UC Davis: COVID Cases In Meatpacking Plants Costs Rural Economies Over $11 Billion

One of the sectors of the Ag community hit especially hard during the spread of COVID-19 last year was meatpacking plants nationwide. But, according to UC Davis, the impact was much more severe than initially thought. Researchers say an estimated 334,000 cases of COVID-19 are attributable to meatpacking plants, resulting in $11.2 billion in economic […]

NWFCS: Livestock Industry Could Face Some Challenges In Year Ahead

As our Northwest Farm Credit Services’ Quarterly Commodity Snapshot series continues, the focus today turns to livestock, the dairy and beef cattle industries. NWFCS Vice President Bill Perry said their 12 month dairy outlook anticipates slightly profitable returns. “Higher feed cost will weigh on producer profitability.  Risk management strategies will become increasingly important as the […]

Little: Virtual Trade Mission Benefits Idaho Ag Economy

Idaho Governor Brad Little says he is starting to see early, positive results from the state’s recent virtual trade mission to Mexico. Little noted that Mexico is Idaho’s fourth largest export destination, accounting for the purchase of nearly $225 million in Idaho products last year alone, with much of that coming from agriculture and food […]

Perry Expects Profitable Returns for Wheat & Hay Growers

Today’s Northwest Farm Credit Services’ Quarterly Commodity Snapshot Series transitions to wheat and hay. When it comes to wheat, NWFCS Vice President Bill Perry says their 12 month outlook anticipates profitable returns for producers. “Higher prices for wheat and crops grown in rotation will bolster producer returns.  The USDA raised export projections for white wheat, […]

“Beef. It’s What’s For Dinner.” Launches Sustainability Campaign

The “Beef. It’s What’s for Dinner.” brand, managed by National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, launched a new beef campaign highlighting real beef farmers and ranchers. Consumers will be invited to learn more about how cattle farmers and ranchers around the country are employing sustainable practices to care for the land and produce high-quality beef. Recent research funded by the […]

UC Davis Study: Feeding Cattle Seaweed Reduces Greenhouse Gas Emissions By 82%

According to a new study by researchers at the University of California-Davis, adding a bit of seaweed in the feed could reduce methane emissions from cattle by as much at 82%. Researchers said this could pave the way for the sustainable production of livestock throughout the world. UC-Davis’ Ermias Kebreab said the seaweed, Asparagopsis taxiformis, […]

USDA: Exports To China Up Considerably

When looking back on the first five months of fiscal year 2021, Ag exports to China has increased considerably. “China’s purchases were $20.2 billion, up 182% from that same period in 2020.” USDA Economist, Bart Kenner, said China is buying more of practically every major US crop. So, for example, in dollar terms for the […]

Consumers Continue To Demand Quality During the Pandemic

The beef cattle experts will tell you the industry has come a long way during the past pandemic-infused 12 months. Dr. Nevil Speer with Where Food Comes From, Inc. noted while the pandemic has been a challenge. “There’s been some really exciting things that we’ve seen in terms of beef demand. And the consumer, they’ve […]

NCBA: Grassley Bill Not Solution Industry Needs

arlier this week, Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley introduced legislation to address transparency in the cattle market. But not everyone in the industry likes the proposal. Supporters of the legislation say the bipartisan bill intends to foster efficient markets while increasing competition and transparency among meatpackers who purchase livestock directly from independent producers. The bill will […]

R-Calf Wants USA Label Only For Cows Born Raised Slaughtered in U.S.

R-Calf USA recently penned a letter to President Joe Biden expressing concerns over proposed changes to federal procurement regulations for beef. CEO, Bill Bullard, said the group told the President he could strengthen the domestic cattle supply chain by changing the current standard to requiring that only animals born, raised and slaughtered in the United States be eligible […]