milk pricing

Discussing Milk Pricing Issues

Dan Dairy, Economy, Marketing

Last week, the U.S. Senate Agriculture Committee Dairy Subcommittee held a hearing that was called by chair Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY). The hearing focused on issues related to milk pricing and the Federal Milk Marketing Order system, which has shown strains during the COVID-19 pandemic due in large part to flaws in the current Class I mover and its ripple effects through …


Vilsack and Tai to Meet with USDA Ag Policy Committee

Dan Beef, Cattle, Citrus, Corn, Cotton, Dairy, Equine, Field Crops, Fruits, Grapefruit, Hemp, Lemons, Livestock, Marketing, Orange Juice, Peanuts, Pork, Poultry, Rabbits, Sheep-Goats, Soybeans, Specialty Crops, Trade, Tree Nuts, Vegetables, Wheat

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai will meet with the Agricultural Policy Advisory Committee Friday. Topics include current and new trade deals, trade agreement implementation and concerns within the agreements. The committee, managed by the Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Trade Representative’s office, offers advice on U.S. trade policy. The committee consists of six technical …


Two New Market Reports Will Boost Cattle Price Transparency

Dan Cattle, Marketing

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced they will start two new market news reports this week. They are designed to provide additional insight into formula cattle trades and help promote fair and competitive markets. Gary Crawford has more details. The National Daily Direct Formula Base Cattle report is being released today, and it will enable producers to see the correlation …


World Champion Livestock Auctioneer to Be Featured In National TV Show

Dan Alabama, Cattle, Livestock, Marketing

Back in June, Chuck Bradley of Rockford, Alabama was crowned the World Livestock Auctioneer Champion, and this weekend he’ll receive statewide and national exposure with a feature on Simply Southern TV. The show will premiere locally on WBMA-TV 33/40 in Birmingham on Sunday, Aug. 8, at 6:30 a.m. and will be rebroadcast on national cable network RFD-TV next Wednesday at 3 …

National Farmers Market Week

National Farmers Market Week Underway

Dan Beef, Cattle, Citrus, Dairy, Field Crops, Fruits, Herbs, Livestock, Marketing, Nursery Crops, Organic, Pecans, Pollinators, Pork, Poultry, Rabbits, Sheep-Goats, Specialty Crops, Sugar, Tree Nuts, Vegetables

The U.S. Secretary of Agriculture proclaimed this first week of August as National Farmers Market Week. It is a way to champion the direct-to-consumer producers, market managers, and customers that make their communities come alive during market days. According to a story from Rod Bain, highlights of the week are not only the markets themselves, but the innovations that allow these institutions to …


Clarifying the Product of the USA Label

Dan Aquaculture, Beef, Cattle, Livestock, Marketing, Organic, Pork, Poultry, Rabbits, Regulation, Sheep-Goats, USDA

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently announced a top-to-bottom review of the “Product of the USA” label, which will inform a forthcoming rulemaking on this topic. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said “American consumers depend upon accurate, transparent labels to obtain important information about the food they consume. American farmers and ranchers depend upon those same labels to convey information about …


Broad-Based Growth Drives U.S. Beef and Pork Exports to New Heights

Dan Beef, Cattle, Exports/Imports, Marketing, Pork

According to data released Tuesday by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and compiled by the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF), both U.S. beef and pork export values shattered previous records set back in May. Fueled by impressive growth in a wide range of destinations, beef exports also reached a new volume high in May, while pork export volume was the …

Supreme Court

Supreme Court Rejects Petition against California Prop 12

Dan Beef, Cattle, Dairy, Equine, Legislative, Livestock, Marketing, Pork, Poultry, Rabbits, Regulation, Sheep-Goats

The U.S. Supreme Court Monday denied a petition to review California’s Proposition 12. The denial was included in a batch of announcements by the Supreme Court. Earlier this month, the North American Meat Institute supported its petition, stating the law “provides no benefit to consumers and increases breeding sow mortality.” The Meat Institute file the petition in February, challenging the …