Mary Soukup

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 »

Opportunities for increased breeding cattle exports

As governments around the globe seek solutions to feeding their people, U.S. cattle producers may have an opportunity to export a value-added product from their ranch – their breeding cattle genetics. FULL STORY »

Cattle feeding margins drop, packers fall into the red

Feedlot margins fell more than $18 per head last week to $223.51 compared to $242.03, according to the Sterling Beef Profit Tracker. FULL STORY »

Rabobank projects continued strength in global beef market

In a report on the global beef market during the first quarter of 2014, Rabobank is projecting strong market fundamentals experienced in the first three months of the year to remain in place going forward, driven most by demand in China and tight supply in the United States, Australia and Brazil. FULL STORY »

Rapid response critical in animal disease outbreak

Rapid implementation of movement controls at the county level play an important role in stopping or slowing the spread of a fast-spreading animal disease like foot-and-mouth disease (FMD), according to an article published in the March 2014 issue of PLOS ONE. FULL STORY »

'Farmland' gives a glimpse of boots-on-the-ground agriculture Play video

Earlier this week, I was fortunate to be able to attend a screening of Farmland, a documentary that follows six young farmers and ranchers and highlights their challenges, successes and reasons for choosing to make their livelihood in agriculture. FULL STORY »

USTR touts progress on removing trade barriers

Removing tariff and non-tariff barriers to trade in 2013 resulted in improved access for U.S. products in foreign markets, according to three reports the Office of the United States Trade Representative sent to President Obama and Congress. FULL STORY »

Cattle feeding margins above $240 for the past month

For the past month, cattle feeding margins have averaged more than $240 per head, according to the Sterling Beef Profit Tracker. FULL STORY »

DC Circuit Court denies COOL appeal

A federal court on Friday, March 28, rejected a legal challenge of the U.S. Mandatory Country-of-Origin-Labeling (COOL) law by the American Meat Institute and other meat and livestock industry stakeholders. FULL STORY »

Lesser prairie chicken listed as threatened species

In a move that has lawmakers, farmers and ranchers, oil and gas companies, and other energy companies calling foul, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced Thursday, March 27, its plans to list the lesser prairie chicken (LPC) as a threatened species under the Endangered Species List. FULL STORY »

Take a minute

As a general rule of thumb, I try not to “go all softie” in the articles I write. Whether it’s about the latest market information, a proposed policy in Washington, D.C., consumer trends or new science, I try to stick to the “meat and potatoes” rather than the mushy and gushy. FULL STORY »

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