Mary Soukup

Feedlot margins above $200

It was another strong week for cattle feeding margins. According to the latest data from the Sterling Profit Tracker, feeder margins topped $216 per head the week of May 10, compared to just shy of $200 per head the previous week. FULL STORY »

Agencies vow improved food illness investigation collaboration

In the event of an investigation related to a foodborne outbreak, public health officials work together to determine what caused the outbreak in order to prevent more people from getting sick and to learn how to prevent similar issues from occurring in the future. FULL STORY »

Feeder margins approach $200 the first week of May

Over the course of the last year, feeding margins have made a $287.61 swing, from negative $91.11 at this time one year ago to $196.50 last week. FULL STORY »

Feds OK some conservation efforts in lesser prairie chicken range

Late last week, USDA and the Department of the Interior announced that landowners implementing specific conservation practices intended to protect and increase lesser prairie chicken populations under the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) will not be subject to additional regulations due to the agencies’ listing of the bird as threatened under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). FULL STORY »

Majority of U.S. House tells EPA to back off Clean Water Act rule

Led by U.S. Representatives Chris Collins (R-NY) and Kurt Schrader (D-Ore.), 231 lawmakers in the U.S. House of Representatives sent a letter to the EPA and U.S. Army Corp of Engineers to back off its proposed rule to expand federal control under the Clean Water Act. FULL STORY »

Strategic deworming can pad producer profits, improve herd health

Regardless of one’s location throughout the United States, a common goal among all cow-calf producers is wean a healthy calf crop each year. An important step in that process is controlling internal parasites throughout the herd. FULL STORY »

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 »

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