Brett Wessler

SD representatives pressing Vilsack to renew livestock program

The new Farm Bill costing an estimated $956 billion over the next 10 years is expected to be signed by President Obama as early as this Friday, but representatives in South Dakota are already encouraging Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack to renew programs assisting livestock producers who lost animals in an early October blizzard. FULL STORY »

Cargill plan shares more information with consumers

Communications tactics beginning in late-January share more information about the ground beef produced by Cargill, including finely textured beef, offering additional transparency to its customers. FULL STORY »

Tyson benefits from rising beef prices, restaurants pass on costs

Rising beef prices which topped $200 multiple times throughout the last months of 2013 helped Tyson Foods beat its first-quarter target. FULL STORY »

Young farmers and ranchers embracing technology in the field

Young farmers and ranchers shared their view of the industry last weekend, identifying trends they’re most excited about and areas of concern. FULL STORY »

Cattle production in Africa benefits from “crowdfarming”

A crowdfunding site dedicated to building the cattle industry in sub-Saharan Africa gives cattle farmers in Ghana an opportunity to achieve independence while becoming a solution to hunger and poverty. FULL STORY »

Monday Market Sentiment: Cash trade surpasses last week’s record

Another week and another new record in the cash cattle market. Cash prices rolled on last week with sales reaching up to $150 per hundredweight, breaking the record of $144 per hundredweight set the previous week. FULL STORY »

No rain leading to no cattle in California

Drought conditions are improving across most of the country; however the dry pastureland across most of California is forcing state cattle producers to make life-changing decisions. FULL STORY »

Rural economic growth continues, factors create long-term concern

Rural communities across the Midwest heavily dependent on agriculture and energy continue to see economic growth but at a slower rate than previous months. FULL STORY »

Computer chip sends alert to combat food waste

Technology accounting for more than just a food product’s sell-by date may help consumers cut back on the amount of food they waste while saving their budget as many food prices rise. FULL STORY »

Permanent display at Nebraska State Fair presents future of ag

New exhibits, demonstrations and videos at the Nebraska State Fair in Grand Island will share industry accomplishments and future plans for the state’s agricultural industry. FULL STORY »

Wolf attacks have lasting effect on cattle herd

Cattle producers losing a member of the herd to an attack by a predator don’t just lose one animal, a recent study shows how the rest of the herd is affected. FULL STORY »

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