• Tyson Foods reportedly will no longer use antibiotics in its chicken by this June. The company earlier said it would remove antibiotics important to human medicine from its chicken production by this fall.
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  • Innovation and technology are on display through Sunday, February 26 at the 56th Annual Western Farm Show in Kansas City.  Show manager Ken Dean says the show attracts farmers wanting to learn about what is new in farm technology.  Everything from heavy farm machinery, such as combines, tractors, forage equipment and livestock handling gear, to seed and crop protection products and services are part of the show at the American Royal Complex.
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  • A cattle feeding facility has been dedicated at Southeast Missouri State University and will be used to study the economic results of covered feeding.
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  • A diversified crops and livestock operation in central Illinois has been named the 2017 MOSES (Midwest Organic and Sustainable Education Service) Organic Farmers of the Year.
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  • Soybeans were modestly higher on commercial and technical buying, but still posted a week to week loss. Weekly export numbers were bullish and the USDA’s Ag Outlook Forum numbers have been largely neutral as this year’s crop isn’t planted yet. USDA sees 2017 production at 4.18 billion bushels with an average yield of 48 bushels per acre and 2017/18 ending stocks at 420 million bushels. The trade’s continuing to watch harvest activity in South America with Safras e Mercado now pegging Brazil’s state of Mato Grosso at 66% complete.
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  • Class III milk futures at the Chicago Mercantile Exchange were down on profit taking as the market resumed its recent trend. March was $.16 lower at $16.27, April was down $.34 at $16.32, May was $.32 lower at $16.48, and June was down $.25 at $16.74.
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  • The feedlot cattle trade was wrapped up early this week. Prices were sharply higher, up $5.00 to 6.00 and trade volume was decent in most areas. Look for feedlot operators to price cattle at least several dollars higher on Monday. The weekly cattle kill is estimated at 575,000 head, 3,000 above last week, and 34,000 greater than last year.
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  • U.S. poultry production during January 2017 was 4.051 billion pounds, up 7% on the year.
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  • The farm bill was the main focus of Thursday’s Senate Ag Committee hearing in Manhattan, Kansas, but another topic was a close second.
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