Midwest farmland values rose for the fourth consecutive quarter, posting the largest increase in two years, as high crop and livestock prices fueled a surge in agricultural income, the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago said.
The Arizona National Livestock Show (ANLS) Scholarship Program began in 1991 by awarding $13,500 to 11 students in that year. Over 19 years later, ANLS has now awarded 613 students a total of $612,409. The Scholarship Committee recently selected and awarded $18,500 in scholarships for the spring 2011 semester.
A Wisconsin-based farm policy research group, The Cornucopia Institute, announced last week that it is filing a formal legal complaint in an attempt to immediately halt the US- DA from allowing factory farms producing organic milk from bringing conventional dairy cattle onto their farms.
USDAs Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) last week issued the final rule for the Grassland Reserve Program (GRP) which defines requirements for participants and incorporates changes to program implementation requested by the public. The final rule can be viewed at www.
The beef checkoff-funded training sessions at livestock auction markets and other venues where cattle producers meet to discuss improved stockmanship methods, as well as the pivotal role producers play in sustaining beef quality for consumers. Pate has been conducting livestock handling programs nationally and internationally for over 10 years.
With a full agenda, the renewal of biofuels tax credits maybe in danger of slipping past the expiration deadline. That uncertainty is causing concern among ethanol producers and, in particular, biodiesel manufactures who could face a bleak future if Congress fails to act before the end
The current lame duck session of the 111th Congress may be preparing to vote on an omnibus public lands bill that packages together a raft of public lands proposals under one piece of legislation. The bill, proposed by Sen. Jeff Bingaman, D-NM, chairman of the Energy and
Cattle on feed numbers rose 3.2 percent from year earlier totals, according to USDA. The number of cattle in U.S. feed yards reached 11.5 million head as of Nov. 1, slightly higher than pre-report expectations, lending some bearish pressure to the cattle markets last week. On feed numbers were
The most sweeping reform of food industry oversight, Senate Bill 510, also known as the Food Safety Modernization Act, moved a step closer to passage last week after the Senate voted 74-25 to move the bill forward last Wednesday. The bill, which has bipartisan support in the Senate and is
Last week, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar announced that he has issued an order to elevate the Office of the National Landscape Conservation System and Community Partnerships in the Bureau of Land Management to the level of a directorate within BLM. Salazar’s move will create increased
USDA has filed for a temporary restraining order and permanent injunction against Eastern Livestock Co. LLC in an effort to halt operations at the company. On Nov. 10, after documenting approximately $130 million in debts, including an estimated $94 million in cattle purchases which had not been paid
The cost of the proposed Grain Inspection Packers and Stockyards Administration competition reform regulations will reach somewhere in the neighborhood of $1.5 billion annually, according to a study conducted by Informa Economics. It will also result in lost tax revenue of $359 million annually and cost the livestock
According to the results of a Grain Inspection Packers and Stockyards Administration investigation over the weekend of Nov. 6-7, cattle producers are owed for a large number of cattle purchased by New Albany, IN-based Eastern Livestock Co. The company, which was founded in
USDA again lowered expectations for the 2010 corn and soybean crops while increasing expected usage of the grains last week. The National Agricultural Statistics Service predicted the U.S. corn crop will reach 12.54 billion bushels this year, while soybean production will hit 3.375 billion
McDonalds restaurants posted strong October sales, according to the company. Sales rose 5.6 percent last month. Its increase in sales at stores open at least 13 months was a marked improvement from the same month last year when the metric dipped 0.1 percent, in part because of tough comparisons.
American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) members Johnny and Jana Trotter of Hereford, TX, have made a significant donation to the American Quarter Horse Foundation to honor their friend Scoop Vessels and to help the foundation in its efforts to preserve and protect both the history and the future of the American Quarter Horse.
An innovative climate and weather monitoring system developed at Oregon State University (OSU) will soon be used to help underwrite and verify claims of crop losses, both to improve services to farmers across the nation and prevent abuse in the $79 billion crop insurance program.
With money for education declining and childhood obesity increasing, Oregonians are looking for innovative ways to fund school programs and raise healthy K-12 students. The Oregon Cattlemens Association (OCA) is supporting a program that does bothsaves money for school districts and feeds kids.
The Kansas Angus Association (KAA) is working with Certified Angus Beef LLC (CAB) to better reward members or their customers as they learn more about carcass merit in their herds, or at least five representative spring-born steers. The 2011 Carcass Data Project (CDP) $5-perhead enrollment deadline of Dec.