Greg Henderson

Americans skeptical of “greenwashing,” including organic – Poll

A March 2013 Harris Poll finds more Americans are concerned about the environment, but that concern is not translating into willingness to pay extra for ‘green’ products, including organic. Many see organic labels as an excuse to charge more. FULL STORY »

Losses increase for cattle feeders and packers

Cattle feeders and beef packers continue to struggle with heavy losses. Both saw their margins take another hit last week as boxed beef prices decline. Pork producers saw their margins improve modestly. FULL STORY »

Coal, cattle are most damaging to the environment, study says

A United Nations-backed report says coal-fired power generation in Asia and cattle ranching in South America are the most damaging businesses for the environment. FULL STORY »

Stocker/feeder price roller coaster continues

Higher grain prices, lower feeder cattle futures contracts and a struggling fed cattle market all contributed to the uneasiness in last week’s stocker and feeder cattle markets. Cool spring temperatures delayed the start of grazing season. FULL STORY »

World food plentiful, but politics and policies interfere

The world is producing plenty of food, but inappropriate policies and poor management create major obstacles to feeding a growing population, according to Cornell University professor Per Pinstrup-Andersen. FULL STORY »

RFS Reform Act proposal would eliminate biofuels mandate

Congressmen introduce legislation that would ease what they believe are the impacts of the ethanol mandate, gaining approval from livestock groups. Opponents claim gutting the RFS is "circular logic" that benefits the oil industry. FULL STORY »

Cattle feeding margins improve, packer margins slip

Cattle feeding margins improved $30 per head last week, but cattle feeders continue to struggle with heavy losses. Beef packer margins eroded as cash cattle bids were $1 per hundredweight higher. Pork producer margins improved modestly. FULL STORY »

MRSA study flawed, resistance debate far from over

A European study claims to have uncovered the animal-to-human link of antimicrobial resistance. Not so fast, says a former USDA undersecretary for Food Safety, who finds the study has major flaws. FULL STORY »

Stocker-feeder market rallies on improving weather, corn decline

Good news travels fast, and stocker and feeder cattle buyers found lower corn prices and large planting intentions to their liking. Spurred by corn’s decline and improving grazing conditions, prices for all classes of cattle moved significantly higher. FULL STORY »

OIG: Checkoff audit finds no evidence of wrongdoing

A recently completed audit of the beef checkoff program by the Office of Inspector General has determined that the $52 million program is operating according to law and USDA regulations. FULL STORY »

Cattle feeding losses remain above $100 per head

Cattle feeding margins improved only modestly after last week's price rally. Beef packers saw their margins decline significantly with higher bids and declining boxed beef prices. FULL STORY »

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