Mary Soukup

'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 »

USTR touts progress on removing trade barriers

Removing tariff and non-tariff barriers to trade in 2013 resulted in improved access for U.S. products in foreign markets, according to three reports the Office of the United States Trade Representative sent to President Obama and Congress. FULL STORY »

Cattle feeding margins above $240 for the past month

For the past month, cattle feeding margins have averaged more than $240 per head, according to the Sterling Beef Profit Tracker. FULL STORY »

DC Circuit Court denies COOL appeal

A federal court on Friday, March 28, rejected a legal challenge of the U.S. Mandatory Country-of-Origin-Labeling (COOL) law by the American Meat Institute and other meat and livestock industry stakeholders. FULL STORY »

Lesser prairie chicken listed as threatened species

In a move that has lawmakers, farmers and ranchers, oil and gas companies, and other energy companies calling foul, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced Thursday, March 27, its plans to list the lesser prairie chicken (LPC) as a threatened species under the Endangered Species List. FULL STORY »

Take a minute

As a general rule of thumb, I try not to “go all softie” in the articles I write. Whether it’s about the latest market information, a proposed policy in Washington, D.C., consumer trends or new science, I try to stick to the “meat and potatoes” rather than the mushy and gushy. FULL STORY »

USDA proposes smaller beef checkoff board

USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service is proposing to downsize the Cattlemen’s Beef Promotion and Research Board from 103 to 99 members. FULL STORY »

EPA, Corps propose expanded Clean Water Act authority

The Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers applied a narrow Supreme Court opinion from 2006 to propose a rule Tuesday that would expand federal jurisdiction over streams, wetlands and other waters. FULL STORY »

Normal food price inflation projected in 2014

The latest Consumer Price Index from USDA indicates that all food prices increased 0.3 percent from January to February 2014 and 1.4 percent compared to February 2013 price levels. FULL STORY »

NFU sends budget priorities to Capitol Hill

As the House Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee continues working on its appropriations bill for fiscal year 2015, the National Farmers Union submitted their funding priorities to the subcommittee for consideration. FULL STORY »

Feeder margins mostly steady

Cattle feeding margins inched higher last week, finishing the week at $247.11 per head compared to $246.79 the previous week, according to the Sterling Beef Profit Tracker. FULL STORY »

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