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ISSUE DATE: 02/04/2008

High commodity prices help producers upgrade machinery

Farm equipment lots in the High Plains are looking pretty bare. No, it's not from poor outlooks in the agriculture sector; it's due to high commodity prices. Producers have a little extra jingle in their pockets and are looking to upgrade their farm equipment.

"I've seen it from all dealers in the ag sector. All types of equipment are selling," said Jeff Flora, CEO of the SouthWestern Association, which represents equipment dealers in Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, Texas and New Mexico. "They have money, and are being driven by the high commodity prices. All segments of the equipment business are really good."


NEWS

2007 farm payments down from previous year in southwest Montana
2008 Pre-Plant Soil Moisture Survey now in progress
32nd Annual Iowa Beef Expo planned
Ag Commissioner Staples sets goals for 2008
Agritourism and heritage tourism workshop coming to northeaster
An answer for the ugly wood fence
Anderson- 2008 U.S. cotton market outlook is brighter
Annual organic farming conference slated for Feb. 29 in Albuque
Another Idaho field infected with microscopic potato pest, but
Another landowner concurs on wind farms in ag country
Author chronicles life on Iowa farm during Depression
Beltwide production faces challenges, opportunities
BVD prevention is key to cutting costs
Calcium requirements may be overestimated
Capitol Hill food fight threatens emergency aid for millions in
Chambliss- Shafer to be the next Secretary of Agriculture
Coffee shop agronomy, livestock meetings set
Congressional funding measure keeps CRP rolls open
Conservation District sets annual meeting for Feb. 9
Controlling fertilizer costs part of efficient managment plan
Coping with high fertilizer costs
Cotton Incorporated focuses on sustainability message
Couple rooted in Espanola Valley watches farming tradition fade
CPIA- Annual Conference, Exposition set for February
Dates set for Panhandle Master Gardener training program
Deadline for National Ag Day Essay Contest Feb. 15
Demand prompts Agricultural Career Fair Feb. 14
Diet for brain development, from the beginning
Dirk Maier named head of K-State's Department of Grain Science
Eating beans helps lower cholesterol
Ethanol Board wins grant for E85 outreach
Family runs air support for farmers, ranchers
Farm Bureau celebrates Food Check-Out Week
Farm implement sales soar with strong crop prices
Farm truck regulation changes informational meeting scheduled F
Farmers at the mercy of weather
Farmers weigh conservation against making a profit
FBF's Stallman- Farmers have already given on farm bill
Food companies fight dairy farmers over import fees
Fruit fly study provides insight into bee immune system
GE to invest in $350 million Texas wind farm
Getting through life
Government investigating link between ethanol, beef recalls
Governor Ritter, former Senator Mark Hillman to appear at Corn
Governor's energy office releases report on state's renewable e
Healthy soybeans = Healthy yields
High commodity prices help producers upgrade machinery
High Plains Vegetable Conference set for Jan. 24
Human nutrition research roundtable featured at Cattle Industry
Including whole grains in your New Year's resolutions may lower
In-depth weed management school scheduled
Informational meeting on farm truck regulation changes
IPPA announces first-ever Environmental Steward Award winner
Irrigation association meeting to address limited water availab
Irrigation, energy conservation workshops for corn growers offe
ISU engineering department hosts nutrient management course
January 2008 declared Census of Agriculture month
Japan suspends beef imports from U.S. plant
Kansas Soybean Performance Test results available online
Kansas Wheat, K-State receive Bioscience Authority Grant
KCA members hear from their legislators at annual meeting
K-State professor looks to gardening to combat child obesity
K-State veterinary medicine student wins $10,000 Business Aptit
'Last Chance' CEU training set Feb. 5
Lawmaker wants labeling requirement for genetically altered foo
Lemon named 2007 Extension Cotton Specialist of the Year
Low worldwide stocks drive high food crop prices
Lower supply, strong demand driving higher egg prices, K-State
Mainland markets for tropical fruit
Master Farmer Award seeks Missouri's best
Missouri Corn lending a hand to youth in agriculture
Montana Stockgrowers attend National Western
MSGA remains uneasy after Board of Livestock listening session
National Limousin sale averages nearly $12,500
NCC Chairman Pucheu details Council activities, agenda
NCC leadership updates Beltwide on farm bill progress
NCTA prepares first group of All Points Scholars
Nebraska RC&D Association elects officers for 2008
New K-State master's graduate lands cover article in scientific
New singer, same tune?
New technique thins excess blossoms, boosts tree fruit size
No one immune to identity theft
No-till cover crop workshop Feb. 13
NRCS offers $20 million in nationally funded grant opportunity
Nutrition educator bolsters Extension office
OFB gears up for Food Check-Out Week
Ohio wine specialists headline annual Grape Growers Forum
Orange-fleshed honeydews evaluated
Plan now for fertilizer needs
Plants benefit from winter watering
Post Rock District sets weekly "Coffee Shop" meeting Feb. 6
Private applicator license meeting Feb. 12
Program helps entrepreneurs start food businesses
Pruning trees in late winter has real benefits
Ranch living never boring for Lineville grandmother
Record-setting NCBA Trade Show draws crowd to Reno
Register now for Colorado Agricultural Big and Small Conference
Research is top priority for use of increased wheat assessment
Researchers identify cause of watermelon vine decline
Revamping relationships among cultivated potatoes
Roundtable crosses borders to discuss key issues facing cattle
Schafer sworn in as U.S. Secretary of Agriculture
Scientists developing bread rich in beta-glucan
Scientists identify bacterial pathogen of citrus
Second public comment period set for Pecos River Watershed Prot
Secretary Schafer readies for farm bill debate
Senate panel passes tax break for biodiesel fuel
Senators voice few objections for secretary of ag nominee
Several factors contributing to fertilizer increase, supply dec
Single life in farm country
Snow cover can make a difference in nitrogen applications
Stand by for allotments and parity!
Stock Show attendance sets new records
Texas producers encouraged to participate in 2007 Census
The Depot Theater Company announces new production
Tyson cutting more than half its Emporia work force
U.S., China increase biofuels cooperation
U.S., Mexican officials meet to discuss NAFTA
UN warns of pitfalls of biofuels
United States government announces agenda for WIREC 2008
UNL tries new technique to teach manure management
Upcoming K-State Agricultural Events
USDA seeks farm land for wildlife habitat
USDA survey measures economic well-being of farmers
USDA to measure economic state of U.S. agriculture
USGC biotech education efforts spurs U.S. corn exports to Spain
Utah's Millerberg to serve as 2008 NALF President
Varietal improvements are cornerstone of U.S. cotton competitiv
Wheat production, precision ag school set Feb. 4 in Larned
Women's Ag Conference expanded; deadline for registration appro

