Daily Archives: February 2, 2017

Post Election Thoughts on Agriculture: #4 of 5 | Trade

Post Election Thoughts on Agriculture: #4 of 5 | Trade


Trade, more so than immigration or calling Hillary “crooked,” impacted the vote. In fact, the Trans Pacific Partnership, thought to be a slam dunk in April, was dead in the trans Pacific water by October, regardless of who got elected.  Trump talks tough on trade – pointing out the inequities to America done via the North American Free Trade Agreement. Last I looked, Mexico did enjoy a $2.6 billion trade surplus with the U.S. So maybe he’s right.  Here’s why Agriculture needn’t scream fire and run for the exits over trade worries



On the coldest morning of last December my pickup wouldn’t start. It wasn’t the battery, it turned over. I ground away at the starter, manipulating the manual choke (it’s 30 years old) until the battery began to weaken.

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Feeding the World–Part 2

Feeding the World–Part 2

Ashley Garrelts

University of Wyoming

The current projection is that by 2050,  the world’s population will increase by 35% and to feed that population crop production will need to double.  It has been said that if agriculture is to continue to feed the world it will need to become more like manufacturing–using current and new technologies to turn farms and ranches into tightly controlled operations.

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“Mister, I own a hundred cows…”

“Mister, I own a hundred cows…”

The Stock Exchange

After working for seven years in Mississippi, I moved back to Kentucky in 1981 and one of my first producers meetings was a memorable one in Bowling Green. An older gentleman, who worked as a pharmaceutical representative, was a jovial guy but, perhaps, a bit out of touch.

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Colorado ranchers bracing for continued low cattle prices through 2017

Colorado ranchers bracing for continued low cattle prices through 2017

Angie Haflich

High Plains Public Radio

Colorado farm and ranch income has hit its lowest level in 30 years, according University of Colorado Boulder research. As Colorado Public Radio reports, much of agriculture is suffering in Colorado, which like other parts of the High Plains region is facing low corn, wheat and cattle prices.

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Cattlemen Hail Introduction of Legislation to Repeal Death Tax

Cattlemen Hail Introduction of Legislation to Repeal Death Tax

Feedlot Magazine

The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association today applauded the introduction of bipartisan legislation that would permanently kill the onerous death tax. The Death Tax Repeal Act of 2017 was introduced this week by U.S. Sen. John Thune of South Dakota and by U.S. Reps. Kristi Noem (R-SD) and Sanford Bishop (D-Ga.)

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Animal Agriculture Alliance celebrates 30th anniversary

Animal Agriculture Alliance celebrates 30th anniversary

Animal Agriculture Alliance

The Alliance was launched in 1987 to serve as a unified voice on behalf of animal agriculture. Over the past three decades, the Alliance has helped the industry to anticipate and respond to campaigns from anti-animal agriculture groups across the U.S. and engage with a public that is increasingly disconnected from production agriculture. Many things have changed since the Alliance was founded – household adoption of the Internet and the emergence of social media for example – but the organization’s passion and commitment to securing the future of animal agriculture remains steadfast.

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Will beef cattle genomics be the next battleground?

Will beef cattle genomics be the next battleground?

Burt Rutherford

Beef Magazine

I received several interesting emails recently from students at Robinson High School in Tampa, Fla. These students are in a magnet STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) biology class and were given this prompt: Commercial beef producers need to manage genetic risk when selectively breeding cattle.

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Grass fungus could cause $1 billion in annual livestock production losses

Grass fungus could cause $1 billion in annual livestock production losses

Denise Attaway

Clemson University

Tall fescue is a popular grass used for grazing, hay and erosion control in the eastern United States, but one Clemson University expert believes this grass could be responsible for more than $1 billion per year in livestock production losses.

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Certified Angus Beef regular market survey

Certified Angus Beef regular market survey

Natalie Anderson

Farm Forum

While the cattle market fell from record highs in 2014 in a steep dive to last fall’s low, the relative demand for quality and premium bids for Angus calves fared better.

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