Issues That Matter

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 »

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: Protein, weight gain and body fat

Results of a recent study at the Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Louisiana indicate that excess calories, whether from low- or high-protein diets, contribute to weight gain and body fat. FULL STORY »

Issues that matter: ALF takes credit for Harris Farms fire

Animal-rights activists have claimed responsibility for the Jan. 8, 2012, arson fire that heavily damaged 14 tractors and several cattle trailers at Harris Farms in Fresno County, Calif. FULL STORY »

Perception GAP: Dialogue to meet call for welfare standards

For nearly 20 years, the beef industry has pursued a goal of becoming more consumer oriented. FULL STORY »

For nearly 20 years, the beef industry has pursued a goal of beco

Farmland values rose 25 percent during the past year in several Midwestern and Western states, the biggest one-year spike for at least three decades. FULL STORY »

GIPSA rule sent to OMB, minus major component

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has forwarded a stripped-down version of new Grain Inspection, Packers & Stockyards Administration rule to the White House Office of Management and Budget for review before final implementation. FULL STORY »

Wal-Mart adds Choice

Wal-Mart’s decision to add Choice beef to the meat cases in all 3,800 of its U.S. stores is big news for American cattlemen, and it’s likely to make many other retail grocers nervous. FULL STORY »

Closing the gap in agricultural production

Global agricultural production needs to continue growing at a significant pace to keep up with food needs, according to the 2011 Global Agricultural Productivity Report from the Global Harvest Initiative. FULL STORY »

Welfare labeling: Do consumers want it?

We often hear that consumers want more information about their food, such as the livestock-production practices behind a package of meat or dairy products in the grocery case. FULL STORY »

Fueling the debate

In this year’s round of feed versus fuel, is fuel winning? The question came to the forefront when USDA’s July Feed Outlook report and World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates projected that this year, for the first time, corn used for ethanol production in the United States will exceed that used for feed. FULL STORY »

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