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The value of U.S. dairy product exports in 2016 was $4.8 billion, a 10 percent reduction from 2015. Mexico, Canada, and China remained the top three markets in terms of dairy export value, accounting for nearly half of the total value of dairy product exports in 2016.

Hoard’s Dairyman Intel had a great article today that puts it in perspective:


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Young people considering returning to the family farm or striking out on their own plus dairy producers who think they need to get a “refresher course” on herd health and records should consider attending the program at 12 noon on Thursday, February 16. The program will be held from 12 noon to 2 p.m. at the Campus Center Board Room at Dordt College, located at 498 4th Avenue NE in Sioux Center.
Detailed information about the Dairy Start to Farm Series may be accessed at
There is no charge for the program but registration is required by 5 p.m. on the Wednesday be-fore. To register contact the Sioux County Extension and Outreach Office at 712.737.4230 or email Dairy Field Specialist Fred M. Hall at

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U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts, the Republican from Kansas, and chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture Nutrition and Forestry announced last week that the first hearing in the country on the 2018 Farm Bill reauthorization will be Feb. 23 on the Kansas State campus in Manhattan, KS. The time has not be announced.

Beth Doran and Fred M. Hall, Northwest Iowa livestock and dairy specialists will host the live webinar in the basement meeting room at the Sioux County Extension office. No registration is required, but seating will be on a first come basis. The time of the hearing will be announced as soon as it is released.

Roberts says the hearing will feature testimony from a variety of specifically invited agricultural producers. He says lawmakers need clear direction from producers on what is working and what isn’t working in farm country.

For more information contact the Sioux County Extension office at 712.737.4230.

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With low commodity prices predicted through next year, many farmers are looking to trim costs.  For fertilizer, don’t simply trim overall costs but rather producers need to selectively maximize economic returns to fertilizer expense.  Tarrant County Extension is conducting a workshop for those wanting to understand soil tests and fertilizer recommendations.  “We will take a step-by-step approach on understanding what to test for, how labs provide test results, and how to turn those results into fertilizer rates that will maximize returns”, says Fred M. Hall, the new Tarrant County Agriculture Extension Agent.

The registration begins at 5:30 p.m. and the evening program starts at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, December 1. The program will be held at Russell Hall located at 5708 Jacksboro Hwy in Fort Worth. The registration fee is $15 and includes all handouts and one general continuing education unit for those holding a Texas Department of Agriculture applicators license.

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Unconventional grazing systems typically involve an unusual management effort, an unusual kind or class of livestock, multi-species grazing and more often a combination of these three. “This is often the hall-mark of small farms in the urban area around Fort Worth and that makes this program a great fit for local folks” says new Tarrant County AgriLife Extension Agent Fred M. Hall.

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Brittany Leslie is the new Administrative Assistant at the Tarrant County Extension Office in Fort Worth.

Brittany Leslie is the new Administrative Assistant at the Tarrant County Extension Office in Fort Worth.

One of the first tasks for new Tarrant County Ag and Natural Resources Agent Fred M. Hall was to interview and hire a new administrative assistant. From over 100 applicants, several were interviewed , but Hall says, “ we found the perfect combination of life-skills, personality and energy that we where looking for in Brittany Leslie.” Leslie started this past Monday according to Hall.

The Administrative Assistant for the agriculture and natural resource agent helps Hall organize programs and citizens find information in the AgriLife system. “Leslie’s background with the county and her attention to detail in previous positions made her a logical choice to compliment the Extension team in Tarrant County,” says Hall.

Her on-boarding process will include being mentored by other administrative assistants and AgriLife specialists. While the agents and other staff will assist with her training in specific areas, the mentoring program allows for Leslie to acclimate to the agency’s work environment and transition into the organization more efficiently.

Leslie was born and raised in northern New Hampshire and graduated from Profile Junior Senior High School in Bethlehem, NH. She attended Granite State College in Concord, NH where she earned her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, and is currently enrolled for her MBA at University of North Texas in Denton, TX. Leslie has two children, and a husband who enjoy the not so cold winters here in Texas, compared to New Hampshire. Leslie notes, “I look forward to this new career path, and am excited to meet new friends along the way.”

You can contact Leslie at the Texas AgriLife Extension Service office in Tarrant County located at 200 Taylor Street in Fort Worth or by calling 817.884.1945.


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