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Where’s the (Hormone-Free) Beef?

March 25, 2019 |

The U.S. and the EU have a long-standing dispute over the EU’s decision to ban hormone-treated meat

Cattle on Feed Report Shows Inventory Up From a Year Ago

March 22, 2019 |

The report showed a total inventory of 11.8 million head for the United States on March 1, and increase of just under 1 percent.

Women in Ag Survey Aims to Gauge the Goals and Achievements of Women in Agriculture

March 25, 2019 | News Releases

The American Farm Bureau Women’s Leadership Program has launched “Women in Ag,” an online survey that aims to gauge the goals, aspirations, achievements and needs of women in American agriculture in a variety of areas.
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Reviewing County-Level Corn and Soybean Yields in 2018

March 25, 2019 |

On March 21, USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service published the County Yield Estimates, which include county average crop yields per harvested acre for corn and soybeans. At the county-level, corn yields ranged from less than 100 bushels per acre in portions of the Southeast and the western Corn Belt to greater than 200 bushels per acre across many portions of the Corn Belt. At the county-level, soybean yields ranged from less than 40 bushels per acre in portions of the Southeast and Upper Midwest to greater than 60 bushels per acre from Nebraska, through the Corn Belt and into Western Ohio.

How Much Corn and Soybeans Was in Storage?

March 22, 2019 |

USDA’s most recent Grain Stocks report indicated that at the beginning of December 2018 a record 3.74 billion bushels of soybeans and 12 billion bushels of corn were stored across the U.S. These stock levels were up 18 percent for soybeans and down 5 percent for corn relative to prior-year levels. Given marketing year average prices of $8.60 per bushel and $3.55 per bushel for soybeans and corn, respectively, these stock levels represent $32 billion of soybeans in inventory and $42 billion of corn in inventory. Combined, $74.6 billion in corn and soybeans were in storage as of Dec. 1, 2018.

Legislation Would Help Farmers Improve Irrigation Systems

March 21, 2019 |

Passage of the Water and Agriculture Tax Reform Act of 2019 (H.R. 807, S. 361) would help farmers and ranchers more efficiently operate mutual ditch, irrigation and water companies, according to the American Farm Bureau Federation.

H-2A Wage Changes Increase Cost of Ag Labor

March 21, 2019 | Newsline

The increase in mandated wages as part of the H-2A program means farmers and ranchers must pay more for labor. Micheal Clements has more.
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Feeding the Economy: Agricultural Jobs by State

March 21, 2019 |

The Feeding the Economy study revealed U.S. jobs directly related to food and agriculture, including direct farming and ranching, manufacturing and wholesale and retail functions, total 22.8 million jobs, representing approximately 15 percent of all U.S. employment based on February 2019 Bureau of Labor Statistics employment data. These direct jobs represent total wages of $729 billion and generate economic output of $2.1 trillion dollars.

Driving Innovation to Improve Sustainability

March 20, 2019 |

Sustainability is a word we hear a lot today. For a cattle rancher it has a lot of meanings. Just like any business, our ranch must be financially stable. We must make enough to support our families and then hope to have a little left over to reinvest in our business.

New Legislation Provides Economic Boost to 4-H, FFA Students

March 20, 2019 | Newsline

Legislation introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives would give an economic boost to youth in agriculture. Chad Smith has more.
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