Beef Council Awards University Of Idaho $250K

The Idaho Beef Council recently awarded the University of Idaho $250,000 to support research to strengthen consumer trust in beef production. IBC chair, Jeff Johnson, said just like in any other industry, innovation is vital for product improvement. And he noted the U of I plaed an integral role in that effort. “The consumer is […]

Despite Pandemic, Trade Front Remains Active For America Farmers

As 2020 draws to a close, the United States is busy working to improve things on the trade front for American farmers. There was a lot of talk in farm county this year about China, and what the country said it would buy, and what it was actually buying. Dave Salmonsen, senior director of congressional […]

Hanes: Beef Industry Has Adapted Well To On-line Meetings

If there is a positive take away for the livestock industry during this pandemic, it is the rapid advancement of communications technology, allowing producers and industry leaders to more easily talk directly with consumers. Greg Hanes, CEO of the Cattlemen’s Beef Promotion and Research Board, said all the contractors they work with and their checkoff […]

USMEF: October A Good Month For Beef, Pork Exports

According to the U.S. Meat Export Federation, beef exports in October were steady when compared to 2019 figures, but there were significant gains reported in several key markets. USMEF President and CEO Dan Halstrom said beef exports came in at 107,591 metric tons for the month. “It’s really a pretty good rebound from earlier in […]

“Beef. It’s What’s for Dinner,” Returning for the Holidays

The holidays may look a little different in 2020. However, the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association and the Beef Checkoff want one thing to remain the same, and that’s beef. “Beef. It’s What’s for Holiday Dinner.” For the first time since 2003, the iconic “Beef. It’s What’s for Dinner” brand will be on television. It will […]

China Has Purchased 71% of Its Phase One Target

The USDA says China has followed through on 71% of its Phase One Economic and trade Agreement commitments. According to last week’s announcement by the USDA and the U.S. Trade Representative’s Office , China has purchased over $23 billion in agricultural products to date. Outstanding sales of U.S. corn to China are at an all-time […]

Stabenow Leads Opposition Against USDA Decision on Dairy Aid

Senate Ag Committee Member Debbie Stabenow is leading a group of 15 senators asking Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue to reverse a decision that excluded dairy farmers from getting coronavirus aid for losses from meat produced from breeding animals. The Hagstrom Report said the senators point out that losses from meat produced from breeding animals were […]

NWFCS Anticipates Modest Profitability For Cattle, Dairy Operators

As we start our weeklong series focused on the Northwest Farm Credit Services commodity snapshots, we start in the livestock industry. Bill Perry, Vice President at NWFCS, said their 12-month outlook for cattle suggests modest profitability centered around risk management strategies. “Diminished throughput in the spring drove retail prices higher, reduced exports and burdened the industry with […]

Vegan Food Company Sues Oklahoma Over Product Label Law

Oklahoma has a new law governing labeling for some vegan products. A vegan company doesn’t like that and has filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court of western Oklahoma. The suit was filed by Upton’s Naturals Company, an Illinois-based business that sells plant-based foods, and the Plant-Based Foods Association, a group with 170 members. […]

USDA: Beef Sector On Its Way Back To Normal

The beef industry is on it’s way to getting back to normal. After plant closures and slow downs this spring, USDA Outlook Board Chairman, Mark Jekanowski said slaughter capacity is approaching pre COVID levels. “There is still however a backlog of cattle that would have been slaughtered in March or April that continues to hang […]