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ISSUE DATE: 01/19/2009

Fertilizer prices continue to rise

"Fertilizer costs are six times as high as they were six years ago," said David Asbridge, of Doane Advisory Services.

Fertilizer costs have continually pushed up year after year--an increase farmers have come to expect.

"Fertilizer costs are six times as high as they were six years ago," said David Asbridge of Doane Advisory Services. "This is partly due to the energy market and the fact that over half the fertilizer is imported from other countries."

Asbridge said a 1.1 percent increase in price was seen per year from 1990 to 2002, but that increase was pushed to a 3.7 percent increase per year from 2002 to 2007.


NEWS

Aberdeen cattle sales report
AgrAbility workshops help promote program
ALMANAC model may help predict crops' role in bioenergy product
CFB to host Young Farmer & Rancher Conference
Chesapeake Energy, OACD recognize conservation districts
Colorado Big and Small Conference Feb. 18 t0 21
Colorado Young Farmers to meet
Come and visit the 45th annual Colorado Farm Show
DHS approves $450 million biothreat lab at Kansas State
Dune and dirty: Hurricane teaches lessons through ecosystem research
Easement placed in Unita County on Black's Fork River Ranch
Farm equipment auction a reflection of economy
Fertilizer prices continue to rise
Fifth annual Ark Valley Farm/Ranch/Water Symposium and Trade Show coming Feb. 5
Financial, communication training for ag companies Jan. 23
Food for Progress project brings 21st century biodiesel facilities to Guatemala
ISU Biobased Industry Center studies carbon emissions, other industry issues
Land Application Training field days offered in January, February
Lang to head AFBF federal deficit task force
Missouri got its fill of extreme weather in 2008
Modified lignin has potential benefits for ethanol, paper and feed
Monsanto producer information meeting set for Elk City
NE Ag Classic speaker- Farmers must address critics in new ways
Nine South Plains ag conferences set for new year
Pawnee Fry scheduled Jan. 26
Ridgeview rancher admits farm program violation
Scientists serve up mustard meal to tame weeds
Speaker reminds growers: Not all the news is bad
State seeking agricultural disaster declaration
SWCS hosts technical conference, "Conservation--Sustaining Our Future"
Texas farmers and ranchers encouraged to "go green"
Texas headed back into drought conditions
Tom Vilsack wows senators in his confirmation hearing
Training program to review readiness for agricultural emergencies
Tropical animal agriculture focus of Ensminger School in Costa Rica
U.S. biodiesel industry stands ready to meet 2009 RFS targets
Upcoming K-State horticultural events
USDA plans to tighten farm program payment rules
Western Farm Show holds something for everyone
WESTI Ag Days' research-based information addresses numerous topics
Winter a great time to enjoy agritourism opportunities
Workshop on biosecurity in aquaculture set for Jan. 23 in Jefferson City

CROPS

AFBF: Economist sees lower crop prices in 2009
Arkansas wheat crop: It's all about the money
ASA president defends the audit of soybean checkoff program
Cody, Cheyenne host integrated pest management training sessions
Converting CRP land to grain crop production requires planning
Corn crop second largest in history despite adverse year
CSU research to help the agricultural producer's bottom line
Directory lists native seeds for restoration, conservation
Farmers will discover bright horizons at Commodity Classic
Fertilizer, crop production coffee shop meetings
K-State wheat breeder taking new approach to leaf rust resistance
KWA: Kansas wheat acres continue downward trend
Missouri soybeans, hay production increase, corn declines
NAWG announces 2009 WOLF program class
Northeast Nebraska ethanol plant temporarily closes
No-till Oklahoma Conference is scheduled for Feb. 9 and 10
OWGA disscusses top issues
Pests and plant diseases beware--NMSU teaches 'first detectors' to spot outbreaks
Quality conference builds crucial relationships with buyers
Research efforts to be featured at Texas Rice Council meeting
Researchers study new levels of resistance to fight soybean diseases
Rising cost of fresh vegetables
Secrets to sorghum survival in acidic soils
Snow cover a concern for some winter wheat stands
Soil and water conservation, wildlife program sign-up extended
Texas peanut producers host state-wide peanut butter samplings
Three conservation easements placed on ranch lands near Elk Mountain
Trio honored with 2008 Cotton Genetics Research Award
United Sorghum Checkoff Program approves management entity
Wheat in most areas needs moisture

