National Beef Packing Company, LLC, (National Beef) and One World Beef, LLC, (OWB) announced last week that an agreement has been reached to sell National Beef’s Brawley, CA, beef slaughter and processing facility to OWB.
Amid growing concerns over antibiotic-resistant strains of bacteria and an increasing tendency to lay those concerns at the feet of the livestock industry, a bill currently being considered in the Oregon Senate could drastically impact the use of antibiotics by the state’s livestock producers.
On the first point, we now have tiered capital gain rates. Most pay at a 15 percent rate, but when the total taxable income in a joint return exceeds roughly $465,000, the capital gain rate moves to 20 percent (that threshold is about $413,000 for a single filer in 2015).
The Mexican cattle and beef industry is always dynamic and continues to evolve. The industry has faced challenges in recent years with declining cattle inventories while attempting to maintain domestic production and cattle exports; all while beef exports have increased sharply.
Last week, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, together with the USDA and the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), announced changes to live cattle trade with Mexico. Under the new agreements, live slaughter cattle can be exported to Mexico.
Despite congressional opposition, EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy said last Monday the Obama administration will finish the Clean Water Rule (commonly called “Waters of the U.S.” or WO- TUS) that the EPA sent to the Office of Management and Budget the prior week.
Scientists at The Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation with colleagues from Germany and Spain have made a discovery that will change the way researchers view messenger RNA (mRNA) and, in the future, could potentially aid the development of more efficient crop plants.
The Department of Labor (DOL) published a proposal April 16 to amend its regulations governing certification of the employment of nonimmigrant workers in temporary or seasonal agricultural employment under the H-2A program.
U.S. and Japanese officials sat down to a negotiating table in Tokyo last Wednesday to forge a two-way trade pact some hope will give impetus to the controversial 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) prior to an April 28 summit between President Barack Obama and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.
After much political maneuvering, Montana SB262— the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes (CSKT) Water Compact bill—received a nod of approval on the second reading in the Montana House of Representatives April 15 and was scheduled for a third and possible vote as of press time last Thursday.
As has been covered here and in many other publications, the water situation is getting dire in parts of the West following the drought. In California, the record drought conditions have prompted the governor to implement the first-ever water restrictions across the state, and everywhere efforts to reduce and conserve water are being.
Climate change had long been debated and it doesn’t appear the debate will end anytime soon. However, according to Gallup’s annual Environmental survey, Americans are less concerned with global warming than in previous polls conducted over the past 25 years.
At the beginning of April, the Western Governors’ Association (WGA) released a report documenting the voluntary conservation work going on in 11 different western states to safeguard the greater sage-grouse.
While beef cattle producers have a wide range of criteria when purchasing a herd sire based on their production goals and the size of their herd, price and calving ease usually become high priorities, said John Grimes, Beef Coordinator for Ohio State University Extension and a member of the OSU Extension Beef Team.
From field crops to garden vegetables, various types of foods rely on soil for growth. The world population continues to grow, and one of the main challenges those involved in agriculture face is increasing the overall productivity of soils to meet elevated food demands.
Beef with reasonable marbling and juicy taste is preferred among consumers, and industry leaders continue to monitor how to consistently produce a product with these traits. A recent research article addresses the biology and biochemistry of beef marbling and its effects on production systems, carcass and fat quality.
The spring growing season is at hand, and it is time to develop management plans for warm season pastures. Developing a pasture management plan ensures the most optimal outcome for this growing season. The following is a list of considerations pertaining to pasture management to assist in developing a management plan.
The North American cattle and beef market is a complex set of cattle and beef flows among Canada, Mexico and the U.S. These trade flows played a role in the unprecedented production and prices that occurred in 2014 and will play a role in 2015 and beyond.
Ricketts was joined by Nebraska Department of Agriculture Director Greg Ibach and a delegation of more than 30 farmers and ranchers, food scientists, and processor representatives to promote beef from Nebraska at three restaurants and a butcher shop..