Industry News

K-State’s DeRouchey sees common thread among world’s livestock producers

By: Pat Melgares MANHATTAN, Kan. – They came from around the world, nearly 300 strong, to talk about raising farm animals safely and protecting natural resources. And when the participants of the annual meeting of the Global Agenda for Sustainable Livestock left Kansas State University last week, there was a similar message they all shared. “What I was really intrigued by was the amount of people…

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MBA Program Hits Landmark Participation Level

Courtesy of: Kansas Livestock Association The checkoff-funded Masters of Beef Advocacy (MBA) program reached a milestone in August when the 15,000th student graduated. During the 10 years since its inception, industry advocates have used the lessons learned and resources available to communicate with the public about high-profile issues surrounding beef. Managed by NCBA, MBA requires students to complete five lessons in beef advocacy. Graduates have access…

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Feed Situation

By: Matthew Diersen, Risk & Business Management Specialist, Ness School of Management & Economics, South Dakota State University Large rainfall events have made it a challenging growing season in South Dakota and neighboring states. The quantity and quality of feed from pastures and crops have been affected. The resulting feed situation is influenced by both local and national factors. Cattle inventories are expected to be constant…

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Growing demand in China dominates global beef trade

By: Derrell S.  Peel, Oklahoma State University Extension Livestock Marketing Specialist In the last two or three years, China has replaced the U.S. as the leading beef importer in the world.  Chinese beef imports in 2018 exceeded total U.S. beef imports.  If Hong Kong is included along with mainland China, total China/Hong Kong imports were larger than U.S. beef imports beginning in 2017. Total world beef…

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Interactive Agriculture Exhibit Draws Thousands At State Fair

Courtesy of: Kansas Livestock Association The Kansas Beef Council (KBC) partnered with other agriculture commodity groups to host the Agriland booth at the recent Kansas State Fair in Hutchinson. Thousands of young people and adults went through the interactive exhibit, which illustrated how food is grown and gets to the dinner table. Visitors learned about beef production, grass, agricultural by-products, crops, dairy products, soils and much…

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