Long-term optimism down among ag lenders

Lower expected land values, increased anticipated interest rates and an expected increase in non-performing loans has agricultural lenders less optimistic than they were last fall according to the Spring 2014 Agricultural Lender Survey conducted by Kansas State University. FULL STORY »

Now Is The Time To Act

The U.S. beef checkoff has added value to the beef cattle we produce. There is no doubt about it. 
 FULL STORY »

Commentary: Problems come in threes

There are numerous problems with CSPI’s lawsuit by demanding that salmonella be declared an adulterant. But a review of only the top three reveals the group’s disconnect from reality. FULL STORY »

Review finds flaws with EPA analysis of proposed CWA rule

A review of the EPA’s economic analysis of its proposed rule to expand the definition “waters of the United States” has an economist urging the federal agency to go back to the drawing table in its estimation of the proposal’s economic impact. FULL STORY »

Forty-three percent of food budget spent on food away from home

In the 35 years from 1977 to 2012, the average American household budget spent on food away from home increased from 30 percent to 43 percent and about one third of all calories consumed, according to the latest U.S. Department of Agriculture. FULL STORY »

Legislation introduced to block sage grouse listing

Legislation was introduced in both the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate to prohibit the Department of Interior’s U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service from listing the Greater or Gunnison Sage Grouse under the Endangered Species Act in areas where a state management plan is already in place. FULL STORY »

Protecting us hungry

Reliance on the precautionary principle and opposition to technology – technology that could “improve food availability, lower food costs, and enhance biomedical research, treatments and production – could result in a situation where the United States is exporting our researchers and importing our food. FULL STORY »

Consumers willingness-to-pay for meat down ahead of Memorial Day

With the official start to grilling season less than a week away, USDA is reporting that more retail outlets are offering special rates to consumers who, according to the latest Food Demand Survey, indicated they were not willing to dig as deep into their wallets as they were in previous months. FULL STORY »

Farm protection laws spark controversy

State laws and proactive outreach play roles in stopping and responding to activists’ attempts to eliminate animal agriculture. FULL STORY »

From the May issue: Putting animal welfare into practice

Whether you’re a cow-calf producer in Georgia, a cattle feeder in Washington or a stocker in the Flint Hills of Kansas, it’s a safe bet that your operation adheres to specific plans or programs guiding your cattle business. FULL STORY »

McDonald’s aims to ‘collaborate not mandate’ on sustainability Play video

Earlier this year McDonald’s announced its intent to purchase verified sustainable beef beginning in 2016. FULL STORY »

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