LIVESTOCK

CCA members "Recruiting for the Cure"
China inspects poultry after bird flu death
Colorado horse being tested for equine disease
Delegates to discuss key resolutions, other business at IPPA Annual Meeting
Empowering, energizing youth a key NCBA accomplishment in 2008
Extension offers beef profitability workshops in January, February
Jan. 16 'webcast' to cover feed strategies to curb air emissions for livestock operations
Kansas dairy hopes to pad profits with glass bottles
KFB TV documentary on animal welfare now available
Land board OK's Yellowstone bison deal
OPSU Bull Test reaches 84 day mark
Ranchers oppose Yellowstone bison relocation
Scientist's sheep retrovirus work to appear on National Geographic
Sheep producers should benefit from new UW research
Show-Me-Select heifers average $1,204 at Palmyra, Mo.
Top Iowa chefs to compete in 23rd Iowa Pork Taste of Elegance competition
U.S. judge dismisses pollution case against Cargill
UNL farmers and ranchers Cow-Calf College near Clay Center Jan. 20
USB funds U.S. Pork Center of Excellence's National Swine Nutrition Guide
USDA issues final rule on mandatory COOL
USDA to survey cattle producers in January
Wool and mohair deadline Jan. 31
Young Stockgrowers Conference to be held in Helena, Jan. 22 and 23

EDITOR

Agriculture can do the job
Come on already! We're planning for the 2010 elections?!?!
Star power

COLUMNS

Advanced insecticide available in new low-odor formulation
Catwalk-worthy coveralls
Company lists new vehicle kits for GPS system
Corn herbicide knocks out tough weeds
Do you need to hire a nanny?
Just a scoop full
We still have to eat!

MARKETS

A dry December for many parts of the state
Aberdeen cattle sales report
Ada livestock sales report
Amarillo livestock sales report
Apache livestock sales report
Arkansas livestock sales summary
Clovis livestock auction report
Colorado feeder cattle sale
Dalhart livestock sales report
Denison cattle sales report
Dodge City livestock sales report
Ericson cattle sales report
Ft. Smith livestock sales report
Georgia cattle auction summary
Goldthwaite sheep sales
Grain market close
Grain, soybean bids sharply lower
Hay trade slow to moderate
High Plains slaughter news
Huron cattle sales report
Joplin regional cattle sales report
Lexington cattle sales report
McAlester livestock sales report
Most areas trading steady, some seeing weaker prices
Newell sheep sales report
North Arkansas livestock sales report
Ogallala livestock auction
OKC West livestock sales report
Pratt 3 p.m. cattle sales
Pratt livestock sales report
Presho cattle sales report
Salina cattle auction report
Sioux Falls sheep sales report
South Central direct sheep
Springfield livestock sales
St. Onge cattle sales report
Texhoma cattle sales report
Tulia livestock sales report
Tulsa livestock sales report
West Plains regional cattle sales
Woodward livestock sales report
Wyobraska cattle sales report

RANGE

Grazing school for novice ranchers accepting students

FAMILY

An Oklahoma secret
Bragg joins state 4-H Leadership Council
Centennial celebrations slated throughout 2009
Compact size still gives Raven 2 a relaxed feel
Do as I say (not as I do)
Earth Kind rose Else Poulsen
Earth Kind Rose with two names
Favorite foods with a twist
Hints for those out of work
Lemons are not just another pretty fruit
Meditation for 1-19-09
New Nebraska FFA Foundation website designed to engage past members
Pawnee FFA wins Tulsa Farm Show livestock handling skills contest
Protect your children from everyday dangers
Register now for UNL's Master Gardener campus-based program

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