The Beef Improvement Federation (BIF) honored Michael "Mike" Tess, Michael MacNeil and Jerry Lipsey with the Pioneer Awards during the organization's 43rd annual meeting and research symposium in Bozeman, MT, June 1-4.
Less than a year ago, $4 corn sounded sweet enough to sell. Many farmers forward contracted only to see futures prices balloon past $7. Thats increasing the temptation to default. Before you do, consider the legal and financial consequences.
U.S. pork and beef exports slowed slightly in April when compared to the all-time record highs of the previous month, but still performed well above last years pace. April pork exports reached 181,109 metric tons valued at $487.8 millionup 16 percent in volume and 22 percent in value over last year.
A handful of New Mexico State University (NMSU) students had the rare opportunity to get a firsthand look at career possibilities in New Mexicos equine industry while touring equine facilities around the state. More than 200 jobs, ranging from racing to veterinary medicine and many others, have a connection to horseseven some in the film industry.
The U.S. House of Representatives last week voted to halt the progress of US- DAs Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration (GIPSA) reforms for agricultural markets. In a vote of 217-203, the House passed a spending bill which funds USDA and the Food and Drug Administration for fiscal year 2012, which begins in October.
More than half of the nations cow herd is struggling to survive through a drought that continues to spread across the southern Plains, and now the Southeast. Its a situation thats left many producers, especially those in Texas and New Mexico, looking for ways to hang on until its time for fall rains to set in.
Arizona sits at the crossroads of two vital issues for two different sectors of agriculture: Produce growers need immigration reform to stay competitive, while ranchers need tighter border security to feel safe.
Sen. Tom Coburn’s, R-OK, push to end the Volumetric Ethanol Excise Tax Credit (VEETC) —more commonly known as the Blender’s Credit—passed the Senate last Thursday in a 73-27 vote after failing earlier in the week. The VEETC payments provide support for the ethanol industry. The vote came as pressure to
Despite assurances by Department of Interior Secretary Ken Salazar that the federal government would back away from its proposed "wild lands" initiative to restrict activities on government lands, state officials in Utah, Alaska and Wyoming will continue their lawsuit. Lat week, Utah Gov. Gary Herbert's said that because Salazar has not yet
On a recent visit to several large West Texas ranches, Dr. Eleanor Green enjoyed one of the perks often available to rural veterinarians—mixing business with pleasure. A perfect spring morning lent itself for Green to relish her stay on one historic Texas ranch. But that morning also gave her an impromptu opportunity to utilize her training as a
The continued wrangling over matters involving National Cattlemen’s Beef Association’s (NCBA) proposed governance changes and the structure of the Federation of State Beef Councils may have reached an end last week after the Cattlemen’s Beef Board (CBB) Executive Committee took action on
According to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), gas and diesel prices appear to have peaked in May and will start to trend slightly lower than previous forecasts as the flooding subsides along the Mississippi River, allowing refinery operations to return to normal levels through the peak
Corn planting made up a lot of ground last week as farmers in the Corn Belt took advantage of a window of improved weather conditions to plant in areas which had previously been too wet. The result was an 8 percent increase in corn planting progress last week, according to USDA’s National Agricultural
In a possible impending win for retailers, foreign trade partners, and some livestock industry interests, the World Trade Organization (WTO) indicated Friday, May 20, in a preliminary ruling that it is backing Canada and Mexico in their complaint over U.S. COOL, or
The House of Representatives may have ended the push by USDA to change the way that the Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration (GIPSA) governs market fairness last week. As part of ongoing budget negotiations, the House agriculture committee
Whether the result of a struggling economy, or simple greed, instances of cattle rustling are on the increase in several western states. In few places is this more apparent than in central Idaho, where a sharp rise in the instances of apparent theft have led ranchers to band
After a series of videos detailing extreme, inhumane slaughter methods aired in Australia last week, offi- cials there are calling for a ban on shipments of live animals to Indonesia. The graphic videos, which aired on Australian television last Monday, prompted out- rage among Australian citizens and producers alike.
Animal health delegates meeting in Paris last week declared that rinderpest, a highly contagious disease in cattle and other animals, is eradicated, marking the first time humans have snuffed out an animal disease in the wild.
In response to drought conditions, US- DAs Farm S e r v i c e Agency aut h o r i z e d emergency grazing use of Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) acres for 13 additional Texas counties effective immediately. This most recent authorization brings the total to 51 counties approved to graze CRP acres.