Preparing for harvest

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Farmers aren’t the only ones preparing for harvest. Heritage Cooperative’s grain division manager Ed Nienaber says there are 22 grain facilities with nearly 26 million bushels of grain space to get ready.  “What we’ve done to this point is do the best we can getting all of our facilities pretty much to the point where… Read more »

National Farm Safety and Health Week

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Since President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the first National Farm Safety Week proclamation in 1944, National Farm Safety and Health Week has been recognized by Presidential proclamation from every President since then. On Friday, September 19, President Obama issued the proclamation, proclaiming September 21-27, 2014 as National Farm Safety and Health Week. “And this year’s… Read more »

Historic lows in cattle on feed report

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USDA’s latest cattle on feed report includes some historic lows. Placements during August 2014 were 1.720 million head, down 3% from August 2013, and the lowest for the month since the series of reports started in 1996. That’s due to the very tight supply of feeder cattle, good grazing conditions, and expectations for better wheat… Read more »

President wants a plan to deal with antibiotic resistance

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President Obama signed an executive order Thursday to have the federal government develop a plan to deal with antibiotic resistant bacteria.  It establishes an interagency Task Force and a Presidential Advisory Council charged with monitoring resistant infections, improving regulation of antibiotic use and developing new methods to combat antibiotic resistance. The Task Force is to… Read more »

Zoetis to seek approval for PEDV vaccine

An official with animal health company Zoetis says the company is seeking U.S. approval before the end of this year for a PEDv vaccine. There is only one other vaccine to help prevent Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus in pigs – by Harrisvaccines, which was granted conditional approval from the USDA for its vaccine in June…. Read more »

Vilsack says voluntary conservation programs are working

There’s been considerable debate as to whether farming conservation practices should remain voluntary or be made mandatory.  But Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack believes voluntary programs are working and that farmers are embracing new conservation practices. “We’ve recently done a series of assessments in the Upper Mississippi River Basin and in the Chesapeake Bay area, specifically,… Read more »

NCBA monitors ‘Dietary Guidelines’ process

The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) is keeping a close eye on the development of new federal dietary guidelines to be released in 2015. Kristina Butts is NCBA’s executive director of legislative affairs.  Butts says the dietary guidelines advisory committee, which consists of nutrition and health professionals, has been delving into sustainability and environmental issues… Read more »

Beef herd expansion ‘accelerating’

It looks like the long-awaited expansion of the nation’s beef cattle herd is finally gaining some momentum. Heifer slaughter is down seven percent and beef cow slaughter down 16 percent in 2014. Kevin Good, senior market analyst with CattleFax, says if the trend continues, the cow herd could increase by up to two million head—from… Read more »

Beef demand continues to amaze

As cattle and beef prices continue to set record highs, a common question among cattlemen is “will we reach a point where people stop eating beef?” John Lundeen, senior executive director of market research for the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, says beef demand remains strong and shows no signs of weakening.  But is there a price… Read more »

NCBA hammers away at EPA’s water rule

The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) is encouraging its members and all cattlemen to submit comments on the EPA’s “Waters of the U.S.” rule. NCBA environmental counsel Ashley McDonald says, in the case of cattlemen, the impact of the rule will be significant. “If you increase regulation by the federal government to include things like… Read more »