Mary Soukup

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 »

Farm protection laws spark controversy

State laws and proactive outreach play roles in stopping and responding to activists’ attempts to eliminate animal agriculture. FULL STORY »

U.S.-Colombia FTA: Two years later

While the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) is focused on finalizing the Trans Pacific Partnership and making progress on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, it’s also touting what it calls a successful first two years of the United States-Colombia Trade Promotion Agreement, which went into effect on May 15, 2012. FULL STORY »

From the May issue: Putting animal welfare into practice

Whether you’re a cow-calf producer in Georgia, a cattle feeder in Washington or a stocker in the Flint Hills of Kansas, it’s a safe bet that your operation adheres to specific plans or programs guiding your cattle business. FULL STORY »

McDonald’s aims to ‘collaborate not mandate’ on sustainability Play video

Earlier this year McDonald’s announced its intent to purchase verified sustainable beef beginning in 2016. FULL STORY »

#ProveIt

In the ongoing debate about what the term “sustainability” means to the industry and what its long-term impacts will be, I think cattlemen and women are being asked to #ProveIt on their operations. And I think they’re up to the challenge. FULL STORY »

Consumer preferences explored in recent Beef Checkoff studies

Understanding what makes consumers tick with regard to the beef they feed their families is critical information that helps the Beef Checkoff Program not only respond to current issues but also strategically plan educational and promotional programs for the future. FULL STORY »

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