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What’s That Smell!?

Throughout the past year I have received a great number of calls from citizens with one of their greatest fears realized, stink bugs! These little critters pack a wallop greater than most creepy crawlies and sometimes leave a lingering effect. This bug not only fits all the descriptions of a true bug, including its piercing [...]

Weekly Livestock Comments

FED CATTLE: Fed cattle sold steady to $2 lower on a live basis compared to last week. Live prices were primarily $122 to $123 with a range of $120 to $124 while dressed prices were primarily $197 to $198 but ranging from $192 to $200. The 5-area weighted average prices thru Thursday were $122.53 live [...]

Weekly Crop Comments

Price Change US Dollar 79.82 +0.30 Crude 95.97 -0.07 Dow 13,873 +223 Cotton and soybean prices are up while corn and wheat prices are down for the week. We are still seeing a certain degree of uncertainty with foreign weather keeping prices moving up or down depending on that day’s weather forecast. South American production [...]

Milk Market Comments

Milk production in the 23 major states during December totaled 15.7 billion pounds, up 1.7% from December 2011. Production per cow was 1,848 pounds in December, up 30 pounds from December a year ago. There were 8.49 million cows, 5,000 more than December 2011, and 16,000 more than November. Revised November production was revised to [...]

Farm Service Agency Announces Important Program Updates

WASHINGTON, Jan. 22, 2013—The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) reminds producers that the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 extended the authorization of the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008 (the 2008 Farm Bill) for many Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) commodity, disaster, and conservation programs through 2013. FSA administers these programs. [...]

Weekly Livestock Comments Jan 18, 2013

Weekly Livestock Comments By Dr. Andrew P. Griffith January 18, 2013 Listen to the comments or download the file Click to subscribe to podcast FED CATTLE: Fed cattle sold mainly $3 lower in the South and $7 to $8 lower in the North compared to last week. Live prices were $122 to $123 while dressed [...]

Weekly Crop Comments Jan 18, 2013

Weekly Crop Comments By Chuck Danehower January 18, 2013 Listen to the comments or download the file Click to subscribe to podcast Price Change US Dollar 80.11 +0.50 Crude 95.39 +1.83 Dow 13,629 +141 Corn, cotton, soybeans, and wheat prices are all up for the week. An up week on prices was capped with good [...]

Eason-Pile named director of annual giving and donor relations for UT Institute of Agriculture and UT Foundation

Donna Eason-Pile has been named director of annual giving and donor relations for the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture and the UT Foundation, Inc. “The Institute is fortunate to have Donna in this important role,” said UTIA Chancellor Larry Arrington. “Her corporate background as well as her experience with UT Extension will be exceptionally [...]

Weekly Livestock Comments January 11, 2013

FED CATTLE: Fed cattle sold mainly $2 lower compared to last week. Live prices were $125 to $126 while dressed prices were primarily $203 to $204. The 5-area weighted average prices thru Thursday were $126.36 live up $0.05 from last week and $204.10 dressed with no reported trade from a week ago. A year ago [...]

Weekly Crop Comments January 11, 2013

Price Change US Dollar 79.62 -0.99 Crude 93.04 +0.62 Dow 13,492 +57 Corn and wheat prices are up with cotton and soybean prices mixed for the week. USDA’s release of their monthly Supply & Demand report, Quarterly Grain Stocks report, Crop Production Summary, and Winter Wheat Seedings certainly provided the market with a wealth of [...]

Weekly Crop Comments January 4, 2013

Price Change US Dollar 80.55 +0.77 Crude 93.04 +2.24 Dow 13,428 +490 Happy New Year! Best wishes for a safe and profitable year. Cotton prices are mixed with corn, soybeans, and wheat prices down for this first week of 2013. Even the somewhat resolution of the fiscal cliff and an almost 4% uptick in the [...]

Weekly Livestock Comments January 4, 2013

FED CATTLE: Fed cattle trade was not well established as of this writing. Cattle in the North were $3 higher compared to last week on limited trade. Limited live prices were $125 while dressed prices were $205 with asking prices around $207. The 5-area weighted average prices thru Thursday were $126. 13 live down $0.75 [...]

Annual Tennessee Horticultural Expo and Agritourism Conference to bring farmers together

Agritourism operators, fruit and vegetable growers, on-farm winemakers, flower growers and farmers market vendors and managers will all gather in Nashville for the 2013 Tennessee Horticultural Expo and Agritourism Conference on Jan. 24-26. According to Megan Bruch, marketing specialist with the University of Tennessee Center for Profitable Agriculture and co-chair of the agritourism session, “The [...]

Marketing livestock in late December and January

As the year wanes and a new year begins, cattle movement starts to slow down. This slowdown includes local livestock markets across Tennessee. Dr. Andrew Griffith, a rural economist with University of Tennessee Extension, says producers planning to market cattle during this time, even through January, should call the market or market management to inquire [...]

Milk Market Comments December 19, 2012

Milk production in the 23 major states during November totaled 14.9 billion pounds, up 1.1% from November 2011. Production per cow was 1,758 pounds in November, up 19 pound from November a year ago. There were 8.47 million cows, 3,000 less than November 2011, and 8,000 more than October. Revised October production was revised to [...]

Farmers market boot camps to be offered in 2013

For many producers, selling their produce and farm-based products at local farmers markets is, pardon the pun, their bread and butter. To help vendors better understand how to market their produce and how to address certain business issues, the University of Tennessee Center for Profitable Agriculture and the Tennessee Department of Agriculture are offering farmers [...]

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