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 […]

Schrier Proposes Study To Reduce Emissions From Cow Burps

Washington Congresswoman Dr. Kim Schrier had has introduced legislation that looks to reduce methane emissions produced by livestock. She said the Research to Reduce Agricultural Methane Act will provide funds to study innovative methods to reduce methane emissions in livestock, including through feed additives such as seaweed. Citing the EPA’s 2018 Inventory of U.S. Greenhouse Gas […]

How Can Genomic Technology Help Your Dairy Operation?

When it comes to maintaining profitability on a dairy operation, there’s no one-size-fits-all solution. One way farmers can stay ahead is by focusing on what they can control; and that includes managing heifer inventories. Miles Ramsay takes a look how genomic technology improves decision making for the herd’s replacement females. If you have a story […]

USDA: Prices Index Up In September

Friday’s USDA Ag report shows the prices received by farmers nationwide increased for nearly every commodity in September. And as Gary Crawford explains that pushed the September Price Index Up 0.9% from August’s numbers, and roughly 1% higher than September a year ago. If you have a story idea for the PNW Ag Network, call […]

USDA Looks To Assist Livestock Industry Following Market Disruptions

The USDA recently rolled out three initiatives designed to assist the livestock industry and improve marketing in the wake of a summer market disruptions reported over the past couple of years. “We’re moving forward with some things that we identified USDA could be engaged in and congress has moved forward with several proposals being introduced […]

NCBA Releases Price Discovery Proposal

The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association released its proposal over the weekend for voluntary cattle market price discovery. In a letter to NCBA members, NCBA President Marty Smith said the proposal “lays out a plan to increase negotiated trade and incentivize each of the major packers’ participation in such negotiated trade.” An NCBA working group came […]

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 […]

July Cattle Numbers in Feedlots 11% Higher Than 2019

The USDA said placements of cattle in feedlots during July totaled 1.892 million head, 11% higher than in July of 2019. That number is larger than what industry experts had predicted going into last Friday’s report. Feeding operations needed supplies, especially cattle that could be turned around in a short time. Most of the placements […]

Groups Request Hearing on Livestock Reporting Rule

The U.S. Cattlemen’s Association, the National Farmers Union, along with 11 other groups sent a letter to the Senate Ag Committee requesting a hearing on livestock mandatory price reporting reauthorization. The Livestock Mandatory Reporting Rule, first established in 1999, mandates price reporting for cattle, boxed beef, swine, and lamb. It’s reauthorized every five years, with […]