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Checkoff launches new campaign
The new “Beef. It’s What’s For Dinner.” consumer advertising campaign is premiering this month, bringing the recognizable tagline to older millennials and Gen-Xers. The new campaign, funded by the beef checkoff, will feature sizzling beef recipes, juicy details about essential nutrients and the voice of one of Hollywood’s most promising new talents.
Reports show fewer, larger feedyards
The February Cattle on Feed report released by the USDA Feb. 22 shows a continuation of the trend toward fewer but larger feedyards, says Darrell Mark, professor of economics at South Dakota State University.
American Heart Association certifies three more beef cuts
The Beef Checkoff Program announced three additional fresh beef cuts now are certified to display the American Heart Association’s Heart-Check mark.
Congress okays funds for meat inspectors
Pork producters are exp-ressing strong support — and relief — for funding approved by Congress to prevent furloughs of federal meat inspectors, a move that would have had negative effects on pork producers, meat packers and consumers.
Record crop insurance payout stirs subsidy debate
Farmers will be paid a record $16 billion in crop insurance claims for 2012 because of the widespread drought, a staggering amount that has critics calling for changes to what they say is an inefficient taxpayer subsidy the government cannot afford.
Rangers recover millions in cattle, equipment in Texas & Oklahoma
Stolen livestock and ranch equipment worth more than $4.4 million were recovered or accounted for in 2012 by the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association (TSCRA) Special Rangers.
USDA announces 2013 loan rates
The Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) recently announced county loan rates for 2013 crops.
NCBA announces speaker lineup for 2013 convention
The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) announced the lineup of speakers for the 2013 Cattle Industry Convention in Tampa, Fla.
Peterson looks for guarantee before tackling farm bill
Minnesota U.S. Rep. Collin Peterson said last week he's so upset that Congress passed only a short extension of the 2008 Farm Bill that he won't work on a new version without assurances from congressional leaders it will get a vote.
USDA issues final livestock traceability reg.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has announced its final rule establishing general regulations for improving the traceability of U.S. livestock moving interstate.
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