The USDA updated its estimate of last year’s soybean crop on Thursday morning, revising the crop size downward by 1.1 percent to 4.307 billion bushels. This news was especially jarring to the market, which expected this estimate to show an even larger harvest. While the 2016 soybean crop was still the largest in history, this downward revision sparked concerns that U.S. supplies may not be as ample as once thought. These fears sent beans on the largest one-day rally in months, gaining nearly 30 cents per bushel on Thursday alone.

SAVANNAH, Mo. — Some 70 construction workers, most from Agri Tech, a company with offices in Macon, Missouri, and Lamar, Iowa, are working to finish the last of the wiring and other items for Stone Ridge Pork.

President Obama signed a law in May designating the bison as America’s national mammal. It was a historic moment for the once-endangered species, which roamed North America by the tens of millions when Europeans arrived in the 1600s before being reduced to mere hundreds in the 1880s.

The Veterinary Feed Directive went into effect on Jan. 1, 2017, and requires cow/calf producers to follow new rules when administering some antibiotics.

Answering the most common questions cow/calf producers and veterinarians have about the Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD), is Dr. Daniel Scruggs, DVM, managing veterinarian at Zoetis.

Like many farms facing labor shortages in the West, the Tanimura & Antle vegetable farm in California’s Salinas Valley was in a bind for the 2015 harvest season. It was more than 225 workers shy of the number needed to gather crops, and it had to plow under about $500,000 worth of produce.

On Monday, Jan. 9, The U. S. Supreme Court denied the Petition of a Miner County South Dakota farm couple who were fighting a USDA wetlands designation. USDA enforces rules in which it declares as “wetlands” farmland that has been converted by a farmer from wetlands to arable working land. When such a federal designation is made the farmer loses his right to participate in USDA programs and benefits. Under USDA maps about two thirds of North Dakota, one half of South Dakota and the western part of Minnesota is covered by prairie potholes and wetlands.

QUEENSBURY — One farmer has purchased a snow-maker so that he can cover his grapes with snow when winter doesn’t cooperate. Others are installing windmills to keep air circulating through their berry fields during late-spring frosts.

As many as 10,000 acres in Kansas soon will be eligible for a new conservation project intended to enhance and restore state playas, providing critical habitat for migratory birds and improving water quality for neighboring communities and municipalities.

Tail biting is a common problem in growing-finishing pigs. Outbreaks of tail biting can cause major welfare complications of pigs with damaged tails, as well as considerable economic losses to pork producers. The prevalence of tail biting varies from farm to farm, ranging from 0 percent to 16 percent for pigs with docked tails, and 3 percent to 35 percent for pigs with whole tails. Although the incidence can be low on certain farms, outbreaks of tail biting are almost not predictable. Once an outbreak occurs, tail biting behavior can escalate rapidly, and it is difficult to prevent from further tail biting in the pen or room.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced that starting March 20, 2017, organic producers and handlers will be able to visit over 2,100 USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) offices to apply for federal reimbursement to assist with the cost of receiving and maintaining organic or transitional certification.

DUPREE | State and local authorities have filed a motion to permanently remove hundreds of wild horses from a troubled north-central South Dakota sanctuary, and lawyers on both sides of the case will make arguments to a judge later this month.

Are extremists in the envi- ronmental movement really concerned about the welfare of our animals, the quality of our water and conserving our planet? Could it be they’re trying to change the world to fit their own image?

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