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Beef Sales Increase $3.5 Billion During Pandemic

Retail beef sales have increased $3.5 billion during the COVID-19 pandemic which began March 15. That’s according to data analysis by IRI and reported by Anne-Marie Roerink, 210 Analytics. The week ending July 19 was expected to bring declining retail meat sales as consumers begin reengaging with foodservice. The spiking number of cases of COVID-19,…

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Corn Silage Harvest: Want More Money in the Bunker?

Producing high quality corn silage isn’t easy, but the goal is to preserve as much dry matter nutrient content as possible. To do that, it’s important to harvest at the correct moisture and to pack well to ensure the most valuable parts of that silage – sugars and starches – aren’t burned off. “Corn silage…

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Managing Effluent Runoff

In less-than-ideal harvest conditions, producers may be forced to ensile forages at high-moisture content. Early harvests — with moisture levels higher than 70% — can lead to increased effluent runoff.  Also called seepage, it is the liquid squeezed out of forage after it is packed in an ensiling structure. Silage effluent is a high-nutrient liquid…

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Flint Hills Ranch Price Reduced 17%

Asking price for the Crocker Springs Ranch, located in Chase County, Kan., 70 miles northeast of Wichita, has been reduced to $7.095 million, according to listing agent Hall and Hall. The 3,300-acre ranch is located in the heart of Kansas’ Flint Hills where cattle ranching is the community’s dominant economic driver. The ranch was first…

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Congressmen Introduce Agricultural Fairs Rescue Act

Rep. Jimmy Panetta (D-CA) and Rep. Billy Long (R-MO) introduced the Agricultural Fairs Rescue Act on Thursday to help preserve agricultural fairs across the country and offset the devastating financial losses they have experienced due to COVID-19. The legislation will provide $500 million in grant funding for agricultural fairs through state departments of agriculture to…

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Students Set Out to Tell “A Showman’s Story”

COVID-19 has stalled out many youth activities this summer but being “grounded” hasn’t stopped a small group of Iowa students from fulfilling their mission to increase agriculture awareness throughout the country. These students are part of CAC Media Group (CAC) and recently accepted a new challenge despite the pandemic: filming a livestock video titled, “A…

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Farmers to Families Food Box Program Reaches 50 Million Boxes Delivered

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(Washington, D.C., July 29, 2020) – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced today that the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Farmers to Families Food Box Program has distributed over 50 million food boxes in support of American farmers and families affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. “The delivery of 50 Million food boxes has helped…

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Watch Out Bambi! New Lighting System Reduces Deer-Vehicle Collisions

Deer-vehicle collisions account for about 1 million accidents each year that kill 200 Americans, cause more than 10,000 personal injuries and result in $1 billion in vehicle damage, reports the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. USDA Wildlife Services researchers recently applied for a patent for a new vehicle-based lighting system to prevent deer-vehicle collisions during…

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Integrity Beef Sustainability Pilot Project Completes Two-Year Study

The Integrity Beef Sustainability Pilot Project, the first U.S. Roundtable for Sustainable Beef (USRSB) supported program to test USRSB tools and resources, completed its innovative two-year study to validate, track and trace beef sustainability claims across all segments of the supply chain. The study applied the U.S. Beef Industry Sustainability Framework to 36 ranches, 92,577…

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Profit Tracker: Cattle Feeding Margins Slowly Improve

Cattle feeding losses were estimated at $141 per head the week ending July 24, according to the Sterling Beef Profit Tracker. Negotiated cash cattle prices averaged $97.92 per cwt. on the week, about $1 higher than the previous week. Packer margins were estimated at $302 per head, about $3 less than the previous week. The…

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