Mary Soukup

USMEF program helps small companies expand global market presence

With more than 96 percent of the world’s population living outside the borders of the United States, it only makes sense that American businesses look to expand their customer base beyond the domestic market. FULL STORY »

Kansas steps up fight against Lesser Prairie Chicken listing

Rather than mandating conservation regulations on Kansas farmers, ranchers and energy producers, Governor Sam Brownback is urging the federal government to take a different approach in its efforts to stop the population decline of the Lesser Prairie Chicken. FULL STORY »

Long-term optimism down among ag lenders

Lower expected land values, increased anticipated interest rates and an expected increase in non-performing loans has agricultural lenders less optimistic than they were last fall according to the Spring 2014 Agricultural Lender Survey conducted by Kansas State University. FULL STORY »

Markets mostly steady to close out May

Cattle markets finished the week ending May 31, 2014, mostly steady to higher, according to the latest information from the Sterling Beef Profit Tracker. FULL STORY »

Review finds flaws with EPA analysis of proposed CWA rule

A review of the EPA’s economic analysis of its proposed rule to expand the definition “waters of the United States” has an economist urging the federal agency to go back to the drawing table in its estimation of the proposal’s economic impact. FULL STORY »

Feeder rally continues

Feeder cattle pushed higher last week, and USDA analysts say the “runaway feeder market has yet to show any signs of stopping or even slowing down.” FULL STORY »

Forty-three percent of food budget spent on food away from home

In the 35 years from 1977 to 2012, the average American household budget spent on food away from home increased from 30 percent to 43 percent and about one third of all calories consumed, according to the latest U.S. Department of Agriculture. FULL STORY »

Legislation introduced to block sage grouse listing

Legislation was introduced in both the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate to prohibit the Department of Interior’s U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service from listing the Greater or Gunnison Sage Grouse under the Endangered Species Act in areas where a state management plan is already in place. FULL STORY »

Protecting us hungry

Reliance on the precautionary principle and opposition to technology – technology that could “improve food availability, lower food costs, and enhance biomedical research, treatments and production – could result in a situation where the United States is exporting our researchers and importing our food. FULL STORY »

Feeder cattle extend gains

The feeder cattle rally continues with this week’s placements of 750-800 pound feeder steers hitting $188.35 per hundredweight, compared to $180.56 per hundredweight the previous week and $131.90 per hundredweight at this time last year. FULL STORY »

Consumers willingness-to-pay for meat down ahead of Memorial Day

With the official start to grilling season less than a week away, USDA is reporting that more retail outlets are offering special rates to consumers who, according to the latest Food Demand Survey, indicated they were not willing to dig as deep into their wallets as they were in previous months. FULL STORY »

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