Kalmbach Feeds holds Open House

Kalmbach Feeds has taken another step to set it apart from the competition. Kalmbach President, Paul Kalmbach says the opening of their state-of-the-art manufacturing facility sets a new standard in the industry. “What it will mean is that we will be able to raise the standard in the retail products business in the feed industry,”… Read more »

Dropping temps and PEDv

The forecast for dropping temperatures may be causing pork producers to flashback to last winter and the outbreak of the Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus (PEDv). State Veterinarian (in Ohio) Dr. Tony Forshey says there’s reason for concern. “We’re going to go in here now with still a population of our swine that don’t have a lot… Read more »

NACD expresses concerns with WOTUS rule

The National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD) has joined the long list of organizations asking the EPA to withdraw its proposed “Waters of the U.S.” rule. In comments filed with the EPA, NACD says the proposed rule would “substantially expand” Clean Water Act jurisdiction, granting EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers “broad authority and… Read more »

NCBA files WOTUS comments with EPA

The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) has filed its official comments on the proposed “waters of the U.S.” rule, calling on the EPA to withdraw the rule and start over. “There are so many issues, both substantively and procedurally, that the agency must withdraw the rule and start the process over,” says Ashley McDonald (pictured),… Read more »

Some progress in TPP negotiations

Officials report some progress was made in recent negotiations on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement.  But they say there are still significant areas of disagreement, including the United States’ insistence that Japan lower its barriers to agricultural imports. Following a recent TPP negotiating session in Australia, Japan’s economic minister said that while there is “no prospect… Read more »

Vilsack: No COOL appeal until 2015

Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack says if the U.S. appeals the recent WTO ruling on Country of Origin Labeling, it won’t be filed until after the first of the year. The U.S. Trade Representative’s office is in the process of considering an appeal. Meanwhile, Vilsack says the USDA will try to find a compromise for COOL…. Read more »

U.S. works to regain lamb business in Taiwan

U.S. lamb producers are trying to regain access to international markets that are still closed because of issues related to the 2003 bovine spongiform encephalopathy case in Washington state. U.S. Meat Export Federation technical services manager Travis Arp says an especially attractive high-value market for U.S. lamb is Taiwan. “The hotel and restaurant sector is… Read more »

Another sales record for Certified Hereford Beef

Certified Hereford Beef (CHB) LLC set another sales record in fiscal year 2014. Sales grew two percent to 50.2 million pounds.  Since 2008, CHB sales have increased by 43 percent. Company officials say they’re pleased with the continued growth, which took place despite tight cattle supplies, record high beef prices and a consumer trend of… Read more »

Another Nebraska county is ‘Livestock Friendly’

Knox County is Nebraska’s newest county to receive the “Livestock Friendly County” designation through the Nebraska Department of Agriculture. Knox County is the 28th county to receive that designation. The Livestock Friendly classification demonstrates a county’s commitment to rural economic development through livestock production.  To receive the designation, the county board must hold a public… Read more »

Groundwater contamination issue in Wisconsin

Six environmental groups have filed a petition with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) asking the agency to investigate groundwater contamination in Kewaunee County in northeastern Wisconsin.  The petition charges the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources has failed to protect residential drinking water through its powers to regulate groundwater and oversight of large livestock operations…. Read more »