Industry News

President’s Budget Would Increase Grazing Fees, Lower Estate Tax Exemption Levels

The thought of a balanced budget in Washington is one that many of us find hard to believe. President Obama released his 2014 budget proposal last week, and though the proposal won’t likely fly with Congress, it is important to note the impacts the president’s budget would have on agriculture, including $38 billion in cuts over 10 years to agricultural programs. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s…

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Impacts of Drought and Regional Change on Hay Production

By: Derrell S. Peel Lingering winter weather this year is exaggerating the impacts of limited forage supplies for beef producers.  Drought in 2011 and 2012 reduced U.S. hay production and increased hay demand leaving the country with very limited forage supplies at this time.  On December 1, stocks of all hay were down nearly 28 percent from a 2001-2010 average prior to the drought.  States with the…

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SURVEY SHOWS CONTINUED HIGH LEVEL OF CONSUMER CONFUSION ON FOOD PRODUCTION

According to a new survey, American moms may be building their grocery lists based on misinformation about how their food was grown and raised.  The Gate-to-Plate survey of more than 1,000 moms was commissioned by CommonGround, a grassroots coalition of farm women who want to foster conversations among all women – on farms and in cities – about where our food comes from and how it is raised.…

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Lower break-even for cattle and hog producers

COLUMBIA, Mo.–Cattle prices have been at record highs the last few years. The reason is less meat on the market. “Last year’s meat supply was 217.9 pounds per person, down 19.7 pounds from 2007 and the lowest since 1991,” said Ron Plain, University of Missouri Extension agricultural economist at the MU Spring Ag Marketing Outlook Conference. “Less meat on the market drives meat prices up. That…

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Act Now to Decrease Impact of Vitamin A Deficiency in Cattle

AMES, Iowa — Iowa State University Extension and Outreach beef veterinarian Grant Dewell said effects of last year’s drought are evident at the Iowa State Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory in the form of an increasing number of calves with vitamin A deficiency. The 2012 drought and subsequent low quality hay supplies for winter feeding mean cows don’t have normal liver stores of vitamin A, and without supplementation cows will…

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