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These machines move under their own power

When sorting a pile of products from a farm show, lining up machines with an engine can provide quite a bit of variety. Take this slideshow, for example. In one place, we’ve rounded up telescopic handlers, skid-steer loaders, utility vehicles and tractors. It’s a wide-ranging, hardworking set of tools.

Among telescopic handlers, which are more popular in Europe than the United States, farmers are finding more variety and capacity. The two featured in this roundup can place material very high — which is great when storing bales. In addition, it makes for faster fills of the feed mixer at the dairy or feedlot.

Utility vehicles are getting bigger. Two models here feature a second row, as more users put these to work around the farm instead of a pickup truck. And you’ll find a range of midsize to subcompact tractors. They’re not so much farm workhorses as around-the-farm workhorses.

Check out the slideshow to get more information on these new machines.


Survey: 80% say checkoff drives demand for beef

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The majority of beef producers are in favor of the beef checkoff program and have consistently supported it over time. In fact, according to a recent independent study, 80% of respondents said the checkoff drives demand for beef.

For more than 25 years, the checkoff has commissioned a third-party research firm to conduct an annual survey of beef and dairy producers nationwide to determine their awareness of the beef checkoff as well as their sentiment and concerns about the program.

This year’s key survey findings included:

  • 80% say the beef checkoff drives demand for beef.
  • 72% say they approve of the beef checkoff.
  • 68% say the beef checkoff leads to greater profitability in their own operation.

In January 2019, Luce Research conducted the survey by calling the cellphone and landline numbers of 1,200 beef and dairy producers nationwide who were randomly chosen from a master list of 150,000 U.S. producers. Using 2012 "Census of Agriculture" statistics, the research firm weighted the survey data by age, geography and type of operation to be proportionate to the number of beef and dairy farms in that region, resulting in the adjusted sample size of 1,200 producers.

To participate, responding producers had to indicate that they managed an operation that included cattle. For a sample of 1,200, the maximum statistical margin of error (95% confidence level) was ±2.8% around any one reported result. For those producers who said they were aware of the checkoff, the maximum margin of error was ±2.9%.

According to the survey results, producers conclude that the checkoff is making a difference in the beef industry, and they understand its positive, global impact. Investing in areas such as research, promotion and producer communications are ways the checkoff keeps the industry growing and keeps beef on dinner tables around the world.

“We’re pleased to learn that producers continue to see the value of the checkoff and support its efforts,” said Brian Malaer, co-chair of the Cattlemen’s Beef Board Investor Relations Working Group. “With 80% of producers saying the checkoff help drives demand for beef, it’s clear that they see the return on their investment and feel the checkoff is a necessary part of the beef industry. As 2019 continues, we will keep communicating the checkoff’s many successes so even more producers can better understand how their dollars are advancing the demand for beef.”

Funding for the “Producer Survey” initiative sits under the Producer Communications Authorization Request, overseen by the Investor Relations Working Group and commissioned by the Cattlemen’s Beef Board. The dollars come solely from the beef checkoff, without input from contractors, to ensure unbiased results. The checkoff will take the information gathered from this year’s survey and use it to develop authorization requests for the coming year.

“To ensure the beef checkoff‘s continued success, we must communicate the value it brings to the beef industry and the everyday beef producer,” Malaer said. “Their dollars support the industry. Their dollars make a difference. Their dollars are driving demand.”

MORNING Midwest Digest, April 1, 2019

Yet another Illinois State Trooper was hit and killed while on duty. This is the second in as many weeks.

Corn and soybean prices bounced up a bit overnight.

Army Corps of Engineers did what they could to hold of flood waters of the Missouri River. 

Highway 71 in Nebraska is seeing more collisions, as I29 is still closed. 


Photo: Evgen_Prozhyrko/Getty Images

Farm Progress America, April 1, 2019

Max Armstrong shares what he’s hearing from farmers impacted by floods including the challenge facing those hit by the latest onrush of water. A challenge is determining what to keep – like livestock feed. Max offers insight on the issue and questions farmers should ask about flood-impacted feedstuffs.

Farm Progress America is a daily look at key issues in agriculture. It is produced and presented by Max Armstrong, veteran farm broadcaster and host of This Week in Agribusiness.

Photo: Mindy Ward