Dr. Austin Ayars had plenty of sleepless nights as a practice owner with $140,000 in student debt. He would lie awake worrying whether he would be able to pay the bills that month. Or hed think about what would happen if he couldnt meet his clients needs.
Since the days following the Dust Bowl, Colorado State University (CSU) researchers have headed to a spot on the eastern Plains to study everything from cattle grazing to prairie dog plague. The research facilities, originally built in the 1960s, were a modest group of temporary buildings that had to do for the last 50 years.
Wagyu breeders from around the country, as well as Australia and Mexico, convened in Lexington, KY, on Oct. 14 for the Annual Meeting of the American Wagyu Association. Ralph Valdez, president of the association, announced the hiring of Michael Beattie as the incoming executive director.
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced last week that USDA will begin issuing Conservation Stewardship and Conservation Security Program payments this month to thousands of farmers and ranchers in all 50 states to help maintain and improve the natural resources on their land.
The House of Representatives switched hands in last Tuesday's elections with Republicans handing Democrats their largest loss in the House in seven decades. In the Senate, losses were also steep, although the Democrats managed to maintain a slim majority.
Fed cattle trade last week was reported mostly $2-3 lower than the prior weeks levels. In Texas, trade was reported at $97-98 live, while Kansas sales came at mostly $97. Northern dressed trade in Nebraska and the Corn Belt came in a range of $153-154.
The American Meat Insti- tute (AMI) has joined a number of agriculture associa- tions in expressing serious concerns over a new proposal from the ethanol indus- try that would extend the expiring ethanol blenders credit and import tariff on foreign...
South Koreas president expressed confidence last week that South Korea and the U.S. might still final- ize a long-stalled free trade agreement, but didnt offer any clues about how they could narrow differences on autos and beef ahead of a meeting with President Barack Obama.