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Forage insurance expands in some areas
The USDA Risk Management Agency is expanding forage insurance to cover dryland timothy hay and orchardgrass. Washington State University Extension specialist Jon Driver says it would have come in handy this year.

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National wool and sheep review
Slaughter lambs were very uneven, steady to $20 higher at San Angelo, Texas; Ft. Collins, Colo., and Kalona, Iowa, and steady to $20 lower at New Holland, Pa., and Sioux Falls, S.D.
Selected Western hay prices
Trade slow this week for both domestic and export markets as both have adequate supplies.
Selected West Coast grain prices
Cash wheat bids for July delivery ended the reporting week on Thursday, July 30, moderately lower compared to July 23 noon bids for July delivery.
California shell egg prices
Asking prices for next week are unchanged on all sizes of shell eggs.
National slaughter, feeder and stocker cattle report
Lower prices continued in the feeder cattle markets as feeder cattle and calves traded mostly $5-10 lower.
Selected Western livestock auctions
Stocker steers less than 800 lbs. steady to $6 higher at the Toppenish, Wash., Livestock Auction. Stocker heifers and feeder cattle more than 800 lbs. weak to $6 lower.
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Portland daily grain report
Bids as of 9:30 a.m. Pacific time; subject to change.

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Forage insurance expands in some areas
The USDA Risk Management Agency is expanding forage insurance to cover dryland timothy hay and orchardgrass. Washington State University Extension...
Portland daily grain report
Bids as of 9:30 a.m. Pacific time; subject to change.
California minimum wage initiative cleared for signatures
National wool and sheep review
Selected Western hay prices

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Portland daily grain report
Bids as of 9:30 a.m. Pacific time; subject to change.
National wool and sheep review
Slaughter lambs were very uneven, steady to $20 higher at San Angelo, Texas; Ft. Collins, Colo., and Kalona, Iowa, and steady to $20 lower at New...
Selected Western hay prices
Selected West Coast grain prices
California shell egg prices

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