Editorial

Skin cancer threatens agricultural workers

Skin cancer is an abnormal, uncontrolled growth of skin cells. It occurs when mutations occur in healthy skin cells, most often due to ultraviolet (UV) radiation exposure. It can appear as moles, raised bumps, scaly patches or open sores, and, though not always, most often develops on skin exposed to the sun. FULL STORY »

Technology makes sidedressing crops with manure easier

The late, wet spring that occurred across Central Michigan forced many farmers to reprioritize their normal spring schedule and condense field activities into as few days as possible. FULL STORY »

Fall seeding alfalfa

For the most part late summer seeding can be an excellent time to establish alfalfa which will lead to productive stands the next growing season. The decision of whether to proceed with a late summer alfalfa seeding depends on the need for good quality forage the next spring, temperature, and available soil moisture. FULL STORY »

Rebuilding the U.S. livestock herd

Everyone is familiar with the phrase, "What goes up must come down!" Grain prices seem to be following this old axiom, with substantial questions remaining of "how far down?" For U.S. animal product consumption the phrase could be reversed, "What goes down must come up!" FULL STORY »

U.S. GMO labeling foes triple spending in first half of this year

Opponents of mandatory labeling for foods made with genetically modified organisms spent more than $27 million in the first six months of this year on GMO-related lobbying, roughly three times their spending in all of 2013, according to an analysis released Wednesday. FULL STORY »

Schwieterman: Live cattle futures closed sharply higher on Wed.

Live cattle futures closed sharply higher on Wednesday, reaching limit higher in the October contract on the close. FULL STORY »

Cattle could help with prairie habitat conservation

Washington State University scientists, along with the U.S. Department of Defense and the nonprofit center for Natural Lands Management will conduct a study to find how “working landscapes,” including grazing cattle, might help with habitat conservation. FULL STORY »

Americans’ taste for beef continues, even at high prices

Beef continues to be on shoppers’ grocery lists, even as prices have soared to record highs this year. That says a lot about Americans’ appetite for beef, said Kansas State University agricultural economist Glynn Tonsor. FULL STORY »

Livestock Disaster Assistance Program enrollment due by Oct. 1

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is encouraging producers who have suffered eligible disaster-related losses to act to secure assistance by Sept. 30, 2014, as congressionally mandated payment reductions will take place for producers who have not acted before that date. FULL STORY »

Commentary: Bad news on biofuels

EPA’s intention to scale back the nation’s ethanol production program by reducing the Renewable Fuel Standard is a reasonable response to an undeniable fact: The program isn’t working. FULL STORY »

Monday Market Sentiment: Fed cattle market bumps back up

After a downward trend the past few weeks, the 5-area cash trade has bumped back up, moving from $153.14 to 154.58 last week. FULL STORY »

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