Pork producers watching New Jersey

The latest battleground over the use of gestation stalls in pork production is New Jersey. New Jersey governor Chris Christie has until early December to veto a bill that would outlaw gestation stalls in the state. And even though there are only about 10-thousand hogs in the entire state, Christie’s decision is being closely watched… Read more »

Johnson urges COOL appeal

South Dakota Senator Tim Johnson, one of the original authors of the Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) law, is urging the administration to appeal the recent World Trade Organization ruling that he says undermines the COOL program. Johnson, along with Senators Jon Tester of Montana and Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota, have written to U.S…. Read more »

Net farm income down 21 percent

USDA says U.S. net farm income for 2014 will be down 21 percent from last year, dropping from 123 billion to 97 billion dollars. Higher production expenses are the main driver of the drop in net farm income. Total production expenses are forecast to increase almost six percent in 2014 extending a four-year upward trend… Read more »

State beef group works on ’85 checkoff

The Federation of State Beef Councils says it’s working to develop a more workable beef checkoff. Jennifer Houston, vice chair of the Federation, tells Brownfield a second beef checkoff proposed by Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack is not a good option – and – that’s why they’re working toward improving the 1985 Act that established the… Read more »

MO Farm Bureau against wind energy line

The Missouri Farm Bureau has submitted written testimony to the Missouri Public Service Commission (PSC) – opposing a proposed wind-energy generated electric transmission line. The proposed Grain Belt Express Clean Line would stretch from Kansas – eastward. Missouri Farm Bureau President Blake Hurst tells Brownfield the line would cut clear across north Missouri, “I tell… Read more »

A-FAN works to expand Nebraska’s livestock industry

When you think about the livestock industry in Nebraska, the beef industry is probably the first thing that comes to mind. But Willow Holoubek, executive director of the A-FAN, says there’s plenty of opportunity to expand other livestock sectors as well. “Beef is our foundation,” Holoubek says, “but the pork, dairy and poultry industries all… Read more »

Incoming NCBA president on 3 T’s

The incoming president of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association sees potential for progress with the new Republican-led Congress next year. Phillip Ellis says he’s identified ‘the three T’s” as priorities for NCBA, “We could maybe move along now Trade Promotion Authority which the president wants and a Republican congress might support. TPP, Trans Pacific Partnership…. Read more »

Vesicular Stomatitis found in two Nebraska cattle herds

The Nebraska Department of Agriculture reports the livestock disease Vesicular Stomatitis (VS) has been diagnosed in cattle on two farms in Wheeler County in north-central Nebraska. Nebraska agriculture director Greg Ibach says they are working to determine the source of the disease. And because the disease can be transmitted by nose to nose contact, Ibach… Read more »

Growing wealth buoys U.S. meat exports

The value and volume of meat exports from the U.S. has grown significantly.  Through September the value of beef and pork exports have each exceeded $5 billion, according to Leann Saunders, the Chairperson of the U.S. Meat Export Federation. “If you look at that achievement compared to, say, three years ago, in those years we… Read more »

OCA replacement female sale

The Ohio Cattlemen’s Association will hold a replacement female sale on Friday, November 28 at the Muskingum Livestock Auction in Zanesville. John Grimes, Extension beef coordinator at Ohio State University says consignments include mature cow, less than five years of age and bred heifers. “And we do have a good bit of breed diversity this… Read more »