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USDA proposes decreased membership on Beef Promotion Board

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Marketing Service announced a final decision to decrease membership on the Cattlemen’s Beef Promotion and Research Board from 103 to 100 members. The law authorizing the board requires the board’s size to change with shifts in cattle inventory levels. FULL STORY »

USMEF Audio Report: Hosting Congressional delegation from Mexico

This week the U.S. Meat Export Federation is hosting a Congressional delegation from Mexico for a firsthand look at U.S. meat production. Also included in the delegation is the coordinator of livestock development for Mexico’s Department of Agriculture, Livestock, Rural Development, Fisheries and Food. FULL STORY »

The fork in the road

This autumn will mark the 30th anniversary of deliberations leading up to the 1985 Farm Bill. That legislation was noteworthy for several changes in government agricultural policy but most memorable for those of us in the cattle industry was the provision for a national beef checkoff mandated by the federal government. FULL STORY »

Angus VNR: Genetics may solve cattle health challenges Play video

Health isn't all about reaction. Holly Neibergs, Washington State University animal scientist, shares insight on a comprehensive research project aimed at identifying the role genetics can play in reducing Bovine Respiratory Disease (BRD) cases in a herd. FULL STORY »

USMEF Audio Report: New U.S. Lamb Cut Chart Guide

With funding support from the American Lamb Board, the U.S. Meat Export Federation has developed a new U.S. Lamb Cut Chart Guide to help promote U.S. lamb in international markets. FULL STORY »

Legislation introduced to invalidate CWA proposed rule

The Environmental Protection Agency and the Army Corp of Engineers continue to be in hot water on Capitol Hill over the proposed rule expanding federal jurisdiction over “waters of the United States.” FULL STORY »

Processed meat can play role in healthy diet, AMI says

The American Meat Institute is urging the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (DGAC) to consider “realistic” factors, including cultural forces, family influences, personal food preferences, changes in meal patterns and advertising, among others, when developing the 2015 Dietary Guidelines. FULL STORY »

Jay Leno to address Farm Bureau's 96th Annual Convention

Acclaimed late night TV host Jay Leno will give the closing session keynote address at the 96th AFBF Annual Convention and IDEAg Trade Show in San Diego on Jan. 12, 2015. FULL STORY »

USMEF Audio Report: May shows strong momentum U.S. beef, pork

U.S. beef and pork exports maintained their strong momentum in May, with double-digit increases in export value for both products compared to last year. Beef exports in May were up 5 percent in volume to 102,967 metric tons (mt) and 15 percent in value ($589 million). FULL STORY »

USB reports results of consumers’ attitudes toward GMOs

Although consumer awareness about biotechnology and GMOs skyrocketed in 2014, only 2 percent of consumers cite GMOs as a barrier to eating foods or beverages, according to the 21st Annual Consumer Attitudes about Nutrition study. FULL STORY »

New way sought for captive grain shippers to challenge rail rates

National Grain and Feed Association (NGFA) has submitted an extensive proposal urging the federal Surface Transportation Board (STB) to establish new rules and procedures that captive grain shippers could use to challenge rail freight rates they believe are unreasonable. FULL STORY »

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