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Young American farmers brim with optimism

Each year, the American Farm Bureau Federation surveys about 1,000 young farmers and ranchers from across the country. The 22nd annual survey found that 91 percent of young people in agriculture are more optimistic about farming than they were five years ago. An equal percentage say they expect to be lifelong farmers.

Industry

Missouri cattle producer Jim McCann awarded Missouri Beef Cattle Legacy Award

Missouri cattle producer Jim McCann, from Miller, Mo., was recognized by Director of Agriculture Richard Fordyce at the 45th Missouri Governor’s Conference on Agriculture with the 2014 Missouri Beef Cattle Legacy Award, recognizing him for leadership in Missouri’s beef cattle industry.

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Jolley: On My Mercy For Animals Interview

Mercy For Animals (MFA) and its founder, Nathan Runkle, won't be invited to many rodeos. If he or any of his employees are spotted sneaking around a sale barn or lurking in the dark anywhere near a dairy farm, the consequences won't be pleasant.  Tar, feathers and a rail come to mind. I picture the townsfolk coming for him with lighted torches and pitchforks.

Markets

Crop markers are mixed in early holiday trading

Talk of strong demand reportedly supported corn Sunday night. Expect slow trading and limited price action over the next two weeks as many in the financial industry celebrate the holidays. Conversely, news events might spur choppy trading as low trading volume tries to accommodate orders. Wire service sources cited strong demand and possible spillover from the wheat pit for limiting corn losses Sunday night. The market seems likely to test moving average support before Christmas.

Markets

U.S. cattle on feed up one percent

Cattle and calves on feed for slaughter market in the United States for feedlots with capacity of 1,000 or more head totaled 10.9 million head on December 1, 2014.

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