Livestock leaders criticize ‘GIPSA rule’; USDA responds

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Efforts by the USDA to implement the so-called “GIPSA rule” drew criticism from livestock industry leaders this week at a House Agriculture subcommittee hearing. Kansas rancher and cattle feeder Tracy Brunner, president of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, says they’re concerned the rule will make USDA “the ultimate arbiter of how cattle are marketed”. “Our… Read more »

Nebraska governor announces Asia trade mission

Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts has announced he will lead a trade mission to China and Hong Kong in November. Nebraska ag director Greg Ibach will be part of that mission. “China is a very important market just because of the sheer size of the market and the market opportunity looking into the future,” Ibach says…. Read more »

Cattle industry’s struggles discussed at hearing

The long stretch of financial losses in the cattle feeding business came up for discussion this morning at a House Agriculture subcommittee hearing in Washington. Dr. David Anderson, an ag economist at Texas A&M University, said the depressed cattle market is fairly easy to explain. “I think it’s worth remembering that markets and incentives work,”… Read more »

Report: Monsanto will reject Bayer’s bid

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According to a report by the Reuters news agency, Monsanto has decided to reject Bayer’s 62 billion dollar acquisition bid and will seek a higher price. Reuters cites sources who say Monsanto officials believe shareholders deserve a better offer and are confident of their “standalone plan” if the deal fails to materialize. Brownfield’s request for… Read more »

Nebraska corn planting reaches 90 percent

Corn planting is winding up across most of Nebraska.  As of Sunday, 90 percent of the crop was planted, which is near the five-year average. Emergence stands at 51 percent, behind the 62 average. Soybean planting and emergence are both running behind normal, with planting at 54 percent and emergence at 13 percent. The first… Read more »

Iowa corn progress still ahead of normal

Despite some weather challenges this spring, the pace of corn planting and emergence in Iowa continues to run a few days ahead of normal. As of Sunday, corn planting was 96 percent complete, six days ahead of the five-year average, while corn emergence, at 75 percent, was four days ahead of normal.  The first corn… Read more »

Costco initiates approval process for Nebraska chicken plant site

Costco has initiated the approval process to locate a chicken processing plant near Fremont in east-central Nebraska. The company has filed a petition for annexation and rezoning of land at Hills Farm, an industrial tract located south of Fremont. Cecilia Harry, executive director of the Greater Fremont Development Council, has been working with Costco on the project…. Read more »

A challenge to HSUS’ Meatless Monday claims

The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) is reportedly working to spread Meatless Mondays by targeting the institutional foodservice sector. According to a report on POLITICO, HSUS claims success in getting 200 school districts across the country to sign on to the Meatless Monday concept. They’re also focused on hospitals, senior homes and corporate… Read more »

Consumer panel shares food concerns

Ask five urban consumers about their food concerns and you’re likely to hear a variety of answers. At this week’s Strategy Conference on Animal Agriculture in suburban Chicago, a panel of Chicago-area residents talked about some of the concerns they have with the food that they buy and the way it is produced. Vicky, who is a marine mammal… Read more »

Poll: Iowa farmers ready to act on higher prices

A poll of Iowa soybean producers finds the improvement in soybean prices this spring is motivating them to sell what’s left of their 2015 crop. In that poll, conducted May 7th through the 15th by Agri-Pulse and the Iowa Soybean Association, 37 percent of respondents said a price of $10.25 would compel them to sell. … Read more »