The Cattle Business Weekly
  • At the heart of the project is the Pathfinder Ranch, a 235,000-acre cattle ranch located west of Casper
  • If or when interest rates rise and borrowing costs increase, said Smith, supply-side pressure on grain prices and the exit of speculative money from commodity markets could decrease commodity prices by 30% to 40%.  
  • National Ag in the Classroom may lose funding, move from USDA
    The National Ag in the Classroom Organization is looking for support to restore its full $1Million federal funding. Recently, the Obama Administration requested the organization’s funding to be zeroed out and to be removed from the umbrella of the United State’s Department of Agriculture. 
  • Des Moines Water Works has decided to pursue legal action against county supervisors in Buena Vista, Sac and Calhoun counties in Iowa. The board voted on the matter March 10, passing the motion to pursue legal action unanimously. The legal filing was conducted Monday, March 16 in federal court.  
  • The Nebraska and California Beef Councils recently collaborated on a program to provide culinary dietitians with a taste beef production practices set in the ranching communities of Napa and Sonoma County California.  
  •  “Market cows should not be considered a byproduct of the beef industry,” stated Colorado State University (CSU) meat scientist Keith Belk. “They are much more than that.” 
  • As poultry prices decline from these events, spillover on both beef and pork is expected to be adverse for those industries says Glenn Tonsor,  livestock market specialist with K-State Research and Extension. 
  • Cattle consultant Tom Brink is encouraging producers to look at purchasing quality genetics, not just increasing numbers in the beef herd. 
  • The East Wildlife Foundation ranks as the second largest private operating foundation in Texas, and ranks twelfth nationally. With over 218,000 acres of South Texas rangeland, The Foundation is ranked as the 42nd largest private landowner in the United States with its lands serving as a field laboratory for research and education efforts.   
  • Vilsack ordered record keeping practices at USMARC to be updated to ensure the animals are being properly cared for. Until animal welfare is improved through stronger oversight and better training of standards Vilsack has called off any new research projects at the location. 
  • Numerous ag commodity groups are waiting to see if trade will be expedited with Cuba. Since 2001, the U.S. has been able to export agricultural products to the country, but at a slow, cumbersome pace due to a trade embargo from the 60s. 
  • The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has announced its second progress report on its strategy to promote the judicious use of antimicrobials in food-producing animals. 
  • In a nutshell, Basu is optimistic for 2015; he says it’s – for the most part – all systems go for the U.S. economy.  
  •  The 2015 recipient of this award is the Tom & Karen Swan family, including Tom and Karen along with their children and their spouses TJ & Sonya, Jamie & Justin, & Tyler as well as future FFA members: Layton, Kajsa, and Kade.  The award was presented on February 28th, during half time of the SDSU/FFA Corduroy Classic basketball game.  
  • Exports will likely fall 4.8 percent to 2.5 billion pounds this year, USDA said during its annual Agriculture Outlook Forum. 
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