AFBF Throws Support Behind The Cattle Price Discovery And Transparency Act

The Cattle Price Discovery and Transparency Act introduced last week looks to provide what supporters of the legislation call fairness in cattle markets. Farm Bureau Congressional Relations Director Scott Bennett said the legislation, a compromise of bills by Senator Chuck Grassley of Iowa and Senator Deb Fischer of Nebraska, has potential. “This act has many […]

Idaho Farmers Set Net Farm Income Record In 2020

2020 was a record year for Idaho farmers when it comes to net farm income. Idaho Farm Bureau Federation’s Sean Ellis said the numbers wouldn’t normally indicate a record year, as total expenses went up considerably last year while total farm gate revenue stayed the same. “In an average year, Idaho farmers will get somewhere […]

Impact Of Summer Heat On Idaho Cattle Herd To Be Determined

The impact this summer’s record breaking heat had on the Idaho cattle herd is in some ways already evident, and in others to be determined. Cameron Mulroney, Executive Vice President of the Idaho Cattle Association said producers across the state saw a very sizeable jump in their operation budget due to feed costs. He noted […]

House Ag Looks To Introduce Cattle Contract Library Act

The House Agriculture Committee will advance several bills Thursday, including one supporters says will boost cattle contract transparency. The bipartisan, industry-backed Cattle Contract Library Act is expected to boost contract transparency and producer leverage in negotiating with packers, a top concern in the highly concentrated industry. “The Agricultural Marketing Service maintains a library of the […]

Value of Idaho Ag Up 4% In 2020

According to NASS, the value of agricultural production in Idaho hit $8.4 billion in 2020, up 4% year over year; the value of Idaho’s crop production in 2020 was $3.61 billion, up 8% from 2019. The value of livestock production in 2020 totaled $4.79 billion, up less than 1% from the previous year. The rankings […]

Report: Government Interference In Cattle Markets Has Consequences

Texas A&M University has completed a comprehensive report on the U.S. cattle and beef markets in response to a bipartisan request from the House Agriculture Committee. Among its key findings is that proposals increasing government intervention and mandates will cost livestock producers billions of dollars. North American Meat Institute President and CEO Julie Anna Potts […]

NWFCS: Feed The Will Determine Livestock Producer Success

As we launch our six part Northwest Farm Credit Services Quarterly Commodity Snapshot series, we start with the livestock sector. Bill Perry, Vice President at NWFCS says cow/calf producers that adjust to available feed resources will see slightly profitable returns. “Producers with the ability to hedge lower feed costs or secure feed at a cost […]

ODFW: Lookout Mountain Pack Responsible for 8th Depredation

The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife said the Lookout Mountain Pack is responsible for another Baker County depredation. On Thursday morning, investigators were called to the Lawrence Creek area where a 600 pound calf was found dead on private land within an over 2,800 acre mixed public/private land pasture. ODFW said the carcass was […]

Susewind OKs The Killing Of Togo Wolf

On Thursday, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife Director Kelly Susewind authorized the killing one one of two wolves from the Togo pack. The announcement comes following repeated cattle depredations on public and private grazing lands in Ferry County. Four depredations have been attributed to the Togo pack since late June, three of which occurred […]

Nutrition Research Improving Public Perception of Beef

The Beef Checkoff is celebrating its 35th anniversary, and the NCBA is talking about the successful promotion and research programs driving beef demand. The NCBA said consumers are more open to the nutritional benefits of beef than at any other time since the Checkoff first began more than three decades ago. The Beef Checkoff was […]