The Northwest Farm Managers Association will hold its 106th annual meeting for producers and others interested in agriculture on Feb. 4 at the Holiday Inn in Fargo, according to Andy Swenson, North Dakota State University Extension Service farm management specialist.
Cattle producers generally have adequate forage supplies to finish the winter. Producers should carefully monitor local drought conditions as the new growing season approaches. Hay supplies may provide critically needed flexibility if spring forage growth is limited or delayed.
A scathing media investigation uncovers a lengthy list of outrageous incidents of animal abuse — and not at some rogue packing plant, but at USDA’s premier animal research facility.
USDA officials are calling for an independent review of the department’s operations at the Meat Animal Research Center in Clay Center, Neb., the federal complex where livestock have reportedly been subjected to “cruel and experimental breeding techniques,” according to a New York Times investigative report published last week.
Incoming Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman, Senator Pat Roberts of Kansas, will be the first person to chair both the Senate Agriculture Committee and the House Agriculture Committee. Roberts also is first to chair and serve as the ranking member for both Agriculture Committees.
Contrary to arguments made by America’s trade competitors to the World Trade Organization (WTO), an economic downturn that sapped consumer demand — not Country-of-Origin Labeling (COOL) — caused decreased demand for cattle imports into to the U.S., according to a new study released yesterday.
Live cattle futures closed limit lower on Friday in the front three trading months. For the week, April was off 4.15 and remains double digit discount to the current cash market. The on feed report had a friendly surprise, with December placements 8% lower than year ago levels, which was lower than any of the estimates.