Agriculture News

January 24, 2022

Cattle on Feed: Record number of placements in December 2021

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The USDA says there were more cattle placed into U.S. feed lots in December 2021 than any other December on record.  Increased placements are tied to heavier marketings last year, poor forage conditions, and high hay prices in some of the major feeding areas.  December totals of 1.963 million head was 6% […]

January 20, 2022

Thinking through virtues of a boxed beef index

AMES, IA – Using a boxed beef index as an external reference price could result in higher or lower fed cattle prices versus other ways of discovering prices, according to a livestock economist. The CME Group launched a Boxed Beef Index the first week of March 2021.  The index is a five-business day volume-weighed moving […]

January 20, 2022

R-CALF asks for stopgap measure, blames Congress for not enacting cattle market reforms

WASHINGTON, DC – R-CALF USA has asked Congress to implement a stopgap measure to preserve what is left of the U.S. cattle industry. In written testimony submitted in a Wednesday hearing held by the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on the Judiciary Subcommittee on Antitrust, Commercial, and Administrative Law, R-CALF USA CEO Bill Bullard wrote, […]

January 20, 2022

Farmers still can’t fix their own tractors. Now they’re suing John Deere for ‘repair rights’

FOREST RIVER, ND (DTN) — A North Dakota farm filed a class-action lawsuit last week, alleging John Deere is violating the Sherman Act in not making diagnostic software available to farmers who want to repair their own equipment. The lawsuit filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Northern Illinois alleges John Deere […]

January 17, 2022

NCBA calls EPA on “convoluted approach” to water rules but supports latest EPA report

WASHINGTON, D.C.– The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) announced support for a report issued by the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Farm, Ranch, and Rural Communities Advisory Committee (FRRCC). “The FRRCC represents a diverse group of stakeholders including academia, industry, non-governmental organizations, and state, local, and tribal governments,” said Scott Yager, NCBA Chief Environmental Counsel. “NCBA strongly […]

January 17, 2022

Internships offered to beginning ranchers, farmers

LARAMIE, WY – Education. Mentoring. Technical Assistance. Three things beginning ranchers and farmers need to acquire th eknowledge, skills, and tools needed to make informed decisions for their operations and ehance their sustainability. The Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources at the University of Wyoming was awarded […]

January 17, 2022

CATTLE CHAT: Feed, supplement those momma’s

MANHATTAN, KS – During pregnancy, regular checkups are key for mother and baby to maintain good health. The same is true for beef cattle, according to the experts at Kansas State University’s Beef Cattle Institute. “In the case of replacement heifers, research has shown that if their diet was restricted when they were in utero, […]

January 17, 2022

From The Ground Up: Funds available to ag producers for conservation

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced up to $225 million in available funding for conservation partners through the Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP). The RCPP is a partner-driven program that leverages collective resources to find solutions to address natural resource challenges on agricultural land. This year’s funding announcements include opportunities for projects […]

January 17, 2022

Bees and business development a win/win in southwestern North Dakota

HETTINGER, ND – A commercial beekeeping supply business has opened in far southwestern North Dakota that will serve people in three of the top five honey-producing states in the country. State Department of Commerce officials say Commercial Bee Supply in Hettinger is meant to bolster the beekeeping and other agriculture sectors in the community and […]

January 14, 2022

U.S. meat production slows as COVID-19 infections increase in work force

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Meat processing companies and union officials tell Reuters that rising COVID-19 infections among workers are once again forcing meat plants to slow production and the government to replace slaughter inspectors. Meatpacking was an early epicenter of COVID in 2020 and is now the latest sector to be disrupted by the Omicron variant. […]