Spotlight on Economics: Who is driving food standards?

Americans enjoy relatively low-cost food when measured as a percent of our income. For several decades, food expenditures in the U.S. have been between 10 and 11 percent of our disposable income. FULL STORY »

Food prices, ag economy tied to proper labor reform

An approach to agricultural labor reform that focuses solely on immigration enforcement would raise food prices over five years by an additional 5 percent to 6 percent and would cut the nation’s food and fiber production by as much as a staggering $60 billion. FULL STORY »

Public misconception about modern ag could have global impact

Criticism of modern U.S. agricultural production practices and the desire of some to move toward organic and local methods would affect lives on a global scale, according to the next Heuermann Lecturer. FULL STORY »

Finally, a Farm Bill

The path to this piece of legislation began in 2011 on a note of optimism, followed by the failure of the Supercommittee to come to agreement on deficit reduction targets even though the Ag committees had submitted a budget that met the targets. The consequence of this failure was the sequestration-dictated, across-the-board cuts to all programs followed by an early January 2013 extension of the 2008 Farm Bill, which had expired at the end of September 2012. FULL STORY »

Consumers prioritize food qualities

Modern buzzwords about American agriculture and food production lead many to believe consumers are most concerned with how livestock are raised, but two qualities often left out of the conversation still rank at the top. FULL STORY »

Evaluating commodity program choices in the new farm bill

The new farm bill has revised the farm safety net, requiring farmers and landowners to sort through a series of decisions. FULL STORY »

CAST video bridges knowledge gap in feed vs. food debate Play video

Dr. Jude Capper and other university authors extend the message presented in Issue Paper #53 to battle misconceptions presuming animal agriculture competes for human food supplies. FULL STORY »

Regional hubs to help ag mitigate impacts of changing climate

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the creation of the first ever Regional Hubs for Risk Adaptation and Mitigation to Climate Change at seven locations around the country. FULL STORY »

U.S. Senate passes long-overdue farm bill, sends to Obama

The U.S. Senate gave final congressional approval on Tuesday to a farm bill, costing an estimated $956 billion over a decade, that trims food stamps for the poor, expands federal crop insurance and ends direct payments to farmers, and sent it to President Barack Obama for his expected signature. FULL STORY »

Cattle business helps Olympian qualify for Sochi

Cattle sales play a vital role in getting one U.S. snowboarder from an Idaho ranch to the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics. FULL STORY »

Tyson benefits from rising beef prices, restaurants pass on costs

Rising beef prices which topped $200 multiple times throughout the last months of 2013 helped Tyson Foods beat its first-quarter target. FULL STORY »

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