Top officials in the Trump Administration released their proposal for comprehensive tax reform this week, calling it the “biggest tax cut in U.S. history.” The plan is designed to serve as the starting point as Congress and the Administration work to pass a comprehensive tax reform package this year.
Danielle Beck, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association director of government affairs, said the Administration included in the proposal immediate repeal of the Death Tax – a priority for NCBA. Listen to her comments on American Cattle News:
Planting season has started and travelers will see an increase of farm equipment traveling the roads, especially in rural areas. Please slow down well before you approach the equipment and only pass where legal and safe to do so.
Farm equipment has a legal right to operate on our roads and in most cases they will not pull over because of liability issues. Drivers are advised to be patient, and pass with extreme caution. It is possible you’ll encounter farm equipment late into the night as farmers will work into the night trying to get their fields planted while the weather is suitable for planting.
The good news is, when farm equipment is planting, you know we might not see snow for a couple of months!!!! Hopefully…. – Jay Matteson, Jefferson County Ag (NY)
China has indicated they are letting U.S. beef back into the country but a lot has to happen before the ships start sailing. American Cattle News spoke with Reid Blossom, executive VP of the Illinois Beef Association about what has to happen for beef exports to resume.
To date, more than $1,000,000.00 has been donated to the Fire Relief fund set up by the Oklahoma Cattlemen’s Foundation, a 501(c)3, to aid Oklahoma ranchers following the wildfires in early March. Listen to interview here with Chancey Hanson
“100 percent of the fire relief donation funds will be distributed directly to ranchers affected by the wildfires within 90 days of the fires and we want to remind ranchers that the application deadline is fast approaching,” said Jeff Jaronek, Coordinator of the Oklahoma Cattlemen’s Foundation.
Applications are due May 1, 2017 and will be reviewed by a committee to distribute the funds in an equitable manner. Continue reading →
America’s farmers and ranchers have the opportunity to strongly represent agriculture in their communities and industry by taking part in the 2017 Census of Agriculture.
Conducted every five years by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS), the census, to be mailed at the end of this year, is a complete count of all U.S. farms, ranches, and those who operate them.
The 2017 USDA Census of Agriculture online questionnaire is accessible on any electronic device, calculates totals automatically, and skips questions that do not pertain to your operation.
The recent California rain is welcome relief after five years of drought. The mood was upbeat at today’s Western Video Market Auction in Visalia.
“It’s exciting to see all the green grass,” says Celeste Settrini of Settrini Ranch near Salinas, California. The Salinas Valley area has received more than 36 inches of rain this season. More with Celeste in this American Cattle News video with Patrick Cavanaugh.
The American cattle industry is optimistic that U.S. beef exports will resume with China after President Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping reportedly reached an agreement to end the ban.
China had already removed a ban on some U.S. beef products last year. The barricade was put in place after a case of BSE was found in Washington state.
“The country is the world’s second-biggest beef buyer after rapid economic growth over the past decade created an expanding middle class that can afford more protein in their diets,” Bloomberg reports.
Meat Institute President and CEO Barry Carpenter expressed appreciation to the Administration today following the announcement delaying by 180 days the effective date of the Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration’s (GIPSA or the agency) Interim Final Rule (IFR) regarding the scope of the Packers and Stockyards Act.
Delaying the IFR, which was set to become effective April 22, allows the new Agriculture Secretary to review the rule and comments submitted in late March. The agency also will publish tomorrow a proposed rule seeking comment regarding whether the IFR should be permanently withdrawn, among other options. Continue reading →