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U.S. farmland prices stay high, but cash rents due for pressure

U.S. farmland values have remained strong this summer despite falling crop prices, but that could change heading into the busy annual auction season at year's end, auctioneers say. FULL STORY »

Lameness: Causes and prevention on dairy farms

Lameness affects animal welfare, health, production and reproduction. Knowing the potential causes and how to prevent those will yield multiple benefits to dairy producers. FULL STORY »

Are you detecting the lameness on your farm?

On a recent visit to a dairy farm in another state, a Michigan State University Extension coworker and I observed a significant number of lame cows. As we watched the cows exit the parlor, it hit us both at the same time that a great majority of the cows were exhibiting some degree of lameness. When we asked the herdsman about the problem, he indicated that he hadn’t noticed that they were lame. FULL STORY »

Lighter side: Quit trying - cow costume record set

Some people train for years or decades to set a Guinness World Record. As the best-selling copyrighted book of all time, it is the authority on records like world’s “fastest man,” “shortest living man,” and “fastest time to type a text message on a mobile phone while performing headspins.” FULL STORY »

Missouri Gov. vetos ag bills with dairy aid

After receiving overwhelming bi-partisan support in both the Missouri state House and Senate, Governor Jeremiah Nixon vetoed Senate Bill 506 and House Bill 1326. FULL STORY »

Mink-releasing animal rights activists caught

Criminals who appear to have released animals at mink farms in the Midwest last year have been apprehended. FULL STORY »

You cannot bleach your way to clean

I just had yet another question about the concentration of a chlorine bleach solution to use soaking calf feeding equipment. The assumption is that if the one uses the proper concentration of the active ingredient somehow the tube feeders and bottles will become clean. All the bacteria will be gone. FULL STORY »

Does American agriculture need ‘right to farm’ laws?

The ‘right to farm’ movement across the heartland is gaining in popularity, but not everyone in agriculture supports it. FULL STORY »

Dairy Market Recap: Very busy day for spot cheese market

Friday’s Class III futures market was very flat despite a bullish day in the spot cheese market. Contracts settled between six cents lower and ten cents higher. Whey futures continued to move higher. The October – December contract average settled at 59.4667 cents (UP 0.6333). FULL STORY »

Commentary: ‘Animal Rights or Wrongs?’

A kids’ show explores the contentious issue of using animals to test drugs or conduct research. What they had to say offer a valuable insight into why the issue is so volatile even for adults FULL STORY »

Crop markets sharply lower after WASDE report

Corn prices proved vulnerable in response to the July WASDE. In that report, USDA revised the 2013/14 ending stocks up to 1.246 billion bushels from 1.146 billion last month. FULL STORY »

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