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AgWeb.com 12/13/2019 08:30
Over the past decade, California’s voters and legislature have supported several measures that mandate changes in common meat and egg production practices with consequences that extend far beyond the state’s borders. It began in 2008, when voters approved Proposition 2, a ballot initiative prohibiting California farmers from using gestation crates for hogs, confining veal calves in traditional hutches and keeping egg-laying hens in battery cages. The passage of Proposition 2 put California’s pork, egg and veal producers at a competitive disadvantage with out-of-state and foreign producers.
AgWeb.com 12/12/2019 20:47
To help support California food bank’s efforts to meet demand for protein during a difficult fire season, Cargill donated nearly 50,000 pounds of beef to local families in California. Cargill worked with its partner MEANS Database, a nonprofit that helps direct food in 49 states to local emergency feeding services, to connect with Redwood Empire Food Bank in Santa Rosa, Calif. and Feeding America Riverside | San Bernardino Food Bank in Riverside, Calif. to coordinate the donation. The donated product was recently received by the foodbanks and was distributed throughout the communities served by the foodbanks and where Cargill is proud to have a local presence. “Food security is a priority – and a challenge for many families across Californi.
AgWeb.com 12/12/2019 18:02
Profit tracker: Farrow-to-finish producers could see more profits. Farrow-to-finish pork producers could see profits double this year compared to last. That's according to the as calculated by Sterling Marketing of Vale, Oregon, AgDay’s Clinton Griffiths reports. Producers saw their margins improve by 11-dollars per head. That puts losses at $30 per head. A year ago, pork producers were losing 20-dollars per head. As for an average profit, it's estimated it could be $3 per head this year, compared to $1.35 per head last year. Strong Chinese Demand Boosted U.S. Pork Exports in October. fueled U.S. pork exports in October. That's according to data released by the USDA and compiled by the U.S. Meat Export Federation, Griffiths says. October pork.
AgWeb.com 12/12/2019 17:25
Think back to a time when your life and the future were in your hands. The attitude you had was key to success. That attitude is the turnaround mindset. The turnaround mindset need not only come about when something is at stake. It can be employed whenever there is great potential. When a true turnaround mindset is introduced, hope builds. For example, when a leader casts a vision of great improvement, everyone feels hopeful as they want to improve their situation. This is contin-gent on the leader accurately discussing the environment’s problems, constraints and pains. If that leader does this, then the team is more apt to feel a sense of hope, and it gives the leader credit for speaking to the team’s experience and taking its needs into a.
AgWeb.com 12/12/2019 16:37
(Grains). -. Feel free to contact Oliver with any questions or comments. Call or Text: 312-837-3938. Email: Oliver@BlueLineFutures.com. -. (Livestock). -. Futures trading involves substantial risk of loss and may not be suitable for all investors. Trading advice is based on information taken from trade and statistical services and other sources Blue Line Futures, LLC believes are reliable. We do not guarantee that such information is accurate or complete and it should not be relied upon as such. Trading advice reflects our good faith judgment at a specific time and is subject to change without notice. There is no guarantee that the advice we give will result in profitable trades. All trading decisions will be made by the account holder. Past perfor.
AgWeb.com 12/12/2019 15:50
Will incorporating conservation measures on your farm make economic sense? To find out, consider your production data first, recommends Iowa farmer Josh Divan. Between 3% and 15% of every row crop field in production has areas that don’t provide a return-on-investment, Divan says. However, they could be a good fit for wildlife, pollinators, native grasses and other conservation measures. “Surprisingly not that many people do actually put the pencil to paper to figure out what it costs for you to try to raise a crop,” says Divan, who farms near Scarville and is a precision ag and conservation specialist for Pheasants Forever Iowa. “If you’re not making money in an area that’s where you need to start thinking about alternatives,” he adds. Con.
AgWeb.com 12/12/2019 15:44
Sustainability is something members of the Blythe Family Farm know firsthand. Their diversified, crop-and-beef-cattle operation has been a fixture in the Kansas Flint Hills, near White City, since 1890. “Sustainability really has gotten a bad rap, in my opinion, and that word is really not liked by cattle ranchers and farmers, as well as consumers frankly,” notes Debbie Lyons-Blythe, family matriarch. As an advocate for the industry, Lyons-Blythe blogs about ranch life at KidsCowsandGrass.com. Much of her perspective on sustainability comes from personal experiences and her readers, which include urban consumers. Concern about the outlook for beef production, the Flint Hills’ native tallgrass prairies and her family’s future led this Kansas.
AgWeb.com 12/12/2019 15:39
What’s your biggest challenge? Dave Schrock Marshall County, Ind. “Labor for us is the biggest problem, and it’s partly due to where we live. We live in a highly industrial area. The RV business is huge here. It’s what fuels our local economy. Workers can make a really good living and be home at 2 p.m. in the afternoon.”Jeremy Myers Swanton, Ohio. “It’s hard to see when all of my friends are driving new pickup trucks and everything else, and we’re on the farm kind of struggling. We are trying to sustain our farm. It’s a challenge to try to keep the farm going, especially with the low grain prices. The breakevens are hard. It’s about trying to fight and produce the best we can.”Dave Walton Wilton, Iowa. “One of the things that is top of mind.
