Mary Soukup

USDA projects ag exports to fall after record-setting 2014

While the United States is on its way to setting a record for agricultural exports in fiscal year 2014 which ends September 30, the latest data from USDA forecasts exports to drop in the coming year. FULL STORY »

Senators urge USTR to take action over China’s block on DDGs

A bipartisan group of 19 U.S. Senators is urging the U.S. Trade Representative to work with China to end its ongoing rejection of U.S. export shipments of dried distillers grains (DDGs), a by-product of corn ethanol production commonly used as a high-protein livestock feed. FULL STORY »

White House issues veto threat on bill to block WOTUS rule

Gridlock: any situation in which nothing can move or proceed in any direction (dictionary.com). FULL STORY »

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 »

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