Laura Mushrush

America’s price of food more budget friendly than other countries

It’s no secret that the price of groceries is on the rise, hitting American consumers deep in the pocketbook. In a recent USDA Economic Research Service report, the average American spent 6.6 percent of their household budget on groceries for home or 11 percent when eating out costs are factored in. FULL STORY »

Monday Market Sentiment: Fed cattle prices on the rise

Fed cattle prices keep gaining steam, with the 5-area cash cattle price peaking at $157.70, up $4.04 from the previous week. FULL STORY »

Economic impacts on consumer food insecurity

The ability for a household to adequately put food on the table is impacted by many factors, specifically economic resources, says U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Economic Research Service “Prevalence of U.S. Food Insecurity Is Related to Changes in Unemployment, Inflation, and the Price of Food” study. FULL STORY »

I’m a Drover: American cowboy, American soldier Image Gallery

At first glance, Bill Brodie comes across as a tough customer. Brown hair, sprinkled with gray, is covered by a stiff-crowned ball cap, partially shielding skin weathered from years spent out in the sun. Taking a step, his right leg remains stiff — wooden memorabilia from the jungles of Vietnam. FULL STORY »

Monday Market Sentiment: Holiday cookouts boost boxed beef prices

Fed cattle prices are on the rise again, after a slight decrease last week, moving the 5-area cash cattle price up to $153.66. FULL STORY »

Brilliance cannot be found in a soy burger

“Is it all naturally derived?” asks New York Mets catcher Anthony Recker during a taste-test of a new plant-based burger. Apparently the jock has a reputation for avoiding anything with preservatives and is cutting back on his red meat consumption. FULL STORY »

Consumer’s decisions to purchase organic products driven by GMOs

Genetically modified organisms – the main reason parents are pushing their shopping carts into the organic section says the Organic Trade Association’s (OTA’s) U.S. Families’ Organic Attitudes and Beliefs 2014 Tracking Study. FULL STORY »

Ties to the past, eye on the future Play video

Lynda Stuart and her family run a Virginia ranch that has operated continuously since 1774. At the BIF conference, she outlines how the operation has adapted to modern times, using artificial insemination, crossbreeding and feedyard data to improve genetic progress. FULL STORY »

Monday Market Sentiment: Choice primal rib, boxed beef burn it up

After making huge strides in the past couple weeks, the 5-area cash cattle price leveled off to $149.18, down slightly from the previous week’s price of $149.31. FULL STORY »

From the BIF conference: Getting back to basics in selection Play video

Cheramie Viator consults with Silver Spur Ranches and other large operations in their genetic-selection process. FULL STORY »

Producers take action against Chipotle’s beef import plan

In the following days after Chipotle Mexican Grill’s official statement announcing their plans to import Australian grass-fed beef to meet their “Food With Integrity” and “Responsibly Raised Beef” standards because United States cattle ranchers were not able to meet the demand, cattle producers and industry leaders have taken the time to speak up about the situation. FULL STORY »

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