An Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) settlement with three environmental organizations may mean that operators of concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs) will be subject to increasing scrutiny in the years ahead. The court-ordered settlement states that the
Corn crop progress surged ahead last week with corn farmers in much of the country reporting progress well ahead of last year and the five-year average. According to USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS), planting progress reached 97 percent
As wolf depredation escalates, ranchers in northeast Oregon’s Wallowa County may have found a little comfort in the fact that seven wolf "take" permits have been issued by the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW), authorizing a handful of ranchers to shoot wolves
Brazil has halted shipments of beef to the U.S. over concerns about pesticide residue in some cooked beef products. Trade is expected to be interrupted for a week or more until Brazilian inspectors are able to meet with U.S. officials to determine what testing protocol is being used to detect the residues.
The Texas Animal Health Commission (TAHC) is excited to welcome Dr. Terry Hensley to its organization. Hensley joined the organization on May 17 as the assistant executive director over animal health programs.
The Colorado Department of Agricultures (CDA) Division of Brand Inspection reminds brand owners, who have not already paid the 2007 brand assessment fees, to submit their assessment and late fees of $325 by June 30, 2010, or the brand will be cancelled.
A jobs and tax-extenders bill that resuscitates the biodiesel tax credit passed the House of Representatives on May 28, but biodiesel producers will still go into June waiting for final action on the credit.
Several generations of Oklahoma cattlemen have grown up with the fact that their breeding stock were going to need to be Bangs tested at the sale barn or when changing ownership. In 2009, however, this fact of life came to an end; no more sale barn testing for brucellosis.
Growing perennial forages for biofuels and the effects of early stocking on native grassland are among the topics at the North Dakota State University (NDSU) Central Grasslands Research Extension Centers 29th annual field tour June 23.
A pair of influential bloggers, a meat buyer for a major Korean retailer, and five winners of a contest held in cooperation with the retailer made up a delegation from South Korea that recently experienced a checkoff-sponsored beef industry tour in California.
Will there come a day when scanning sheep and goats for carcass merit is as commonplace as scanning beef is now? Will breeding stock be selected based on Expected Progeny Differences (EPDs)? Will the market pay premiums for loin muscle depth?
Profitability is on the minds of ranchers and landowners everywhere, and attendees at the Corona Half Day of College June 10 are sure to get their questions answered on topics ranging from solar and wind energy, to animal health, in an effort to help them maintain and increase their success.
Leaders from National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) and the Federation of State Beef Councils sat down last week with officials from USDA to outline their proposed plans for reorganizing their leadership structure. The plan to develop a smaller, more nimble board of directors,
Cattle on feed numbers continue to support a strong market for feeders and cow/calf producers alike, according to the most recent USDA Cattle on Feed report released May 21. According to the agency, as of May 1, cattle on feed numbers in the U.S. are down 3.4 percent from
As dead calves become a more common sight in Oregon’s Wallowa County, area ranchers are growing increasingly concerned about the safety of their livestock and their livelihoods. There is little doubt, they say, that wolves are killing their cattle. The Oregon Department
Following a meeting with poultry growers recently, USDA announced it will soon crack down on the writing of contracts between poultry growers and packers. USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack said last week that the new rules will be announced in June.