Editorial

Cost-effective fuel in rural Africa without deforestation

Most, if not all, food in Guédé Chantier, Senegal is cooked over a wood fire. This is typical of the situation in much of rural sub-Saharan Africa. The acquiring of firewood often is a task that is added to all of the other household and farming/marketing tasks that are carried out by women. FULL STORY »

Cattle Outlook: Cattle futures lower this week

Today's jobs report was somewhat encouraging. Although the unemployment rate held steady at 6.7 percent, the economy added 192,000 jobs during March. More people with jobs is positive for meat demand. FULL STORY »

USDA announces $20 million feral swine control program

Destructive, disease ridden, razorback – all words used to describe feral swine that are rapidly becoming a growing nuisance to farmers and ranchers. FULL STORY »

Commentary: Caribbean caper

When you hear the phrase ‘Cayman Islands hedge fund,’ what comes to mind? Billionaires, financiers and venture capitalists, right? Now you can add (alleged) ‘animal activist group.’ FULL STORY »

Rapid response critical in animal disease outbreak

Rapid implementation of movement controls at the county level play an important role in stopping or slowing the spread of a fast-spreading animal disease like foot-and-mouth disease (FMD), according to an article published in the March 2014 issue of PLOS ONE. FULL STORY »

Schwieterman: Feeder cattle futures close sharply higher

Live cattle futures closed moderately higher on Thursday, with little sign of cash trade being established. Cutouts were lower, as were the carcass weights. FULL STORY »

BeefTalk: A Teachable Moment

If the weather can impact calving, the phone will ring and people will want to know how calving is going. For years, I was able to detail the daily struggles and offer words of encouragement. FULL STORY »

Drought-weary California faces brutal wildfire season

Recent downpours fell far short of pulling California out of drought, and as if the drought didn’t offer enough headaches, a meager snowpack and an already busy wildfire season adds to the gloomy outlook. FULL STORY »

U.S. beef export sales break downhill trend, shipments increase

U.S. beef export sales broke a two week decline, up 4 percent from the previous week. The 13,800 metric tons purchase increases the 27-week average to 13,710 MT, but drops the 4-week average by 6 percent from the previous week. FULL STORY »

'Farmland' gives a glimpse of boots-on-the-ground agriculture Play video

Earlier this week, I was fortunate to be able to attend a screening of Farmland, a documentary that follows six young farmers and ranchers and highlights their challenges, successes and reasons for choosing to make their livelihood in agriculture. FULL STORY »

Affordable Care Act fails to lower rural health care costs

Health care costs have never been considered economical in rural communities, but the divide between rural and urban costs have only been exacerbated by the Affordable Care Act. FULL STORY »

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