Yet, Butler also described his frustration with the way a proposed livestock marketing rule, or “GIPSA rule” was beaten into submission by what Butler called cowardly moves in Congress, and “vicious lies” attacking him personally in the battle over a farm-bill rule on livestock.
“The significance of high quality forages on western dairy operations is reflected in this year’s World Ag Expo Forage Challenge participants. We congratulate all the winners and finalists for their dedication to high-quality forage production,” said Greg Cannon, Mycogen Seeds forage marketing specialist.
The Budget Control Act passed last year stipulates that any increase in the debt limit has to be accompanied by corresponding budgetary cuts. While farm programs occupy a comparatively small share of overall federal appropriations, Novak says they are no less likely to escape the budgetary ax.
“This rule has been a long time coming, and we stand ready to work with members of Congress and the administration to finalize this rule because it will give trade negotiators from the United States a stronger position to press other nations to follow OIE standards.
With a focus on outdoor recreation, renewable energy, environmentally-sound oil and gas development, sage-grouse conservation, and other key priorities, President Obama requested $1.1 billion in appropriations for the Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Land Management (BLM) in Fiscal Year 2013.
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has granted more than $1.8 million to a researcher looking at tobacco as a potential fuel source. And if that succeeds within 18 months, almost $2 million more will be given to transfer the technology into giant reed, a fast-growing grass species.
As demand seasonally improves each spring, the market typically sees beef production in the second quarter increase by about 300 million pounds, according to CME. The increase last year was just 148 million pounds, and this helped to provide solid support for the uptrend in futures trade.
Blach told a packed audience that he expects cattle inventory numbers to decline slightly in 2012 and reach a low point in 2013 before increasing in 2014 and beyond. Although herd growth may remain elusive, an increase in average carcass weights will partially offset the decline in inventory numbers, he said.