Survey shows good support for beef checkoff

Three out of four cattle and dairy producers—76 percent—continue to support the beef checkoff program. “And 81 percent of the people says the beef checkoff has helped contribute to a positive trend in beef demand,” says California cattleman Jimmy Maxey, chairman of the Cattlemen’s Beef Board. In addition, Maxey says, the number of producers who… Read more »

Avian flu is focus of Des Moines meeting

Poultry industry officials and government researchers will meet in Des Moines this week to discuss avian influenza. The discussions will focus on what caused the outbreak in the Midwest this spring and next steps should the virus reemerge this fall and next spring. Dr. Jack Shere with USDA’s Animal Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) says… Read more »

A big week for TPP negotiators

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The Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement could take a big step forward this week as top trade negotiators from the U.S. and 11 other Pacific Rim countries meet on the Hawaiian island of Maui. By most accounts, TPP negotiators have narrowed their focus to a number of key issues and are under pressure to… Read more »

More mink in 2014

Mink pelt production in the United States increased 6 percent in 2014. The National Ag Statistics Service says a total of 3.76 million pelts were produced, the most since 1990*. The value of those pelts was $217 million up 9 percent from 2013. The average pelt brought $57.70 in 2014 up $1.40 from the previous… Read more »

Senate bill would move COOL to voluntary

Bi-partisan legislation introduced by Senate Ag Committee ranking member Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) replaces mandatory Country of Origin labeling with voluntary requirements. Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown a member of the Senate Ag Committee tells Brownfield he would prefer COOL remain mandatory, but he says the move to voluntary will work. “It’s an example of responding bipartisan… Read more »

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 »

AI vaccine looks promising

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U.S. Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack told the House Agriculture Committee Wednesday scientists have developed a vaccine that is 100 percent effective against avian influenza in chickens. Testing is currently underway to determine its effectiveness on turkeys. USDA says the vaccine seed strain was developed by the Ag Department’s Southeast Poultry Research Lab. It targets the… Read more »

TB confirmed in Michigan

The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development confirmed a small Alcona beef herd positive for bovine tuberculosis (TB) during routine testing. This is the second case of TB this year and the 62nd confirmed herd since 1998 in Michigan. Beef and dairy cattle producers are invited to an information meeting in Alcona county August… 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 »