Federal Judge B. Lynn Winmill handed the governments lawyers a defeat last week in the case over grazing and energy development on 34 million acres of Bureau of Land Management (BLM) ground in six western states. U.S.
Legislation to allow investor-owned horse slaughterhouses in Montana became law in April when Gov. Brian Schweitzer allowed the time for bill signing to pass. Friday, May 1 was the deadline for the governor to veto the bill. Instead, he chose not to sign or veto the legislation.
A wolf captured near Baker City, OR, two weeks ago is thought to be one of two responsible for the first known case of livestock depredation by wolves since they first reappeared in the state 10 years ago. The capture of the 87-pound male was the culmination of an effort that began in mid-April when the U.
Total meat production will increase in 2009 and 2010, thanks in large part to higher poultry production, according to USDAs World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates. USDA raised expected total meat production to 3.549 billion pounds from last months estimate of 3.
Last week, USDA increased its projections for the use of corn to make ethanol by 4.1 billion bushels for the 2009/10 marketing year. That marked a jump of 350 million bushels over projected use in 2008/09. In its monthly World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates report, USDA also boosted its 2008/09 ethanol use forecast by 50 million bushels to 3.
Farm and ranch freezers are often full of homeraised beef, yet producer families still enjoy the classic steakhouse experience now and again. With a quick scan of the menu and some cowboy math, most producers figure the New York strip list price at a hefty premium to the weekly salebarn reports for beef on the hoof.
Exports of U.S. pork and beef registered a solid performance in March, led by extremely strong pork sales to Mexico and a surge in beef exports to Vietnam, Japan and the Middle East. Pork plus pork variety meat exports rose 16 percent in volume and 17 percent in value over March 2008.
After the failure of Greeley, CO-based New Frontier Bank, USDA and Colorados congressional delegation are scrambling to help farmers and ranchers in the area secure funding for their operations. The bank, seized by regulators last month, provided funding for an estimated 1,900 operations in the area around Greeley.
As part of its responsibility to manage, protect, and control wild horses and burros, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), is soliciting bids for several new long-term (pasture) facilities located in the continental U.S.
Recently, the Montana Cowboy Hall of Fame Western Heritage Center (MCHFWHC) announced its second class of the 1860-1920 Legacy Award inductions. The award honors historical figures that have had an impact on Montanas Western Heritage. This years class includes 14 inductees from 12 districts across the state.
For more than 150 years, ranching has been a major contributor to Colorados economy while at the same time keeping millions of acres of Colorados open space intact. However, the number of ranchers and ranches in Colorado is continually declining in the face of many challenges.
The Nebraska Cattlemen Research and Education Foundation (NCREF) is pleased to announce the winners of the foundation scholarships awarded for the 2009-2010 academic year. Winners will be recognized during the Nebraska Cattlemen Midyear Meeting June 18 in West Point, NE, during the NCREF Luncheon.
The 55th Annual Texas AM Beef Cattle Short Course is scheduled for Aug. 3-5 at Texas AM University in College Station, TX. Planning committee members from around the state have met with us and helped us put together another outstanding program, said Jason Cleere, Texas Agri- Life Extension beef cattle specialist and conference coordinator.
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM), wild horse groups, and other animal advocates from across the nation are joining forces for a single cause to encourage the American public to consider and act on the adoption of a wild horse or burro. A goal of 1,000 adoptions has been set for the first National Wild Horse Adoption Day to be held Sept.
Wolves in parts of the northern Rockies and the Great Lakes region were removed from the endangered species list last week, a step which will allow greater authority for state managers to control populations in Idaho and Montana.
Last week, the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR), Ron Kirk, claimed victory in the ongoing dispute over shipments of U.S. beef to the 27 member nations of the European Union (EU). Trade commissioner for EU, Catherine Ashton, agreed to increase the tariff-free quota allowed into Europe to 20,000 tons for the next three years.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), announced last week that biofuels will need to meet a higher standard for emissions. The Obama administration also formed a comprehensive program which will require EPA, USDA and the Commerce Department to work together to not only meet those more stringent standards, but also increase the U.S. use of biofuels to meet energy needs.
Tyson Foods posted a second quarter loss of $104 million or 24 cents per share last week. According to Leland Tollett, interim president and CEO of the company, Our Beef, Pork and Prepared Foods segments generated financial returns at or near normalized ranges in the second quarter, excluding one-time charges in Prepared Foods.
J.T. Elings passed away in the arms of his beloved wife, Virginia Lee (Benoist), at Hospice House in Bend, OR, on Dec. 28, 2008. Jim and Ginger shared an extraordinary love and friendship which was obvious to all who knew them. Jim touched the lives of so many people with his great sense of humor, warmth, and honor, and he will be truly missed.