Daily Archives: June 13, 2018

Mark Parker:  The Top 10 things that don’t make sense to farmers

Mark Parker:  The Top 10 things that don’t make sense to farmers

FarmTalk

  1. You have to type in your password to get to the “Forgot your password?” form.
  2. Seems like farmers are usually the ammo in a trade war.

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Consumers Want to Eat Beef, Not Wear It, Sending Leather Prices Plummeting

Consumers Want to Eat Beef, Not Wear It, Sending Leather Prices Plummeting

Lydia Mulvany and Lindsey Rupp

Bloomberg

Back in 1991, when Scott Starbuck opened City Soles in Chicago, most of the shoes his customers wanted were made with real leather from cow hides. Today, shoppers have a more vegan sensibility about what goes on their feet, demanding shoes with non-animal elements like canvas, microfiber and plastic.

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9 things your banker doesn’t want to hear – Part 1

9 things your banker doesn’t want to hear – Part 1

Lynn Jaynes

Progressive Forage

Financing a farm or ranch is usually stressful – no matter on which side of the banker’s desk you sit. Earlier this year, ag economists noted shrinking commodity prices and the lowest ag incomes since the recession – all in the midst of a trade war with China. And now the Federal Reserve is ending a prolonged period of low interest rates, and as a result, banks pushed the fixed rate on farm loans to a five-year high of 5.6 percent.

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Iowa Beef Center Invites Registrations for 2018 Beef Feedlot Short Course

Iowa Beef Center Invites Registrations for 2018 Beef Feedlot Short Course

Iowa Beef Center

Based on the success of the initial beef feedlot short course in 2017, Iowa Beef Center at Iowa State University has planned a second event set for July 31-Aug. 2 in Ames. IBC program specialist Erika Lundy said the 2018 “Iowa Beef Center Feedlot Short Course” will provide classroom and hands-on instruction in a variety of topics, along with sessions at the Iowa State Beef Nutrition Farm and Couser Cattle Company in Nevada.

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‘Bipartisan’ Senate farm bill seen having better shot of passing than failed House plan

‘Bipartisan’ Senate farm bill seen having better shot of passing than failed House plan

Jeff Daniels

CNBC

The Senate Agriculture Committee will take up the 2018 farm bill this week, amid early expectations that “bipartisan” support for the legislation may carry it across the finish line — unlike an effort that failed last month in the House.

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Fescue: Can’t Live With It, Can’t Live Without It

Fescue: Can’t Live With It, Can’t Live Without It

Biozyme

Grass is a key component in any grazing operation, especially in the summer. Tall fescue is the most widely adapted forage in the U.S. It is a persistent grass that is easy to establish, tolerant of a wide range of management regimes, and produces good forage yields. However, it is a relatively low palatability forage that can also result in poor animal performance.

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Interpreting Forage Quality of Grass Hay

Interpreting Forage Quality of Grass Hay

Bruce Anderson

Farms.com

Have you ever tested the quality of your grass hay and been disappointed at the low relative feed value? Well, maybe your worry is unnecessary. Farmers and ranchers often tell me their prairie hay or cane hay or other grass hay looks really good but when a lab tested it the relative feed value, also called RFV, was surprisingly low, maybe in the 70s or 80s. So what’s wrong with the hay?

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