Mary Soukup

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 »

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 »

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