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Commercial red meat production for the United States totaled 3.76 billion pounds in November, down 9 percent from the 4.12 billion pounds produced in November 2013.

Beef production, at 1.85 billion pounds, was 10 percent below the previous year. Cattle slaughter totaled 2.25 million head, down 12 percent from November 2013. The average live weight was up 24 pounds from the previous year, at 1,363 pounds.

Veal production totaled 6.5 million pounds, 29 percent below November a year ago. Calf slaughter totaled 35,900 head, down 41 percent from November 2013. The average live weight was up 50 pounds from last year, at 306 pounds.

Pork production totaled 1.89 billion pounds, down 7 percent from the previous year. Hog slaughter totaled 8.81 million head, down 9 percent from November 2013. The average live weight was up 3 pounds from the previous year, at 286 pounds.

Lamb and mutton production, at 11.5 million pounds, was down 3 percent from November 2013. Sheep slaughter totaled 173,600 head, 6 percent below last year. The average live weight was 133 pounds, up 5 pounds from November a year ago.

January to November 2014 commercial red meat production was 43.2 billion pounds, down 4 percent from 2013. Accumulated beef production was down 6 percent from last year, veal was down 15 percent, pork was down 2 percent from last year, and lamb and mutton production was down slightly.

For a full copy of the Livestock Slaughter report please visit http://www.nass.usda.gov.

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12-24-14 CSU Extension: Golden Plains Area – Pesticide License Recertification Programs…

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BURLINGTON, CO – December 24, 2014 – Colorado State University Extension is hosting Private Pesticide Recertification sessions at various locations in Northeast Colorado.  Anyone who purchases restricted-use pesticides must have a Private Pesticide Applicator license which is issued by the Colorado Department of Agriculture.  Private Applicator license study guides and exams can be obtained either from the Colorado Department of Agriculture or some Extension offices.  Once a license is received, it is active for 3 years before renewal is needed.  Renewal can be achieved by either retaking the exam or attending a recertification meeting.  These recertification meetings offer credits which can be substituted for retaking the exam. Pre-registration can be accomplished by visiting the Golden Plains Area website at http://goldenplains.colostate.edu.  Cost for the Private Applicator’s recertification is $40 with the Commercial license recertification being $50.  Registrations can also be done by calling the local CSU Extension Office where the event is taking place.

Locations and times are as follows:

  • February 9 – 1:00 p.m.  CSU Extension office at Sterling (Private Pesticide Recertification) – contact 970-522-3200
  • February 10 – 8:00 a.m.  CSU Extension Office at Ft. Morgan (Private Pesticide Recertification) – contact 970-542-3540
  • February 23 – 1:00 p.m.  Burlington Community Center (Private Pesticide Recertification) – contact 719-346-5571
  • February 24 – 8:00 a.m.  Phillips County Events Center (Private Pesticide Recertification) – contact 970-854-3616
  • March 6 – 8:00 a.m. CSU Extension Office in Akron  (Commercial License Recertification Only*) – contact 970-345-2287.
  • March 6 – 1:00 p.m.  Washington County Extension Office (Private Pesticide Recertification) – contact 970-345-2287

* Commercial Pesticide Licenses are in a different category and are needed for pesticide applicators charging a fee for pesticide services.


Submitted to BARN Media by: Ron F. Meyer, CSU Extension Agent, Agronomy

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“DuPont, Monsanto, Agree to Settle Patent Infringement Lawsuits”

DuPont and the Monsanto Company have agreed to settle copyright infringement lawsuits. The litigation related to claims by Monsanto that DuPont had infringed certain Monsanto seed chipping patents and claims by DuPont that Monsanto had infringed certain DuPont patents related to seed processing. Terms of the settlement are not being disclosed. Upon the dismissal of the current litigation, DuPont and Monsanto have no other litigation against each other.

The dismissal of this litigation follows the announcement from DuPont and Monsanto in March 2013 related to a series of technology licensing agreements, as well as dismissal of lawsuits between the companies that also were pending in U.S. District Court in St. Louis.  According to Monsanto President and Chief Operating Officer Brett Begemann and DuPont Pioneer President Paul E. Schickler, this agreement enables the companies to concentrate their attention on developing new solutions for farmers.


“USDA to Survey Farmland Owners”

USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service will survey farmland owners to measure financial impacts and challenges of land ownership. Landowners should receive the survey form by the end of this month. More than 80,000 farmland owners and producers across the United States will receive the forms, titled Tenure, Ownership and Transition of Agricultural land, or TOTAL. Jay Johnson, Director of NASS’ Census and Survey Division, says the latest Census of Agriculture helped “us determine that more than 350 million acres of farmland in the United States are rented or leased, but it has been more than a decade since we spoke to individuals who own that land.” NASS will publish results of the TOTAL survey in its Quick Stats database in August 2015.


“Washington State Lawmaker to Hold Port Slowdown Hearings”

A Washington state senator will hold a hearing to get to the bottom of what’s slowing down West Coast ports. The Daily Caller reports Michael Baumgartner, a Republican, says he will be looking into the port slowdowns, which have caused economic and retail uncertainty since late October. Baumgartner plans to hold the hearing in January during the first week of the new legislative sessions. He will lead the state’s commerce and labor committee. The slowdowns are the result of a fierce labor dispute between the International Longshore and Warehouse Union and the Pacific Maritime Association, who have been stuck in the middle of negotiations for seven months.


“Innovation and Technology the focus for AFBF Convention”

The 2015 IDEAg (Idea-Ag) Trade show and American Farm Bureau annual convention will focus on innovation and technology in agriculture. Workshops during the trade show next month will highlight innovation around the farm and how technology can help. The IDEAg Innovate Conference will feature topics such as managing agricultural big data, the use of drones for farming purposes, precision agriculture and Internet strategies for farmers and ranchers. In addition, Farm Bureau members will be treated to two dozen workshops covering a variety of topics and issues during the AFBF Convention. The convention kicks off January 9th in San Diego. Find out more online at annual convention dot fb dot org. (www.annualconvention.fb.org)

SOURCE: NAFB News Service