Choice retail beef prices jumped over 9 cents per pound in April to a new record level at $640.2 cents per pound, up 9 percent from one year ago and up 22.5 percent from April, 2013. Choice retail beef prices have averaged 12.4 percent higher for the first four months of 2015 compared to last year.
Many states including Nebraska have experienced higher than normal precipitation events recently with some areas receiving rainfall that far exceeded a 25-year, 24-hour storm event. This abnormally wet weather pattern has caused drainage and flooding issues in areas.
Although record low precipitation has been the main driver of one of the worst droughts in California history, abnormally high temperatures have also played an important role in amplifying its adverse effects, according to a recent study by the U.S. Geological Survey and university partners.
The number of hungry people in the world has dropped to 795 million—216 million fewer than in 1990- 92, or around one person out of every nine, according to the latest edition of the annual UN hunger report, “The State of Food Insecurity in the World 2015” (SO- FI), released May 27.
“Beef producers need to do everything that they can to produce a calf from every cow,” said W. Mark Hilton, Clinical Professor of Beef Production Medicine. “If all of your bulls have passed their breeding soundness exam, you can turn them out with confidence.
After several years of drought, rain in the West is allowing cool season forages to grow in abundance. Harvesting and baling cool season crops such as fescue and wheat hay is a challenge during a wet spring. The timing of the rains can make it difficult for cattlemen who are trying hard to put quality hay in the bale for next winter’s feed supply.
Cattle producers are concerned by the rules as they would relax a longstanding ban by APHIS from allowing fresh beef imports from countries that have a history of foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) in their animal herds. The U.S. has not had a case of FMD in cattle since 1929.
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In agriculture, crop and livestock activities are unique sources of nitrous oxide and methane emissions, notably from soil nutrient management, enteric fermentation (a normal digestive process in animals that produces methane), and manure management..
The recent rulings with the WTO appear justified in their findings, as Canada and Mexico have been fighting the imposed rule as unfair and detrimental. The original intent of COOL was to increase the value of domestically raised beef; however, it has done the opposite.
Let’s say you really like steak. Maybe you’ve known that for decades or you only recently discovered that ideal combination of aroma, tender juiciness and flavor. Either way, this is a time when it costs more than ever to buy a steak, and it’s more likely than ever to be a great experience.
All wealth to the industry comes from consumers so it’s important to monitor retail and foodservice beef sales. There are divergent feelings among analysts about whether beef demand has gotten stronger or weaker in the past year, and I’ll leave it to them to fight it out.
The markets may well be on the precipice before the fall, or they could have some good times ahead. It’s anyone’s game at this point, and it all depends on the consumer at the meat counter. How much beef are they willing to buy for the traditionally best beef demand period of the year, and how much are they willing to pay for it?.
The world economy is getting more global. And the global middle class is growing, and with it, its taste for beef. If the U.S. can’t supply it economically, the world will look to other countries, leaving the U.S. behind in the great trade race on beef exports.
As a result, the biggest and most immediate impact for consumers is in egg markets, especially in the north central part of the country. The reduced supply of table eggs as well as breaking eggs used in food service will impact consumers directly and indirectly.
In the U.S., 10.5 cents of a typical dollar spent by consumers on domestically-produced food in 2013 represented value added by farm producers, up 8 percent from the previous two years. Products and services provided to farmers by agribusinesses, such as fertilizers and veterinary services, accounted for 2.
By moving to invoke cloture, McConnell set the stage for a vote, but several amendments remained in consideration. Still, hope remained that a vote would be taken and the bill would be passed before Congress left town for Memorial Day recess. On May 18, Sen.