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U.S. meat, seafood prices rising on drought and disease

Overall U.S. food inflation will remain near the historic norm in 2014, even as prices for meat and seafood are pushed higher by disease and widespread drought, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said on Friday. FULL STORY »

2014 Farm Bill conservation compliance changes

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack reminded producers that changes mandated through the 2014 Farm Bill require them to have on file a Highly Erodible Land Conservation and Wetland Conservation Certification. FULL STORY »

Cotton root rot inhibits alfalfa stand longevity

Alfalfa is considered one of the world's most important forage crops because of its high nutritive value and ease of incorporation into year-round grazing systems. FULL STORY »

California pays the price for Corn Belt’s cold snap

The unseasonable return of the jet stream brought cool temperatures to the Corn Belt and more heat to California. FULL STORY »

Jolley: Meet Cattlemen's Beef Board member Jo Stanko

Jo Stanko and her husband Jim owe their high country ranching lifestyle to his great grandfather who emigrated to the U.S. from Czechoslovakia in the late 1800's. FULL STORY »

Genetic selection for healthier cattle

The adoption of advanced genetic selection tools such as Expected Progeny Difference (EPD) has been one of the greatest success stories in improving productivity in the beef industry. The ability to select and find cattle that excel in growth while still delivering acceptable calving ease FULL STORY »

Hedging considerations with high steer calf basis

Demand for lightweight feeder calves has been especially strong this year. Not only has that driven price levels to record highs in recent months, but it has also resulted in record strong basis levels as well. FULL STORY »

How is antibiotic use going to change under proposals by the FDA

I think we can all agree it’s in everyone’s best interest to have access to effective antibiotics for people and for animals. It’s critical for public health — and vital for livestock production and well-being. FULL STORY »

Bermudagrass stem maggot invades Southern states

Since first being identified in Georgia, the bermudagrass stem maggot has been busy expanding its territory west. It has been confirmed in Mississippi, Arkansas and east Texas, and has reportedly been found in Oklahoma. FULL STORY »

To price or protect

Mid-summer just passed by. This time of year is a good time to take stock of what the forward market is shaping up for cattle. It is also a good time to assess whether pricing or protecting cattle is warranted. FULL STORY »

Footrot can be more problematic in wet years

Footrot is generally caused by common bacteria found in the soil. The resulting lameness will reduce mobility, weight gain and reproductive reproductive performance. FULL STORY »

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