For a short marketing week, there was no shortage of activity last week. Negotiated cash fed cattle trade got underway earlier than normal with packers trying to buy for a full production week while butted up to a holiday.
Beef from regions of Argentina and Brazil with a known history of foot and mouth disease (FMD) could be making its way to the United States. On June 29, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) announced it is amending regulations to allow fresh beef into the U.
The name of the game is politics; not preservation, says the livestock industry of the Obama administration’s latest regulatory move on the greater sage-grouse. Last Monday, industries and a host of local governments submitted protests on the administration’s plans to amp up regulations on 50 million acres of federal land across the West.
(WOTUS). The attorneys general of 13 states are attempting to sue the EPA over what they characterize as unlawful expansion of jurisdiction. They additionally call the WOTUS final draft “arbitrary, capricious, and abuse of discretion, and otherwise not in accordance with law.
Roberts is leaving NCBA to pursue other opportunities in the cattle industry and agribusiness. He will remain with NCBA until the end of July to help NCBA with transition of staff leadership, including his roles in several industry-related organizations.
The House Ag Committee Biotechnology, Horticulture, and Research Subcommittee held a hearing recently that was clearly intended to emphasize the role that USDA can play in biotech labeling, a question that now is in the hands of the Food and Drug Administration.
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).
Livestock producers and veterinarians recently gained a bit more insight into the changes they’ll be facing in the way antibiotics are used in food animals when the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released their final rule last month regarding how the Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD) will be used.
that uses water in the urban landscape. There are rebate programs in place that offer up to $2 per square foot if you remove turf. But what about trees or other landscape plants? There is no doubt that irrigation water is being wasted, but in order to address the issue a more balanced or holistic approach should be taken.
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.
Typically, the first cutting of alfalfa is taken somewhere around Memorial Day, plus or minus a week, and the second cutting usually comes approximately five weeks later. The majority of Nebraska alfalfa growers have gotten their first cutting off, although for many of those growers the first cutting was delayed, Anderson said.
For California, still suffering in its historic drought, it has meant an early and voracious start to its usual fire season. According to CalFire (the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection), there have been 41 fires in the state since February of this year, burning a total of 49,696 acres as of publishing.
We have one of those rare times when every organization representing agriculture agrees on an issue. The Obama administration announced last week that they will start to allow 14 regions of Brazil and Argentina to export fresh and frozen beef to the U.
But even without major tweaking, at least for the center, those May-born calves are holding their own. Last year, the center’s beef herd may have started 100 pounds light, but the calves actually had an adjusted 205-day weight of 681 pounds.
Who would have believed the discovery of live cattle prices would change so much in a decade? Or that the public cries in the 1990s over “captive supply” would be replaced by a public silence about the disappearing cash market and the preponderance...