• The U.S. all-hay price in February, at $116/ton, was up $4/ton from that of the previous month and up $12/ton from the February 2010 figure, according to preliminary numbers released by USDA last week. The average alfalfa price received by farmers in February was $127/ton, up $6 from January’s price and $17 from the year-earlier figure. Get the report.
  • The Washington State Hay Growers Association (WSHGA) is offering two $1,000 scholarships for high school graduates who plan to attend an institution of higher education. Preference will be given to association members and immediate family interested in studying agriculture, but others are invited to inquire. Learn more at the WSHGA Web site.
  • University of Idaho Extension is updating its Idaho Custom Rates Guide and would like to hear from state producers who do any type of custom fieldwork and/or who hired someone to do custom work in the past year. The guide was last updated in 2006. Deadline for responding is March 28. Contact Paul Patterson at pattersn@uidaho.edu. Get more details.
  • A free webinar to help farmers make sense of USDA’s annual Prospective Plantings report, scheduled to be released March 31, will be conducted by Corinne Alexander and Chris Hurt, Purdue University ag economists. It will take place 7-8:30 p.m. ET on the same date. Learn more.
  • Proceedings from the 2011 Heart of America Grazing Conference, held in Lexington, KY, earlier this year, are available at the University of Kentucky Extension Forages Web site.
  • Monsanto is looking for nominations for its 2011 Farm Mom of the Year contest. The winner receives $7,500 in cash. Nominations are due May 8 (Mother's Day). Learn more about the contest.