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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).


2015 July 24
The All Fresh retail beef price was $6.114/lb., up $0.059 cents from May and up $0.606/lb. from one year ago. The June retail pork price was $3.703/lb., up $0.007/lb. from last month but $0.413/lb. lower than June of 2014. The retail broiler composite price was $1.


by USDA
2015 July 24
Since USDA’s Agricultural Resource Management Survey began collecting data in 1996, the median income of farm households has risen while real U.S. median household income has remained essentially flat. This may be due to a variety of factors including farm consolidation, increasing commodity prices, and minimal increases in hourly wages for all U.S.


2015 July 24
During the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) summer conference, held July 15-18 in Denver, CO, the ESA was a matter of considerable concern. The matter of reforming the ESA—or rather, “modernizing” it—was a focal point of the Property Rights and Environmental Management/Federal Lands Policy Committee.


2015 July 24
Ranchers from several western states participated in a roundtable discussion with the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), Partners for Conservation (PFC) and Utah Grazing Improvement Program last week to discuss their efforts at improving and maintaining habitat for the greater sage-grouse.


by WLJ
2015 July 24
Implementing the 2014 farm bill provisions for conservation compliance is expected to extend conservation provisions for an additional 1.5 million acres of highly erodible lands and 1.1 million acres of wetlands, which will reduce soil erosion, enhance water quality, and create wildlife habitat.


2015 July 24
Available acres for summer grazing have been shrinking in recent years, particularly in areas where it is feasible to convert grass into cropland. The combination of fewer acres and strong cow/calf returns results in increased pasture costs, either for purchase or for rent.


2015 July 24
Colorado’s first vesicular stomatitis (VS) cases of 2015 have been detected in horses, and Colorado State University’s (CSU’s) Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratories have gained special certification to test for the highly contagious virus, which causes painful sores in animals’ mouths and forces mandatory quarantines.




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