Daily Archives: August 14, 2015

Did EPA engage in illegal activities to push WOTUS? Beef Roundtable investigates

Did EPA engage in illegal activities to push WOTUS? Beef Roundtable investigates

Burt Rutherford

BEEF/Purdue

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.

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BeefTalk: Blue Moons and Summer Blues

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.

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We also used to hang horse thieves and rustlers once upon a time

We also used to hang horse thieves and rustlers once upon a time

Dr Ron Clarke

Canadian Cattlemen

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.

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Beijing Angus beef processor arises amid demand for premium

Beijing Angus beef processor arises amid demand for premium

Rod Addy

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.

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Prepare for VFD changes

Prepare for VFD changes

John Maday

Drovers

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.

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$27.6 million offered to tackle livestock and aquaculture species’ health and production

$27.6 million offered to tackle livestock and aquaculture species’ health and production

Beef Producer

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.

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Iowa Beef Industry Council names new executive director

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.

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Bull, beef industry prices are up nationwide

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.

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Maps Show Massive Increase in EPA Authority, Regulatory Uncertainty for Everyone Else

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.

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‘Dixie Classic Fair’ under fire in North Carolina for ‘offensive’ name

‘Dixie Classic Fair’ under fire in North Carolina for ‘offensive’ name

Jessica Chasmar

Washington Times

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.

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