Deere Claims No Third Proposal Coming in Negotiations

A spokesperson for Deere and Company says there will not be a third contract offer to striking union workers. The UAW John Deere members voted to reject the second proposal from Deere this week, leaving more than 10,000 workers on strike. In a company statement, Deere said, “With the rejection of the agreement covering our […]

Deere Workers Reject Deal, Continue Strike

Deere and Company employees this week again rejected a tentative contract agreement. By a vote of 45% to 55%, United Auto Workers John Deere members voted down the agreement Tuesday night. UAW said the strike will continue as they discuss next steps with the company. This is the second tentative contract agreement rejected by Deere […]

NCBA: Cattle Contract Library Act Good News For The Cattle Industry

The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association is pleased that the Cattle Contract Library Act introduced last week by South Dakota Republican Dusty Johnson and Texas Democrat Henry Cuellar. Tanner Beymer the Director of Government Affairs and Marketing Regulatory Policy with the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, said this bipartisan piece of legislation is good news for the […]

JBS Grand Island Meatpacking Fire Halts Processing

A fire at the JBS Grand Island, NE, processing facility halted beef packing production Monday. Local firefighters said the blaze burned the roof of the facility’s rendering section. The JBS Grand Island facility is a two-shift, beef-processing plant employing more than 3,600 people. The facility has a daily processing capacity of 6,000 head and slaughters […]

Competitive Meat Market Bill Introduced in House, Senate

House and Senate Republicans recently introduced legislation that would create tax incentives supporting small and mid-sized meat processing plants. The Hagstrom Report says the goal of the bill is to help cattle producers compete for better prices. Supporters of the Feed America by Incentivizing Rural Meat Packing (FAIR) Act say the bill will make sure […]

Midwest Wheat Farmers Report Harvest Progress

When taking a look at winter wheat nationwide, one-third of the crop has been harvested. According to USDA meteorologist Brad Rippey, that 33% figure is behind the five-year average of 40% and also off of last year’s 59% harvested at this time. But, he said, it’s worth noting that many producers made tremendous progress over […]

National Pasture Conditions Improve, But Not In The Northwest

Pasture and rangeland conditions have improved across the central and southern Great Plains, thanks to abundant rainfall as of recent. “As of the 30th of May, we’re seeing the good to excellent rating 31% nationally That’s up 3% from last week, but we still see39% of the pastures and rangelands rated very poor to poor […]

NCBA to Honor Cattle Feeder Hall of Fame Inductees in August

Cattle Feeders Hall of Fame inductees and award winners will be honored in August. The event, August 9, will precede the 2021 Cattle Industry Convention and NCBA Trade Show, to be held in Nashville, Tennessee. The Cattle Feeders Hall of Fame was established in 2009 to honor the exceptional visionary men and women who have […]

Winter Wheat Heading Behind Schedule Nationally

When it comes to the national pace of winter wheat heading, things are slightly behind schedule. “We’re seeing just 27% of the over winter wheat crop headed on May 2nd. That’s well behind the 5-year average pace of 34%. Also behind last year’s 30%.” USDA Meteorologist, Brad Rippey, said there are signs of heading in […]

Rippey Looks At Current Pasture, Winter Wheat Conditions

How does the national winter wheat crop look? “We see some of the lowest rated wheat across the central and southern plains in Colorado and Texas,” noted USDA Meteorologist, Brad Rippey. “Both at 29% very poor to poor. Meanwhile we have somewhat better conditions as you move in to Kansas and Oklahoma.” Meanwhile, when looking […]