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Angus VNR: Beef, Cattle Markets Adjust

The cattle market evolves, sometimes abruptly in response to dramatic events. Effects of the COVID-19 pandemic were foreshadowed late last summer. “We obviously have short run impacts, like the fire in Kansas in August of 2019. What that really illustrates to me, is just how vulnerable in some sense that we are in this industry…

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USMEF Audio: U.S. Red Meat Production Rebound Great News for Customers

U.S. beef and pork production encountered significant challenges in April and May as processing facilities implemented worker safety measures related to COVID-19, raising concerns about available supplies. But as Dan Halstrom, U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) president and CEO explains in the audio clip below, production has rebounded significantly in recent weeks. He says this underscores the…

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Direct-To-Consumer Act Would Aid Beef Producers

The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) applauds the introduction of the bipartisan legislation to create new direct-to-consumer options for beef producers, processors and small meat markets without compromising federal food safety standards or market access under existing trade agreements. Introduced by U.S. Representatives Dusty Johnson (R – At-Large, SD) and Henry Cuellar (D – 28th…

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NCBA Responds to Congressional Climate Report

National Cattlemen’s Beef Association Vice President, Government Affairs, Ethan Lane today released the following statement in response to a new Congressional report on climate change:  “The report released today by the House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis is unfortunately the product of partisan discussions that failed to encompass important constituent communities across the country.…

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New Group Backs Online Livestock Auctions for Youth Amidst Pandemic

With more and more youth livestock shows and fairs canceling or postponing due to COVID-19, a new group is working hand-in-hand with partners to provide opportunities for youth to sell their livestock. Ag Community Relief, a Michigan-based non-profit, is working to connect youth and buyers through access to an online auction platform, according to a…

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Jobless Claims and the State of the US Labor Market

Since May 8, initial claims have slowed from 2.4 million in the week ending May 15, to around 1.5-1.6 million per week by mid-June. Continuing claims fell by 5.4 million, most of which (4.1 million) came during the week ending May 15 as several US states moved to reopen. Indeed, May’s employment report surprised the…

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Tester, Grassley Promote 50/14 Proposal

The U.S. Senate needs to act now to help prevent meat shortages, according to two farm-state Senators. In an opinion published Monday in USA Today, Montana Senator John Tester and Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley claim American farmers and ranchers face “a grave crisis, and it could hurt every family who buys meat at the grocery…

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Ag Groups Warn Congress of Major Ag Inspection Funding Shortfall

A major funding shortfall could severely weaken agricultural inspections at U.S. borders, according to a coalition of more than 150 agriculture, trade and related groups led by the National Pork Producers Council (NPPC). NPPC sent a letter Monday to Congress urging lawmakers to protect our nation’s agriculture by appropriating funding to address what could be…

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Merck Announces $100 Million Investment in Kansas Operations

Merck Animal Health, a division of Merck & Co., Inc., Kenilworth, N.J., USA, announced an investment of $100 million in facility expansion and enhancement efforts in its U.S. manufacturing site in DeSoto, Kansas. Investments to the site include a technological expansion of the vaccine production facility, which will come online this year, plus an additional…

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Glenn Selk: Correcting Two Myths About Nitrates In Forages

Central Plains and Midwestern summers often bring “high pressure domes” that cause 100 degree days and no rain. The resulting heat stress can cause nitrate accumulation in summer annual forage crops.   Producers are very cautious about cutting or grazing the drought-stressed forages and for good reason.   However, when the first drought-easing thunderstorm comes along, cattlemen are…

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