Mary Soukup

Fetal programming from an expecting mama’s point of view

In about a month, my husband and I will welcome our first child into the world. Over the past eight months, I have paid extra attention to what I put in my body, ensuring that I am not just consuming enough but consuming the right amount of the right stuff. But how do my efforts at “fetal programming” compare to what cows go through before and during gestation? FULL STORY »

Study shows lean beef can help lower blood pressure

As families across America prepare to fire up the grill this weekend for Fourth of July festivities, they should feel even better about their choice to include lean beef in the grilling lineup. FULL STORY »

Feedlot margins top $280

Cattle feeding margins exploded the week before the Fourth of July holiday. Feedlot margins hit $280.08 to finish the week ending June 28. FULL STORY »

New coalition puts the heat on Congress to fix COOL

The battle over the United States’ mandatory country-of-origin-labeling (COOL) law is heating up again as a new coalition of U.S. industry groups are pressuring Congress to take action ahead of an anticipated World Trade Organization decision whether or not the COOL law is compliant with trade obligations. FULL STORY »

FSIS issues details for testing for both Salmonella, E. coli

As it moves closer to its intended June 29, 2014, implementation date to begin the enhanced testing protocols, FSIS recently issued a notice providing instructions for inspectors to follow. FULL STORY »

Cattle markets push higher

Across the board, cattle markets pushed higher the third week of June, according to the latest data from the Sterling Beef Profit Tracker. FULL STORY »

Beef, veal prices up nearly 10 percent in first 5 months of 2014

The latest Consumer Price Index data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture indicates food prices increased 0.4 percent in May and are up 2.5 percent compared to May 2013 CPI data. FULL STORY »

Kansas State develops genetic test to detect E. coli

Researchers at Kansas State University have developed a genetic test that could help the beef cattle industry more rapidly detect pathogenic Shiga toxin-producing E. coli O157:H7. FULL STORY »

Cattle on feed down 2 percent

U.S. inventories in feedlots with 1,000 head or more capacity on June 1, 2014, totaled 10.6 million, which is down 2 percent from a year ago at this time. FULL STORY »

Estate tax repeal: Is it possible?

Call it what you want to call it – but any time the estate tax, also known as the death tax, comes up in conversation, ears perk up and most in agriculture start paying attention. FULL STORY »

Consumers willing to reach deeper into their wallets for protein

Compared to just a month ago, consumers are willing to pay a lot more for meat, pork and chicken products, according to the latest Food Demand Survey from Oklahoma State University’s Department of Agricultural Economics. FULL STORY »

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