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While the 2017 growing season begins to awaken, hay prices remain in a slumber.

The pickup in buyer interest in early February failed to spring life into hay prices, which remain the lowest in six years. While widespread winter precipitation improved moisture conditions in many areas, the south-central U.S. continues to report drought conditions.

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Defining priorities for future research and extension efforts will hinge on adaptation to changing climate conditions, according to ag stakeholders from the Pacific Northwest. 

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Rep. Joe Courtney (D-Conn.) recently introduced a bill offering young farmers the same kind of student loan forgiveness given to teachers, nurses and other public servants.

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Saudi Arabia’s decision to phase out forage production will increase demand for imported high-protein alfalfa hay. The additional 825,000 metric tons of projected imports would be worth roughly $250 million per year at 2016 prices.

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The hay price tallies of 2016 aren’t good, but the average hay prices received for 2016 as recently reported by the USDA National Ag Statistics Service (NASS) isn’t unexpected, either.

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