USDA Agricultural Secretary Tom Vilsack and First Lady Michelle Obama announced last week improved nutritional standards for the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) are coming soon. According to US- DA, this move will be the first of its kind in over 15 years.
Far West real estate markets in states like California and Oregon are picking up slowly but surely. High grain prices and the need for grazing land are driving some buyer interest, but recreational buyers are opening up new market opportunities for ag properties in the west.
Last week’s USDA-issued cattle on feed report was in keeping with earlier predictions. Cattle on feed were up; placements were down due to reduced supplies of feeder cattle. Fed cattle marketings were down slightly with one less trading day which put the marketing rate in line with projections.
The 106th National Western Stock Show (NWSS) ended Sunday, Jan. 22, with strong numbers throughout the 16 days. Opening day started with a bang as Colorado Champions faced off against the World Champions in the first ever Colorado vs. the World rodeo. Over 44,000 people attended opening day, making it the second biggest in history.
Winter feeding and the headache of procuring hay is here. And if you’re looking for hay in the droughtstricken Southwest, it’s probably more like a migraine. With the hardships faced by many states in the western half of the country and the increased demand for hay during the winter months, resources are stretched thin and costs are up accordingly.
The Red Angus bull was donated by Cross Diamond Cattle Co. with all of his Dec. 12 sale proceeds going to the All-American Beef Battalion (AABB). AABB is an organization dedicated to honoring American military service members by, among other things, serving them American beef prior to deployment and upon return home.
The Beef Checkoff Program recently released a new, eye-catching attempt at consumer education—Cow Chow. The mini-game is a 10-question interactive quiz on what cattle eat. The quiz-game comes complete with a cowboy-hat-wearing character and short video clips showing life from a cow’s (or steer’s) perspective.
AWA was founded in 2006 and began as a division of the Animal Welfare Institute focused exclusively on farm animal welfare. Unlike its parent organization, AWA focuses strictly on certification and auditing of participating farms. They are not engaged in things like legal involvement and lobbying.
In the early hours of Sunday morning, Jan. 8, arson fires claimed 14 big-rig trucks and several cattle trailers in a storage yard at Harris Ranch, one of the nation’s largest feed operations. It took firefighters 45 minutes to contain the fires.
In late December, the Indonesian Agriculture Ministry announced it would halve the 2011 import quota of live cattle from Australia for 2012. The significant cutback on imports of live Australian cattle has been called retaliatory to Australia’s recent temporary month-long ban on live cattle.
You’re likely aware of the Tweeting, blogging, texting world of communication we live in today. But have you ever considered how new technological gadgets could benefit your operation? The more information you have more quickly can help things run more smoothly.
The price of gold climbed tremendously in 2011. It started the year selling at just under $1,400 per ounce (oz.) and closed the year at just over $1,600 per oz. During that time, it broke a couple of records and set new highs, at one point reaching $1,923.
Despite the ag-oriented nature of Iowa, farming and ranching issues were not highlighted by the candidates. Many candidates have remained quiet or vague on ag-important topics like the farm bill, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and subsidies.
The 2011 Southwest real estate market has seen stable to active growth, depending on the region, with larger, mixed-use properties drawing the most attention. Despite obstacles for some due to cautious lenders, for-cash buyers have lots of prime property choices and sellers are getting good returns in the Southwest farm and ranch real estate market.
Livestock producers who have been following the activities of the Board of Livestock are well aware of concerns and frustrations I have expressed at meetings over the past three years. It’s gotten to a point where I feel compelled to set the record straight.
Members of the Board of Livestock sign an oath when we take office. We are legally bound to represent the livestock industries which fund the vast majority of the department’s work, and our mandated mission is to serve the livestock industry, and protect animals from theft, disease and predators. We are appointed by the governor, but must