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Markets
by WLJ
Feb 29, 2016
While the average retail price of beef has declined, the share of the consumer beef dollar going to producers has increased. In January, ranchers received 50 cents of every consumer dollar spent on beef. This is the highest that portion has been since August of 2015, when it was 52 cents on the dollar.


Markets
by WLJ
Feb 29, 2016
“These facts combine to support that we are in a transition phase, going from placements below year-ago levels to placements above yearago levels. Of course if there is a large shift in market fundamentals such as a short corn crop; these expected dynamics will change.


Markets
by WLJ
Feb 29, 2016
Complete beef trade data for 2015 was released recently in the USDA Economic Research Service’s Livestock and Meat International Trade Data series. Not surprisingly, imports of beef and veal into the U.S.


Markets
by WLJ
Feb 29, 2016
lose a lot of farms and ranches; roughly 20,000 to be specific. However, these losses were all hobby farms and easily made up by increases in the number of larger farms. Possibly more pressing however, is the loss of 1 million acres in farm and ranch land.


News
by WLJ
Feb 29, 2016
Agriculture Future of America (AFA) recently selected its 10 Student Advisory Team members and 15 Campus Ambassadors for the 2016-17 year. These students represent 24 schools from 23 states. During their year of service, these students will interact with agribusiness leaders, campus faculty and fellow students as they represent AFA.


News
by WLJ
Feb 29, 2016
The farm and ranch families of American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) raised more than $1.1 million and donated a record of more than 48 million pounds of food to assist hungry Americans as part of the organization’s “Harvest for All” program.


News
by WLJ
Feb 29, 2016
In order to remember the last 100 years, CCA is creating a commemorative coffee table book showcasing ranching families in California and the history they have contributed to the California ranching and beef industries..


News
by WLJ
Feb 29, 2016
The Livestock Marketeers—an informal fraternity of livestock fieldmen, auctioneers, sale managers and related livestock business leaders—met for their 51st Annual Banquet during this year’s National Western Stock Show. The event was hosted by American Live Stock, and Master of Ceremonies was J.


News
by WLJ
Feb 29, 2016
Last year, the livestock department in Matabeleland North, a western province, warned farmers to prepare for the worst, saying at least 99 percent of the cattle in the province could be lost due to shortage of pastures caused by drought.


News
by WLJ
Feb 29, 2016
The Colorado FFA Foundation recently inducted four honorees into the Farm Credit Colorado Agriculture Hall of Fame. Peers and business associates recognized the inductees during the Farm Credit Colorado Agriculture Hall of Fame Banquet Feb. 18 in Denver, held in conjunction with the Governor’s Forum on Colorado Agriculture.


News
by WLJ
Feb 29, 2016
Nevada cattle rancher Cliven Bundy and four others were indicted on Feb. 17 by a federal grand jury in Las Vegas, NV. The 51-page indictment outlines 16 felony charges related to the armed assault against federal law enforcement officers that occurred in the Bunkerville, NV, area in 2014.


News
by WLJ
Feb 29, 2016
Ammon Bundy and 15 fellow occupiers of the Malheur Wildlife Refuge pleaded “not guilty” at their arraignment on Feb. 24. They were accused of conspiracy to impede officers of the U.S. government from discharging their duties through use of force, intimidation, or threats.


News
by WLJ
Feb 29, 2016
Included in the annual report is an overview of revenues and expenditures for fiscal 2015. It shows beef producers and importers in the U.S. invested $41.8 million into FY 2015 beef promotion, research and information programs, as directed by the Beef Promotion and Research Act.


News
by WLJ
Feb 29, 2016
In early February, California Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) filed comments with the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) opposing any additional designations of Wild and Scenic Rivers in the Inyo, Sequoia and Sierra National Forests.


News
by WLJ
Feb 29, 2016
Earlier this month, the California State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) released the final text of emergency monitoring and reporting regulations adopted by the SWRCB during its Jan. 19 meeting. The full text of the emergency regulations, as well as a fact sheet overviewing them, can be viewed online at www.


News
by WLJ
Feb 29, 2016
A committee appointed by Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources Harlan Vice Chancellor Ronnie Green has begun the search process to recruit and select candidates for a new head of the Animal Science Department at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.


News
by WLJ
Feb 29, 2016
U.S. Rep. Greg Walden (R-OR) announced last Thursday that the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) will finally implement the Crooked River Collaborative Water Security and Jobs Act of 2014, a law that he wrote and that was unanimously approved by Congress in 2014 to improve water management and grow jobs in Central Oregon.


News
by WLJ
Feb 29, 2016
The winner of the American Farm Bureau Federation’s (AFBF) Young Farmers & Ranchers Collegiate Discussion Meet, announced recently, is Kenna Lewis of California. Lewis was awarded the top prize following a discussion that included protecting farmers’ ability to access new technology while ensuring public acceptance and encouraging innovation.


Opinion
by WLJ
Feb 29, 2016
The food reform movement is active, vocal, and not likely to go away. The banner under which they parade is a noble one; consumers need to know more about the origin of their food and how it is grown, harvested and delivered to the ultimate user. They also demand a healthful, safe product and they should.