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Forage Focus: New forage seedings, the window of opportunity

With the weather allowing so few new forage seedings to be established in Ohio the past couple of springs it would appear this August might offer a window of opportunity. FULL STORY »

Ag markets had a bad day Tuesday

Favorable weather forecasts depressed corn futures Tuesday. Talk of dry early-August weather has supported the crop markets lately, but the latest forecasts suggest conditions will remain cool, with a possibility of widespread rain next week. FULL STORY »

Study: Economic challenges persist for herd expansion

Texas cattle producers looking to restock herds may choose to examine all options as financial dynamics have changed due to historic high cattle prices, according to Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service economists. FULL STORY »

Creating a Price Floor: Locking in calf prices

For years, cattle producers used the commodities market as a way to hedge and create a price floor for their cattle. For example, suppose a cow-calf producer has 100 head of calves they plan on feeding, knows their breakeven price is $215/cwt FULL STORY »

Ag markets remained weak Wednesday morning

Favorable weather forecasts depressed corn futures. Talk of dry early-August weather has supported the crop markets lately, but the latest forecasts suggest conditions will remain cool, with a possibility of widespread rain next week. FULL STORY »

U.S. appeals court upholds federal meat labeling regulation

A U.S. appeals court on Tuesday rejected a food industry challenge to a federal rule concerning labeling requirements for meat, a ruling that could have a major impact on businesses fighting federal regulation on free-speech grounds. FULL STORY »

Angus VNR: Developing efficient cows Play video

Feed is a significant budget item, and so efficiency is always an important topic. Dan Shike, University of Illinois, and Bryce Schumann, American Angus Association, discuss the tools available and what’s on the horizon. FULL STORY »

The fork in the road

This autumn will mark the 30th anniversary of deliberations leading up to the 1985 Farm Bill. That legislation was noteworthy for several changes in government agricultural policy but most memorable for those of us in the cattle industry was the provision for a national beef checkoff mandated by the federal government. FULL STORY »

Monday Market Sentiment:: Choice primal rib continues climb

After a slight increase in fed cattle prices last week, the 5-area cash cattle price took a hop, skip and a jump to the highest price to date, peaking at $163.43. FULL STORY »

USMEF: Global Growth Committee to meet at cattle industry summer

When cattle producers from across the nation gather in Denver this week for the Cattle Industry Summer Conference, international trade will be a key topic of discussion – especially for members of the beef industry’s Global Growth Committee, which is set to meet Thursday, July 31. FULL STORY »

Ag markets moved generally lower Monday night

Corn futures slipped Monday night. News that corn condition ratings had dipped slightly on the weekly Crop Progress report supported CBOT futures in evening trading. FULL STORY »

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