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Changes in the food we produce

Consumers preference is vastly changing the way food is raised and eaten in America. Meat has been a main source of protein throughout history, yet the number of farm animals in the U.S. continues to decline.

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Boxed Beef Report: Beef prices see an increase

Choice boxed beef prices increased $1.07 on Tuesday to hit $233.20. The jump brought the 27-day average price to $242.87. Select boxed beef prices saw a 47-cent rise from $228.97 on Monday to $229.44, bringing the 27-day average price to $239.20.

Choice primal chuck saw the largest increase on Tuesday of $3.84 to hit $195.13. Chioce primal rib was not far behind with a $1.93 increase. Choice primal loin did not fare as well, dropping $2.09 to hit $305.77.

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More cattle mid-year

The July Cattle report confirms that U.S. cattle herd inventories are growing. The inventory of all cattle and calves on July 1 was 98.4 million head, up 2.2 percent from last year. The 2015 calf crop is estimated at 34.3 million head, up 1.2 percent from last year. Beef cow numbers were estimated to be up 2.5 percent at 30.5 million head.

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First week of August declared “National Farmers Market Week”

Tom Vilsack, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, has declared August 2-8, 2015, "National Farmers Market Week." This year marks the 16th annual celebration that honors the important role farmers’ markets play in local economies.

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The U.S. Cattle Inventory Report: July 2015

The semi-annual U.S. Cattle Inventory Report was released on July 24, 2015 by the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS). This report confirmed that U.S. herd expansion is continuing.

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