Various agricultural and consumer advocacy groups have argued for legislation requiring food products to be labeled, and the 2002 Farm Bill did just that, requiring retailers to notify their customer of the country of origin of certain commodities. The COOL final rule went into effect in March 2009.
USDA's latest Supply and Demand report's reduction in yield estimates and supplies has the livestock industries battling ethanol for feed. The reduction in yield estimates removed more than 400 million bushels from an already tight supply/demand balance sheet.
Of course, twas the night before Christmas Eve, nearly eight years ago, when discovery of a single dairy cow with BSE in Washington state put holiday celebrations for much of agriculture on hold and fixated global attention on the U.S. beef and dairy industries and the issue of beef safety.
Wheat researcher Scott Haley recently walked through a maze of carefully labeled seed packets in a Colorado State University workroom, knowing that amid the array there just might be a new variety that yields success for state wheat growers.
The window of opportunity for planting winter wheat for grazing is rapidly closing. In Oklahoma, dualpurpose or forage-only winter wheat generally needs to be planted by mid-September in order to produce significant fall and winter forage. Wheat planted for grain-only has about another month to be in the ideal planting window.
Building your Brand to Add Value to your Herd, is the theme of this year's California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo (Cal Poly), Field Day, Tradeshow and Bull Test Sale set for Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 1 and 2, at the Cal Poly Beef Center, San Luis Obispo.
The House Committee on Agricultures Subcommittee on Livestock, Dairy and Poultry discussed the issue of feed availability and its affect on the livestock and poultry industries during a hearing last week.
Many sectors of agriculture depend on government programs, such as crop insurance, conservation programs, direct payments and research and development. Congress is now forced to cull programs due to budget restraints, and those in the farm bill are not exempt.
Along with battling the worst drought in history, Texas has now added its worst fire season to its record breaking year. News of the severe Texas drought has been replaced with daily updates of hundreds of fires burning over 3.6 million acres.
Proposed rule changes to the Packers and Stockers Act (PSA) continue to be a major concern for livestock producers. The debate has been going on for over a year and industry professional are calling for its dismissal because of the damage the rule could do to livestock marketing efforts.
La Nina describes Pacific Ocean equatorial waters having cooler-than-average temperatures. In the U.S., the weather effects of La Nina include drier conditions in the southern Plains and Midwest, and above-average precipitation during winter in the northern states.
Congress faces a busy agenda when it returns from August recess, but U.S. Meat Export Federation (US- MEF) Chairman Keith Miller says few items can offer as much immediate benefit to the struggling U.S. economy as ratification of pending free trade agreements (FTAs) with South Korea, Panama and Colombia.
Scout fields to determine where problem areas are and the condition of stalks and ears. Harvest the problem areas first when field conditions are better and before kernels in close proximity to the ground have an opportunity for potential further deterioration.
USDA amended regulations regarding the commercial transportation of horses to slaughter, adding a definition of equine for slaughter and making other changes to protect horses during transportation to slaughter. According to USDA, this action will ensure the humane treatment of the horses.
Producers can expect a similar weather pattern during harvest this year compared to last year, as this will be the second year of a La Nina pattern, according to a University of Nebraska-Lincoln state climatologist.
As befits the chairman of the worlds largest food-production company, Peter Brabeck-Letmathe is counting calories. But its not his diet that the chairman and former CEO of Nestle is worried about. Its all the food that the U.S. and Europe are converting into fuel while the worlds poor get hungrier.