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Water Matters Tour Preview

In partnership with PDPW, UW Discovery Farms is presenting a Water Matters Tour in Verona, Wisconsin on June 26th from 9:30am-3:30 pm. Stops include SunBurst Dairy, City of Verona Public Works, and Wisconsin Brewing Company. Together, with community members, dairy...

Trumped in Turmoil?

The retaliatory tariff war with Mexico may not be as devastating for dairy as some fear, according to FC Stone dairy broker Dave Kurzawski. He talks with Lee Mielke about it and reports dairy's latest commercial disappearance data....

MPP Enrollment Extended

Dairy farmers have additional time to review their 2018 coverage options in the dairy Margin Protection Program (MPP). The deadline to enroll has been extended to June 22, 2018.  Chris Galen, Sr. Vice-President of Communications with the National Milk Producers...

Senate Farm Bill Improves Risk Management While Boosting Milk Consumption

IDFA today commended the U.S. Senate Agriculture Committee for approving a farm bill, with a 20-to-1 bipartisan vote, that allows for greater access to risk management tools for dairy processors and producers to address price fluctuations. The legislation also extends...

Registration Open for 2018 Stockmanship & Stewardship Regional Tour

Stockmanship & Stewardship is a unique two-day educational experience featuring low-stress cattle handling demonstrations, Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) educational sessions, and facility design sessions to best run your operation and industry updates. The program is...

More Milk Needed To Cover Demand in 2030

Between now and 2030, the worldwide demand for milk and milk products will be three times the level of current U.S. milk production, according to findings released in the latest publication from the International Farm Comparison Network (IFCN), and discussed recently...

Agriculture Can Be a Dangerous Job

Too often we hear or read of farm incidents where a farm worker or family member was seriously injured or killed, but injuries are preventable. Melissa Ploeckelman, outreach specialist with the National Farm Medicine Center says the center is providing resources to...

Trip to Asia Reveals Opportunities For US Beef

Identifying opportunities to bring more US beef to Asia was the focus of cattle industry leaders on a recent trip with the US Meat Export Federation (USMEF). Joan Ruskamp, chair of the Cattlemen’s Beef Promotion board and a cattle producer from Nebraska says that...

NCBA President Keeps Active Schedule

National Cattlemen's Beef Association President Kevin Kester is a fifth-generation California rancher. Kester is a past Vice President and Policy Division Chairman, after serving as the Policy Division Vice Chairman. Kevin has served as Chairman of the Joint...

Observations in Washington DC

The following opinion piece was written by Arden Tewksbury of Pro-Ag based in Pennsylvania: After spending parts of three days in Washington DC last week, I am fully convinced that there won't be anything coming out of the new Farm Bill that will have a real benefit...
Trumped in Turmoil?

Trumped in Turmoil?

The retaliatory tariff war with Mexico may not be as devastating for dairy as some fear, according to FC Stone dairy broker Dave Kurzawski. He talks with Lee Mielke about it and reports dairy's latest commercial disappearance data....

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Trip to Asia Reveals Opportunities For US Beef

Identifying opportunities to bring more US beef to Asia was the focus of cattle industry leaders on a recent trip with the US Meat Export Federation (USMEF). Joan Ruskamp, chair of the Cattlemen’s Beef Promotion board and a cattle producer from Nebraska says that...

Observations in Washington DC

The following opinion piece was written by Arden Tewksbury of Pro-Ag based in Pennsylvania: After spending parts of three days in Washington DC last week, I am fully convinced that there won't be anything coming out of the new Farm Bill that will have a real benefit...

Soybeans Under Pressure

Soybean prices continued to move lower last week as trade issues and a strong start to the growing season continue to pressure prices. At this time, very little positive news is entering the market to support soybean prices on either the supply or demand side. The...

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How To Handle Unwanted Visitors

The Animal Agriculture Alliance, a nationwide nonprofit organization working to bridge the communication gap between farm and fork, is appalled by the recent actions of Direct Action Everywhere, an extreme animal rights group. As part of its "Animal Liberation...

Animal Disease Strategy Dependent on Traceability

New animal disease strategy is still dependent on traceability, according to David Gregg, consulting projects manager with World Perspectives Inc. Earlier this year, a feasibility study was released on how the adoption of a beef cattle identification and traceability...

Animal Ag Alliance “Appalled” By Recent Activism

The Animal Agriculture Alliance, a nationwide nonprofit organization working to bridge the communication gap between farm and fork, is appalled by the recent actions of Direct Action Everywhere, an extreme animal rights group. As part of its “Animal Liberation...

Prime Time in Junction City, KS

Today on American Cattle News we spotlight Munson Angus Farms in Junction City, Kansas. "Our herd is grass fed and grain (corn) finished by fifth generation ranchers. In 2007, our fifth generation family operated farm and ranch expanded by opening Munson Premium Angus...

“Scratching The Surface” With China

China is a promising market for U.S. beef, and, since the June 2017 reopening, the U.S. industry has made an exceptional effort to provide customers with high-quality beef at an affordable price. This is not an easy task, due to the United States 13-year absence from...

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More Milk Needed To Cover Demand in 2030

Between now and 2030, the worldwide demand for milk and milk products will be three times the level of current U.S. milk production, according to findings released in the latest publication from the International Farm Comparison Network (IFCN), and discussed recently...