CROPS

2007 National Soybean Rust Symposium proceedings now available
2008 Pre-Plant Soil Moisture Survey now in progress
Ag Commissioner Staples sets goals for 2008
Agritourism and heritage tourism workshop coming to northeaster
Anderson- 2008 U.S. cotton market outlook is brighter
Annual organic farming conference slated for Feb. 29 in Albuque
Another Idaho field infected with microscopic potato pest, but
Another landowner concurs on wind farms in ag country
Beltwide production faces challenges, opportunities
Bids end day moderately to sharply higher
Cashing in on high crop prices may be limited by water availabi
CCI takes sustainability message to foreign contacts
Chambliss- Shafer to be the next Secretary of Agriculture
Coffee shop agronomy, livestock meetings set
Congressional funding measure keeps CRP rolls open
Conservation District sets annual meeting for Feb. 9
Controlling fertilizer costs part of efficient managment plan
Coping with high fertilizer costs
Cotton Incorporated focuses on sustainability message
Dates set for Panhandle Master Gardener training program
Deadline for National Ag Day Essay Contest Feb. 15
Demand prompts Agricultural Career Fair Feb. 14
Dirk Maier named head of K-State's Department of Grain Science
Ethanol Board wins grant for E85 outreach
Farm Bureau celebrates Food Check-Out Week
Farm implement sales soar with strong crop prices
Farm truck regulation changes informational meeting scheduled F
Farmers at the mercy of weather
Farmers weigh conservation against making a profit
FBF's Stallman- Farmers have already given on farm bill
Fruit fly study provides insight into bee immune system
GE to invest in $350 million Texas wind farm
Governor Ritter, former Senator Mark Hillman to appear at Corn
Hay trading mixed, prices mostly steady to firm
Healthy soybeans = Healthy yields
High commodity prices help producers upgrade machinery
High Plains Vegetable Conference set for Jan. 24
Including whole grains in your New Year's resolutions may lower
In-depth weed management school scheduled
Informational meeting on farm truck regulation changes
Irrigation association meeting to address limited water availab
Irrigation, energy conservation workshops for corn growers offe
ISU engineering department hosts nutrient management course
January 2008 declared Census of Agriculture month
Kansas Soybean Performance Test results available online
Kansas Wheat, K-State receive Bioscience Authority Grant
'Last Chance' CEU training set Feb. 5
Lawmaker wants labeling requirement for genetically altered foo
Lemon named 2007 Extension Cotton Specialist of the Year
Low worldwide stocks drive high food crop prices
Master Farmer Award seeks Missouri's best
Missouri Corn lending a hand to youth in agriculture
NCC Chairman Pucheu details Council activities, agenda
NCC leadership updates Beltwide on farm bill progress
NCTA prepares first group of All Points Scholars
Nebraska RC&D Association elects officers for 2008
New K-State master's graduate lands cover article in scientific
New technique thins excess blossoms, boosts tree fruit size
No one immune to identity theft
No-till cover crop workshop Feb. 13
OFB gears up for Food Check-Out Week
Ohio wine specialists headline annual Grape Growers Forum
Orange-fleshed honeydews evaluated
Plan now for fertilizer needs
Plants benefit from winter watering
Post Rock District sets weekly "Coffee Shop" meeting Feb. 6
Private applicator license meeting Feb. 12
Register now for Colorado Agricultural Big and Small Conference
Research is top priority for use of increased wheat assessment
Researchers identify cause of watermelon vine decline
Revamping relationships among cultivated potatoes
Scientists developing bread rich in beta-glucan
Scientists identify bacterial pathogen of citrus
Senate panel passes tax break for biodiesel fuel
Senators voice few objections for secretary of ag nominee
Several factors contributing to fertilizer increase, supply dec
Snow cover can make a difference in nitrogen applications
Texas producers encouraged to participate in 2007 Census
U.S., China increase biofuels cooperation
UN warns of pitfalls of biofuels
Upcoming K-State Agricultural Events
USDA seeks farm land for wildlife habitat
USDA survey measures economic well-being of farmers
USDA to measure economic state of U.S. agriculture
USGC biotech education efforts spurs U.S. corn exports to Spain
Varietal improvements are cornerstone of U.S. cotton competitiv
Wheat production, precision ag school set Feb. 4 in Larned
Women's Ag Conference expanded; deadline for registration appro

