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Friday, June 17,2011

Time to put wheels under the herd

by DTN
More than half of the nations cow herd is struggling to survive through a drought that continues to spread across the southern Plains, and now the Southeast. Its a situation thats left many producers, especially those in Texas and New Mexico, looking for ways to hang on until its time for fall rains to set in.

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Friday, June 17,2011

Visa reform could improve border security

by DTN
Arizona sits at the crossroads of two vital issues for two different sectors of agriculture: Produce growers need immigration reform to stay competitive, while ranchers need tighter border security to feel safe.

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Friday, June 3,2011

Beef glut now, light and tight later

by DTN
With May fed cattle supplies hitting highs not seen since 2007, and beef in storage marking a 10-year peak, there are some serious questions in the cattle industry concerning where prices are headed going into the fall. The general consensus on selling feeder cattle: Wait, if you can.

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Friday, June 3,2011

Ag committee to tighten subsidy eligibility

by DTN
In a signal of the growing unpopularity of farm programs, the House Appropriations Committee last Tuesday approved amendments to the fiscal year 2012 appropriations bill to impose stricter income limits on farmers who get commodity payments.

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Friday, June 3,2011

Texas facing difficult situation after disaster funds are denied

by DTN
Gov. Rick Perry has appealed a federal decision denying Texas additional money to fight thousands of wildfires in the droughtstricken state.

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Friday, June 3,2011

Producer pushes for more profitable herd

by DTN
Terry Slusher of Floyd, VA, received a wake-up call several years ago. Slusher sent five steers to a feedlot as part of a commingled truckload in an Extension demonstration project. The Blue Ridge Mountain cattleman expected his calves to be top performers.

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Friday, May 27,2011

Limit feeding pays off

by DTN
Rich Porter thrives on ugly cattle. His order buyers in Georgia and Kentucky sit on their hands as their counterparts compete to outbid each other for the sleek, preconditioned calves that bring top dollar. Then Porters buyers scoop up the scrawny, malnourished and mismanaged bull calves that appear to have more value than they cost.

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Friday, May 27,2011

Emergency haying and grazing rules kick in

by DTN
In response, the National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD) has encouraged USDA to release Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) lands for emergency haying and grazing. There are about 20 million acres enrolled in conservation practices that are eligible for emergency haying or grazing.

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Friday, May 20,2011

Future disaster funds in doubt

by DTN
Despite demands to cut farm programs, the chairs of Senate and House agriculture committees say recent natural disasters around the country show the need for continuing strong support for farmers in the 2012 farm bill.

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Friday, May 20,2011

NMPF still wants Congress to reform programs

by DTN
National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) President Jerry Kozak said his group will continue to push its Foundation for the Future plan to revamp the dairy program in Congress, even though dairy processors and some left-leaning dairy and farm groups oppose it.

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