Senate Action Needed on Key Ag Trade Nominees

Dan Beef, Cattle, Livestock, Marketing, Trade, U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF)

With important trade negotiations on the horizon, U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) President and CEO Dan Halstrom says there is an urgent need for the U.S. Senate to confirm two key nominees. These nominations advanced from the Senate Finance Committee and Senate Agriculture Committee, respectively, back in September. And Halstrom notes that the first negotiating round for the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework is rapidly …

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USDA Announces Plans for a Section 32 Purchase of American Lamb Products

Dan American Sheep Industry Association (ASI), Economy, Sheep-Goats, USDA-AMS

Last week, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced plans for a Section 32 purchase of American lamb products for distribution to various food nutrition assistance programs. The purchase was a request by the American Sheep Industry Association (ASI) and the National Lamb Feeders Association earlier this year. Support for the purchase also came from congressional delegations from several Western states in recent months. “We …

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American Lamb Board Sustainability Report

Dan American Lamb Board (ALB), Livestock, Sheep-Goats, This Land of Ours

The American Lamb Board is taking a closer look at sustainability. That’s coming up on This Land of Ours. American Lamb Board (ALB) working with the American sheep industry has created a new task force of industry stakeholders and research and extension specialists to develop a sheep sustainability report. The report will represent the sheep industry’s commitment to sustainability and …


Thanksgiving Dinner Cost Up 20% per Farm Bureau Survey

Dan American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF), Economy, Field Crops, Fruits, Pork, Poultry, Specialty Crops, USDA-AMS, Vegetables

(AFBF/WASHINGTON, November 16, 2022) — Spending time with family and friends at Thanksgiving remains important for many Americans and this year the cost of the meal is also top of mind. American Farm Bureau Federation’s (AFBF) 37th annual survey provides a snapshot of the average cost of this year’s classic Thanksgiving feast for 10, which is $64.05 or less than …


USMEF Conference Examines Exports, Production, Economic Headwinds

Dan Beef, Cattle, Exports/Imports, Livestock, Pork, U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF)

The U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) held their Strategic Planning Conference this week in Oklahoma City. The event attracted farmers, ranchers, processors and exporters from across the nation. During the event, it was noted that while U.S. red meat exports will likely set a value record approaching $20 billion this year, the industry faces an array of obstacles related to the sluggish …

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Cow-Calf Operations Vary in Adopting Rotational Grazing

Dan Beef, Cattle, Dairy, Pasture, USDA-ERS

Rotational grazing is a frequently discussed livestock management practice with a wide variety of public and private benefits. Little information has been available on the adoption rate of rotational grazing, so the Economic Research Service at USDA issued a report on the subject. Data shows that 40 percent of cow-calf operations report using rotational grazing. However, just 40 percent of that number …

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Poultry Industry Releases Economic Impact Study

Dan Economy, Eggs, National Chicken Council (NCC), Poultry

The U.S. Poultry and Egg Association, National Chicken Council, National Turkey Federation and United Egg Producers recently released an updated economic impact study. The study highlights the poultry industry’s positive impact on jobs, wages, and federal and state revenue in the United States. A dynamic and integral part of the national economy, the U.S. poultry industry provides more than two …


Turkey Tips and Tricks

Dan Poultry

It’s time to be thinking turkey. That’s coming up on This Land of Ours. With Thanksgiving just under three weeks away, the National Turkey Federation (NTF) shared helpful tips for Americans shopping for a turkey and preparing the Thanksgiving meal. NTF highlighted the robust availability of turkey products featured at retailers nationwide as well as its updated Thanksgiving 101, a comprehensive …