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Voting begins for Cattle Production Veterinarian Hall of Fame

Five distinguished cattle veterinarians have been nominated and voting is underway for the 2014 Cattle Production Veterinarian Hall of Fame, which was created in 2011 to honor exceptional individuals who have made lasting contributions to the veterinary profession. FULL STORY »

The Russia-Ukraine situation is boosting the crop markets

Korean buying seemed to boost corn futures Sunday night. A big South Korean company tendered to buy 193,000 tonnes of corn last night, which probably played a role in the week-opening rise. FULL STORY »

Prevent the spread of invasive species

The USDA has proclaimed April as Invasive Plant Pest and Disease Awareness Month. Here are some tips to prevent the spread of noxious weeds and bugs to your area and other regions of the country. FULL STORY »

Feeder Cattle Report: Feeders and calves unevenly steady Play video

The USDA-AMS LGMN Branch provides a weekly video providing timely market information and quotes pertaining to feeder cattle. FULL STORY »

Feeder Cattle Review: Pressure seen on heavyweight feeders Play video

Compared to last week, feeder cattle and calves sold unevenly steady with the majority of sales ranging from 3.00 higher to 3.00 lower. Most pressure was seen on heavyweight feeders over 800 lbs and soft new-crop calves that are progressively making up a larger percentage of receipts. As a whole, offerings are currently less attractive than usual with receipts mostly made up of growing-lot yearlings and fall-born calves, both carrying considerable flesh. FULL STORY »

Cow-Calf Corner: Glenn Selk on freemartin calves Play video

Glenn Selk explains why freemartin calves (females born with a bull twin) should not be used as replacement heifers. FULL STORY »

Cattle Outlook: Fed cattle sales extremely light again

U.S. beef exports were up 3.2% in February compared to a year ago thanks to increased shipments to Japan, Mexico and Hong Kong. Imports of beef into the U.S. were down 2.0% in February with less beef coming in from Brazil, Uruguay, and Mexico. During February, beef exports equaled 10.22% of production and imports equaled 9.56% of production. FULL STORY »

Grain, soy futures dipped while other markets firmed Friday p.m.

Big soy losses seemed to weigh on corn futures Friday. The soy complex dipped Thursday night, then declined farther Friday morning as traders continued reacting to news of big Chinese soy shipment cancellations. FULL STORY »

Producer inflation accelerates in March

U.S. producer prices recorded their largest increase in nine months in March, but that jump will probably not ignite inflation pressures as economic growth remains moderate. FULL STORY »

Commentary: The barrier to breakthroughs

How does an entire profession get past polarized deadlocks over good vs. bad, legal vs, illegal? About the only way to gain traction is with a bold new idea. On that note, here’s Exhibit A. FULL STORY »

From our April issue: EPA and “Waters of the United States"

What do you get when you mix a 40-year old law that has been changed multiple times and is in the process of changing again, been challenged by multiple lawsuits, and is riddled with unclear definitions and a general uncertainty regarding the rules of the game? FULL STORY »

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