Mary Soukup

Feedlot margins on the rise

Cattle feeding margins continued gaining ground last week, finishing the week ending September 6 at $222.04, compared to $171.99 the previous week. FULL STORY »

If it looks like a skunk and smells like a skunk…

You know how the rest of that statement goes. I can’t help but think of it when I read, hear or talk about the Environmental Protection Agency’s and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ proposed rule to redefine what waters fall under federal jurisdiction of the Clean Water Act. FULL STORY »

Cattle Feeders Hall of Fame: From coin flip to cattle empire

“Heads, it’s yours. Tails, it’s mine.” It’s a seemingly innocent phrase that has been used in coin flips for generations. Such flips have decided possession of the ball at all levels of football. They’ve been the deciding factor when a decision could not be reached. FULL STORY »

Lessons from the show ring

It’s late July; temperatures are averaging in the mid- to upper-90s nearly every day – that can only mean one thing: it’s county fair time! FULL STORY »

Study claims beef worse for environment than pork, poultry

Should the beef industry consider a new study claiming beef production is worse for the environment than other protein sources a blow to modern beef production, or is it another attempt by the anti-beef community to get beef off the dinner plate? FULL STORY »

EPA in hot water over proposed CWA rule

Despite a recent public relations campaign through Missouri farm country to attempt to calm the waters about the proposed changes to the definition of “Waters of the United States” under the Clean Water Act, the EPA continues to take heat from farmers and ranchers, and lawmakers. FULL STORY »

USDA proposes stricter meat grinding recordkeeping requirements

USDA FSIS is proposing to require all makers of raw ground beef products to keep records to further protect consumers by enhancing the ability to trace ground beef products. FULL STORY »

Consumers less willing to pay for high-priced protein

After jumping in the month of June, consumer willingness-to-pay for beef, pork and poultry products dropped in July but remains higher to this time last year, according to the latest Food Demand Survey from Oklahoma State University’s Department of Agricultural Economics. FULL STORY »

Processed meat can play role in healthy diet, AMI says

The American Meat Institute is urging the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (DGAC) to consider “realistic” factors, including cultural forces, family influences, personal food preferences, changes in meal patterns and advertising, among others, when developing the 2015 Dietary Guidelines. FULL STORY »

Feeder margins stay above $300

While feedlot margins dropped more than $16 last week, they finished the week ending July 12 at $302.56 per head, according to the latest data from the Sterling Beef Profit Tracker. FULL STORY »

Kansas releases draft 50-year water vision

One the of the nation’s top agriculture-producing states is following through on a call to action from its top official to get serious about a long-term vision for water use and conservation. FULL STORY »

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