Growth in demand for food, and by extension for agricultural imports, is particularly sensitive to growth in per capita incomes in developing countries, where relatively large shares of rising incomes are typically spent on increasing both the amount and diversity of foods consumed.
The U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 5538, the “Department of the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act of 2017,” July 14 by a 231-196 vote. The measure contains numerous provisions that would limit regulatory overreach as well as measures important to.
Last Wednesday, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) issued a final rule vacating the listing of the lesser prairie-chicken as threatened under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). The rule was announced in the Federal Register and resulted from a court-ordered delisting following a lawsuit brought by numerous counties in New Mexico.
Just a couple days before Congress began its seven-week recess, Senators Mike Lee (R-UT) and Cory Booker (D-NJ) introduced a bill seeking to amend commodity checkoff programs. The bill seeks to prohibit what it and the senators describe as illegal use of checkoff funds.
This time of year can be an exciting one for horse owners. Many people enjoy doing the breaking and starting of their 2-year-olds and now is great time to get the process going. The goal of ground work is to make the riding part much easier and less worrisome for both horse and rider.
A Montana landowner was sentenced last Wednesday to 18 months in federal prison and ordered to pay $130,000 in restitution after a grand jury in April found him guilty on two counts of unauthorized discharge of pollutants into waters of the U.S. and one count of injury or depredation of U.S.
Feeding cattle is a challenging job. There are everchanging grain prices, shifting consumer demand, dynamic input costs, a fluctuating cattle market, in addition to all the other typical business responsibilities.
USDA recently announced $26 million in funding to help provide safe and sanitary housing for farmworkers in nine affordable rental communities in four states. The funding will support 439 rental units in California, Florida, Kansas and Texas.
Beefmaster Breeders United (BBU) is pleased to announce the development and release of their Terminal ($T) and Maternal ($M) Indices. The release of $T Terminal Index and $M Maternal Index now allows commercial cattlemen to target their bull selections to achieve specific production goals.
The recipients who were honored during the 2016 Cattle Industry Summer Business Meeting span the country and were nominated for their outstanding efforts to protect land, air and water resources on their individual farming and ranching operations.
The USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) has proposed changes to both the beef and soybean checkoff programs that would allow producers, under certain circumstances, to request that their assessments paid to a qualified state board or council be redirected to the national program, the agency announced in a press release.
Even well-designed horse barns can benefit from strategically placing large fans to circulate air. This may be the best option for older remodeled buildings that only have a couple windows or doors that facilitate airflow if the wind is blowing.
Most of Oklahoma has substantial standing forage in pastures as we go into late summer. As the day length shortens, plants become more mature and lower in protein content. However, the protein requirements for growth, milk production, and body condition maintenance of beef cattle do not decrease as the “dog days of summer” arrive.
In a typical cattle cycle, we expect that a cow should be able to turn a profit around 6 years of age. This assumption is the crux on which stayability expected progeny differences (EPDs) have been built. Unfortunately, we have not seen anything that would indicate a “typical” cycle in a while.
For the past week I have been traveling; first for meetings, then for vacation. However, a market analyst is never completely on vacation when there is a chance to observe agricultural conditions. A week ago, we traveled through the Oklahoma Panhandle, where the last bit of wheat harvest was finishing.
While 44 percent of all British exports go to Europe and 16 percent to the U.S., the Brits are now faced with possibly having to create new free-trade agreements with the EU and the U.S. The U.S. exports about $15.7 billion in ag goods to Europe overall, of which about $3.
The American Sheep Industry Association (ASI) outlined research, development and education priorities for the industry in a report released last month. The report came at the end of a nearly 15-month process that included review of scientific and economic journals and producer surveys.