The U.S. Department of Transportation's (DOT) Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) announced on Aug. 10, 2011, that it has no intention to propose new regulations governing the transport of agricultural products.
Since cattle prices are at historical highs, most people logically assume that producers are making money, lots of money. However, that is not necessarily the case. Profitability and, ultimately, survivability in the cattle business is often related more to managing the cost of production.
In the largest ever study of fuel treatment effectiveness, U.S. Forest Service (USFS) researchers have found that intense thinning treatments that leave between 50 and 100 trees per acre are the most effective in reducing the probability of crown fires in the dry forests of the western U.
That future has been made possible by a team of Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists, including Ken Vogel, Rob Mitchell, and Steve Masterson at Lincoln, NE; Hans Jung at St. Paul, MN; Bruce Dien at Peoria, IL; and Michael Casler at Madison, WI.
Rancher Alan Day looks over his cattle herd and the parched landscape in Bosque County, TX. The drought in the southern Plains is forcing many ranchers to sell their cattle because there is nothing for them to eat.
Two of the most pressing issues facing the beef industry, drought and risk management, will be addressed among other related topics at the 2011 Beef Financial Management Conference on Oct. 6 at the Ambassador Hotel in Amarillo, TX.
New and competing uses of rangeland and threats to its resources have reached unprecedented levels. At the same time, we are seeing a high turnover of rangeland management staff and private lands historically handed down through families are being sold more frequently to third parties.
Scrutinize. Repeat study. Inquire. Examine OK, you get the picture. By its fundamental definition, its called RESEARCH, and cattle producers and importers nationwide have been investing their beef checkoff dollars into studying, inquiring, examining and scrutinizing for 25 years now.
The Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) announcement last week issuing six compliance orders followed on the heels of a recent Notice of Intent to Sue (NOI) filed by three environmental groups in Iowa.
ELAP provides emergency assistance to eligible producers of livestock, honeybees, and farmraised fish that have losses due to disease, adverse weather or other conditions, including losses due to blizzards and wildfires not adequately covered by any other disaster program, as determined by the secretary.
Summer heat places plenty of stress on cattle and other livestock. To minimize the risk of injury and illness, low-stress handling methods are recommended Anytime we put any kind of stress on an animal, whether it be physical stress, nutritional...
Beef industry innovators are looking at DNA technology as another selection tool for decisions that give them a marketing advantage. The most important thing for producers to consider is the cost of the DNA technology and what they will get out of it. Like expected progeny differences (EPDs)
Back in 1986, no one was talking about natural beef. Whole Foods Market, the national chain of natural food stores, was still a nuts and berries shop in Austin, TX. And the nowadays everpresent buzzword sustainability was on the lips of exactly nobody.
You might remember seeing the television commercials with actor James Garner touting beef as Real Food for Real People back in the late 1980s and early 1990s, or Robert Mitchum kicking off the Beef. It's What's for Dinner campaign in May of 1992..
Although Corn Belt farmers scarcely face the consequences of the Endangered Species Act (ESA) up close, Klamath Basin farmers in Oregon and California say the agriculture industry in other parts of the country should take notice and get organized before a crisis occurs.
In a recent memo to executive branch units, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) said requests for discretionary appropriations for FY 2013, which begins Oct. 1, 2012, should be at least 5 percent below what departments and agencies received for FY 2011 unless they have been given specific direction otherwise.