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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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“Building margins in agriculture isn’t just about trimming expenses– its about spending money were it will yield the largest returns” says Tarrant County AgriLife Extension Agriculture Agent Fred M. Hall. “And this group of professionals will help any producer learn to selectively maximize their returns on the dollars they spend on fertilizer.” Hall continued. The program will be held on Friday, December 2 at the Tarrant County Resource Connection conference room located at 1100 Campus Drive in Fort Worth.

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Cattle and calves on feed in feedlots with capacity of 1,000 or more head totaled 10.7 million head on May 1, 2013, 3 percent below May 1, 2012, the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service reported.

Placements in feedlots during April gained 15 percent to total 1.75 million. Net placements were 1.68 million head. During April, placements of cattle and calves weighing less than 600 pounds were 375,000, 600-699 lbs. were 270,000, 700-799 lbs. were 455,000, and 800 lbs. and greater were 650,000.

Marketings of fed cattle during April climbed 2 percent to 1.86 million, and other disappearance totaled 69,000 during April, a decline of 12 percent, according to NASS.

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It’s time for the Wichita Falls Ranch and Farm Expo! This year’s issue of the annual event will feature over 400 vendor tables with every new technology available to ranchers and farmers.

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The Northern Rolling Plains Ag Conference will be held Tuesday, January 29, 2013 at the Wilbarger County Exhibit Building.  Registration will take place from 8:00-9:00 a.m. 

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The daily livestock report from CME notes US cattle prices moved higher this week even as concerns linger about ability of beef prices to sustain significantly higher price points in Q1 of 2013. The gains in cattle prices inpart reflect higher cutout values but also continued appreciation in the value of drop credits and generally higher prices paid in export markets. Those gains do not show up if one looks at just the cutout but make up a considerable portion of the profits for packers today.

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The World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates were released this morning by USDA.

WHEAT: Projected U.S. wheat ending stocks for 2012/13 are raised 50 million bushels reflecting lower prospects for exports again this month. Projected exports are lowered 50 million bushels reflecting the slow pace of sales and shipments to date and higher expected competition from foreign supplies. U.S. exports are projected 45 million bushels lower for Hard Red Winter wheat, 10 million bushels lower for Soft Red Winter wheat, and 5 million bushels lower for Hard Red Spring wheat. White wheat exports are raised 10 million bushels. The projected 2012/13 season-average farm price for all wheat is lowered 10 cents at the midpoint and the range is narrowed to $7.70 to $8.30 per bushel.

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