Seventy-nine to 86 percent of retirement, off-farm occupation, and lowsales farms are in the “red zone” (farms with an RRA of less than 1 percent), indicating a very low return to farming. The share of farms in the red zone drops rapidly for the remaining family farm types, those with moderate sales and higher.
The National Cattlemen’s Foundation is now accepting applications for the W.D. Farr Scholarships for the 2015-16 school year. The annual W.D. Farr Scholarship awards were established by the National Cattlemen’s Foundation in 2007 to recognize outstanding students who plan to pursue careers in meat science and animal agriculture.
When shopping at the meat counter this Fourth of July, consumers noticed differences in prices per pound compared to last year. A pound of pork chops sold for $3.79 in May 2015 compared to $4.11 per pound in May 2014, a decrease of 7.8 percent. The price of boneless chicken breasts has also fallen, decreasing by 1.
The grant, from the US- DA's Western Region Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program, is intended to increase the availability and consumption of local beef in Montana’s schools and communities and help improve Montana beef producers’ and meat processors’ viability and sustainability.
Reports are claiming one of the best grass summers in memory across the midwestern states. This has dried up summer culling and delayed beef sales. In addition, heifer retention is on the up-trend, keeping summer beef sales lower than projected.
Many areas of the western states have recently seen a tremendous amount of rainfall accompanied by slick and muddy conditions. Our livestock have no choice (in most circumstances) but to stand and travel amid standing water and muck as well as rough and stony ground.
Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) ruffled some feathers by refusing to reclassify all gray wolf populations in the contiguous 48 states as threatened. This decision came as a result of a January petition submitted by the Humane Society of the U.S. (HSUS), Center for Biologic Diversity, and 21 other animal rights and environmental groups.
The American Sheep Industry Association (ASI) is among 10 varied trade organizations joining forces to request the United States’ Senate support for amendments offered by Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) to the FY 2016 National Defense Authorization Act (H.R. 1735).
The Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) Albuquerque District and Rio Puerco Field Offices recently moved to the Pan American building located at 100 Sun Avenue, Suite 330, in Albuquerque, NM. The new location, south of Paseo del Norte at I-25, is conveniently accessible for the public from the Pan American Freeway West.
Huge volumes of imported lamb, record levels of inventory in the coolers and a major swing in currency-exchange rates to the advantage of the importer have all pressured American lamb movement and price.
Historically small U.S. cattle inventory continues to support high beef prices in 2015, but at least in the short term, increasing imports of processing beef (especially from Australia) and heavy carcass weights have helped moderate some of the price pressures.
At 468.56 million pounds of beef in storage, beef stores were up 24 percent compared to last year, but down 3 percent from the prior month. The buildup was entirely credited to increased supplies of boneless beef, most of it likely from Australia given the still-favorable import environment.
The Agricultural Act of 2014 gradually reduces the cap on land enrolled in the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) from 32 million acres to 24 million acres by 2017. CRP acreage declined 34 percent since 2007, falling from 36.8 million acres to 24.2 million by April 2015.
Regional Forester Nora Rasure of the Intermountain Region recently communicated, by letter, with Governors Brian Sandoval (NV) Matthew Mead (WY) and Butch Otter (ID), along with Utah’s Director of Public Lands Policy Coordinating Office, Kathleen...
Issues important to rural Americans, farmers, ranchers, and senior citizens will be the sole focus of a new series of live one-hour primetime programs featuring presidential candidates leading up to the caucuses in Iowa, and New Hampshire and South Carolina primaries.
All submissions for both youth and adult photographers must be agricultural-related and taken in Wyoming. Adult categories include livestock, crops, people/ recreation, scenic and best edit. Contestants can submit a maximum of 25 photos. All contestants are eligible for the $300 grand prize.
“In contrast to the beef, pork and poultry industries, sheep from other countries are not generally slaughtered in the United States, alleviating much of the controversy around labeling,” said ASI Executive Director Peter Orwick.