tyson foods

CoBank: Rising Meat Prices Will Test Consumer Demand

Dan Beef, Cattle, Livestock, Marketing, Pork, Poultry, Sheep-Goats

U.S. consumer demand for meat at the retail level remains exceptionally strong despite rising prices caused by increased production costs and supply chain challenges. A new CoBank report says that may change soon. Once the full effect of increased costs of producer price inflation shows up in the retail meat case, demand will get tested. “Retail meat prices will remain …

Lamb Board

ASI Seeking Producers to Nominate to ALB

Dan Sheep-Goats

The USDA Agricultural Marketing Service is seeking nominees for the American Lamb Board (ALB) to succeed four members with terms that expire in February 2023. Nominations are needed to succeed members that include one producer with 100 or less lambs, one producer with more than 500 lambs, one feeder at-large, and one first handler. Any American producer, feeder or first handler …


Support to Expand Meat and Poultry Processing Expansion

Dan Beef, Cattle, Economy, Livestock, Pork, Poultry, Rabbits, Sheep-Goats

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently announced $215 million in grants and other support are being made available to expand meat and poultry processing options, strengthen the food supply chain, and create jobs and economic opportunities in rural areas. As Rod Bain reports, this funding opportunity is one of many actions that USDA is taking to expand processing capacity and increase competition in meat and …


FSIS Removes Mask Mandate for Meat Processing Facilities

Dan Beef, Cattle, Livestock, Pork, Poultry, Rabbits, Sheep-Goats, USDA-FSIS

USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) this (last) week removed mandatory mask requirements at federally inspected meat processing facilities. As of March 1, 2022, FSIS Notice 34-21 requiring masks was rescinded. FSIS-regulated establishments are no longer subject to suspension or withdrawal of inspection services for failure to require their employees to wear masks when FSIS inspection program personnel are …


Florida Lawmakers Discuss Veterinary Telemedicine

Dan Cattle, Equine, Florida, Legislative, Livestock, Pork, Poultry, Rabbits, Sheep-Goats

Week five of the Florida Legislative Session saw various issues discussed once again, but there is a bill that has been of interest to some in agriculture across the state. Florida Cattlemen’s Association (FCA) Director of Governmental Affairs, Sam Ard, explains what the bill is about and where it currently stands. The 60 day Florida Legislative session will run until March 11th.

beef exports

New Records for Beef Exports, New High for Pork Export Values

Dan Beef, Cattle, Exports/Imports, Pork, Sheep-Goats

According to year-end data released by USDA and compiled by the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF), U.S. beef exports in 2021 exceeded previous volume and value records surpassing $10 billion for the first time. That same reports notes while pork exports finished slightly below the record volume reached in 2020, they did set a new value record topping $8 billion …

sheep inventory

USDA-NASS Reports 2 Percent Drop in Sheep Inventory

Dan Sheep-Goats, USDA-NASS

Increased slaughter of mature sheep in 2021, thanks to drought and high mature ewe slaughter prices, played a role in a 2 percent decrease in the American sheep inventory as reported by the USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS). As of Jan. 1, the American sheep and lamb inventory totaled 5.07 million head. Breeding sheep inventory was 3.71 million head, down 2 …

Growers Discuss Priorities for 2023 Farm Bill

Dan Beef, Cattle, Citrus, Corn, Cotton, Equine, Farm Bill, Field Crops, Fruits, Grapefruit, Hemp, Herbs, Legislative, Lemons, Livestock, Nursery Crops, Orange Juice, Pasture, Peanuts, Pecans, Pollinators, Pork, Poultry, Rabbits, Sheep-Goats, Soybeans, Specialty Crops, Sugar, Tree Nuts, Vegetables, Wheat

The 2018 Farm Bill is set to expire in 2023, so preparations are underway to craft the behemoth legislation into law sometime next year. However, it is common for negotiations to extend into the following year. Whether the new farm bill is passed in 2023 or 2024, there’s a lot of work ahead. The farm bill was the focus of …

ethanol industry

Secretary of Transportation on HOS Regulations for Livestock Haulers

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

Back in late November of last year, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) announced they had extended the waiver for commercial truckers from the Federal Hours of Service (HOS) regulation until Feb. 28, 2022. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, in March 2020 the FMCSA included livestock haulers in an initial emergency declaration that provided an exemption from the HOS regulation for …


Record Prices for Sheep & Lamb

Dan Economy, Sheep-Goats

According to a report from the Livestock Marketing Information Center (LMIC), the sheep and lamb industry is shaping up to have a record setting year for prices in 2021. This is news that pleases the American Sheep Industry Association (ASI). Feeder lamb prices have tracked above 2020 levels every week this year except for one week back in March. In February, a record price was …