LIVESTOCK

2007 Honorary Master Pork Producers announced by IPPA
32nd Annual Iowa Beef Expo planned
66th class of Master Pork Producers announced
Aberdeen cattle sales report
Ada livestock sales report
Agritourism and heritage tourism workshop coming to northeaster
Amarillo livestock sales
Another landowner concurs on wind farms in ag country
Apache livestock sales report
Arkansas livestock sales
Benton County producer named 2007 IPPA Pork All-American
BVD prevention is key to cutting costs
Cattle verification, ID meetings planned
Chambliss- Shafer to be the next Secretary of Agriculture
Clovis livestock sales report
Colorado feeder cattle sales
Dalhart cattle sales report
Deadline for National Ag Day Essay Contest Feb. 15
Demand strong for quality hay
Denison feeder cattle auction
Dodge City cattle sales report
Dunlap auction sales report
Ericson livestock sales report
Faith cattle sales report
Farm Bureau celebrates Food Check-Out Week
FBF's Stallman- Farmers have already given on farm bill
February feral hog workshop to go 'whole hog' on practical info
Feds release funding for TB eradication and control program
Food companies fight dairy farmers over import fees
Ft. Smith livestock auciton report
GE to invest in $350 million Texas wind farm
Georgia cattle auction report
Goldthwaite sheep sales
Government investigating link between ethanol, beef recalls
Grain market close
Green Forest Arkansas cattle sales report
Group studies plan for small cattle feedlots
High Plains slaughter news
Human nutrition research roundtable featured at Cattle Industry
IPPA announces first-ever Environmental Steward Award winner
ISU engineering department hosts nutrient management course
January 2008 declared Census of Agriculture month
Japan suspends beef imports from U.S. plant
Joplin regional livestock report
Juniors parade Angus champs
KCA members hear from their legislators at annual meeting
K-State veterinary medicine student wins $10,000 Business Aptit
Lexington livestock auction
Lower supply, strong demand driving higher egg prices, K-State
McAlester livestock auction
Montana Stockgrowers attend National Western
MSGA remains uneasy after Board of Livestock listening session
National Limousin sale averages nearly $12,500
No one immune to identity theft
Ogallala livestock sales
OKC West livestock sales report
Pratt 3 p.m. cattle sales
Pratt livestock sales report
Record-setting NCBA Trade Show draws crowd to Reno
Roundtable crosses borders to discuss key issues facing cattle
Salina cattle auction report
Sioux Falls sheep sales
South Central direct sheep
Springfield dairy heifer sale
Springfield livestock sales
St. Joseph feeder pigs
St. Onge livestock sales report
Stock Show attendance sets new records
Texhoma cattle sales report
Tulia livestock market report
Tulsa livestock sales report
Tyson cutting more than half its Emporia work force
UNL tries new technique to teach manure management
USDA seeks farm land for wildlife habitat
USDA to measure economic state of U.S. agriculture
Utah's Millerberg to serve as 2008 NALF President
Watertown cattle sales report
West Plains regional sales report
Women's Ag Conference expanded; deadline for registration appro
Woodward livestock sales report
Wyobraska cattle sales report

EDITOR

Dear Secretary Schafer, we wish for . . .
Historic farming was NOT the good ole days!

COLUMNS

AIR CARTS--Great Plains Manufacturing, Inc.
Animal activists take to the states
HAY AND FORAGE--CLAAS of America, Inc.
HERBICIDES--Dow AgroSciences, Indianapolis, Ind.
Just a scoop full
Just a scoop full
LIVESTOCK WATERER--Ritchie Industries
Today's good politician

MARKETS

Year end tax planning

RANGE

Year end tax planning

FAMILY

It's Chinese New Year!
Nebraska RC&Ds recognized at Western RC&D Conference
New issue of ARS Food and Nutrition Research Briefs
Newell sheep sales report
Portion size, energy density are key components in kids' calori
Traditional Sedona has special features
UNL Master Gardener classes offered
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