Mary Soukup

Normal food price inflation projected in 2014

The latest Consumer Price Index from USDA indicates that all food prices increased 0.3 percent from January to February 2014 and 1.4 percent compared to February 2013 price levels. FULL STORY »

NFU sends budget priorities to Capitol Hill

As the House Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee continues working on its appropriations bill for fiscal year 2015, the National Farmers Union submitted their funding priorities to the subcommittee for consideration. FULL STORY »

Feeder margins mostly steady

Cattle feeding margins inched higher last week, finishing the week at $247.11 per head compared to $246.79 the previous week, according to the Sterling Beef Profit Tracker. FULL STORY »

Meat industry groups move toward merger

A merger of the two the nation’s largest meat industry organizations is one step closer to being reality. FULL STORY »

Higher placements expected ahead Cattle on Feed report

Ahead of Friday’s Cattle on Feed Report, analysts are projecting higher placements into feedyards but smaller overall cattle on feed inventories compared to last year. FULL STORY »

As spring arrives, consumers willing to spend more on hamburger

Birds are chirping, trees are budding and consumers appearing to be willing to open their wallets a little wider for hamburger, according to the March Food Demand Survey from Oklahoma State University’s Department of Agriculture Economics. FULL STORY »

Feeder, packer margins climb higher

Cattle feeding margins had a strong week last week, finishing the week up $12.96 per head to $246.70, according to the Sterling Profit Tracker. FULL STORY »

Farming and ranching – it’s a family business

While it’s true, agricultural operations have grown in recent decades and many farms and ranches rely on at least some hired or contract labor to get the job done, the fact remains that most are family businesses, according to USDA’s Agricultural Research Service. FULL STORY »

USDA lowers feed, residual grain use projections

Feed and residual use for the four feed grains plus wheat is forecast lower this month according to latest Feed Outlook report from USDA. FULL STORY »

Colorado youth makes an early commitment to cattle research

One eighth grade student from Colorado, whose long-term goal is to be a large animal veterinarian, is setting herself up to achieve her career goals with research today. In fact, for the past four years, she has competed in science fairs with projects related to cattle. FULL STORY »

Trade agreement with EU, what’s in it for you?

Trade between the United States and the European Union is not a new concept – not by any means. Yet, U.S. and EU negotiators are devoting a great deal of time and effort on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (T-TIP). FULL STORY »

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