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 »

Passing on the farm; not everyone wants it

While tax laws may have made it easier to pass the farm from one generation to the next, changing times have some families looking at the end of a way of life. FULL STORY »

2014 Farm Bill farm safety net: Summary and brief thoughts

This post contains a summary of key farm safety net provisions. FULL STORY »

Cattle production in Africa benefits from “crowdfarming”

A crowdfunding site dedicated to building the cattle industry in sub-Saharan Africa gives cattle farmers in Ghana an opportunity to achieve independence while becoming a solution to hunger and poverty. FULL STORY »

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