The Western Legacy Alliance (WLA), a newly formed coalition, announced its kickoff to bring together likeminded organizations from various backgrounds to advocate for responsible and sustainable access to public lands.
The crippling drought which had been gripping much of California for all or parts of the past three years has finally been knocked back thanks to generous rains through much of the state, particularly in northern California. While all have welcomed the moisture, the situation remains critical.
President Barack Obama chose Kathleen Merrigan, an assistant professor at Tufts University who helped develop U.S. organic food labeling rules, to be deputy secretary of agriculture, the White House said last Monday. The deputy agriculture secretary usually oversees day-to-day operations of USDA.
The deal which would have made JBS SA the largest beef packer in the U.S. has been called off. According to a statement released by U.S. Premium Beef (USPB) Feb. 20, the two companies have terminated the deal to sell the assets of National Beef Packing Co.
Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar recently estimated that the $3 billion in funding which has been earmarked for his department could create as many as 100,000 jobs, stimulating business activity in communities across the country.
A study by Colorado State University (CSU) researchers on the future of agriculture in the state is seeking input on variables such as economic conditions, commodity prices, water, environmental factors and land use.
The Montana House of Representatives strongly endorsed a bill that paves the way for construction of a horse slaughterhouse in Montana and aims to bring the industry back to the U.S. Backers said ranchers and those who own horses have been struggling ever since all the slaughterhouses in the country were closed down.
Planning is underway for another impressive Montana Stockgrowers Association (MSGA) celebratory parade, Saturday, June 1 at 10 a.m. in Miles City. Everyone is invited to take part in this grand exhibition of history and celebrate MSGAs 125 years of serving the livestock industry.
Japanese consumers have shifted their buying habits to lower-priced cuts of meat and U.S. beef exporters can take advantage of that move, but must overcome an unfavorable exchange rate hurdle. Still, the beef exporters will have to accept a partial consumer shift to other protein sources as well, market observers say.
Beef demand. What is it, and how can the Beef Checkoff Program influence changes in demand? These are questions that a recent checkoff-funded U.S. Beef Demand Drivers and Enhancement Opportunities: A Research Study tried to answer. Every 10 years, the beef industry takes an introspective look at the activities completed and what lies ahead.
The state of the ethanol industry is decidedly different than it was just months ago, but Renewable Fuels Association President Bob Dinneen told industry representatives last Tuesday at the National Ethanol Convention that despite the tough economic times, he believes the ethanol industry will emerge better for it.
Two experienced financial professionals have been named to new positions with the California Farm Bureau Federation (CFBF). Mary Winn has been appointed treasurer of the organization and Joseph Peters has been appointed chief investment officer.
Colorados oldest area livestock organization will meet March 21 in Rocky Ford. The annual Bent- Prowers Cattle Horse Growers Association will mark the start of its 140th year with its annual meeting and banquet. Events will be held at the Chuck Wagon Inn in Rocky Ford.
David Wood of Coalinga, CA, has been elected as the new president of CattleFax, a member-owned and member-directed cattle market information and research organization. Wood is chief operating officer and Beef Division chairman for Harris Farms, Inc.
The Independent Cattlemen of Nebraska hosted an afternoon informational meeting on wind energy recently which drew a sizeable crowd of 60-plus to listen to those promoting this important resource. A natural occurrence in the windy Sandhills has lately become a marketable source of energy.
The NBC 4 Health Fitness Expo held in Washington, D.C., Jan. 10-11, 2009, is the nations largest free health event, with crowds exceeding 85,000, and beef took center stage. This year, the star role for beef included a tradeshow exhibit, lean beef cooking stage demonstrations, an ad in 85,000 program books, and four weeks of Web ads on nbcwashington.
The international marketplace continued to roll out the red carpet for U.S. beef products in 2008, recording double-digit increases over 2007 levels, according to statistics released by the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF). Total U.S.