COOL measures introduced in Senate

Two pieces of legislation related to country of origin labeling (COOL) have been introduced in the U.S. Senate. Legislation introduced by Senate Ag Committee chairman Pat Roberts would repeal COOL requirements for beef, pork and poultry. Roberts says it will prevent retaliatory tariffs by Mexico and Canada. His measure mirrors the action taken by the… Read more »

Monsanto’s Fraley reacts to Syngenta’s earnings report

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Syngenta released its earnings report for the first half of the year today (Thursday).  The numbers were viewed as positive by many analysts and Syngenta officials say it bolsters their case against a takeover bid by Monsanto. We discussed this latest news with Dr. Robb Fraley, chief technology officer for Monsanto, who has been very… Read more »

New development in Iowa water quality dispute

There’s a new development in the water quality dispute between Des Moines Water Works and Iowa farmers. The Greater Des Moines Partnership says it wants to help find a solution to the dispute.  The business group wants to bring together business, farming, water, environmental and legislative leaders to find long-term solutions to Iowa’s water quality… Read more »

COOL debate continues

The debate over country of origin labeling (COOL) continues. The National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) is urging Senators to take up legislation to repeal COOL before they leave town in early August for a month-long recess. NPPC says full repeal of COOL is necessary to avoid retaliatory tariffs by Canada and Mexico. Colin Woodall, vice… Read more »

Iowa ranchers recognized for environmental efforts

The Rowe Ranch, owned by Glenn and Bev Rowe of Lorimor, Iowa, is one of seven regional honorees in the national Environmental Stewardship Award Program (ESAP). The award recognizes the outstanding stewardship practices employed on the ranch. Glenn Rowe says rotational grazing is a big part of what they do. “We rotate our cows about… Read more »

China’s beef appetite grows; U.S. remains on sideline

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China’s appetite for beef continues to grow. Just four years ago, China’s beef imports totaled only 112 million dollars for an entire calendar year. Through May of this year, imports exceeded 700 million dollars – up 17 percent from the record pace of 2014. Unfortunately, the U.S. beef industry has not benefited from that growth…. Read more »

Hot, humid weather aids Iowa crop development

Last week’s hot and humid weather boosted crop development across much of Iowa. Over half of Iowa’s corn crop reached the silking stage, with 83 percent rated good to excellent.  Soybeans blooming or beyond reached 62 percent and 15 percent of soybeans were setting pods.  Soybean condition rated 77 percent good to excellent this week…. Read more »

Nebraska’s wheat harvest now ahead of average

Nebraska’s wheat harvest is now 62 percent complete, slightly ahead of the five-year average of 56 percent.  However, the rating of the crop remains mixed at best—33 percent good to excellent, 32 percent fair, and 35 percent poor to very poor. Last week’s hot and humid conditions boosted the development of Nebraska’s row crops.  Corn silking… Read more »

No complaints this summer in the Nebraska Sandhills

It’s been a good summer in Nebraska range country. Barb Cooksley and her husband George ranch near Anselmo in the Nebraska Sandhills. “We’re putting up prairie hay right now and it’s a good crop,” Cooksley says. “In June, we had close to seven inches of rain and it came just as nice as we could… Read more »

Drought takes its toll on California’s cattle producers

California is entering its fifth year of drought and it’s taking its toll on the state’s cattle producers. For some, like Melanie Fowle of Etna, California, the drought’s impact is just too difficult to talk about. “Yes, it’s a crisis—I can hardly talk about it,” says Fowle, her voice breaking with emotion. Fowle tells Brownfield they’ve… Read more »