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2015 July 31
Mandatory country of origin labeling (COOL) remains a topic of debate as Congress nears its August recess. The discussion escalated in May when Canada and Mexico received approval from the World Trade Organization (WTO) to begin monetary retaliation against the United States, citing unfair trade practices.


by WLJ
2015 July 31
The survey shows three out of four producers (76 percent) continue to support the Beef Checkoff Program and the more they know about the program, the more supportive they are. In addition, the number of producers who say they do not support the program, at 10 percent, is the lowest ever found.


2015 July 31
Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) and Dairy Animal Care and Quality Assurance (DACQA), also known as Dairy BQA, focus on best management practices for the day-to-day husbandry practices used in caring for cattle that provide beef for family’s tables across the U.


by WLJ
2015 July 31
While Red Angus cattle have earned a solid reputation as helping commercial producers’ build a profitable cow herd, the true versatility of Red Angus is shown when the steer mates excel in the feed yard and garner substantial premiums when sold on the grid, says the Red Angus Association of America (RAAA).


by WLJ
2015 July 31
“If the JBS-Cargill deal is finalized, the four largest pork processors will control roughly 71 percent of the processing capacity in the country. Continued mergers and acquisitions in an already consolidated pork industry could reduce competition.


by DTN
2015 July 31
USDA’s current definition of Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) could deny farm families from receiving government payments if they operate as either an S corporation or Limited Liability Corporation (LLC) taxed as a partnership.


2015 July 31
The FNBA includes the national organizations representing beef cattle producers in Australia, Canada, Mexico, New Zealand and the U.S. Together these countries represent producers from countries that account for one-third of global beef production and approx imately half of global beef exports.


by WLJ
2015 July 31
The U.S. House of Representatives passed HR1599, dubbed the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act, on July 23 by a 275-150 vote. The measure blocks mandatory labeling of foods made with genetically engineered crops, but leaves the door open for a national, voluntary labeling standard.


2015 July 31
As consumer interest in forage-finished beef increases in the United States, scientists in the Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station at Mississippi State University (MSU) are studying different forages and their effects on beef quality and taste.


2015 July 31
The Livestock Publications Council (LPC) held their annual meeting in Scottsdale, AZ, to acknowledge and critique member publications and get to know colleagues who communicate to livestock producers around the nation. This group has been around for a while.


2015 July 31
Back in the early 2000s , when the battle to introduce mandatory country of origin labeling (COOL) was raging, California rancher Carolyn Carey quietly took the issue into her own hands. Rather than supporting mandatory COOL, she introduced a “Born and Raised in the USA” program and label that was approved for most meat and poultry species.



2015 July 31
Every rancher needs to ask three questions: “How many acres does one need?” “What is the stocking rate or carrying capacity of those acres?” and “How many grazing months are available?” The profitability and sustainability of the ranch are embedded in understanding grazing systems and getting the answers correct.


by WLJ
2015 July 31
So how are we helping restaurant operators sell more beef? Our checkoff created an infographic to help explain. In a nutshell, the number of people eating steak at dinner (in my neck of the woods, that’s supper!) is growing.


2015 July 24
The most recent Cold Storage report shows a growing stock of all the major protein in U.S. warehouses. All told, stores of all meat (red meat and poultry) as of June 30 stood at 2.33 billion pounds, up 17 percent from the same time last year. Most of this increase came from increases in stored beef, though all the major proteins saw increases.


by USDA
2015 July 24
Herbicide-tolerant (HT) crops, developed to survive the application of specific herbicides that previously would have destroyed the crop along with the targeted weeds, provide farmers with a broader variety of options for weed control. Insect-resistant crops (Bt) contain a gene from the soil bacterium Bacillus thuringiensis that produces a protein.


2015 July 24
Cash cattle trade was slow to develop last week ahead of the release of the monthly Cattle on Feed and bi-annual Cattle Inventory reports. By close of trade on Thursday, over 20,000 head had been confirmed sold with prices ranging from $144-147 live (averaging in the low $145s) and $230-233 dressed (averaging in the upper $231s).




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