By Amanda Erichsen, Kansas State University Extension
The agricultural lender sentiment for the end of 2014 shows that lenders have decreased expectations for the short- and long-term outlook. Respondents of a Kansas State University Agricultural Lender Survey expect farmland prices to decline and non-performing loans to increase.
Unless you've been living under a rock, you've most likely experienced someone suggesting that raising cattle and/or eating beef is unhealthy for you, environmentally unsound, unethical . . . you name it . . . the list goes on from there. Unfortunately when we hear someone suggesting these things we often times are caught off guard, not knowing how to respond.
A growing number of shoppers say they find food labels helpful. However, consumer confidence in the trustworthiness of most food label claims has declined during the past year and falls precipitously when provided additional information about those claims.
The Indiana State Department of Agriculture (ISDA) will hold three Certified Livestock Producer trainings across the state this winter. The program recognizes outstanding livestock producers that go above and beyond in their farm management practices in the areas of environmental stewardship, animal wellbeing, bio-security, emergency planning and community relations.