Members of the National Catt l e m e n s Beef Association (NCBA) Young Producers Council (YPC) held their biannual business meeting during the NCBA Summer Conference. During the meeting, the group discussed initiatives for the 2011 Cattle Industry Convention and NCBA Trade Show to better serve the unique membership needs of young producers between.
El Paso Corporation, parent company of Ruby Pipeline LLC, has struck an agreement with Western Watersheds Project and the Oregon Natural Desert Association to donate approximately $22 million over the next 10 years for conservation and grazing permit buy-outs in exchange for
Last week, an audit of National Cattlemen’s Beef Association’s (NCBA) beef checkoff contracting activities turned up several questions about how the organization was spending checkoff dollars. In some cases, the audit questioned record-keeping or time reporting for its employees who devote
Idaho Republican Rep. Mike Simpson expects the recently revived U.S. House Beef Caucus to meet soon in Washington after a lapse into dormancy. Elevating awareness of issues that impact the beef, cattle and ranching industry will top the 25-member caucus’ agenda.
In a House of Representatives subcommittee hearing last Tuesday, members of Congress ripped the newly proposed competition rules proposed by USDA’s Grain Inspection Packers and Stockyards Administration (GIPSA) last week. Criticism of the rule has been growing from both producers
The difference of opinion regarding land valuation isn’t just between the landowners and current assessor. In 1998—two assessors ago—Haynes’ property was valued at approximately twice what he figured it was actually worth as ag land. After a protest and successful appeal to the Nebraska
More than one-third of the U.S. will face a high risk of severe water shortage in the next 40 years, according to a study conducted by the environmental group Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC). The problem will hamper U.S. agriculture’s efforts to feed a growing world
On July 9, Washington State Department of Agriculture announced it had closed an investigation into AB Livestock and the feedlot’s importation of Canadian feeder cattle which were sent improperly to grazing range in the state. According to WSDA, the investigation resulted in a settlement with
A bipartisan coalition of senators led by Blanche Lincoln, D-AR, and Jon Kyl, R-AZ, has introduced legislation to amend estate tax, or death tax penalties, making the change to the law permanent and more palatable. The death tax penalty was dropped for estates which change hands during
Imagine an area that is 3 feet by 3 feet square. Now, imagine a grasshopper in it. Imagine 14 grasshoppers in it. Imagine 50 grasshoppers in it. Imagine 100 grasshoppers in it. The square with 14 grasshoppers indicates there may be a need for control. The square with 50 grasshoppers is how some areas of Wyoming looked last
Sometimes a win isn’t as simple a thing as carrying home a trophy. In some cases, notably war and litigation, it’s often necessary for the smoke to clear before determining who, if anyone, came out on top. Such was the case in the June 4 final ruling by Judge Ancer Haggerty
Too little or too much – that’s a common phrase regarding rainfall for cattlemen across the southern U.S. During the summer months, rain can be scarce for many Texas ranchers, as well as for producers nationwide. "It finally rained when we really needed it," said Jimmy Halfmann, a farmer
The beef checkoff has launched a new website for veal, this time geared toward the foodservice professional. Features include a database of recipes as well as a special section with a featured restaurant, chef and recipe.
When Loren Greenfields family built Hilltop Dairy in 2002, they had a lot of early labor help from the surrounding community. High school and college students came to help milk at first, but local workers quickly disappeared.
The sorghum industry would suffer devastating job losses if the agricultural herbicide atrazine is banned, according to University of Chicago economist Don Coursey. It would cost between 21,000 and 48,000 jobs from corn production losses alone. The inclusion of sorghum and sugar cane makes that total even greater.
Idaho beef producers Laurie Lickley, Jerome, ID, Brenda Richards, Murphy, ID, and Jay Theiler, Boise, ID were named to leadership positions at the June 1-2, 2010, Idaho Beef Council (IBC) meeting in Boise, ID, at the Idaho State Department of Agriculture.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) recently proposed listing the mountain plover as threatened under the Endangered Species Act. Citing agriculture, oil and gas, and other alleged threats, a listing would severely affect agriculture activities in Colorado, Wyoming and New Mexico.
Monsanto Co. said last week they will nearly double their investments into an already established joint venture to develop biotech crops, expanding their efforts to include a focus on wheat, a key food crop that as yet has no commercialized biotech variety.