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It’s ranchers vs. the BLM in grazing allotment squeeze

March 23, 2017 — Garfield County, Colo., ranchers are fighting a proposed Bureau of Land Management order that would cut a cattle grazing allotment on federal lands in half. They say it would kill their family businesses. Jack Farris, a rancher near Parachute, approached the Garfield County commissioners March […]

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USDA announces $6 million in aid for Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas wildfires

March 22, 2017 — The Agriculture Department on March 21 announced the availability of more than $6 million in funding to implement practices that will help private farmers, ranchers and forest landowners affected by the wildfires blazing in Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas. "We have seen the devastating effects of […]

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Commodity distributors ask for minor changes; McGovern seeks hunger hearing

March 22, 2017 — A series of advocates for commodity distribution programs asked the House Agriculture Nutrition Subcommittee on Tuesday to make minor changes to their programs in the next farm bill, but Rep. Jim McGovern, D-Mass., used the hearing to express his dissatisfaction with reports that House Agriculture […]

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Meat industry proposes animal disease protection in farm bill

March 22, 2017 — Representatives of the beef, turkey, sheep and pork industries all testified in favor of establishing a stronger program to protect animals from disease, particularly foot-and-mouth disease, when the House Agriculture Livestock and Foreign Agriculture Subcommittee held a hearing March on livestock issues in the next […]

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Conaway calls dairy industry ‘unique’ as leaders ask for changes to program

March 22, 2017 — "As we begin crafting the next farm bill, we must keep in mind the unique nature of the dairy industry in order to create effective policies for our dairy farmers," House Agriculture Committee Chairman Michael Conaway, R-Texas, said March 22 at a hearing on the […]

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Roping steers bring $3,500 apiece for fire relief

March 22, 2017 — When are roping steers worth $3,500 apiece? When you're using the money to help your neighbors–even though they're 450 miles away. Logan and Chyanne Allen don't live anywhere near the country burned in a fire that began March 6. They live in Glenwood, Iowa. Wildfires […]

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Bovine DNA sequencing offers insight for researchers, beef producers

March 22, 2017 — Though DNA is microscopic, the sequencing of it carries enormous implications for cattle producers. The U.S. Meat and Animal Research Center recently announced the genomic sequencing of a panel of 96 bulls, and the data is now accessible online at http://www.ars.usda.gov/plains-area/clay-center-ne/marc/wgs/main/ "Our current set of […]

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White House aide: Trade No. 1 ag priority

March 22, 2017 — President Donald Trump's No. 1 priority for agriculture is international trade, followed by a "reliable, affordable workforce," Ray Starling, special assistant to the president for agriculture on the National Economic Council, told a National Ag Day event at the National Press Club Tuesday. In what […]

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Wild sunflowers provide resilient diversity

March 22, 2017 — Beauty and utility in one bright package, sunflowers are one of just a few commercial crops with origins in the U.S. Today, sunflowers are grown in more than 70 countries. The value of the global sunflower crop is estimated to be over $20 billion. But […]

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SD rancher coordinates hay donations, trucking for Kansas fire victims

March 22, 2017 — South Dakota rancher Jeb Olbertson is doing his part to help victims of recent wildfires in Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas and Colorado. Olbertson has organized truckers and ranchers wanting to donate hay, putting them together and taking the supplies to areas that need it most. He […]

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Auctions, livestock sales and real estate updates

March 21, 2017 — MARCH 18 ■ Svyf Consignment Auction, D&E Auctioneers, Longmont, CO, 970-215-3440, http://www.DE-Auctioneers.com ■ Frihauf Equipment Auction, Hoyt, CO, Auctioneers Miller & Associates 970-842-5575, http://www.ama-auctions.com ■ Marrs Dairy Auction, Ft. Lupton CO, Kreps-Wiedeman Auctions, 970-356-3943, http://www.k-wauctions.com ■ Auction, Kraupie's Real estate & auctioneers, Sidney, NE, 308-262-1150, […]

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Bribery and corruption mar Brazil’s meat packing and processing industry

March 21, 2017 — A recent Brazilian meat packing and processing scandal continues, wreaking havoc from within the country, but also on a number of other countries that have banned imports from Brazil, a country that is still recovering from a recession and government corruption. According to Brazilian police […]

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UNL tractor testing offers producers valuable data

March 21, 2017 — Producers shopping for a new tractor or even taking care of spring maintenance on the trusty one in the equipment shed, can find out if the tractor of their choice past its college test exams, through the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Nebraska Tractor Test Laboratory. NTTL […]

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Spectators flock to the Alpaca show in Denver

March 21, 2017 — Being the barn manager at a show with more than 800 animals from 25 states is a big job. Larry Zierer, barn manager at the Alpaca Owners Association National Show and owner of LazyB Acres Alpacas in Bennett, Colo., had the responsibility of keeping every […]

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Video: What is sustainability?

March 21, 2017 — Sustainability is about continuous improvement, says Cameron Bruett, head of corporate affairs for JBS USA. Here he discusses just what sustainability is and isn't. Here's the clip: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4WG4Phko6fQ

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Merck aids communities in Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Colorado Impacted by Wildfires

March 21, 2017 — MADISON, N.J. – In the wake of the devastation recently caused by the wildfires in Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas and Colorado, Merck Animal Health has announced it will donate $20,000 to help support communities impacted by the fires. The Kansas Livestock Foundation, Oklahoma Cattlemen's Foundation, the […]

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Colorado-based Greeley Hat Works “Passes the Hat”

March 20, 2017 — Recovery efforts are coming along nicely, yet hearts and prayers continue to go out to those affected in the agriculture community. "I am proud of the American agriculture legacy and our company is stepping forward to partner with organizations in each of the affected states […]

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Farm Aid seeks donations for wildfire-impacted families

March 20, 2017 — CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — Farm Aid is activating its Family Farm Disaster Fund as ranchers in Colorado, Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas deal with the impact of massive wildfires that have ravaged more than 2 million acres of land and thousands of cattle, taking the lives of […]

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Donations and help roll in to those impacted by wildfires in Kansas

March 20, 2017 — It was the worst of times. On March 6, wildfires started in Kansas that would eventually burn over 833,841 acres in Kansas and Oklahoma. Before being contained, the fires would spread to Texas and Colorado and burn 355,000 more acres. Lives, livelihoods, homes, equipment and […]

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Nebraska ag land values decline for third consecutive year

March 20, 2017 — LINCOLN, Neb. — The average Nebraska agricultural land value has declined by about 10 percent over the past year, according to preliminary findings from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln's Farm Real Estate Market Survey. This marks the third consecutive year of decline, totaling about 15 percent […]

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