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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 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.


2015 July 24
Expected Progeny Differences (EPDs) are the best selection tool available to beef cow/calf producers for bull selection. The data is derived from performance information collected on the given individual, its ancestors, collateral relatives and progeny.




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