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What could an employee handbook do for your farm?

Producers often express an interest in developing employee handbooks for their farms to add some protection to their human resource management. FULL STORY »

Missouri bill recognizes dairy plight

This week, the Missouri House of Representatives passed the “Missouri Dairy Revitalization Act of 2014,” a bill that could help the future of the state’s dairy farming. FULL STORY »

Alfalfa’s benefits to livestock, soil worth the work

Soil testing is a necessity to reap the benefits of growing alfalfa for hay, said Dirk Philipp, assistant professor with the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture. FULL STORY »

Improve reproductive management to improve bottom line

Livestock producers whose herds have poor reproductive success earn less and have higher production costs per head than those whose herds reproduce successfully, says Dr. David Fernandez, Cooperative Extension Program livestock specialist at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff. FULL STORY »

China's corn rejections cost companies $427 million

China has rejected nearly 1.45 million tons of U.S. corn shipments since late last year, according to a U.S. grain industry association, the Wall Street Journal reported on Friday. FULL STORY »

WASDE: Projections, futures prices in alignment, for now

Milk futures prices tumbled in a week that saw a bullish USDA dairy forecast, but if the market decline stops, the USDA projections and Chicago Mercantile Exchange Class III/IV prices will be somewhat in alignment. FULL STORY »

DHM Markets/Marketers: Catching up on the numbers

Catching up on the numbers after a week on the road. Today: California Class 1, weekly cow slaughter, U.S. products and more. FULL STORY »

Idaho asks court to toss ‘ag gag’ lawsuit

Idaho isn’t backing down from its so-called “ag gag” law and has asked a federal court to toss a lawsuit brought against the state by the Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF) and others in a coalition of animal activists, civil rights groups and media organizations. FULL STORY »

Thursday's Export Sales report was generally disappointing

Thursday’s USDA Export Sales data disappointed crop traders. Today’s weekly report stated old-crop corn sales below the forecast range, while the new crop figure came in on the low side. FULL STORY »

Drought deepens in the Corn Belt, but...

…drought levels are still well below those reported this time last year. The worst of the drought has shifted from the Plains to the West Coast. FULL STORY »

Average farm debt-to-asset ratio declining

While total debt held by farms increased from 1992 to 2011, average farm debt-to-asset ratios declined during that time according to a report on debt use by farms conducted by USDA’s Economic Research Service. FULL STORY »

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