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2017 May 12
Last Tuesday, Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and farm worker advocates held a press conference on a reintroduced immigration bill. S. 1034 would protect undocumented farm workers from deportation and effectively create a pathway to citizenship. Supporters argued that such a system is necessary to protect the nation’s food security.


by WLJ
2017 May 12
Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue tried to allay fears that a renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) will not negatively affect the nation’s farmers and ranchers.


2017 May 12
In addition to the most obvious losses—condemned livers, resulting in about $10-16 per head lost export value—Rusche explained that other profit robbers can include: • Poorer feedlot performance and efficiency; • Reduced carcass weights and increased trimming losses; and • Reduced output and capacity at the packing plant.


by WLJ
2017 May 12
U.S.-China flagsUSDALate Thursday night, the Department of Commerce released a 100-day action plan regarding trade with China. Beef was on the top of the list of items addressed. “Follo
2017 May 5
These growth promotants have been reported to increase gains of suckling calves by 4-6 percent. This can result in an additional 15-30 pounds of weaning weight, which equates to approximately $20-$40 in returns per head. With the cost of a calfhood implant (Ralgro, Synovex C, Component E-C) being less than $1.
2017 May 5
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has launched a repeal and replace of the Waters of the United States, or WOTUS, rule by sending a proposed rewrite to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) last week, according to a posting on the OMB website.
by WLJ
2017 May 5
The NILE Merit Heifer Program is a “live animal” scholarship that strives to help youth get a start in the beef cattle business by awarding heifer calves to participants chosen based on merit, future goals, and ability to care for the animal. Any youth ages 12-16, who is a 4-H or FFA member, may apply.
2017 May 5
The U.S. is the fourth largest beef exporting country and the largest beef importing country. The U.S. is often a net importer of beef, with the quantity of beef imports exceeding beef exports. Occasionally, beef exports exceed the quantity of beef imports.
by WLJ
2017 May 5
São Paulo, Brazil-based JBS SA received a shipment of imported fresh beef from the United States for the first time since the market was closed in 2003, according to a Reuters report. The product is a more marbled version of the cut known as “picanha,” which also is referred to as top sirloin cap.
by WLJ
2017 May 5
In its op-ed article, (WLJ, May 1) the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) tries to draw attention away from the growing outcry for checkoff program reform by making The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) a boogeyman.
2017 May 5
Last year, South Korea was the second-largest importer of U.S. beef by volume at 454.68 million pounds, representing almost 18 percent of total U.S. beef exported. Trade to South Korea was second only to Japan by volume and eclipsed the third-largest importer (Mexico) by a decent margin.
2017 May 5
“There’s nobody who expected this kind of rally, but you can see that there are reasons for it,” said Jim Robb, director and senior economist of the Livestock Marketing Information Center. He cited unseasonal drops in cattle weights and surprising consumer demand behavior as just a pair of the numerous fundamentals behind this current market.
2017 May 5
Most of last week’s cash trade got done on Wednesday. Though not even a third of the Fed Cattle Exchange’s slim 1,745-head offering sold, the prices helped light the fuse for the rest of the day’s trade. By the time the dust had settled on Wednesday’s market, over 70,000 head had been confirmed sold.
2017 May 5
In a prepared statement, Trump said, “it is my privilege to bring NAFTA up to date through renegotiation. It is an honor to deal with both President Peña Nieto and Prime Minister Trudeau, and I believe that the end result will make all three countries stronger and better.


by USDA
2017 May 5
USDA’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, previously called food stamps) serves a large and diverse population of low-income households. In a typical month in fiscal 2015, SNAP provided average monthly benefits of $127 per person to 45.8 million people living in 22.
2017 May 5
April’s survey asked producers about their expectations for crop prices over the next year. While 54 percent said they expected prices to be about the same in 12 months, another 27 percent expected lower soybean prices. Only 17 percent said they expect soybean prices to be higher.


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