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The United States is in the thralls of summer, and with that can come heat, flash droughts, and occasional, if not frequent, thunderstorm activity. Several areas of the U.S. experienced extreme heat this past week, particularly notable across much of the South and in the East. Parts of western Texas and eastern New Mexico were 6 to 10 degrees F above their typical averages, with little rainfall to speak of in much of the region. On the other hand much of the northern tier of the U.S. int…

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Foreign Agricultural Service in Hong Kong reports that late Aug. 13, local media in Hong Kong shared news that two pigs, confirmed to be infected with African Swine Fever virus, were detected in the interim transfer house in Shenzhen, China.

Many corn produces developed very thoughtful marketing plans last winter that included pricing points at the $3.80 to $4 per bushel. These pricing points were established based on sound market outlook information at the time. Numerous producers forward priced their corn in late April and May…

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Rob Rhoads of Virginia Tech discusses the metabolic and physiological changes cattle make when heat stressed in remarks at the American Society of Animal Scientists annual meeting. This video news is provided by Certified Angus Beef LLC and the American Angus Association. Visit www.CABcattle…

Farmers and Ranchers Livestock Commission Co., Salina, Kansas, reported receipts of 1,919 head of cattle selling Aug. 15, compared to 3,599 head the previous week, according to the USDA-Kansas Department of Agriculture Market News, Dodge City, Kansas.