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Livestock Producers Look To 2013, Leave 2012 Gladly
2012 was a tough year with high feed costs for live stock producers. Agriculture Department Chief Economist, Joe Glauber says that won’t improve overnight. He says many producers will be trying to hang on until spring hoping to sense if 2013 will be a better weather year for crops and bring f…
USDA Offers Steps Toward Drought Resistance
According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture drought still covers 62 percent of the nation. Recent storms are taking the edge off, but there’s still a ways to go to catch up on lost precipitation. In Washington, Agriculture Secretary, Tom Vilsack, announced recently several new actions to …
Moving Forward With Country Of Origin Labeling Compliance
Discussion on U.S. Country of Origin Labeling, or COOL, now focuses on how the U.S. should comply with the World Trade Organization dispute settlement. The U.S. has until late May to make the way it administers COOL W-T-O compliant. Chief Counsel, Tom Rief, for the U.S Trade Representatives Office s…
Jet Stream Block Could Mean Real Winter Ahead
They called last winter, “the winter that wasn’t”. The question this year for meteorologists is, will it be similar this year. U.S. Agriculture Meteorologist, Brad Rippey, says last year the jet stream swept much of the cold air out to sea, but this year a high pressure system p…
Senators Urge USDA Action To Curb Wildfire Risk
DENVER (AP) — Senators from Colorado, Wyoming and South Dakota are encouraging federal officials to use the timber industry to help thin forests prone to wildfires, like ones that raged across their states this summer. In a letter Thursday to Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, the senators sa…
For Beef Producers The Squeeze Is On
Cattle producers are caught in a squeeze right now with fewer calves that they have to pay more for, along with very high corn prices. USDA Livestock analyst, Shayle Shagham says many producers have gone through a series of losses, as have meat packers. Shagham says the only ones in the cycle in a p…
Wet Weather May Not Turn Drought In Worst Areas
It seems that when fall came in the door the drought as a news story went out the window, but actually, “62.30 percent of the contiguous area of the United States remains in drought.” U.S.Agriculture Department Meteorologist, Brad Rippey says that’s down only about 3 percent fro…
No Farm Bill Before Election
Agriculture officials at the USDA say there’s been confirmation that the U.S. House won’t take up the Farm Bill until at least after the election. The house speaker made that announcement Thursday. U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary, Tom Vilsack, calls that, “unfortunate, …
Back To School With Healthier Lunch
Mandated standards for healthier school lunches were introduced this fall featuring more vegetables of specific color, lower sodium and more whole grains. We’ve been working on this for a couple years. We’re ahead of the curve on the whole grains. We started that last year and they…
USDA Warns, Dried Fields, Faulty Machinery A Fire Risk
Crops and pasture lands drying from prolonged drought conditions across much of the state are adding fuel load for a potential field fire, one that can be sparked inadvertently by farm and ranch machinery. Mark Hinze of University of Nebraska Extension says operators can prevent such an occurrence w…

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