Leaders from National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) and the Federation of State Beef Councils sat down last week with officials from USDA to outline their proposed plans for reorganizing their leadership structure. The plan to develop a smaller, more nimble board of directors,
Cattle on feed numbers continue to support a strong market for feeders and cow/calf producers alike, according to the most recent USDA Cattle on Feed report released May 21. According to the agency, as of May 1, cattle on feed numbers in the U.S. are down 3.4 percent from
As dead calves become a more common sight in Oregon’s Wallowa County, area ranchers are growing increasingly concerned about the safety of their livestock and their livelihoods. There is little doubt, they say, that wolves are killing their cattle. The Oregon Department
Following a meeting with poultry growers recently, USDA announced it will soon crack down on the writing of contracts between poultry growers and packers. USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack said last week that the new rules will be announced in June.
Calling it the best chance to restore Californias overtaxed water system, the California Farm Bureau Federation has endorsed the water bond measure to be placed before voters in November. The Safe, Clean and Reliable Drinking Water Supply Act of 2010.
Secretaries of agriculture in eight states have asked congressional leaders to renew ethanols volumetric ethanol excise tax credit, or the 45-cent-per-gallon blenders credit, which is set to expire at the end of 2010.
Not necessarily. A sandwich relies on whats between the bread slices; a great book must be compelling from cover to cover, and, likewise, the cattle industry often counts on the stocker phase to ensure cattle quality while moving them from ranch to feedlot.
The Senate is set to vote next month on permanently stopping the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from regulating pollution linked to global warming from factories, utilities and oil refineries, a spokesman for Sen. Lisa Murkowski said last Tuesday.
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack recently announced funding for the Natural Resources Conservation Services (NRCS) Wetlands Reserve Program (WRP) that will add an expected 75,000 additional acres to the approximately 2.2 million acres currently enrolled in the program.
Last week, the dairy group Cooperatives Working Together (CWT) announced a new round of dairy herd retirements with an immediate sign-up period starting last Friday and running through June 25. The program is expected to send cull dairy cattle to slaughter from July to early August, a time of seasonally low beef cow slaughter.
The growth of grasses on South Dakota rangeland provides forage for livestock, habitat for wildlife, and a number of ecosystem services. For ranchers, grass growth affects the health and profitability of the cattle they graze as well as the value of their land.
One of the statistics people forget is how much farmland is owned by folks who do not farm it. Throughout the central Midwest, 50 percent or better is owned by people who do not farm it. Its all land that is leased to farmers either custom farmed, share cropped or cash rent, Farrell said.
A joint Agricultural Research Service (ARS)-multiuniversity study across the central Great Plains on the effects of more than 19 years of various tillage practices shows that no-till makes soil much more stable than plowed soil.
Last week, in a letter sent to National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) leaders, including President Steve Foglesong, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack expressed concerns over the proposed changes to NCBA’s governance structure and asked the group to