The U.S. Drought Monitor week saw another round of winter storms, bringing snow to the mountainous areas of the West, northern Plains, upper Midwest, and Northeast while lower elevations of the West and parts of the South, Southeast, lower Midwest, and Mid-Atlantic regions saw rain. This week’s precipitation in the Southwest left many areas with accumulations that exceeded 300 percent of normal over the past 14-day period, leading to continued improvements in short-term dryness. Read more
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At its monthly meeting Dec. 12, the Farm Credit Administration board received a quarterly report on economic issues affecting agriculture, together with an update on the financial condition and performance of the Farm Credit System as of Sept. 30, 2019.
When asking cow-calf producers what it costs to raise cattle, often they will list feed and equipment as two of the largest expenses they have. Others might include labor on the list.
Lynx, a new medium-grain rice variety from the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture, offers high yields and early maturity.
Duane Lenz, analyst for CattleFax, provides a world-market overview and outlook for cattle from the 2019 Angus Convention. This video news is provided by Certified Angus Beef LLC and the American Angus Association. Visit www.CABcattle.com or www.angus.org for more information.
Russell Livestock, Russell, Iowa, reported receipts of 1,048 head of feeder cattle selling Dec. 9, compared to 1,823 head on Dec. 2, according to the USDA-Iowa Department of Agriculture Market News, Des Moines, Iowa.
It’s no secret Hollywood doesn’t exactly cater to agriculture in the few stories it tells on the sliver and small screens, but it becomes even more frustrating when they choose to produce a TV show set in a rural area, which features farmers and ranchers, then fumbles the facts.
I was scrolling through Twitter recently and the tweet at the top happened to be from a farmer in southwest Kansas. To the effect it said, "No farm or land is worth your family. Get a job, file bankruptcy if you have to. Don't do this to your loved ones. There IS life after farming." He shared a link to a Washington Post article about calls to suicide hotlines around the country are rising.