Mary Soukup

Packer margins in the black in late April

After slipping into negative territory earlier in April, packer margins finished the month strong topping $23.09 per head last week. FULL STORY »

Imports to play bigger role in China’s beef supply

Increasing domestic demand coupled with continuing decline in its domestic herd is leaving China asking “Where’s the beef?” FULL STORY »

Comment period closes on Brazil beef import proposal

With the comment period closed on a USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) proposal to allow fresh beef imports, under specific conditions, from 14 Brazilian states, the agency will begin wading through more than 800 comments submitted since the rule was proposed in December 2013. FULL STORY »

Feeder margins drop below $200

Feedlot margins dropped more than $34 per head last week and fell below $200 to finish at $176.51 per head, according to the latest data from the Sterling Profit Tracker. FULL STORY »

Meat, poultry groups urge Obama to hold strong in TPP talks

As President Obama’s state visit to Japan approaches, the pending Trans-Pacific Partnership is top of mind for many in the agricultural sector, including five meat and poultry organizations that sent a letter to the White House thanking the administration for the “strong stance” it’s taken in TPP negotiations with regard to eliminating tariffs on agricultural products. FULL STORY »

EPA publishes annual greenhouse gas inventory

The 19th edition of the annual Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Inventory of U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Sinks (Inventory) showed a 3.4 percent decrease in greenhouse gas emissions in 2012 compared to 2011. FULL STORY »

Feeder, packer margins fall

Despite falling more than $12 per head last week, cattle feeders are still earning more than $210 per head according to the latest data from the Sterling Beef Profit Tracker. FULL STORY »

Know young ag leaders? Nominate them for the 40 Under 40 award

For the men and women of the U.S. agricultural industry, producing an increasing amount of food, fiber and energy to meet growing global demands is just the tip of the ice berg. FULL STORY »

From our April issue: EPA and “Waters of the United States"

What do you get when you mix a 40-year old law that has been changed multiple times and is in the process of changing again, been challenged by multiple lawsuits, and is riddled with unclear definitions and a general uncertainty regarding the rules of the game? FULL STORY »

Average farm debt-to-asset ratio declining

While total debt held by farms increased from 1992 to 2011, average farm debt-to-asset ratios declined during that time according to a report on debt use by farms conducted by USDA’s Economic Research Service. FULL STORY »

In a “Range War” between a rancher and government – no one wins

Across the rugged frontier of the Western United States, thousands of livestock ranchers work each day to care for their livestock and also care for the land. In the case of many western ranchers, there is a good chance that at least part the land their cattle graze is owned by the federal government. FULL STORY »

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