Industry News

An update on Australia cattle and beef

By : Derrell S. Peel, Oklahoma State University Extension Livestock Marketing Specialist   The ongoing wildfires in Australia represent the latest in nearly a decade of environmental challenges the country has faced.  This has prompted questions about the impact of the fires on Australian cattle and beef production and trade.  This article was compiled from several Australian reports and other media and data sources. Wildfires have…

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Beef Exports (again) a Key Factor to Watch in 2020

By : Josh Maples, Assistant Professor & Extension Economist, Department of Agricultural Economics, Mississippi State University   The latest Monthly Trade data for November 2019 was released by USDA Economic Research Service last week. The report continued the recent trend of lower monthly exports as compared to 2018. After three consecutive years of double-digit increases (2016-2018) in beef exports, current data show January-November 2019 exports to…

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Ranchers Applaud Announcement Of New NEPA Rules

Courtesy of   WASHINGTON (Jan. 9, 2020) – Ranchers across the country today hailed an announcement by President Trump that his Administration will promulgate new regulations to implement the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). “Over time, NEPA has evolved into a complex web of onerous processes and bureaucratic red tape,” said fifth-generation Oregon rancher and Public Lands Council President Bob Skinner. “These sensible updates proposed…

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Cattle futures rise on firm cash market, harsh Plains weather

Source : Karl Plume   CHICAGO, Jan 10 (Reuters) – U.S. live cattle futures climbed to the loftiest levels of the week on Friday on expectations for higher cash cattle sales at Plains feedlot markets and as harsh weather in parts of the region increased stress on the animals. Some feedlot cattle in the central and northern Plains have traded at prices steady to firmer than…

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Fake Meat Labeling, Water Issues On Agenda For Legislative Session

Courtesy of   The Kansas Legislature will begin its 2020 legislative session Monday, January 13. Front-and-center for KLA this year will be legislation to protect consumers from the false labeling claims of alternative, plant-based proteins known as “fake meat.”  KLA will propose legislation to create a definition of fake meat called a “meat analogue,” which includes products that simulate meat, but do not contain animal…

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