Ag Groups Challenge EPA Interpretive Rule

Cindy Zimmerman

EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy’s promise that under the proposed rules defining Waters of the United States (WOTUS) under the Clean Water Act (CWA) “all normal farming practices are exempt – period” may be falling on deaf ears in the agriculture community. McCarthy is visiting Missouri this week to explain the proposed rules but she faces an uphill battle from the …

AFBF, Beef, EPA, Government, NCBA, NPPC

Texas Beef Producers Approve Beef Checkoff Program

Jamie Johansen

The Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA) announced that Texas beef producers have voted to establish a state-level Beef Checkoff program. TDA conducted this referendum upon petition by cattle industry organizations under the authorities designed by the Texas Legislature. “Texas is the largest cattle producing state in the nation, and our beef is among the highest-quality in the world,” says Agriculture …

Ag Group, Beef, Beef Checkoff, Cattle

BIF Awards Roy A. Wallace Memorial Scholarship

Jamie Johansen

The Beef Improvement Federation (BIF) awarded two Roy A. Wallace Memorial Scholarships during the organization’s 46th annual meeting and research symposium in Lincoln, Neb., June 18-21. This scholarship was established to encourage young men and women interested in beef improvement to pursue those interests as Wallace did, with dedication and passion. This year’s recipients are Maci Lienemann, a junior at …

Ag Group, award, Beef, BIF

MooMonitor – Best Automated Heat Detection System

Jamie Johansen

A research study undertaken at Kansas State University and published this week in the Journal of Dairy Science specifically stated that scanning by ultrasonography confirmed that 88.6% of cows identified by activity (by the MooMonitor) were in estrus. This compared favorably with other systems tested which were 70% to 80% accurate. What the research showed was that the majority of …

Agribusiness, Beef, Cattle, Dairy, Reproduction, Video

WTO Decision on COOL Confidential For Now

Cindy Zimmerman

The World Trade Organization has reportedly made a decision on the case against the United States mandatory Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) law by Canada and Mexico, but it may be some time yet before we hear what it is. “Sometimes there are additional questions, additional information that needs to be provided,” says National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) Associate Director …

Audio, Beef, International, NCBA, Trade

Telling the Story About How Beef is Produced

Jamie Johansen

Most Americans today don’t have much knowledge of agriculture and food production. So, they are susceptible to incorrect information about beef and how it is produced. Filling that information gap with the truth about how producers work to provide safe and nutritious beef is one goal of the beef checkoff — and it is a part of daily activity for …

Ag Group, Beef, Beef Checkoff, Social Media, Video

Lotz Wins World Livestock Auctioneer Championship

Jamie Johansen

Blaine Lotz of Edna, Kan. proved his world-class talent as a livestock auctioneer at the 51st anniversary of the Livestock Marketing Association’s (LMA) World Livestock Auctioneer Championship (WLAC) in Knoxville, Iowa, on Saturday, June 21. As a third-generation auctioneer, the world champion was quite familiar with the livestock marketing industry. When he was 15, Lotz attended auctioneering school at Western …

Ag Group, Auctions, Beef, Livestock, Marketing

Breeder Education at Upcoming Hereford Genetic Summit

Jamie Johansen

Drought, record-high feed costs, changing consumer preferences and a growing global demand for protein have driven significant changes in the U.S. beef industry. With these trends in mind, the American Hereford Association (AHA) is planning a Hereford Genetic Summit Sept. 4-5 in Springfield, Mo., where Hereford enthusiasts can gather and engage in meaningful discussions about the industry, the inherent strengths …

Ag Group, Beef, Genetics, Hereford

Beef Remains the Top Protein in Foodservice

Jamie Johansen

Beef experienced significant volume growth in the past year and continues to be a mainstay on the menu, according to the 2013 Usage and Volumetric Assessment of Beef in Foodservice report, proprietary research from the Beef Checkoff Program. The annual survey of protein purchasing executives showed that beef remains the number one protein in foodservice – in volume, in market …

Agribusiness, Beef, Beef Checkoff, Food

South Dakota Ranchers Answer Consumer Questions

Jamie Johansen

The South Dakota Beef Industry Council (SDBIC) along with the Northeast Beef Promotion Initiative (NEBPI), through the use of Beef Checkoff dollars, hosted the second “Meat Your Beef” retail and foodservice influencer immersion event for May Beef Month. South Dakota cattle rancher and SDBIC board of director Craig Bieber, Leola, SD, attended the first “Meat Your Beef” event at Hedgeapple …

Ag Group, Beef, Beef Checkoff