For Livestock Producers, Vaccine Bank A Priority In 2023 Farm Bill

The livestock industry benefited from the 2018 Farm Bill, primarily with the development of a Food and Mouth Disease vaccine bank, as well as the establishment of the needed funding. Now as lawmakers look to start the crafting process of the 2023 Farm Bill, Allison Rivera of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, says the vaccine […]

USDA Announces Dealer Statutory Trust to Protect Livestock Sellers

Earlier this week, the USDA announced a new Dealer Statutory Trust to Protect Livestock Sellers. The Consolidated Appropriations Act, signed in December, amended the Packers and Stockyards Act by adding language to establish a “Dealer Statutory Trust” for the benefit of unpaid cash sellers of livestock. Much like the existing packer and poultry trusts, the […]

USDA Ready to Assist Farmers, Ranchers and Communities Affected by Winter Storms

On Wednesday, the USDA reminded farmers and ranchers of programs to assist them through the current winter storms. Acting Agriculture Secretary Kevin Shea said, “USDA is committed to getting help to producers and rural Americans impacted by the severe.” USDA offers several risk management and disaster assistance options to help producers recover after they are […]

Higher Corn Prices Could Impact The Feeder Cattle Market

With the latest grain stocks report showing 50 million fewer bushels of corn in the bin, this could have an impact of the cost of feeding cattle. Livestock market economist Dr. Darrell Peel says tighter corn supplies are pushing corn prices over $5 per bushel, heading towards $6, and the cost of gain for feedlot […]

Ag Credit Survey: Farm Economy Rebounds Sharply

The agriculture economy rebounded in the fourth quarter of 2020, according to the latest Ag Credit Survey from the Kansas City Federal Reserve Bank. The average price of grains increased more than 20% from the previous quarter and reached six-year highs in December. Livestock prices, while still less than a year ago, also improved from […]

NASDA, NPPC, Applaud USDA Steps to Modernize Animal Biotech Regulations

Livestock and agriculture welcome the recent proposal to shift animal biotech regulations from the FDA to the USDA. The proposal, announced last week by the USDA would move the regulatory framework to the agency. In a statement, the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture says, “Using the law as intended by Congress to bring […]

Merkley: Legislation Will Benefit Family Farms, Rural Housing, More

Earlier this week, Oregon Senator Jeff Merkley rolled out legislation he said will provide millions of dollars in investments for the farm community across the state and beyond. Merkley, the top Democrat on the Senate Appropriations subcommittee on agriculture, says the spending bill will cover a wide variety of Ag, housing food assistance and rural […]

Emergency Haying and Grazing Extended For Washington Growers

The Washington state Farm Service Agency announced Thursday that wheat growers impacted by wildfires this season can utilize Conservation Reserve Program Emergency Haying and Grazing for longer than the typical 90 days. FSA said the extension cannot run past December 31st. This applies to both producers who have already utilized emergency haying and grazing as […]

USDA Continues To Fight Brucella

For decades, the USDA has worked to control Brucella in livestock populations. “There are figures that say, back when we first started working on this that in 1952 that production losses from Brucella amounted to about $400 million dollars. Today it’s less than $1 million. The USDA’s top veterinarian, Jack Shere, said in 2020, there […]

WDFW: Delisting Changes Little In Washington

With the Department of the Interior’s decision to remove the gray wolf from the Endangered Species Act, wolf management in Washington now falls predominantly on the state Department of Fish and Wildlife. WDFW Wolf Coordinator Julia Smith said the delisting will not lead to many changes for the department since 21 of Washington’s 26 packs […]