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U.S. sets new ground beef procedures to stop E. coli outbreaks

The U.S. Department of Agriculture on Wednesday announced new procedures for detecting and removing unsafe ground beef from grocery stores and suppliers as part of efforts to prevent potentially deadly illnesses caused by contaminated meat. FULL STORY »

U.S. Plains farmland values hold steady in second quarter

Farmland prices in the U.S. central Plains held steady during the second quarter with the prior three months despite lower farm income, the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City said on Thursday. FULL STORY »

Unmanned aerial vehicles advance agriculture

Unmanned aerial vehicles, more commonly referred to as drones in a majority of media outlets, have played an important role in U.S. military operations. These sophisticated flying machines have proven their utility in this arena, albeit at a huge price. FULL STORY »

The perfect storm

Record-setting cattle prices, a projected bumper grain crop on the horizon, moderation in grain prices — for cattle producers, the opportunity to fully maximize profits has finally arrived. FULL STORY »

History lesson in packing plant closures

“For more than 12 years we’ve been shrinking the U.S. beef herd, so we need fewer processing plants and feedlots than we used to,” Glynn Tonsor, livestock economist for K-State Research and Extension said. FULL STORY »

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 »

Jolley: Five Minutes with Missouri's The Right to Farm

I was happy to see the good folks of Missouri pass an amendment protecting farming, one of our most basic and important pursuits. I wasn't happy that some saw it as a necessary amendment. The biggest surprise was it passed by the slimmest of margins. It was Jenny Craig thin. New York runway model thin. FULL STORY »

Prepare a “calving kit” before fall calving season begins

More and more Oklahoma producers are breeding cattle to calve in the fall. Some producers are planning to “calve out” more replacement heifers than normal to take advantage of high cattle prices. FULL STORY »

Bovine Temperament: A feedlot focus

As a new load of weaned calves enters the feedlot, workers prepare to process the calves upon arrival. Processing would likely include vaccinating these calves to prevent respiratory disease and treating them for parasites, among other regular processing procedures. 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 »

Corn crop still on track for a banner year

Thanks to cooler summer weather, corn conditions remain the best seen since 2004. FULL STORY »

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