Issues That Matter

Where’s the beef from?

So how much of our beef actually comes from foreign sources? Researchers with USDA’s Economic Research Service explored that question in the recent report titled “U.S. red meat production from foreign-born animals,” published in the journal Agricultural Sciences. FULL STORY »

Would an ethanol waiver reduce corn prices?

Livestock producers, along with several national and state elected officials, are calling for a waiver of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), which requires fuel blenders to include a set volume of ethanol in gasoline. But whether or not a waiver would bring lower corn prices depends on a complex set of factors, according to a new report from Purdue University economists. FULL STORY »

Issues that Matter: Eye in the sky: EPA defends feedlot flyovers

In response to criticism last month, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency claims it has legal authority and precedent for using aerial photography to monitor compliance with the Clean Water Act. FULL STORY »

Issues that matter: BSE found in California

America’s fourth case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy was confirmed late last month in a press briefing by the USDA. FULL STORY »

Issues that matter: Driver’s ed

Whether it’s a rancher hauling a few cows to the sale barn or a commercial trucker loading a semi with “fats” for the packer, drivers play a vital role in beef quality assurance and animal welfare. FULL STORY »

Issues that matter: FDA issues new antibiotic guidance

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued a new guidance on the use of antibiotics in livestock production, drawing mixed responses from livestock organizations and groups opposed to antibiotics in agriculture. FULL STORY »

United States appeals WTO ruling on COOL

The U.S. Trade Representative announced last month the appeal of the World Trade Organization’s ruling claiming our mandatory country of-origin labeling rules violate trade agreements. FULL STORY »

NBAF redesign cuts risk DHS says

Design modifications to the National Bio- and Agro-Defense Facility, under construction near Kansas State University, reduce the risk of an accidental release of dangerous pathogens to nearly zero. FULL STORY »

Outlining the risk of FMD

An outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease in the United States could shut down beef and pork exports and profoundly disrupt our markets for years. FULL STORY »

NBAF funding cut from White House budget

President Obama’s federal budget recommends that no new funding be allocated for the construction of a new biosecurity lab in Manhattan, Kan. FULL STORY »

Issues that matter: Don Good, noted cattle judge, dies

Don L. Good, former head of the Department of Animal Sciences and Industry at Kansas State University and a distinguished and influential livestock judge, died Feb. 14, 2012, at his home in Manhattan, Kan. He was 90. FULL STORY »

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