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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 [...]

UT Institute of Agriculture

UT Institute of Agriculture

Fisheries biologists and students from the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture say there’s good news as they sample for the presence of lake sturgeon in East Tennessee rivers. Lake sturgeon that once thrived in Tennessee are being reintroduced into the Tennessee River system near Seven Islands Wildlife Refuge on the French Broad River by [...]

Learn Strategies For Small Farms!

The production of fruits and vegetables on small acreage has been increasing over the past few years. While a lot of information is out there, research and production information is constantly being updated and changed. The Profit & Production on Small Acreage Workshop, conducted by the University of Tennessee Extension, is designed for farmers with [...]

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