Brett Wessler

Cattle prices stay busy during the shutdown

The government furlough will leave some gaps in 2013 cattle market data, but data late last week shows cattle prices remained strong while D.C. took some time off. FULL STORY »

Consumers reconsider high meat prices in October

Grocery shoppers are starting to second-guess the prices they see in the meat aisle as a monthly survey shows consumers are not as willing to pay high prices for most meat options. FULL STORY »

Rabobank: Global effort required to boost ag production in Africa

Rabobank believes a global conglomeration is the key to creating the significant untapped food and agricultural production available in sub-Saharan Africa. FULL STORY »

Drought covers smallest area since May 2012

Precipitation cut the percentage of the United States experiencing at least moderate drought conditions by almost two percent, particularly aiding areas in the central and eastern parts of the country. FULL STORY »

Ag alliance says Meatless Monday not as popular as it claims

The Meatless Monday Campaign, aimed at cutting meat, dairy and egg consumption by 15 percent, is accused of misrepresenting its number of participants, especially in the categories of schools, food service and restaurants. FULL STORY »

Ranchers from neighboring states donating cattle to S.D.

Cattle producers from South Dakota’s neighboring states, as well as farms as far away as Virginia, are showing the country that in the cattle industry we’re all in this together. FULL STORY »

Cattle markets react as estimated S.D. cattle losses swirl

As cattle producers in western South Dakota continue to tally losses following the unexpected blizzard, futures markets react to the idea of even smaller cattle supplies already at their lowest level in over 60 years. FULL STORY »

MIT economist questions ethanol’s role in lower gas prices

A paper co-authored by an MIT economist and an economist from the University of California at Davis question claims by a previous ethanol study showing the biofuel lowers gasoline by $0.89 to $1.09 per gallon. FULL STORY »

Nebraska cattlemen outlook for gains in 2014 affected by storm

Cattle producers from across the country have a bright outlook for the industry next year, with many eyeing crop harvest results to see where feed prices will settle. FULL STORY »

TSCRA investigating possible $100,000 cattle theft

Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association authorities are searching for nineteen cows and calves worth over $100,000 allegedly stolen in eastern Okmulgee County. FULL STORY »

State vet lowers estimated livestock losses from S.D. blizzard

Early estimates of the number of cattle killed as a result of the blizzard last weekend reached upwards of 60,000 but an update by the state veterinarian pins the number under 20,000. FULL STORY »

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