Feb. 21, the city council of St. George, UT, helped reignite a long-running conflict between the state and the federal government over land ownership. The city council members voiced their support for a nearly year-old Utah House Bill 148 by passing a resolution in support of the law which was signed by Gov.
On the heels of Rocky and Q—the winter storms, that is—the issue of winter hay feeding is a key concern. Though for some, winter always means feeding hay, the unusual and sudden levels of snow many parts of cattle country got last week and the week before have potentially intensified that need.
On Valentine’s Day, Senate Democrats suggested a $110 billion measure which would theoretically fend off the mandatory spending cuts coming March 1. The proposed package recommended replacing the spending cuts (often referred to as “the sequester” or “sequestration”) would shift the economic onus onto, among other things, agriculture.
The most recent World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates report (WASDE) was released Friday, Feb. 8. It did not include many surprises, but some changes to corn and soybean estimates made some waves in what has been called the overly sensitive grain market.
Monday, Feb. 11, Russia announced it had adopted a “zero-tolerance” position regarding ractopamine residues in meat. This move has effectively suspended all Russian imports of U.S. beef, pork and turkey as there is no unified tracking protocol in place for the feed additive in the U.
A recently-proposed bill in Missouri—Missouri Senate Bill 155 (SB 155)—has been directed to the state’s Agriculture, Food Production and Outdoor Resources Committee. The bill would require that all meat from genetically modified animals be labeled as such.
The most recent Cattle Inventory report was released Friday, Feb. 1 and reported on all cattle— beef and dairy—in the U.S. herd as of the first of the year. Overall, the number of cattle and calves recorded was down 1.6 percent at 89.3 million head, making this the lowest Jan.