AFBF Lays Out Priorities For 2022

During last week’s American Farm Burau Federation Convention, farmer and rancher delegates adopted policies to guide the organization’s work in the year ahead. “What’s most noteworthy is the amount of time they spent discussing livestock markets and our folks are calling for greater transparency, working for more sunlight into how cattle are marketed,” said the […]

NWFCS: Expects Slightly Profitable Returns For Dairy, Beef Producers

As we continue with your Northwest Farm Credit Services quarterly commodity snapshot series, we look today at the livestock industries. Bill Perry, Vice President at NWFCS said their 12-month outlook for Northwest dairy suggests slightly profitable returns. “Profitability will depend on milk destination and producers’ mailbox milk price. Milk price future contracts began increasing during […]

Idaho Ag Exports May Set A Record In 2021

Idaho’s value of Ag exports could be on pace to set another record this year. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, $778 million worth of agricultural products were exported out of Idaho through the end of September. According to the Idaho Farm Bureau Federation, that was an 11% increase during the same time period in […]

Canada Reports Atypical BSE Case

Canada recently reported a case of atypical bovine spongiform encephalopathy in an eight-year-old beef cow on a farm in Alberta. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency notified the World Organization for Animal Health of the case. Canada said the detection and reporting of an atypical BSE case will not affect the OIE negligible risk status of […]

Scoular Set To Cut Ribbon On New Barley Facility

Tuesday will be an exciting day for the Jerome, ID community, as The Scoular Company will hold a ceremonial ribbon cutting of their new facility that will manufacture plant-based alternative protein made from barley. The 15,000 square foot facility will produce barley protein concentrate, Emerge, used for aquaculture feed and pet food. Scoular CEO Paul […]

NAFA Out With 2022 Alfalfa Variety Ratings

The National Alfalfa & Forage Alliance is out with its 2022 Alfalfa Variety Ratings. NAFA President Beth Nelson said the annual publication is a useful tool to not just hay and livestock farmers, but anyone involved in the production of alfalfa. This year’s edition of NAFA’s Alfalfa Variety Ratings features 178 varieties from 16 marketers. […]

Despite Challenges Washington Beef Counts Program Proves Successful

The results of this year’s Beef Counts fundraiser in Washington’s Okanogan County was one of the most successful in the past decade, despite recent hardships. Over the past two year, beef producers have dealt with a global pandemic, supply chain shutdowns, as well as record heat, drought and wildfires. But despite all of that, donations […]

Is The U.S. Cattle Herd Shrinking? Maybe

The nation’s beef cattle herd may be shrinking at a faster pace than some had expected. It may not be definitive at all through Friday’s new USDA report of cattle feed lot numbers. “The signals continue to point towards smaller cow numbers[now and into 2022].” USDA Livestock Analyst, Shayle Shagam said placements into feedlots during […]