AgWeb.com 12/12/2019 15:21
The United States remains one of the world’s top citrus-producing nations, trailing only Brazil and China in annual production. However, total production has fallen more than 50 percent since it hit record levels in the mid-1990s, and the primary reason for that decline is the severe damage that the Florida citrus industry has suffered in the last few decades from a bacterial disease known as citrus greening. In fact, all the major citrus-producing countries have been hit by this disease. U.S. utilizable citrus production peaked at 17.3 million tons in the 1996/97 growing season. In that year, Florida accounted for 76 percent of the crop, followed by California at 21 percent, Texas at 2 percent, and Arizona at 1 percent. As of the 2018/19 c.
AgWeb.com 12/12/2019 13:17
Unless you’ve been living under a rock in an undisclosed location, you recognize that vegan diets are lacking vitamin B12. But there’s another nutrient that’s equally important — and equally absent. Two principal developments have shaped my career as an observer and would-be chronicler of modern diet, health and lifestyle issues. One, of course, is the recent emergence of food production technologies that have given rise to the alt-meat phenomenon. It’s difficult to scan a website or blog post even tangentially connected to diet and nutrition without encountering glowing reports of how these factory foods are going to revolutionize what we eat and how it’s produced. We’ll see how such predictions play out, thanks to what will undoubtedly be.
AgWeb.com 12/12/2019 12:50
Brazilian federal prosecutors have charged JBS S.A. and its holding firm J&F Investmentos, along with 14 other individuals, for alleged fraud in the approval of investments and loans by national development bank BNDES issued to the beef processor between 2007 and 2011. the Brazilian Federal Prosecutors office is demanding payment of $5 billion in damage compensation and fines for the alleged irregularities. Allegations of corruption were levied at brothers Joesley, Wesley and Junior Batista -- all active in the family controlling JBS – for their dealings with former members of Brazil's federal government to facilitate the approval of loans that helped JBS become the world's largest beef processor. Federal Prosecutor Ivan Marx said in a stat.
AgWeb.com 12/12/2019 12:19
Basic feeding practices, such as correct mix times, on-time feed delivery and push-ups between feeding, are far more important to dairy cattle nutrition than balancing rations to the last one-hundredth of a percent for metabolizable protein or energy. That message was again bore out by a feeding study in Pennsylvania that measured milk production, feed intake and feed efficiency in 22 herds in 2017 and 2018. The seven high profit herds in the study were averaging about 84 lb of fat corrected milk with intakes of 54 to 57 lb of dry matter.
AgWeb.com 12/12/2019 12:00
By Dennis DiPietre and Lance Mulberry. Massive production in the fourth quarter of 2019 has overwhelmed any chance of positive price trends emerging from demand in the export markets. The December forecast as embodied in the futures market has essentially returned to the August outlook for December after several false moves upward from demand that did not materialize. There’s no use blaming China. A substantial amount of the weekly production of pork in the U.S. and other exporting countries is already committed to existing demand and both short- and medium-term contracts. Although there is “extra pork“ that could go to places like China or supply unusual and unexpected demands, it is less than people think. When live hogs coming to market o.
AgWeb.com 12/12/2019 12:00
On the spectrum of profitable to stressed, the agricultural economy will end 2019 leaning heavily to stressed. Unfortunately, 2020 looks to hold few signs of improvement, according to a recent report from Farmer Mac and the American Bankers Association (ABA) that surveyed 450 loan officers, managers and executives. On average, ag lenders reported slightly more than 55% of their borrowers were profitable in 2019, which is up six percentage points year-over-year. Lenders expect 56% will remain profitable through 2020. Not As Bad As It Seems? “Many bankers are saying they have growers who are probably above their break-even levels and will clear their operating lines,” says Curt Covington, executive vice president and chief credit officer for
AgWeb.com 12/12/2019 11:51
As we wrap up 2019, check out our most popular calf management articles of the year! Pam Selz-Pralle was frustrated. Her calves were individually housed in a well-ventilated calf barn, but their growth wasn’t what she knew these deeply pedigreed registered Holsteins were capable of doing on twice a day feeding. And when she and her calf crew switched to 3X feeding, daily gain increased but starter intake plummeted. Urine output, driven by the higher-solids volume of milk replacer being fed, also meant bedding was wet and a constant source of ammonia. Pneumonia sky-rocketed. Utilizing milk that must be discarded from antibiotic-treated cows as calf feed has long been an efficient way to utilize a waste product and provide an excellent nutrit.
AgWeb.com 12/12/2019 11:45
When University of Minnesota researchers decided to study best practices in hog operations for the use of ultraviolet (UV) germicidal chambers—also called UV boxes—they made a surprising discovery. Of the 48 operations they evaluated across the Midwest last year, only one was successfully eliminating E. coli on a controlled sample. "What we found is that producers have this cool technology, but no one has an instruction manual on using it in real practical ways," says Montserrat Torremorell, an associate professor in the College of Veterinary Medicine. Torremorell notes that placing items in the box so they have direct exposure to the UV light is one of the most important things producers can do to ensure sanitation is achieved.

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