Mary Soukup

NCBA vows to fight USDA plan to create 2nd beef checkoff program

The largest contractor of the Beef Checkoff Program, the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA), said today that U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack’s idea to reform the checkoff by creating another beef checkoff fund is dead on arrival with the grassroots organization. FULL STORY »

California governor vetoes antibiotics bill

Governor Jerry Brown vetoed state Senate Bill 835, legislation that would have phased out the use of antibiotics for growth promotion and required a veterinarian prescription for all antibiotics. FULL STORY »

Not so fast on plans to import beef from Brazil, Argentina

Twice in the last twelve months the U.S. Department of Agriculture has proposed rules to import beef from specific regions of South American countries. And twice in the last twelve months agricultural organizations and lawmakers have met the agency head on and said “not so fast” in moving forward with the proposals due to potential risk of introducing foot and mouth disease (FMD) into the United States. FULL STORY »

Cattle feeding margins down again

Cattle feeders took another hit last week, with profit margins falling more than $93 in the last two weeks. FULL STORY »

Calm cattle and carcass quality

Easily excitable cattle can be dangerous to themselves and cattle-handling personnel. And according to a recent project conducted at North Dakota State University, they may also have lower quality carcasses than calmer cattle. FULL STORY »

White House to take on antibiotic resistance

The White House is joining the fight against antimicrobial resistance. Late last week, President Obama issued an executive order to stop the rise of antibiotic-resistant bacteria, which he calls a “serious threat to public health and the economy.” FULL STORY »

Feeder, packer margins take hits

What goes up, must come down. That was the case for feedlot margins last week. FULL STORY »

Beef favorability at historically high levels

According to the most recent Consumer Beef Index survey conducted by the Beef Checkoff Program, while consumers’ perception of beef remains at historically high levels, current high prices for beef could be the reason for slightly lower favorability compared to recent surveys. FULL STORY »

As feedlot margins improve, packers fall closer to the red

For the third consecutive week, feedlot margins pushed higher, according to the latest data from the Sterling Profit Tracker. FULL STORY »

Consumers willing to dig deeper in wallets for beef

Consumers participating in the monthly Food Demand Survey conducted by Oklahoma State University’s Department of Agricultural Economics reported a willingness to pay more for beef compared to last month and last year. FULL STORY »

Ag credit conditions remain strong despite lower farm income

Credit conditions remained strong in the second quarter of 2014, according to agricultural bankers in the Tenth District of the Federal Reserve, but lower farm income as a result of lower crop prices could put pressure on credit quality going forward. FULL STORY »

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