NCBA pushes for beef checkoff reform

The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA), submitted comments March 14 on the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service proposed rule pertaining to the beef checkoff program. The proposed rule would expand contracting authority by eliminating the requirement that only allows organizations active and ongoing since 1985 to contract with the checkoff. The proposed rule would allow national non-profit, industry-governed organizations that have been representing the cattle industry for at least two years to be eligible to contract for the implementation of checkoff programs. Read more…

Bornstein: Why red meat is NOT bad for you

Fitness and nutrition journalist Adam Bornstein, editorial director of the livestrong.com website, breaks down why he believes the Harvard study pinning blame on red meat as a primary source of disease and premature death is wrong, and perhaps an outright attack. Read more…

CME: Cattle operations not hurt by drought as much as expected

USDA’s annual estimates of the number of livestock operations in the U.S. showed little damage to beef cow operations numbers in 2011. CME’s Daily Livestock Report for March 13 covers what the annual estimates tell us about the state of the cattle industry. Read more…

Texas crop, weather, March 13, 2012

Many areas received rain last week, further improving pastures and rangeland, filling farm ponds and stock tanks, and vastly improving the chances of successful spring planting, according to Texas AgriLife Extension Service reports. But many areas still needed more rain to make a good start on the cropping season, particularly the state’s larger cotton-growing areas, such as the South Plains and parts of the Rolling Plains. Read more…