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ISSUE DATE: 04/11/2011

Take advantage of programs to improve rangeland

By Kylene Scott

It's awfully easy to sit down in front of the computer when it is cold and dreary outside and see where your fingers can lead you. Why not use some of that time to devise a plan to improve pastures and rangelands? Federal programs and local resources can both be very helpful; just take the time look in the right place.

Importance of a plan In this tough current economic environment, Kansas State University economist Kevin Dhuyvetter said prices are up for corn and for cattle, and that might influence forage prices.

"It is important for landowners to recognize that while the current economic conditions reflect conditions that suggest pasture rental rates likely will increase more than average, rates also may need to decrease if and when conditions go the other direction," Dhuyvetter wrote in his January 2011 update. "For example, if cattle and/or feed prices change significantly in the next 30 to 60 days, producers and landowners may want to 'plug' those values into the model to see how that impacts projected rental rates."


NEWS

Ag Day at the Capitol set for April 13
Agriculture perception inspires formation of women's group
Alliance applauds bill to protect farmers from undercover activists
Best burger in Nebraska contest wraps up
Bill aims to end vet shortfall in rural areas of state
DCCC ag department to host Drive-In Workshop
Farm American program gains speed
UNMC to study lung disease in farmers
USDA appoints Agricultural Air Quality Task Force members
UW Extension offers course for new ag venture managers

CROPS

Assessing winter freeze damage
Brownback to speak at KGFA Annual Meeting
CASNR Week kicks off
Commercial real estate: The 'prestige'
Failing to communicate isn't just failing to speak
Farmers respond to market signals
Grape and Winery Board seeks grant proposals
Interest runs high for second Canola U event
KGSPA celebrates passage of Sorghum Checkoff
Neb. farmers getting ready to plant spring crops
New ethanol blender pump opens in York
Report claims agribusiness is 'roadblock' to clean water
Women in Ag program is April 28

LIVESTOCK

2011 Total Package Bull Sale report
4-Hers attend Equine Camp during spring break
AHA offers opportunity to own Hereford genetics, support foundation
Angus breeder recognized
Arkansas cattle numbers follow downward national trend
Cattlemen's Beef Board improvements move forward
Checkoff releases BQA Education Series
Crossroads scheduling riders for spring
Dairy Challenge holds 10th annual contest
FSA offers resources for handling winter livestock losses
Good nutrition vital from calving to breeding
LaCrosse producer appointed to Cattlemen's Beef Board
Littlerobe sale report
NCBA kicks off Beef 101 series for policymakers
NCBA: 1099 repeal is enormous victory
OSU Meat Animal Evaluation Team takes 2011 national championship
Report: Topeka center isn't horse-show friendly
Round up the latest beef facts in Hays
Use simple, specific system to detect, treat disease
Vets examine 124 bulls at breeding soundness clinics

EDITOR

Budget trouble
Old crop grain means more safety headaches
Reader responds to concerns about crop insurance abuse

COLUMNS

BASF continues to support Operation S.A.F.E
Chairman Lucas: The Man from Oklahoma
CRP: Lawmakers question costs versus benefits
Foliar product helps corn, soybeans
Get on board or get out of the way
In other agribusiness news....
Insecticide registered for use
Just a scoop full
Monsanto gives more than $1 million to FFA
New online cash grain risk management tools available to farmers
Seed treatments help cotton varieties
Sulfur supplements help plant vigor
Yield contests bring results for companies

MARKETS

Aberdeen cattle sales report
Aberdeen livestock auction report
Ada livestock auction report
Amarillo livestock auction summary
Apache livestock auction report
April brings a variety of weather
Arkansas livestock auction summary
Clovis livestock auction report
Colorado feeder cattle auction report
Cool, dry weather found across state
Cotton planting delayed due to dry conditions
Dalhart livestock auction report
Dodge City cattle sales report
Dry conditions continue
Dunlap feeder cattle sales report
Ericson livestock auction report
Faith livestock auction report
Fieldwork underway
Ft. Smith livestock auction report
Georgia livestock auction summary
Goldthwaite sheep sales report
Grain market close
Grain, soybean bids higher
Hay prices steady
High Plains slaughter news
Humeston feeder cattle sale report
Huron cattle sales report
Joplin regional cattle sales report
Kansas hay trade moderate
McAlester livestock auction report
Newell sheep sales report
North Arkansas livestock auction report
OKC livestock auction report
Pratt 3 p.m. cattle sales
Pratt livestock feeder cattle auction
Salina cattle auction report
Small grain planting delayed
South Central direct sheep sales
Springfield livestock auction report
Tulia livestock auction report
Tulsa livestock auction report
Weather puts spring fieldwork behind
West Plains regional cattle sales report
Wet conditions prevail
Wheat continues to suffer
Wheat rated in mostly fair to poor condition
Windy, warm conditions prevail
Woodward livestock sales report
Wyobraska cattle sales report

RANGE

Nebraska Youth Range Camp set for June
Producers adjust to Flint Hills Smoke Management Plan
Take advantage of programs to improve rangeland

FAMILY

4-H educator starts in Laramie County
April is a busy month for gardeners
Be 'firewise' when planning landscape
Consider summer cover crops for your garden
Eggs are eggceptionally quick
Feral hogs may harbor disease
Find active mole runs to control moles
Hot Springs Extension offers Master Gardener classes
K-State announces upcoming horticulture events
Meditation for 4-11-11
OSU Extension offers free lawn maintenance seminar
Protect your credit cards
Resources available for vegetable gardeners
Second sign-up for Lesser Prairie-Chicken Initiative announced
Serena a compact, but spacious home
Simple springtime sweets
Vegetable planting calendar a must for all gardeners

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