Hedge on DDG
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 
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 
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.

Retained ownership decisions Webinar 
The Nebraska Department of Agriculture and the Nebraska Corn Board will host a free Webinar on Dec. 16, titled “Retained Ownership Decisions: Advantages of Feeding in Nebraska.”

Pray for rain, plan for drought  
University of Nebraska animal scientist Rick Rasby offers ideas planning ahead to conserve forage resources during a drought.

Plan now to reduce wildfire risk  
Texas A&M AgLife Extension specialists offer these tips for protecting your property and livestock from wildfires.

Prepare for drought before it strikes 
Having a good drought plan in place can help your operation weather even the most severe drought conditions, say specialists at the Natural Resources Conservation Service.

Rural heartland less affected by recession
Carl Rupp and his neighbors around Torrington, Wyo. follow the old rancher's creed: "Keep your money in your pocket."

Making money in hard times
An upcoming K-State conference aims to help producers develop strategies for controlling production costs and improving profitability in today’s difficult market.

The Role of Human Resource Management in Risk Management
Bernie Erven, an agricultural economist and expert in personnel management at The Ohio State University, offers these tips for managing people, and risk, in agricultural businesses.

K-State schedules risk management conferences 
The Risk and Profit Conference will be held Aug. 20-21, at the K-State Alumni Center in Manhattan, Kan., and is designed to give agricultural producers and affiliated businesses a competitive edge in their operations.

Times are challenging, but watch for opportunities
“We’ll get through this,” Randy Blach told the crowd at the 2009 CattleFax Outlook Conference, “and those who do a better job of managing their risk will get through a little better than the rest of us.”

“Buddy, can you spare a nickel for my horse?”
As Congress negotiated the terms of a $700 billion bailout for Wall Street last month, President Bush addressed the nation with a dire warning: “Our entire economy is in danger.”

Know the signs of burnout
“Employee burnout is more than a temporary situation after a difficult week,” says Dorothy Lecher, human resources director at Prema-Lean Farms.