Issues That Matter

Know your genetics companies

The science and application of DNA testing and genomic-enhanced selection in beef cattle continues to advance. Recent changes in the two major companies offering genomics services, however, could create some confusion. FULL STORY »

Warm, dry spring is Forecast

A developing La Niña in the Pacific Ocean could provide favorable conditions for a return of drought to the Central Plains in 2013. FULL STORY »

Expect high prices, low returns

Prices for all cattle and calves are expected to remain strong throughout 2013, with analysts predicting prices to set new record highs this spring. FULL STORY »

Ascent of the chicken wing

Beef really needs a chicken-wing equivalent. FULL STORY »

McDonald’s lets Aussies “TrackMyMacca’s” Play video

Consumers want to know where their food comes from, and - in Australia at least - McDonald's is utilizing cutting-edge technology to identify farmers, ranchers, fishermen and other suppliers. FULL STORY »

Issues that Matter: COOL confusion

Does mandatory country-of-origin labeling increase consumer demand for U.S. beef? R-CALF USA believes it does. FULL STORY »

Farmland prices: Boom or bubble?

Can the trend in farm and ranch real estate prices continue? A new report from the American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research examines current patterns in the price of U.S. land. FULL STORY »

Farm employment, wages increase

The number of workers hired on U.S. farms and ranches increased this summer and fall, as did their wages compared with the same periods a year ago. According to a recent Farm Labor report from USDA, there were 872,000 workers hired directly by farm operators during the week of Oct. 7 to 13, 2012, up more than 5 percent from the same week in October 2011. FULL STORY »

Mixed reactions to EPA’s decision on RFS

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced it will retain the current Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), turning down requests for a waiver due to high corn prices. As corn prices spiked in the face of this summer’s drought, livestock and food organizations, and some state governors, petitioned the EPA to temporarily suspend the RFS, which currently mandates that fuel companies use 13.2 billion gallons of biofuel this year. FULL STORY »

Voters reject Proposition 37 and Measure 5

Voters in California and North Dakota rejected two ballot initiatives that were opposed by agriculture groups. Both measures generated interest from far outside those states from food advocates and animal rights activists. FULL STORY »

U.N. appointment positive for beef producers

Last month the United Nations announced the selection of Frank Mitloehner, PhD, to chair a committee within the U.N.’s Food and Agricultural Organization to measure and assess the environmental impacts of the livestock industry. FULL STORY »

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