U.S. corn contaminated with an unapproved GMO strain Tuesday night. FULL STORY »
California seminars offer cattle handling, ultrasound training
A pair of upcoming seminars in California will help veterinarians and producers learn some new skills while earning CE credits and Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) certification or recertification. FULL STORY »
December 2013: Did you know...
You know that genetics set the base for profitability in all segments of the cattle industry. Earlier this year, Shawn Walter and Ron Hale of Professional Cattle Consultants summarized feedlot data showing what kind of cattle generate added dollars. And guess what? The high growth, high grading cattle were most profitable. FULL STORY »
California ranchers weigh options as dry spell lingers
After a lack of precipitation last spring deteriorated California pastures, cattle ranchers looked forward to a healthy rainy season this fall to start grasses growing again. But Mother Nature's scant offerings so far have not brought the relief they had hoped. FULL STORY »
Commercial Manure Applicator Training scheduled for Jan. 7
Commercial manure applicators can attend annual training on Jan. 7 to meet commercial manure applicator certification requirements. FULL STORY »
Purdue Extension to host Farming Together workshop
Multi-generation farming can be tricky. Purdue University is offering a series of workshops to help. FULL STORY »