Mary Soukup

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 »

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 »

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