Industry News

Purdue experts to address changing ag market conditions

By: Darrin Pack WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Agricultural economists from Purdue University will offer farmers and livestock producers some timely guidance on rapidly changing market conditions and a look ahead to the 2015 season in a free webinar set for 9 a.m. Friday (Oct. 31). Jim Mintert, director of the Center for Commercial Agriculture and professor of agricultural economics, said the webinar, called “The Changing Business…

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Mandatory COOL: Still Detrimental to Trade, Still No Easy Solution

By: Katie Allen MANHATTAN, Kan. – Abolish? Make further tweaks? Or perhaps, make it voluntary? On the heels of the World Trade Organization’s (WTO’s) latest ruling on U.S. mandatory country-of-origin labeling (COOL), debate on both sides of the issue continues. It’s a debate that has spanned more than a decade, and finding a solution that will please everyone involved is likely impossible. For the second time,…

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Spotlight on Economics: China’s Growing Demand for Meat

By Tom Wahl, Professor NDSU Agribusiness and Applied Economics Department China’s rapid economic growth and changing population demographics have affected the world’s most populous country. Driven by income growth, urbanization and a transition to a market economy, the Chinese diet has shifted from staples to meat. Since the 1980s, Chinese grain consumption has decreased by 50 percent while meat consumption has increased by nearly 75 percent…

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Protect Livestock From Sweet Clover Disease

By: Gerald Stokka Improperly curing hay made from certain sweet clover varieties such as white and yellow sweet clover can cause severe and often fatal hemorrhages in livestock such as cattle, sheep and goats. “Unfortunately, proper harvesting can be difficult,” says Gerald Stokka, North Dakota State University Extension Service livestock stewardship specialist and veterinarian. “If cutting is delayed until full bloom, the large, high-moisture stems will…

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South Texas cattle program could reflect growing herd numbers

EDINBURG – Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service personnel are hoping that with recent rains and improved pastures, South Texas cattle ranchers will start rebuilding herds sold off during the drought. Cattle will be accepted soon for the annual AgriLife Extension Bull Gains Test, Heifer Development and Pen of Steers Program. Proof of renewed activity could come when ranchers start submitting their livestock in the annual Bull…

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