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Friday, May 30,2014

Beef Talk

by Kris Ringwall, North Dakota State University
One of my first farm visits as a new county Extension Service agent years ago was to visit a producer in distress because of several dead cows. The dead cows were dotted around the pasture and lying in abundant spring grass. Grass tetany was evident..

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Friday, May 30,2014

What do you do when IRS says you aren't a business?

by DTN
a hobby loss issue. But individuals with a substantial income from another source who undertake a sideline farming activity and use cash method accounting deferrals to create a negative, need to recognize that Section 183 can allow the IRS to eliminate the loss.

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Friday, May 30,2014

More storage tips to save more hay

by WLJ
The storage site is an important consideration in reducing bale losses. Select a site that is not shaded and is open to breezes to enhance drying conditions. The site should also be well-drained to minimize moisture absorption into the underside of the bales.

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Friday, May 30,2014

Storing large round hay bales

by WLJ
The very dry spring many cattle states have experienced points toward short hay production this summer and expensive hay feeding next winter. As hay is being cut and put in large round bales, it is very important this year to reduce hay storage losses.

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Friday, May 30,2014

Is herd expansion underway?

by WLJ
The effects of many years of cattle herd liquidation and the inevitable decreases in beef production have become glaringly obvious in 2014. Cattle slaughter is down 6.3 percent leading to a 5.7 percent decrease in beef production so far this year.

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Friday, May 30,2014

Ag ed bills aimed at saving programs

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
Despite farming and ranching numbers declining, thousands of ag-based jobs open up each year and the curriculum being offered prepares students for careers in a variety of ag-based areas, including genetic engineering, forestry, renewable resources and more.

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Friday, May 30,2014

Corn dwarfed by temperature dip suitable for growing in caves, mines

by WLJ
Cary Mitchell, Professor of Horticulture, said the technique could be particularly useful for growing transgenic crops to produce high value medicinal products such as antibodies for the budding plant-derived industrial and pharmaceutical compounds industry.

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Friday, May 30,2014

Livestock economist talks value of gain projections for feeder cattle

by WLJ
The current environment for the beef industry includes a limited supply of feeder cattle and stable consumer demand for beef, said Glynn Tonsor, Livestock Economist for Kansas State University (K-State). The environment is driving record high prices for cattle.

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Friday, May 30,2014

U.S. beef export outlook optimistic

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
USMEF President and CEO Philip Seng said beef exports were up 11 percent in volume and 9 percent in value during the first quarter. “One of the key markets we’re enjoying at the moment is the Mexican market. The Japanese market is also performing quite well for us—we’re up about 20 percent in the first quarter,” he said.

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Friday, May 30,2014

Direct marketing for producers of livestock

by WLJ
“Direct marketing in essence removes the middle man from the marketing process,” said Shannon Sand, South Dakota State University (SDSU) Extension Livestock Business Management Field Specialist. “It’s an alternative that beginning livestock producers should consider because it markets their product directly to potential customers.

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