The Cattle Business Weekly
  • In celebration of Earth Day, Wyoming Governor Matt Mead will proclaim July 14, 2015 as Wyoming Environmental Stewardship Day. Governor Mead signed the proclamation during a ceremony Wednesday, April 22 in his formal office.  
  • The Wyoming Stock Growers Land Trust is seeking nominations for the Kurt Bucholz Award, which honors an individual who exemplifies the core beliefs held by Dr. Bucholz during his lifetime of dedicated public service and commitment to conservation. 
  • The North Dakota Stockmen’s Association (NDSA) named Steven Bay of Carson, N.D., its new west river fieldman. 
  • Rishel named Block and Bridle honoree
    Bill Rishel of North Platte, Neb. will be recognized as the newest University of Nebraska-Lincoln Block and Bridle honoree. 
  • Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has recently reached agreements allowing U.S. beef and pork producers greater access to consumers in Mexico and Peru.  
  • Jackson County was Iowa’s largest dry alfalfa hay producing county in 2014, with 108,600 tons, according to the USDA, National Agricultural Statistics Service.  
  • Myron Czech continues as chairman of the board of directors while Dan Andreas, Sugar Creek, Ohio and Dorothy Harms, Reedsburg, Wis. serve as first vice chairman and second vice chairman, respectively. 
  • Montana’s verified wolf population declined by 73, 12 percent, last year while livestock depredations by wolves continued to decline, dropping about 46 percent from 2013. 
  • Many producers have been asking questions recently to ensure they are complying with the rule. In some cases, there has been a misconception that the rule prohibits producers from traveling to a market across state lines to sell cattle. This is not true.  
  • The meeting will allow the research community and industry to meet and discuss issues surrounding the genetic improvement of beef cattle and for attendees to learn about technologies and management practices that can aid in the profitability of their operations. On June 10, the meeting will start at 8 a.m. with a welcome and general session. Presentations and technical breakout sessions will follow through June 11. Attendees are invited to participate in a spouse’s tour on June 10 and a producer tour on June 12. 
  • The proposed rule limits farm payments to individuals who may be designated as farm managers but are not actively engaged in farm management.  
  • What are crop prices going to look like over the next 5 years? That is the question on farmers’ minds as they make their election between two commodity programs, Price Loss Coverage (PLC) and Agricultural Risk Coverage (ARC).  
  • Mike Johanns has been recognized by the Nebraska Hall of Agricultural Achievement for his advocacy of agriculture. 
  •  Expanding drought likely in Eastern South Dakota
     The outlook for drought conditions this spring is not very optimistic, according to a seasonal drought outlook released this week by NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center.  
  • Seven national organizations, members of the Beef Checkoff Enhancement Working Group (BCEWG), signed a revised Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) regarding agreed-upon enhancements to the national Beef Checkoff Program. 
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