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USDA: New grassland establishment programs deadline approaching

Recently, the US Department of Agriculture through the Natural Resources Conservation Service has launched three programs that offer assistance to landowners interested in improving grassland habitats on their properties under the Environmental Quality Incentives Program . FULL STORY »

My Beef Checkoff: April dairy edition

The beef checkoff Eat Better. Eat Veal. retail promotion ended March 28. The checkoff is excited at the number of entries and interest in this year’s first quarter promotion. Look for the winner and results in next month’s issue. FULL STORY »

My Beef Checkoff: April beef edition

The beef industry has embraced Beef Quality Assurance (BQA), funded in part by the beef checkoff, because it is the right thing to do, and certification shows producers’ commitment to raising the best beef possible. And for a second year, the checkoff-funded BQA program is offering beef producers the chance to become certified at no cost, thanks to a partnership with Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc. and the Beef Cattle Institute, housed at Kansas State University. The cost of BQA certification normally is $25 to $50; from now until April 15, 2014, however, Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc. will defray the cost of the certification or recertification, making it free. FULL STORY »

Animal welfare for youth: Part 3 – Three Circles Model

The Three Circles Model is the next building block to help youth understand animal welfare. It addresses both the object science and human values used in evaluating welfare. FULL STORY »

USDA raises 2014 beef production forecast

In the latest World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE) report, the USDA raised both beef production and cattle prices. FULL STORY »

Evaluate alfalfa stands for winter injury

As alfalfa stands break dormancy and begin growth, growers should make plans to take some time to evaluate the health of those stands and determine if there was winter injury. FULL STORY »

Baleage: Fermenting forage

This high moisture, fermented forage product has been catching attention in parts of the country where baling a dry hay crop can be close to impossible. FULL STORY »

WASDE: Corn prices climb but stay under $5

The USDA’s latest World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates report shows a slight uptick in corn prices, a 125-million-bushel increase in projected corn exports and a 9 percent drop in corn stocks. FULL STORY »

Online price basis tool for agricultural producers available

It’s not as flashy as watching contract futures prices trade from red to green on the weekday exchange, but knowing the price basis for a commodity is an important aspect of marketing for agricultural producers, according to experts with the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service. FULL STORY »

Fitting annual forages into a crop rotation

Crop rotations may benefit from high yielding forages that are harvested as silage or hay and marketed to livestock producers. Traditionally producers have focused on a few common crops for forage and silage production, such as corn and alfalfa, and for good reason. FULL STORY »

Say ‘adios’ to La Nada

Here comes El Niño, and early data suggests it could grow into a monster. FULL STORY »

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