Did EPA engage in illegal activities to push WOTUS? Beef Roundtable investigates
This month’s Beef Roundtable features a look at the controversial Waters of the U.S. rule (WOTUS). With recent revelations that the Army Corps of Engineers had serious questions about how the EPA went about gaining approval of the rule, the video looks at the issue and how it might affect cattle producers. Guests are Steve Foglesong, owner of Black Gold Ranch and Feedlot at Astoria, Ill., and Bob Stallman, president of the American Farm Bureau Federation.
BeefTalk: Blue Moons and Summer Blues
Kris Ringwall, Beef Specialist, NDSU Extension Service
Recent discussions of cattle cycles are a reminder that we actually have cattle cycles. All industries cycle, and even the staunchest denial eventually will cycle away. Interestingly, many successful individuals were and are successful because they entered and left a business at an opportune time.
We also used to hang horse thieves and rustlers once upon a time
Dr Ron Clarke
Expectation and foresight is integral to progress. Indifference to small matters today yields tomorrow’s issues, the need for hot-iron branding among them. Although progress in the cattle industry is slow, progress is constant — typically a case of hesitancy and caution unnerved by pressure brought to bear by those who buy the food we produce and those who ultimately bring it to the marketplace either as groceries on a store shelf or hamburgers at a drive-through.
Beijing Angus beef processor arises amid demand for premium
Global Meat News
China’s taste for premium beef has transformed one of Beijing’s rural districts into a breeding base for one of the country’s key processors of premium Angus beef.
Prepare for VFD changes
Kansas State University veterinarian Mike Apley, DVM, PhD, DACVCP, outlines some of the challenges and opportunities as veterinarians help clients prepare for new veterinary feed directive rules, which will bring the use of most medicated feeds under veterinary supervision.
$27.6 million offered to tackle livestock and aquaculture species’ health and production
USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture will provide about $27.6 million in funding for projects focused on livestock and aquaculture species production and health. Both animal production and animal health contribute to U.S. food production, food security, and economy, USDA noted, and the awards will support research, education, and extension projects.
Iowa Beef Industry Council names new executive director
The Cattle Business Weekly
The Iowa Beef Industry Council Board of Directors announced the selection of a new executive director at their August board meeting. Chris Freland, of Prairie City, will lead the Iowa beef checkoff organization effective October 1. She replaces Nancy Degner, who is retiring on September 30 after 40 years at the Iowa Beef Industry Council, the last 12 as executive director.
Bull, beef industry prices are up nationwide
Virginia Farm Bureau
While droughts in 2011 and 2012 decreased cattle herds across the country, the beef industry is now enjoying an increase in demand and price—particularly prices for breeding bulls.
Maps Show Massive Increase in EPA Authority, Regulatory Uncertainty for Everyone Else
Farm Bureau Federation
A series of maps released today by the American Farm Bureau Federation show how the EPA will radically expand its jurisdiction over land use if its controversial Waters of the United States rule takes effect as expected August 28. That expansion comes even as major parts of the rule remain largely incomprehensible to experts and laypeople, alike.
‘Dixie Classic Fair’ under fire in North Carolina for ‘offensive’ name
The word “Dixie” is under fire in North Carolina by at least one city councilman who is considering a measure to remove it from the annual Dixie Classic Fair in Winston-Salem.