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U.S. sugar market stable, but flat consumption, global glut loom

August 14, 2018 — TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. — The U.S. sugar market has stabilized since the latest agreements with Mexico went into effect, but flat consumption patterns and a global glut of sugar pose problems for the future, sugar analysts said here last week at the International Sweetener Symposium,

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USDA to publish notice to relocate 600 ERS, NIFA employees

August 14, 2018 — The Trump administration is wasting no time with its plans announced last week to move most of the staff of the Agriculture Department's Economic Research Service and the National Institute of Food and Agriculture out of Washington. The Agriculture Department announced today that it will

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Colorado State Fair adding Red Angus to cattle breeds contests

August 14, 2018 — PUEBLO, Colo. – Red Angus cattle now will be one of several cattle-breed competitions showcased during the Colorado State Fair this year. The Fair has been working to add more cattle breeds to its round-up of cattle competitions, adding to existing contests for the familiar

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‘Moo’ve over, yogurt; K-S students win first place in Dairy Council’s New Product Competition for ‘quarky’ drink

August 14, 2018 — MANHATTAN, Kan. — A new creamy protein-rich dairy drink has Kansas State University success written all over it. Three Kansas State University food science graduate students — Yuda Ou, China, and Priyamvada Thorakkattu and Karthik Sajith Babu, both from India — were awarded first place

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Neb. Gov. Ricketts requests federal disaster declaration

August 14, 2018 — LINCOLN, Neb. – Governor Pete Ricketts requested a Federal Disaster Declaration in the wake of severe storms, straight-line winds, tornadoes, baseball-size hail, and flooding from June 17 to July 1. A Presidential Declaration would make federal dollars available to assist in funding recovery operations in

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USDA designates 25 counties in Missouri as primary natural disaster areas

August 14, 2018 — WASHINGTON — Agricultural producers in Missouri who suffered losses and damages due to recent drought on two separate occasions may be eligible for U.S. Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency emergency loans. The loans are made available under the authority of the Secretary of Agriculture,

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USDA designates 8 counties in Kansas as primary natural disaster areas

August 14, 2018 — WASHINGTON — Agricultural producers in Cherokee, Douglas, Franklin, Johnson, Labette, Leavenworth, Miami and Wyandotte counties in Kansas, who suffered losses and damages due to a recent drought, may be eligible for U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) emergency loans. The loans are

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Jury awards $289 million in Roundup case, but Bayer says it’s safe

August 14, 2018 — A jury in San Francisco has ruled that that Monsanto's Roundup, the most popular weedkiller in the world, gave a former school groundskeeper terminal cancer, and awarded him $289 million in damages. But a spokesperson for Bayer, which recently bought Monsanto, told the BBC that

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Groups oppose Bayer acquisition of Monsanto

August 14, 2018 — A coalition of farming, consumer, and environmental groups delivered more than 97,325 public comments to the Justice Department today, urging the agency to reject Bayer's acquisition of Monsanto, despite Bayer's plans to divest itself of some businesses. The comment period ends today on the Justice

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Native Farm Bill Coalition releases farm bill comparison, priorities

August 14, 2018 — The Native Farm Bill Coalition has released a side-by-side comparison of provisions in the House and Senate farm bills and its recommendations for resolving differences between the two bills. The coalition, which is based at the Indigenous Food and Agriculture Initiative at the University of

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Peterson: Farm bill to be done by Sept. 30

August 14, 2018 — House Agriculture Committee ranking member Collin Peterson, D-Minn., said last week that the farm bill will be done by September 30, the Red River Farm Network said today. Peterson said, "We had a face-to-face meeting before we left and we've had two conference calls. We're

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Ramaswamy opposes moving NIFA out of Washington

August 14, 2018 — Sonny Ramaswamy, the former director of the Agriculture Department's National Institute of Food and Agriculture, told The Hagstrom Report today that he is vigorously opposed to the Trump administration's plan announced last week to move NIFA out of Washington. "I believe the justification to move

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USDA designates 3 counties in Colorado as primary natural disaster areas

August 14, 2018 — WASHINGTON — Agricultural producers in Moffat, Boulder and San Juan counties in Colorado who suffered losses and damages due to severe hail and high winds and drought on two separate occasions may be eligible for U.S. Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency emergency loans. The

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Drought-driven creative thinking leads to innovative water system for cattle

August 13, 2018 — If there's any place where a good 2-inch rain causes dancing in the streets, it's in West Texas. In a land that's usually dry anyway, the past few years of drought have been challenging to say the least. No one knows this more than Kregg

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Unconventional risk management in producing high quality beef

August 13, 2018 — Sounds of thunder interrupted the radio blaring on our front porch. With binoculars we watched lightning strikes in the distance, waiting for a dispatcher's voice to say the call number 9210. When those numerals rang out over the storm, we knew the lightning had turned

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Emeritus UNL Extension educator continues to champion stewardship on the land

August 13, 2018 — After 35 years with the University of Nebraska Extension Service, Paul Swanson retired in 2002. But today, 16 years later, Swanson's involvement in agriculture and devotion to conservation and stewardship is still going strong. Swanson and his wife, Mary Jo, who reside near Hastings, Neb.,

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Traceability forum to be held in Kansas City, Sept. 25-26

August 13, 2018 — The 2018 Strategy Forum on Livestock Traceability will bring together beef and dairy producers, cattle feeders, state veterinarians, livestock markets, and technology and data experts, in an effort to advance USDA's ADT program. "Traceability – it's fundamental to many key aspects of the food industry.

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Radke: Junk science

August 13, 2018 — There's a frustrating trend in the scientific community to have a predetermined end result of a study in mind before research ever begins. This is the case for so many things related to beef. If certain biased researchers had their way, they would have consumers

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THE FUN IN FENCING

August 13, 2018 — Gentle readers, today is Aug. 3 and it's a Friday. It's cool and nice outside with occasional showers. I reckon I'm more or less takin' the day off. I have been building a "bob" wire fence across one end of a trap here at the

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Pitts: He/she cowpeople

August 13, 2018 — If I may be permitted to do so, I'd like to come to the defense of one of my favorite places on earth: the wonderful state of Wyoming. The busy-bodies with nothing better to do, who always go around looking for something to be offended

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