Industry News


  In December, Iowa cattlemen from across the state gathered at the Iowa Cattle Industry Leadership Summit to determine policy priorities for 2020. This annual event is where the Association’s grassroot policy development takes place and policy for the following year is set to guide the direction and priorities of ICA. ICA’s three policy committees (Business Issues, Cattle Production, and Beef Products) each met to take…

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Trade and Animal Health Practices: Are they paying?

By : Dr. Elliott Dennis, Assistant Professor, Livestock Marketing Economist, Department of Agricultural Economics, University of Nebraska – Lincoln, Courtesy of Livestock Marketing Information Center   This past year has seen several important trade agreements agreed to which will directly benefit the beef complex. The Japanese-U.S. trade deal will effectively lower tariffs for 90% of beef commodities from 38.5% to 9% between 2019 and 2033. The…

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Zoetis Establishes Research Facility with Texas A&M University to Develop Vaccines for Transboundary and Emerging Diseases in Animals

COLLEGE STATION, TEXAS, AND PARSIPPANY, NEW JERSEY, October 28, 2019 — Zoetis, the world’s leading animal health company, has signed an agreement with Texas A&M University’s Health Science Center for Innovation in Advanced Development and Manufacturing (CIADM) to establish a facility for accelerating the development of transboundary and emerging disease vaccines — including those for Foot-and-Mouth Disease (FMD), a virus that can cause serious illness in cattle,…

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CoBank Quarterly Economic Review – Progress on Trade Negotiations Boost Optimism for 2020

Recent breakthroughs on trade, policy issues positive signs for U.S. ag economy DENVER (December 20, 2019)—Policymakers in Washington are ending the year with a blitz of activity on trade and immigration reform, setting up significant milestones for the U.S. economy, rural economy and the agricultural sector in 2020, according to the latest Quarterly Rural Economic Review from CoBank’s Knowledge Exchange division.“The fourth quarter is certainly ending with much more…

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A strong finish to the year

By : Stephen R. Koontz, Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics – Colorado State University Without a doubt, the cattle markets are closing the year far stronger than I expected. Live cattle futures have pushed into new highs and cash fed cattle prices are back to tracking the price levels and seasonal patterns of last year. There were some unique market drivers that I discussed last…

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