Trumped in Turmoil?

Trumped in Turmoil?

The retaliatory tariff war with Mexico may not be as devastating for dairy as some fear, according to FC Stone dairy broker Dave Kurzawski. He talks with Lee Mielke about it and reports dairy's latest commercial disappearance data....

read more

Soybeans Under Pressure

Soybean prices continued to move lower last week as trade issues and a strong start to the growing season continue to pressure prices. At this time, very little positive news is entering the market to support soybean prices on either the supply or demand side. The...

Trade War Heats Up

We're hearing about the retaliatory mood of global trade because of the Trump administration, but ironically the latest trade news from the dairy industry is encouraging. Lee Mielke discusses the current situation with Lucas Fuess, director of dairy market...

Calif Class 1 Drops 33 Cents

California’s July Class 1 milk price was announced by the California Department of Food and Agriculture at $16.86 per hundredweight for the north and $17.13 for the south. Both are down 33 cents from June, $1.59 below July 2017, and reverse three months of gain. The...

Calif Gov Proclaims June “Real California Milk Month”

In celebration of June Dairy Month and the contribution of the state’s more than 1300 dairy farm families to the communities and economy of California, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. has proclaimed June as “Real California Milk Month”. This regional distinction is in...

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More Milk Needed To Cover Demand in 2030

Between now and 2030, the worldwide demand for milk and milk products will be three times the level of current U.S. milk production, according to findings released in the latest publication from the International Farm Comparison Network (IFCN), and discussed recently at the 19th IFCN Conference.

“More milk will be needed on the market. The increase of demand is not only due to more people living in the world, but also the per capita consumption will increase, due to growing prosperity and worldwide investments in dairy product development,” Dr. Torsten Hemme, Managing Director of the IFCN, stated.

The founder of IFCN underlined that the increased demand will be covered by higher global milk supply. The dynamics of structural changes of dairy farms internationally will continue and farms will intensify their farming systems. Hemme said that ‘By 2030, IFCN forecasts an increase in milk production and demand in total by 35%’. Read more: IFCN Dairy Outlook 2030 Brochure, Read more: IFCN Dairy Outlook 2030 Article

Agriculture Can Be a Dangerous Job

Too often we hear or read of farm incidents where a farm worker or family member was seriously injured or killed, but injuries are preventable. Melissa Ploeckelman, outreach specialist with the National Farm Medicine Center says the center is providing resources to help drastically lower the number of on-farm accidents involving children.

She tells us about the UMASH Farm Safety Check – a quick monthly review to identify and fix potential hazards before they cause harm to your family and employees – and your bottom line.  Each month, Farm Safety Check focuses on a different topic, offering checklists and tips to help identify hazards, along with resources to remedy any problems.

Listen to Melissa Ploeckelman’s comments here:

 

Trip to Asia Reveals Opportunities For US Beef

Identifying opportunities to bring more US beef to Asia was the focus of cattle industry leaders on a recent trip with the US Meat Export Federation (USMEF). Joan Ruskamp, chair of the Cattlemen’s Beef Promotion board and a cattle producer from Nebraska says that China and Japan have big differences and opportunities for increasing beef demand.

What was ironic to Ruskamp was that in Chinese supermarkets, the price per pound for low-end beef cuts was higher compared to prime steak. “We could increase the value of US beef carcasses by taking advantage of the Chinese affinity for variety meats such as tongue, tail, and intestines,” Ruskamp says.

Meanwhile, in Japan, high-quality US beef is becoming increasingly popular as consumers move from rich Wagu beef to prime US beef as a leaner choice. “We need our checkoff program to fuel these types of relationships,” Ruskamp says.

“Because if we as producers aren’t funding a system that builds relationships, who will do it?”

 

NCBA President Keeps Active Schedule

National Cattlemen’s Beef Association President Kevin Kester is a fifth-generation California rancher. Kester is a past Vice President and Policy Division Chairman, after serving as the Policy Division Vice Chairman.

Kevin has served as Chairman of the Joint International Markets and the Tax and Credit Committees. He has also served on the Board of Directors since 2007.

He has also been active within his community serving on the Shandon School Board of Trustees, the California Mid-State Fair Heritage Foundation board of directors and the California Mid-State Fair Agriculture Committee.

Listen to Kester’s comments on being a target by animal activists:

Kester comments on his busy schedule as NCBA President:

Observations in Washington DC

The following opinion piece was written by Arden Tewksbury of Pro-Ag based in Pennsylvania: After spending parts of three days in Washington DC last week, I am fully convinced that there won’t be anything coming out of the new Farm Bill that will have a real benefit to our family dairy farmers, unless there is a tremendous effort put forth by these dairy farmers to demand a change.

Remember, as I reported earlier, there are approximately 10,800 dairy farmers in Federal Order #1.  Unfortunately, 673 of these dairy farmers produce 55% of the milk in Order #1, while slightly over 10,000 dairy farmers produce 45% of the milk.

It’s high time these 10,000 plus dairy farmers start getting behind a solid proposal to help all dairy farmers, while a few of these 673 dairy farmers like to shove their weight around.  Just stop to think what would happen if these 10,000 dairy farmers quit?  You 10,000 dairy farmers are just as important as the 673 are, and as far as having a positive effect on the local economy, the 10,000 dairy farmers are still the champions. 

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