Pandemic Supply Chain Top Areas Of Concern To Start 2022

While it may not have been a “normal year”, 2021 was good for farmers, according to American Farm Bureau Federation Chief Economist Roger Cryan. And Cryan said 2022 is continuing with the “not normal” theme, as issues from the past two years pour into the New Year. “The pandemic is not over. So, people are […]

American Angus Association Focuses On Providing Traits Most Important To Producers

The primary focus for the American Angus Association has remained unchanged generation after generation, providing the best cow and best bull to ensure producers have the best bottom line at sales time. Jeff Mafi, regional manager with the American Angus Association, said one of their top priorities is to have the most robust and up-to-date […]

Florida Dog Named AFBF Farm Dog Of The Year

On Sunday, the American Farm Bureau Federation and Nestle Purina PetCare announced a Florida Border Collie as this year’s Farm Dog of the Year. Owner Cindy Deak said “Fit” is a big help on their operation. “She’s a working farm dog and she teaches other dogs how to herd. She probably works about 30 hours […]

OSU Part Of Research Looking At The Impact Grazing Has On Soil Health More

Oregon State University is joining ranks with an international coalition of 20 entities for a grazing management research project. “The project focuses on understanding links between the way ranchers graze their lands and their well-being. Ecological well-being,” said Professor Hannah Gosnell. “Social well-being. Psychological well-being and the economic well-being.” Gosnell noted several private institutions are funding the $19 […]

Industry Shares Opportunities To Add Value With Hereford

A shared sense of optimism echoed in the hallways at the American Hereford Association’s annual meeting in Kansas City: It’s an exciting time to be in the Hereford business. In 2021, the breed experienced notable growth and increased use of Hereford genetics in the commercial industry. “The Annual Meeting is a celebration we have with […]

USDA: While Still Above 2020 Levels Most Commodity Prices Fell In October

The latest USDA prices index for October shows what many in the farming community already know; crop and livestock prices while still roughly 20% higher than a year ago are moderating. According to Gary Crawford, prices, in some cases dropped by 2% for crops and about 1% for livestock in October. If you have a […]

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 […]

Report: U.S. Animal Protein Needs Trade Negotiators Back at the Table

A report from CoBank shows animal agriculture needs trade negotiators at the table to build export markets. The report says the recent nomination of a chief agriculture negotiator with the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative is an important step forward. However, Elaine Trevino has yet to be confirmed by the Senate. U.S. animal protein […]

PNW Pasture Conditions Remain Poor

When it comes to poor pasture and rangelands conditions, Montana is the leader nationwide. “We see quite a long list of states running anywhere from 70 to 85% very poor to poor.  That list includes all three Pacific Coast states; Washington, Oregon, California. Along with Nevada and the Dakota’s still on that list.” USDA meteorologist, […]