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Monday, December 29,2014

FSA announces new yield data for crop safety net calculations

by WLJ
U.S. Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency (FSA) Administrator Val Dolcini announced the release of new yield data last Monday. Farmers can use the new information to update program payment yields that will help them better select protections offered by the Agricultural Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC) programs.

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Monday, December 29,2014

Ranchers sought for trade mission

by WLJ
Australia is currently Montana’s second largest customer for beef semen purchases, yet Montana has never been on a trade mission to the country. “This is an exciting opportunity to grow in an important market and build on existing relationships,” said Marty Earnheart, Meats and Livestock Marketing Officer.

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Monday, December 29,2014

Producers concerned about evolving resistance

by Todd Neeley - DTN
A number of technology developers have stepped up efforts in the past decade to commercialize seed and chemical combinations to overcome weed resistance, but farmers indicated in their answers to those conducting the survey that they’re unsure where the battle will lead.

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Monday, December 22,2014

Congress passes temporary tax extentions

by Traci Eatherton, Editor
One of Congress’s last votes for 2014 gave U.S. taxpayers a temporary Christmas present. While the gift may not be noticed by most, in that it extends tax breaks that have been used for years, had it not been extended, the outcome could have been devastating to producers.

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Monday, December 22,2014

Basketball legend Billups leads NWSS parade

by Traci Eatherton, Editor
Leaders of Denver’s National Western Stock Show (NWSS) and city officials announced plans to share a much-anticipated draft plan to transform the 95-acre complex into a new “National Western Center” that would attract visitors and businesses from around the globe.

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Monday, December 22,2014

Emergency action halts futures freefall

by Kerry Halladay, Editor
One of the biggest elements of market news last week was the unprecedented freefall seen in the feeder futures markets. For five solid days—from Dec. 12 through Dec. 17—every contract on the feeder board was limit down—a drop of $15 in all feeder contracts in less than a week!.

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Monday, December 22,2014

And no sage-grouse listing next year

by Kerry Halladay, Editor
On the ninth day (before) Christmas, a lot of people in the West got some early gifts when the president signed what might be one of the most bipartisan supported—and bipartisan opposed—bills of the 113th Congress. Of course, that also means a lot of people got the legislative equivalent of a whopping chunk of coal early too.

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Friday, December 19,2014

Beef Talk

Step 1 for bull buying: Red Angus example

by Kris Ringwall, North Dakota State University
For example, using the center’s Red Angus bulls, the breeding inventory from this past breeding season included five bulls. Their year of birth and registration numbers are: 2013-born bulls, 1617778 and 1617805; 2011-born bulls 1473021 and 1473096; and 2010-born bull 1393949.

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Friday, December 19,2014

Plenty to celebrate

by WLJ
At the close of each year, it’s helpful to take a look back to analyze not only our own cattle businesses but the entire marketplace as we continue planning for the coming months and year.

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Friday, December 19,2014

CME breaks feeder markets

by Pete Crow - Publisher
If you were a bull in the feeder cattle pit at the CME, I’m sorry to learn of your fate after five days of limit down trading. With the January feeders touching $237, didn’t you think that was kind of high? Cattle feeders were buying feeder cattle at $190 breakevens in November when.

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