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In many areas of South Dakota, the pasture acres are in short supply. This, coupled with the fact that precipitation so far this growing season is below normal has cattle producers looking for additional feed resources.
Tuesday, May, 12, 2015 - - News

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Weather centers to arm Central Africa's farmers against climate shifts
For many of the past five years, Marthe Efoulan, a 42-year-old farmer in Meyomessala, in southern Cameroon, has been fooled into planting her crops too soon.
Tuesday, May, 12, 2015 - - News

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At the gas pump, US biofuel lobby scores a point against big oil
NEW YORK - In a long-running battle between oil refiners and the U.S. farm lobby over the future of ethanol fuel, biofuel producers may have just made a small, but important dent in big oil's formidable defenses.
Tuesday, May, 12, 2015 - Reuters - News

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Brazil meatpackers show supply-chain rules can protect forests
BARCELONA - Commitments by Brazilian slaughterhouses to buy cattle only from ranches that ceased clearing rainforests in the Amazon region of Pará led to a sharp drop in tree felling among their suppliers, researchers said.
Tuesday, May, 12, 2015 - Reuters - News

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Weather centers to arm Central Africa's farmers against climate shifts
YAOUNDE, Cameroon - For many of the past five years, Marthe Efoulan, a 42-year-old farmer in Meyomessala, in southern Cameroon, has been fooled into planting her crops too soon.
Tuesday, May, 12, 2015 - Reuters - News

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Have a plan to manage cowherd subgroups
Spotty spring rains are helping relieve dry conditions. But there will always be a ranch short of moisture, so planning for the dry days is critical. But the real challenge with the implementation of a long-term grazing plan and developing stocking rate reductions based on seasonal moisture is that cattle are not easy to gather.
Friday, May, 08, 2015 - NDSU Extension Service - News

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Hardy cattle beef up Zimbabwe farmers’ incomes
Ntokozo Ncube brims with joy like a proud father as he shows off a newborn calf that has expanded his herd to eight animals
Friday, May, 08, 2015 - Thomson Reuters Foundation - News

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Syngenta rejects $45 billion Monsanto takeover offer
Agrochemicals firm Syngenta on Friday rejected a $45 billion takeover offer from Monsanto, saying the offer undervalued the Swiss firm and did not fully take into account regulatory risks.
Friday, May, 08, 2015 - Reuters - News

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Monsanto and Syngenta hire U.S. banks to advise on possible takeover
LONDON/FRANKFURT - Agricultural companies Monsanto and Syngenta are working with investment banks on a takeover deal that would create an industry behemoth with combined sales of more than $31 billion, three sources familiar with the matter said.
Thursday, May, 07, 2015 - Reuters - News

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U.S. Midwest states eye carbon trading to meet EPA targets
WASHINGTON - Even as some of them fight Washington's new clean air regulations in court, coal-reliant Midwestern states are asking the Obama administration to provide rules for an emissions trading platform that would help them meet the federal greenhouse gas standards.
Thursday, May, 07, 2015 - Reuters - News

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Jobless claims hold near 15-year low
WASHINGTON - The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits rose marginally last week, staying near a 15-year low in a sign that the labor market continues to strengthen despite moderate economic growth.
Thursday, May, 07, 2015 - Reuters - News

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Hardy cattle beef up Zimbabwe farmers' incomes
NKAYI, Zimbabwe - Ntokozo Ncube brims with joy like a proud father as he shows off a newborn calf that has expanded his herd to eight animals. The calf is a special cross-breed that is helping Ncube, 42, realize his dream of improving his herd and his income.
Thursday, May, 07, 2015 - Reuters - News

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Cuba insists it has oil; U.S. companies still uninterested
HAVANA - Cuba unveiled new data on Wednesday it said confirmed there were billions of barrels of oil beneath its Gulf of Mexico waters but admitted there was little interest in new exploration even with the thaw in U.S. relations.
Wednesday, May, 06, 2015 - Reuters - News

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Lack of moisture good for calving, bad for pastures
This spring might have provided the perfect weather for calving, but the lack of moisture out on the range has cattle producers worried about forage production this growing season, says Pete Bauman, South Dakota State University Extension range field specialist.
Wednesday, May, 06, 2015 - - News

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U.S. farm lender CoBank reports flat income, rising loan demand
CoBank, the largest cooperative bank within the U.S. government-backed Farm Credit System, on Tuesday reported first-quarter net income that was flat compared with a year ago but said loan demand had risen 5 percent.
Tuesday, May, 05, 2015 - Reuters - News

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Greece wants changes to EU-Canada trade deal to protect "feta" name
BRUSSELS - Athens will not back a multi-billion dollar trade pact between Canada and the European Union unless the deal is changed to specify that only Greece can use the term "feta" for its salty white cheese, according to a document seen by Reuters.
Tuesday, May, 05, 2015 - Reuters - News

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Bird flu may take bite out of Thanksgiving's turkey supply
CHICAGO - The largest-ever U.S. outbreak of avian influenza, which has devastated Midwestern poultry and egg producers in recent weeks, could be felt at Thanksgiving tables across the nation come November, farmers and some trade groups say.
Tuesday, May, 05, 2015 - Reuters - News

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May 2015 climate outlook: Lack of moisture has caused problems for ag
As South Dakota transitions from April to May, higher-than-average air and soil temperatures are prevalent throughout the state. But spring precipitation has failed to appear across most of the state, creating winter wheat and forage issues, explains Dennis Todey, South Dakota State University Extension climate specialist and South Dakota State climatologist.
Monday, May, 04, 2015 - - News

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China won’t reduce U.S. turkey ban to regions
U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack has asked the Chinese government to allow state or regionalized importing of U.S. turkey, rather than a blanket ban.
Monday, May, 04, 2015 - Agweek - News

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Tangle over guest workers traps Louisiana crawfish trade
NEW ORLEANS - It is nearing peak harvesting season for Louisiana crawfish, but a shortage of migrants to peel them is hurting the industry, largely because of a fight over foreign guest workers that has stirred fears Chinese imports will gain ground.
Saturday, May, 02, 2015 - Reuters - News

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