Nebraska Edition | November 7, 2019

PRSRT STD U.S. Postage Paid Permit #36 OMAHA, NE POSTAL CUSTOMER NEBRASKA EDITION NOVEMBER 7, 2019 VOL. 23 ISSUE 16 arm R anch MARKET GLANCE Livestock and Products, Weekly Average Year Ago 4 Wks Ago 10/25/18 Nebraska Slaughter Steers, 35-65% Choice, Live Weight..........115.00 * 107.00 Nebraska Feeder Steers, Med. & Large Frame, 550-600 lb.......172.62 161.24 156.05 Nebraska Feeder Steers, Med. & Large Frame 750-800 lb ........160.01 152.97 150.54 Choice Boxed Beef, 600-750 lb. Carcass...................................211.50 218.75 223.08 Western Corn Belt Base Hog Price Carcass, Negotiated ............ 58.38 * * Pork Carcass Cutout, 185 lb. Carcass 51-52% Lean...................75.57 68.10 75.00 Slaughter Lambs, wooled and shorn, 135-165 lb. National ........135.62 150.16 149.28 National Carcass Lamb Cutout FOB ..........................................378.61 392.70 398.03 Crops, Daily Spot Prices Year Ago 4 Wks Ago 10/25/18 Wheat, No. 1, H.W. Imperial, bu ..................................................4.46 3.55 3.65 Corn, No. 2, Yellow Columbus, bu .............................................. 3.34 3.70 3.69 Soybeans, No. 1, Yellow Columbus, bu ........................................7.32 7.93 8.29 Grain Sorghum, No.2, Yellow Dorchester, cwt .............................5.30 5.68 5.96 Oats, No. 2, Heavy Minneapolis, Mn, bu......................................3.16 3.08 3.13 Feed Alfalfa, Large Square Bales, Good to Premium, RFV 160-185 Northeast Nebraska, ton ................................108.00 * * Alfalfa, Large Rounds, Good Platte Valley, ton...........................105.00 105.00 107.50 Grass Hay, Large Rounds, Good Nebraska, ton..........................87.50 105.00 95.00 Dried Distillers Grains, 10% Moisture Nebraska Average ...........135.00 141.00 145.50 Wet Distillers Grains, 65-70% Moisture Nebraska Average ........ 48.50 42.50 51.00 For daily agriculture news, updates and local happenings, visit www.farmandranchnetwork.net Proud Supporters of farmandranchnetwork.net Your source for ag news that affects Nebraska and the Plains region. F arm R anch NetworkServiceCo MARKETS Grain, Hay & Cattle...........................................2 COUNTRY LIVING Floor Plan..........................................................3 MCCOOK FARM, RANCH & HEMP EXPO ............................................................................4 FFA SPECIAL SECTION Chase, Dundy, Frontier, Hayes, Hitchcock, Keith, Lincoln, Perkins & Red Willow Counties .......................................................................5-11 HEARTLAND CATTLEMAN .....................................................................12-13 CLASSIFIEDS .....................................................................14-15 By Aaron Berger, Nebraska Extension Beef Educator Unemployment across the United States is at historically low numbers. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Nebraska ranks in the top 25% of states in having one of the lowest unemployment rates. This low unemployment rate has created an environment where there is tremendous competition for agricultural workers. Potential employees have greater employment opportunities and therefore can be more selective about the job that they choose. Dr. Bob Milligan, Professor Emeritus from Cornell University, says that for farmers and ranchers who are looking to hire and retain employees, being able to clearly identify the characteristics that make them a preferred employer is important. Why would a family member or outside person want to be part of your business? What sets you apart from other employment opportunities? What could be done to create a work environment that would make it one that people want to be a part of? Fair and competitive compensation for work that is done is certainly important in attracting and keeping employees in agricultural operations, but it is only a part of what motivates people. A clear vision, mission and core values that are consistently lived out in the business are foundational to having an organization people want to be a part of. For both family members and employees these things help to create an environment where people know that the work they do has significance and is done with integrity. Dr. Milligan states that many of today’s employees are looking for an opportunity that is beyond a job, where they put in time and get a pay check. They want to be part of something that engages them and also is something they have a passion for. They would like to be able to contribute to or build something great and have the opportunity to develop mastery of a skill or ability. This is the type of work environment that provides motivation for people and commitment. “Why would I want to work for you?” Continued on page 3 Learn how to help your cattle cope with cold weather on page 12.

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