Agriculture News

April 13, 2021

Beef exports in February behind 2020, gains reported in value

WASHINGTON, DC – February exports of U.S. beef remained below the rapid pace established in early 2020, according to data released by USDA and compiled by the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF). However, exports were consistent with USMEF’s February projections and the federation still expects 2021 beef exports to increase substantially year-over-year. Beef exports totaled […]

April 13, 2021

Opposition to funding Packers and Stockyards Program through user fees

WASHINGTON, DC – The American Sheep Industry Association joined half a dozen other livestock groups in calling on Congress to reject any attempts to fund the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Packers and Stockyards Program through user fees. “Moving PSD to fee funding would be an inequitable shifting of the burden of the program onto the […]

April 12, 2021

Farm Bureau part of public education campaign to get vaccinated

WASHINGTON, DC – Farmers never hesitate to roll up their sleeves alongside their employees in the field. Now, many are doing that in COVID-19 vaccination clinics across the country – or even on the farm. North Carolina Farm Bureau President and farmer Shawn Harding shared a video documenting his vaccine experience.  As part of its […]

April 12, 2021

Right-of-Way Mowing Permits now available

PIERRE, SD – The South Dakota Department of Transportation reminds people that Interstate Highway Right-of-Way Mowing Permits are available for land that abuts Interstate 90 or Interstate 29. Landowners or tenants of land abutting I-90 or I-29 are eligible to apply for Interstate Highway Right-of-Way Mowing Permits. Non-adjacent landowners, who wish to hay a portion […]

April 12, 2021

Lamb sales rose during pandemic

ENGLEWOOD, CO – While shoppers used to be wary due to its higher price tag, store sales of lamb jumped 28% year-over-year as of last month, according to Nielsen. Meanwhile, beef sales rose 25.6% and pork sales increased 20.5% over the same period, reported The Seattle Times. “Lamb has had a tremendous 2020 and continues […]

April 8, 2021

Cattle Chat: Managing to prevent grass tetany

MANHATTAN, KS – Spring-calving cow-calf pairs grazing on green pastures is often a sign that spring has arrived. However, it is also a time that cattle producers need to be watchful for cows experiencing grass tetany, according to Kansas State University beef cattle experts. On a recent Cattle Chat podcast, Beef Cattle Institute veterinarians Brad […]

April 8, 2021

Drone operators need to be cautious of ag aircraft

ALEXANDRIA, VA – The National Agriculture Aviation Association is reminding UAV, or drone users to be aware of agricultural aircraft throughout the growing season. As the nation enters the upcoming growing season in the midst of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the National Agricultural Aviation Association is asking all Unmanned Aircraft System operators to be extra […]

April 8, 2021

Ag Economy Barometer reaches second highest level in March

CHICAGO, IL – The Ag Economy Barometer rose in March to 177, the highest reading for the barometer since the record high reading of 184 in October. This month’s 12-point rise in the barometer was attributable almost entirely to ag producers’ more optimistic view of the future as the Index of Future Expectations climbed to […]

April 8, 2021

Producers file antitrust lawsuit against big ag companies

BOISE, ID – A group of farmers has filed an antitrust case against several big agricultural companies, contending the companies worked together to ban e-commerce sales in order to keep prices artificially high. According to the Associated Press, the farmers are seeking class-action status and they want a judge to force the companies to give […]

April 7, 2021

State FFA Convention moves West River first time in history of organization

RAPID CITY, SD – For the first time in nearly 100 years the South Dakota State FFA Association annual convention will not be held in Brookings. The 93rd South Dakota State FFA Convention will be April 11-13 in Rapid City. Events will take place at the Central States Fairgrounds, Kjerstad Events Center and Western Dakota Technical College. FFA executive secretary Dani […]