As consumer attitudes towards the source of their food change, so do the minds of many school lunch planners who have adopted, or at least researched, a switch to meat and produce which is locally raised.
The federal government made revisions last week to regulations regarding how the Department of the Interior and the Department of Commerce would handle the impact of greenhouse gas emissions on endangered species.
The 2009 National Western Stock Show (NWSS) is gearing up for its two-week run and preparing for another big year. The 103rd annual show will run Jan. 10-25, 2009, at the historic Denver Stockyards. There will be a wide variety of exciting and educational events for visitors, and tough competition for livestock producers at this years event.
Any hope farmers had of receiving full payment on their corn contracts from VeraSun Energy Corp. may have evaporated at the hands of a U.S. Bankruptcy Court judge in Delaware who ruled recently that the ethanol producer can accept or reject corn contracts within 10 days of their due dates.
Secretary of Agriculture Ed Schafer recently made the announcement that USDA intends to establish a new agency, called the Office of Ecosystem Services and Markets (OESM), along with a federal government-wide Conservation and Land Management Environmental Services Board (CLMESB).
In order to better match supply with shrinking demand, Tyson Foods Inc. is cutting both beef and chicken production, the latter of which marks a significant development in the poultry industry, according to Stephens Inc. analyst Farha Aslam. While the beef cuts are positive, the chicken cuts are truly significant, Aslam wrote in a note to investors.
A lot of long hours and expense are invested into harvesting quality forages and storing them for use at a later time. As a producer, you wouldnt dream of throwing away one-third of the forages that were intended to be fed to the cow herd. Many times, thats what happens when livestock are allowed unlimited access to hay in a feeding situation.
People who study change and its causes have observed that change is often caused by a disturbance. Production agriculture is in a period of rapid change, with an economic environment that many have never experienced.
President-elect Barack Obama last week named former Iowa Gov. Tom Vilsack to be the next secretary of agriculture. The former presidential candidate and two-term Iowa governor has been a strong supporter of the ethanol industry and pushed biofuels research during his time in office and as a candidate in the primary campaigns.
After weeks of speculation surrounding who would be President-elect Barack Obamas choice for secretary of the Interior, Sen. Ken Salazar, D-CO, has been confirmed as the next leader of the department. It was announced on Monday, Dec. 15 that Salazar was Obamas pick, followed by Salazars acceptance of the position on Dec.
The National Western Stock Show named Richard L. Robinson and Edward A. Robinson the 2009 Citizens of the West. The brothers will accept the prestigious award at the annual award dinner on Jan. 14 at the Hyatt Regency Denver at the Colorado Convention Center.
He is always there, hes always reliable, and is truly a friend of the National Western Stock Show (NWSS). Virgil Holtgrewe has been a familiar face at NWSS for more than 40 years and has actively volunteered his time for 20 of those years helping guests, exhibitors and management put on the granddaddy of all livestock shows.
Agiculture Secretary Ed Schafer recently led a U.S. Agribusiness Trade and Investment Mission to the Central American region Sept. 21-24 to further promote two-way cooperation, trade and investment between the U.S. and companies in Central America and the Dominican Republic.
Massive beef recalls in both the U.S. and Canada in 2008 prompted many consumer watchdog groups to question the sanitation procedures of beef plants and to worry that USDAs and CFIAs inspection processes are inadequate. This news from CFIA is extremely encouraging, said Graeme McRae, Bioniche CEO.
Superior Stampede, a division of Superior Livestock Auction, recently entered into a joint venture with the Union Ganadera Regional De Chihuahua (UGRCH), the cattlemens union for the state of Chihuahua, Mexico. Under terms of the agreement, UGRCH will act as the exclusive representative for all cattle sold by Superior Stampede that enter the U.