While cattle prices are expected to be high enough over the next few months to maintain positive margins throughout the beef chain, Gary Crawford reports that numbers indicate the beef cattle expansion may be slower than what was expected.
The U.S. Senate Wednesday night cleared a procedural vote on the GMO labeling compromise by Senators Debbie Stabenow and Pat Roberts. The Senate voted 68-29 in favor of the vote, clearing the way for considerations on the Senate floor.
Stabenow, the ranking Democrat on the Senate Agriculture Committee, says the bill “will have the votes” to pass the Senate, likely Read the rest of this entry »
USDA has proposed new animal welfare standards for the National Organic Program that, according to the National Pork Producers Council if enacted, would be the first time such standards are codified in federal law and would present serious challenges to livestock producers. NPPC opposes the new standards, and they point out there are a number of problems with the proposed new Read the rest of this entry »
International trade is of course a key factor, but trade restrictions resulting from an animal disease outbreak can have devastating economic effects. With this in mind, USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service signed three international agreements on this topic during a recent meeting of the World Organization for Animal Health in Paris, France.
These agreements will make it easier to maintain safe and fair trade of animals and animal products if an Read the rest of this entry »
This past spring, the Alabama Beef Checkoff sponsored Bama’s Best Beef contest. And Erin Beasley with the Alabama Cattlemen’s Association says it was able to present the winner with a plaque this week.
The 2016 Alabama Agribusiness Council’s (AAC) Annual Meeting is taking place in Orange Beach, and folks from across the state representing various aspects of agriculture are in attendance.
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