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NIFA grants to fund beginning producers (Finance)
USDA's National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) today announced the availability of more than $18 million in grants to help train, educate and enhance the sustainability of the next generation of farmers

Hedge on DDG (Risk Management)
CME Group, the world’s leading and most diverse derivatives marketplace, today announced the launch of dried distillers grain agricultural commodity futures contracts, scheduled to begin trading April 26.

Long-term outlook shows higher cattle prices (Risk Management)
USDA released its Agricultural projections to 2019 last week, showing gradual improvements in consumption, trade, and livestock prices over the next decade.

Smaller inventory, improving prices (Risk Management)
The USDA's annual cattle inventory report suggests improving prices for 2010. That’s because the nation’s beef herd is down 1 percent, making it the smallest herd inventory since 1963.

Beef industry on the mend in 2010 (Finance)
The cattle industry should be on the mend in 2010, says Purdue University Extension economist Chris Hurt.

2009 ag income tax update for farm families (Finance)
For tax years 2009 and 2010, there are a number changes that have resulted from the passage of federal tax laws.

ISU offers financial info for livestock producers (Finance)
At a time when livestock producers continue to grapple with the tough economy, Iowa State University Extension wants to make it easier for producers to find educational resources they need.

Maintaining balance between work and family (Human Capital)
Owning and managing a family business such as a family farm offers unique benefits and challenges to the family members involved. Purdue University Extension specialist Aadron Rausch offers practical ideas for good family-business relationships.

Managing financial stress (Finance)
The “perfect storm” of high feed prices, increased input costs and low product demand has created the worst financial situation of a lifetime for many livestock producers, says University of Nebraska farm transition specialist Dave Goeller.

Investing for Farm Families course (Finance)
A new online course sponsored by eXtension, an educational partnership of more than 70 land-grant universities, helps farmers plan for a secure future.