Many of the thousands of cattle grazing in the area where the massive fire started on Aug. 17 are still unaccounted for. While the fire threatened thousands of homes, and burned 111 structures and 11 homes, it’s the lost grazing lands that will continue to wreak havoc on producers in the coming years.
Public Lands Council (PLC) last Saturday wrapped up its 2013 Annual Meeting in Deadwood, SD. Over 100 ranchers with public lands grazing rights in states across the West gathered to discuss the challenges affecting their industry and to consider projects and policies that will guide the organization’s future activities.
Last week, U.S. District Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson denied a request from U.S. and Canadian meat packers and livestock growers for a preliminary injunction (PI) blocking a final USDA regulation mandating country-of-origin labels (COOL) on meat sold in retail stores.
“Working with states to safeguard Midwestern waters is among EPA’s highest priorities,” said Karl Brooks, EPA regional administrator. “This agreement, developed after extensive public and industry input, commits IDNR to making needed and achievable improvements to the system that keeps CAFOs compliant with the CWA.
The General Assembly stood firm last week for Missouri’s farm and ranch families by overriding the governor’s veto of S. B. 9. Missouri Cattlemen’s Association (MCA) President Chuck Massengill said this vote is a victory for more than 52,000 Missouri cattle farms and ranches.
Fiscal 2014 agricultural exports are forecasted at $135 billion, down $5 billion from the fiscal 2013. Oilseeds and products are expected to decline the most, down $5.4 billion due to lower soybean and meal prices. Grain and feed exports are expected to fall $1.
A coalition of community, animal welfare and environmental organizations has filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) challenging the Agency’s withdrawal of a proposed rule that would have allowed EPA to collect basic information, like locations and animal population sizes, from what they refer to as “factory farms.
another shameless example of how far they’ll go to protect their market share and block larger volumes of renewable fuel from reaching the consumer,” said Bob Dinneen, Renewable Fuels Association’s (RFA) President and CEO.
Despite Cargill’s original plans to continue buying cattle fed the growth-promotant Zilmax, the third-largest meat producing company in the U.S. announced last week that the feed additive would not be used in its production animals by the end of September.
After adjusting for inflation, 2013’s net farm income is expected to be the second highest since 1973, according to USDA’s recent Net Farm Income report. A return to trend yields would lead to record crop production levels and result in substantial year-end crop inventories.