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Arrests Made in Texas Cattle Theft

October 20, 2017 — SULPHUR SPRINGS, Texas — Landon Dee Harness, 22, and Lane Wesley Keller, 21, both of Sulphur Springs were arrested last week for Theft of Livestock. The charges and arrest are the result of an investigation conducted by Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association (TSCRA) Special

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S. Dakota crop progress and conditions

October 20, 2017 — SIOUX FALLS, S.D. October 16, 2017 – For the week ending October 15, 2017, seasonable temperatures and little to no rainfall for a majority of the reporting period allowed considerable advancement in soybean harvest progress, according to the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service. However, rain

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Deadline to Apply for 2018 Pasture, Rangeland, Forage Rainfall Index Insurance is November 15, 2017

October 20, 2017 — BROOKINGS, S.D. – November 15, 2017 is the deadline to apply for 2018 Pasture, Rangeland and Forage insurance coverage. Before signing up, Matthew Diersen, Professor & SDSU Extension Risk/Business Management Specialist explains several aspects of the insurance which South Dakota livestock producers should consider. "The

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ND Stockmen’s Association re-elects officers

October 20, 2017 — North Dakota Stockmen's Association (NDSA) members tapped Gackle, N.D., rancher Warren Zenker for a second term as the organization's president at the 88th Annual Convention & Trade Show, "Boots on the Ground," in Fargo, N.D., in September. The 24-year NDSA member and his wife Linda

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Chute side vaccine management tips

October 20, 2017 — BROOKINGS, S.D. – A good vaccination program is only as good as the techniques used in each step of administration, said Taylor Grussing, SDSU Extension Cow/Calf Field Specialist. "Seventy percent of beef operations administer vaccines to cows and calves at least one time every 12

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By Zippy DuvallAmerican Farm Bureau President

October 20, 2017 — Thanks to scientific innovation in agriculture, farmers and ranchers are using fewer resources to grow an abundant, sustainable food supply. But I wonder how far our new technology and techniques will take us if farmers are left without one of the most critical resources to

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Worker shortage threatens U.S. ag sustainability

October 20, 2017 — Thanks to scientific innovation in agriculture, farmers and ranchers are using fewer resources to grow an abundant, sustainable food supply. But I wonder how far our new technology and techniques will take us if farmers are left without one of the most critical resources to

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Health care is a real rural issue

October 20, 2017 — Until recently, when Shelly and George Kenzy paid their monthly bills, they wrote a check for $2,600 to their health insurance provider. A large expense for the farm family of five who raise cattle and forage crops near Gregory. "Health insurance is a big deal

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South Dakota missing/stolen livestock

October 20, 2017 — The South Dakota Brand Board may pay up to $5,000 to any person who provides information leading to the conviction of any person for the crime of stealing livestock which are branded with a registered brand with the board. Please contact them at 605-773-3324 with

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USDA names Lake County, MT, natural disaster area

October 20, 2017 — WASHINGTON, Oct. 17, 2017 — The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated Lake County in Montana as a primary natural disaster area due to losses and damages caused by a recent drought. Farmers and ranchers in Flathead, Missoula and Sanders counties in Montana also

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LMA applauds Marshall’s introduction of SALE Act

October 20, 2017 — WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Livestock Marketing Association (LMA) applauds Congressman Roger Marshall (R-KS) on his introduction of the Securing All Livestock Equitably (SALE) Act, H.R. 4058. The SALE Act would amend the Packers and Stockyards Act, helping to provide sellers of livestock with payment protection

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Stabenow, Ernst introduce a bill on conservation program

October 20, 2017 — Senate Agriculture Committee ranking member Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., and Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, on Oct. 17, introduced a bill to strengthen the Regional Conservation Partnership Program by providing more resources for partners to expand the reach of conservation projects, while cutting red-tape and increasing flexibility

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Management strategies for grazing cornstalks

October 20, 2017 — Corn residue is a tremendous forage resource in Nebraska and is one of the state's competitive advantages for beef cattle production. There are 9 million acres of corn grown in Nebraska annually and 2 million beef cows. The residue from corn production could feed all

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When it comes to forages, test don’t guess

October 20, 2017 — Fall is here and the weather reminds us of the changing of the seasons. This is the time of year when many producers are hauling hay home for the winter as well as pricing and purchasing hay. There is a tremendous range in hay quality

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USDA offers targeted farm loan funding for underserved groups and beginning farmers

October 20, 2017 — (BOZEMAN, Montana), Oct. 18, 2017 – U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Montana Farm Service Agency (FSA) Acting State Executive Director Amy Webbink reminds producers that FSA offers specially targeted farm ownership and farm operating loans to underserved applicants as well as beginning farmers and ranchers.

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The U.S. beef cattle production journey

October 19, 2017 — The Nebraska Grazing Lands Coalition and Nebraska Extension are bringing Dr. Dan Thomson, a third-generation bovine veterinarian and host of a nationally aired veterinary television show in its seventh season on RFD TV entitled "Doc Talk," to speak at eight locations across Nebraska. Topics will

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House committee asks ag secretary to provide travel data

October 19, 2017 — House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., and ranking member Elijah Cummings, D-Md., wrote Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue on Tuesday to ask him to provide information on how he and other political appointees have been traveling, Politico reported Wednesday. The committee leaders

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Stabenow files budget amendment to stop farm bill cuts

October 19, 2017 — Stabenow files budget amendment to stop farm bill cuts Senate Agriculture Committee ranking member Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., on Wednesday filed an an amendment to the 2018 Senate budget resolution that, if passed, would protect the next farm bill from cuts in funding. "The 2014 farm

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Milk producers pleased with Trump’s negotiations

October 19, 2017 — The National Milk Producers Federation said Wednesday the organization of dairy farmers is pleased with the Trump administration's aggressive position to urge changes to Canada's dairy program in the North American Free Trade Agreement renegotiation. "We are pleased that U.S. trade negotiators have told Canada

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Local foods movement connects consumers to growers, keeps small farmers on their land

October 19, 2017 — BROOKINGS, S.D. – Consumers who want to know more about where and how their food is raised are creating a bigger voice nationally. "The increasing sales of local foods provides a bright spot for agriculture and a way to bring young farmers into agricultural production,"

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