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ISSUE DATE: 09/17/2012

Priced accordingly

By Kylene Scott

The phone rings and the caller asks, "How do I price my hay?" Or "What is my alfalfa worth?" These are common questions for a U.S. Department of Agriculture market news reporter.

The USDA Agriculture Marketing Service market reporters gather prices of hay sold and create reports that many agricultural publications include. High Plains Journal and Midwest Ag Journal compile reports from across the United States and print them every week on page 8-C.

USDA market reporters make phone calls and canvass their designated areas in order to get accurate prices representative of hay sold in their respective states.


NEWS

Ag business a bankable major for ISU grads
Ag policy internships offered
Career opportunities are available in agriculture
Chinese officials optimistic about future with U.S. soy
Climatologist studies climate effects on ag
Colorado Independent CattleGrowers no longer affiliated with OCM
Extension program set for Sept. 28
Factory to make CAFNR-developed soy chicken product
Framework needed in ag industry
Governor meets with southeast Kansas farmers on agricultural tour
Governors elect new leadership team, Berkel honored with Lifetime Achievement Award
Groundwater nitrate concentrations increasing in Rolling Plains
Hundreds attend 'Farm Bill Now' rally
Industry leaders meet to discuss food safety
Iowa State to host Deal Lecture Sept. 20
ISU Ag Business Club named top club in U.S.
Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food Compass updated
Missouri dairy farmers protest WIC decision
MU Wurdack Research Center field day set for Oct. 5
NMSU to host jujube tree workshop, fruit tasting
OSU researcher excels in the lab and the classroom
Planning ahead of disasters can reduce problems for families
Protect against West Nile virus
Protect against zoonotic diseases
Resource guide offered to rural acreage owners in Wyoming
Rural school districts receive grants
Strategic Marketing Workshop and Farm Tour set for Sept. 21
Texas scientist receives international recognition
UNL to celebrate 150th anniversary of the Morrill Act
UNL's ARDC celebrates 50 years with open house
USDA funds available for Value Added Producers
USDA recognizes donors to Feds Feed Families campaign
Vilsack announces grants to support beginning farmers, ranchers
Vilsack: U.S. ag exports unmatched in our nation's history
Warner FFA holds hay drive for farmers affected by wildfire

CROPS

Applying anhydrous ammonia to wheat in dry conditions
Canola, turnips and other brassicas are forage options this fall
Cotton crop is mixed
Drought doesn't slow winter wheat planting
Early yields in Ark. cornfields look strong
EPA bans sale of AZM
EQIP assistance available for forestry improvements
Expert: Statewide and by region, cotton 'all over the board'
Fed survey: Drought tempers expectations for farm income
Fresh-market blueberries available for southern production
Kansas Corn Commission, National Corn Growers Association celebrate 35 years of partnership
Managing corn crop nutrients
No-till farming helps capture snow and soil water
No-till may help maintain crop yields despite climate change
Oklahoma farmer's only crop is cotton
Prevent grain damage when harvesting drought-stricken soybeans
Research center field day features presentations, tours
Researcher: Leaf wax may be key to drought, heat tolerance in wheat
Seedbed conditions, seeding equipment influence wheat-planting decisions
Sen. Bennet: Rocky Ford cantaloupes best tasting in the country
Sign-up for the Highly Erodible Land Initiative
Sorghum Foundation awards scholarships
Waterhemp difficult to manage

LIVESTOCK

Achieving genetic potential with sound heifer nutrition
AQHA Professional Horsemen to teach clinics at novice championships
AQHA show statistics depict an increase in participation
Cattle experts: Livestock producers need to be creative to manage feed rations
Cattle producers should watch for premature calf births
Colorado Horse Council offers large animal evacuation tips
Dates, times announced for AQHA World Show Sale
FSA provides assistance to livestock producers
Hereford genomic-enhanced EPDs available
ICA manages Bull and Heifer Evaluation Program
Improving cornstalks for feed
KHC to host Fall Ride in the Gyp Hills Sept. 28 to 30
K-State Horse Care 101 set for Nov. 17
Management and culling strategies for cows during drought
McCarty Family Farms help spur growth in western Kansas
Montana Stockgrowers will release ranching photography book
Online initiative shares rural Wyoming stories
Ranch incorporates Salers over four generations
Stockgrowers to host annual convention, trade show
Team Italy wins AQHA Youth World Cup
The Angus Report celebrates first year on the air
ThermalAid app will help producers reduce heat-related livestock losses
Three-part 'Dealing with Drought' series starts Sept. 24
Use repellents to reduce bluetongue risk in sheep
UW equine science students teach horsemanship in Europe
Water for livestock still a concern in many areas

EDITOR

Drought challenges all aspects of agriculture
Organic study spurs discussion

COLUMNS

Come to the Missouri fish fry
Equipment conserves hay, labor
Is every political goal impossible?
Just a scoop full
New seed treatments for 2013
Temporary heartbreak, a lesson for life

MARKETS

Aberdeen cattle sales report
Ada livestock auction report
Alfalfa conditions mostly good
Amarillo livestock auction summary
Apache livestock auction report
Clovis livestock auction summary
Colorado feeder cattle auction summary
Cooler temps arrive
Corn harvest continues
Corn harvest nearing completion
Corn, soybean harvests begin ahead of five-year average
Dalhart livestock auction report
Dodge City cattle sales report
Dry weather forces rapid row crop development
Dunlap feeder cattle auction report
Ericson Spalding livestock auction report
Ft. Smith livestock auction report
Georgia cattle auction summary
Grain market close
Grains start week with sharp losses
Hay trade slow to moderate
High Plains slaughter news report
Hot, dry days and cooler nights
Hot, dry weather for another week
Joplin regional cattle market report
Limited rainfall, limited planting
McAlester livestock market report
Most hay prices steady
Newell sheep sales report
Ogallala livestock market report
OKC West livestock sales report
Pratt 3 p.m. cattle sales report
Pratt feeder cattle auction report
Precipitation helps pastures
Record grain prices expected through 2013
Salina livestock auction report
San Angelo livestock auction report
Springfield livestock market report
Tama feeder cattle auction report
Texas Direct feeder cattle summary
Tulia livestock auction report
Tulsa livestock auction report
Weather prompts producers to be fire aware
West Plains regional cattle sales report
Wheat, oats planting under way where there's moisture
Wide variety of temperatures reported
Woodward livestock market report

RANGE

Ammoniate low-quality forage to increase protein
Encouraging grass recovery
Find hay in annual directory
National Grange releases e-book
Out-of-state hay may harbor red imported fire ants
Priced accordingly
Protect animal investment by testing purchased hay
Ranch Management University to address forage, livestock management

FAMILY

Cars and quilts in a not-so-ordinary small town
Couple honored at Missouri 4-H Hall of Fame
Food safety tips make fall picnics, tailgates winners
Gourmet on the go
Grandin urges youth to help urban colleagues understand farm life
Helpful household tips
K-State Extension to host ag, horticulture events
Master Gardener courses offered
Meditation
National Festival of Breads seeks nation's best bread recipe
Noble Card has classic looks
Planning a successful fall garden
Program to cover Healthy Cooking with Spices and Herbs
Researchers take hibiscus efforts to commercialization
The squash vines are awash in color
Tree Care Conference set for Oct. 3
Tree planting demonstration planned Oct. 9 in Hays
Woody plants suffer in continued heat, drought

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