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Planning to add value

Adding value to cattle doesn’t have to mean added paperwork and special programs. Sometimes it’s as simple as producing exactly what the market says it wants. Darr Feedlot, near Cozad, Neb., aims for a specific target: a safe, humanely handled, upper two-thirds Choice, yield grade (YG) 2 carcass. To get there, manager John Schroeder and his team pays attention to all t…

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ICYMI: Crop insurance is money well spent by farmers

Many folks might not realize this, but the passage of the 2014 Farm Bill was a turning point in American history, from an agricultural perspective. Largely gone are the days of government support programs like direct payments. In their place, and at the center stage of farm risk management tools, is crop insurance. I had a chance to learn the value of crop insurance first-h…

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N.D. Angus University Roundup set for March 10

North Dakota State University’s Carrington Research Extension Center (CREC) will host the North Dakota Angus University Roundup from 1 to 3:30 p.m. on March 10. “For the past four summers, the North Dakota Angus University (NDAU) feedout project has provided cattle producers with a better understanding of how Angus-sired cattle from their operation perform in the feedlot,” …

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Hungry for Truth announces text to win VIP movie package giveaway

Sioux Falls, SD – Hungry for Truth, an initiative from the South Dakota Soybean Research and Promotion Council (SDSRPC), has announced a text to win VIP movie package giveaway at participating movie theaters in South Dakota. To enter the giveaway sweepstakes, visit one of the eight participating theaters across the state. Answer a quick, on-screen question about food or far…

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Beef Council meeting slated for February 29, 2016

PIERRE — Directors and staff of the South Dakota Beef Industry Council (SDBIC) invite the public to attend their quarterly meeting on February 29, 2016 at the Red Rossa Italian Grille in Pierre for committee meetings, as well as the organization's full board of directors' quarterly meeting. Promotion committee members and research committee members will meet Sunday evening …

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USDA, partners to invest $720 million in large-scale, targeted conservation projects across the nation

SAVANNAH, Ga., Feb. 12, 2016 – On February 12, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and partners across the nation together will direct up to $720 million towards 84 conservation projects that will help communities improve water quality, combat drought, enhance soil health, support wildlife habitat and protect agricultural vi…

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NFU files petition, joins coalition seeking court review of EPA RFS rule

WASHINGTON – The Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) decision to set renewable fuel volume targets well below amounts required by law has created an uproar in rural America. In response, the nation’s second biggest general farm organization is asking the court system to intervene and require EPA to follow congressional direction as laid out by the renewable fuels standard (R…

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Scholarships available to angus youth

The American Angus Association strives to provide students with opportunities to benefit themselves and the future of the cattle business. Through scholarship programs offered through the Angus Foundation and the American Angus Auxiliary, Angus youth passionate about the beef industry are provided financial support to further their education. Current high school senior…

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Farm Bureau cautions against cuts to federal crop insurance

Huron, S.D. — The 2017 budget proposed by President Obama includes $18 billion in cuts to the federal crop insurance program over 10 years, a move Farm Bureau says would weaken a safety net for U.S. agriculture at a time when farm and ranch families are facing another year of tough economics. "With farm families facing a year of projected below-cost returns on corn, soybean…

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SD Ag in the Classroom, SD Value added Ag Development Center, and SD Farm Families host essay contest

MILLER, S.D.-South Dakota Ag in the Classroom (SDAITC), South Dakota Farm Families and the South Dakota Value Added Ag Development Center are sponsoring an essay contest for all South Dakota third- and fourth-graders and high school seniors in South Dakota. The themes of the contest revolve around agricultural products that are grown, produced and processed in South Dakota.…

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Outdoors projects to get less funding due to oil slump

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - A program that provides grants to conservation projects across North Dakota likely will get only half of the money it expected to receive during the two-year budget cycle, due to the oil slowdown. The Outdoor Heritage Fund gets a percentage of oil and gas production taxes. The goal is to restore land affected by energy production and to develop such th…

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Mitchell mayor seeking to solve Corn Palace financial woes

MITCHELL, S.D. (AP) — Mitchell's mayor says it's time the city addresses annual losses at its Corn Palace tourist attraction. The site has operated at a deficit of at least $300,000 each year from 2011 to 2015. Last year, the loss reached $425,000, The Daily Republic newspaper reported. The city transfers money from its general fund to cover the losses. "Any other busi…

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Hereford Scholarship, Award applications due April 1

KANSAS CITY, Mo. ­­­— Hereford youth can vie for nearly $30,000 in scholarships each summer during the Junior National Hereford Expo (JNHE). Applications for this summer’s awards must be submitted by April 1. Each year, the Hereford Youth Foundation of America (HYFA) along with the National Junior Hereford Association (NJHA) and National Hereford Women (NHW) offer scholarsh…

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Focus on grazing management, not grazing systems

Earlier this month I traveled to Texas for the annual meeting of the Society For Range Management. The theme of the meeting was ‘Wildlife and Range’ and the attendees had great opportunities to attend some excellent field trips to areas like the fabled King Ranch and other area ranches to learn more about integration of grazing and wildlife conservation strategies and enterprise…

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AGP mourns death of founding CEO Jim Lindsay

Omaha, Neb. – Jim Lindsay, the first chief executive officer and general manager of Ag Processing Inc, a cooperative (AGP), died February 10 at the age of 81. Lindsay led the company for over 17 years following its formation in 1983. Jim retired in 2000, having led the cooperative from humble beginnings to the world’s largest soybean processing cooperative. “Jim Lindsay was…

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