Mary Soukup

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 »

Fed, feeder markets climb

Fed cattle surged last week and ended June 14 at $149.62 per hundredweight, an increase of more than $4 since the previous week. FULL STORY »

House votes to make small business tax break permanent

In a bipartisan vote earlier this week, the U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation to make permanent a provision allowing small businesses to write off up to $500,000 in capital investments. FULL STORY »

Ag trade takes center stage at Capitol Hill hearing

The House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Trade took time this week to focus on the benefits of expanding agricultural trade and eliminating barriers to agricultural exports. FULL STORY »

Commentary: Ranting and raving

A San Francisco blogger posts a vicious attack on the entire meat production industry. Nothing new there — only his hatred is triggered by one company buying another. Seriously. FULL STORY »

White House threatens to veto House ag spending bill

As the U.S. House of Representatives prepared to consider the fiscal year 2015 agricultural appropriations bill, the White House threatened to veto the legislation due to opposition related to funding provisions related to school nutrition programs, potatoes in the Women, Infants and Children program and other policy issues. FULL STORY »

After falling consecutive weeks, feeder margins improve

Cattle feeders regained some ground while packers lost last week with regard to margins, according to the latest data from the Sterling Profit Tracker. FULL STORY »

DOT grants exemption for livestock hauling

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration announced on Friday a one-year exemption for the Hours-of-Service 30-minute break rule for individuals hauling livestock. FULL STORY »

USDA reviews policy options to meet Chesapeake Bay TMDL limits

While agricultural producers across the nation invest time and money to voluntarily implement conservation practices, sometimes they are faced with complying with mandatory federal regulations, like the total maximum daily load (TMDL) for the Chesapeake Bay watershed that was established by EPA in 2010. FULL STORY »

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