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EXCLUSIVE: Dr. Fauci on COVID Pandemic — "It Will End"

Rural communities are likely to see an outbreak of the COVID-19 variant omicron later than big cities but Chief Medical Advisor to President Biden, Dr. Anthony Fauci says the pandemic will eventually end.

Rural Hospitals Face Staffing Shortages Amid Omicron Outbreak

Small, rural hospitals are struggling to keep, find or hire staff as the omicron variant begins its push across rural America. Rural healthcare advocates say it's already creating an unsafe situation.

Ordinary to Outrageous: Top 10 Agricultural Seizures of 2021

It’s no surprise pork products made the U.S. CBP's Top 10 Agriculture Seizures of 2021 list more than once. Protecting animal ag is a high priority, especially as deadly swine viruses like ASF move closer to the U.S.

Supply Chain Issues Hamper Animal Medicine Availability

Breakdowns in the global supply chain are hitting home for U.S. livestock producers and the veterinarians who serve them, in the form of shortages of commonly used medications.

Which Dairies will be the Most Profitable in 2022?

The most profitable parts of the U.S. in 2022 will be the Northwest and Northeast, but smaller farms in those regions won’t participate in this success. Here's why.

Sarah Beth Aubrey: Develop a Personnel Pipeline

I encourage farm leaders to focus less on needs to be filled season-to-season and more on needs in the 24-to-48-month horizon.

Meat Institute Says Biden Plan Won’t Help Producers or Consumers

The Biden Administration’s $1 billion Action Plan unveiled Monday to aid farmers, ranchers and consumers would do none of the above, according to the North American Meat Institute.

4 Tips for Avoiding BRD This Season

Winter cold and storms are here, and the risk for bovine respiratory disease may be right around the corner as well.

Pasture to Plate: A Culture-Driven Beef Business

The Ducheneaux family reconnects consumers with their food source 

Cattle Outlook Optimistic for 2022

Cattle markets have improved significantly in the final weeks of 2021, with market analysts projecting those positive trends to continue in 2022.

Nothing Left: Kansas Ranchers Lose Houses, Barns and Livestock in Uncontrollable Wildfires

Fierce winds across Kansas this week sparked a slew of wildfires, as some ranchers lost their homes, barns and livestock. Around Paradise, Kan., there are some ranch families who say there is nothing left.

Op-Ed Compares Beef with Plant-Based Alternatives

Beef has a good image. Consumers by and large say that beef's taste, appearance, price, and natural goodness greatly exceeds that of plant-based proteins.

Hurricane-Force Winds Spark Wildfires in Kansas, Destroying Homes and Killing Cattle

Hurricane-force winds and dry pastures resulted in multiple wildfires in western Kansas on Wednesday. The Kansas Livestock Association is coordinating relief efforts for affected ranchers.

U.S. Roundtable for Sustainable Beef joins Trust In Beef

U.S. Roundtable for Sustainable Beef and Trust In Food sign letter of agreement to collaborate through Trust In Beef Program to empower beef producers.

Calf Crops are the No. 1 indicator of Business Success

Selling more calves as it relates to cows exposed and cow input costs is a greater indication of business success for your beef producers than any other production parameter.

Speer: Is Fair What We Really Want?

Consumers have access to greater differentiation and higher-quality beef products now, more than ever. As a result, beef spending has outpaced the competition since 2000. Cattle prices have risen as a result.

Andrew McCrea: Consider your Local Community During this Giving Season

Giving of our time, talents and money is an important part of helping others. Here are some ideas that you might want to consider.

Low Carbon Beef Gains First USDA PVP Service Provider Status

​Low Carbon Beef, LLC, a cattle certification program that enables cattlemen to earn premiums by reducing carbon emissions, announced it has secured approval as a USDA Process Verified Program Service Provider.

Fence-line weaning appears to benefit calf performance, but it might not be practical based on facilities and labor.
Baby Calf It’s Cold Outside!

The effect of winter weather in terms of frost damage to cattle and calves was less of a problem than expected, according to a survey of producers, veterinarians and feedlots conducted by Oklahoma State University.

NCBA Demands Definitive Labels for Lab-Grown Meat

NCBA believes that the term "beef" should only be applicable to products derived from livestock raised by farmers and ranchers.

Hours of Service Waiver for Livestock Haulers is Extended Again

If you need to move cattle or feed during the next couple of months, this is particularly good news from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.

Consider Backgrounding Calves Based on Market Conditions

Budgets for growing calves at higher rates of gain always have a lower cost per pound gain, and this year budgets for growing heifers have the most profitable projection.

COVID-19 Disruptions Causing Historic Economic Changes

Nearly two years after COVID-19 invaded our world, we are still living with its disruptions, but we should not overlook the more traditional factors also at play.

From the Flames: A Lesson in Thanksgiving from a Man Who Survived a Raging Oklahoma Wildfire

When nearly 300,000 Oklahoma acres burned in April of 2018, Terry Burleson found himself caught in the wind-driven flames. His escape is nothing short of a miracle.

Let’s Talk Turkey: Fun Facts to Spread the Story of Agriculture

As the frantic pace of harvest winds down, we can reflect on another season of abundant effort.

Cattle Feeders Hall of Fame Inductees Announced For 2022

Cattle Feeders Hall of Fame winners have been announced, with inductees and award winners honored during the 13th annual banquet prior to the 2022 Cattle Industry Convention and NCBA trade show in Houston in February.

Drug and Feed Ingredient Shortages Hit U.S. Livestock Producers

Supply-chain disruptions are hitting America's meat producers and sending them scrambling for alternatives as they seek to care for farm animals and keep down costs.

How Does Your Take-Home Pay Stack Up?

For the purpose of this study, the Special Reports Team at analyzed the Bureau’s 2020 Report on Veterinarians with a specific focus on the annual mean wage within each state for veterinarians.

Smithfield Agrees to Implement Infectious Disease Preparedness Plan

Smithfield Packaged Meats Corp. will assemble a team of company and third-party experts to develop an infectious disease preparedness plan that the company will implement at all of its processing facilities nationwide.

“Take This Job and Shove It”

A record 4.3 million people quit their jobs in the United States in August 2021, a historic high that has far-reaching effects on American life in general, and agriculture specifically

Meat Institute Announces Ambitious Climate Target

The North American Meat Institute announced that 100% of its members will deliver independently approved science-based greenhouse gas reduction targets in line with the Paris Climate Agreement goals by 2030.

Elanco Founding Member of Greener Cattle Initiative

Greener Cattle Initiative expects to award approximately $5 million over the next five years to support research into tangible, actionable solutions for potentially reducing enteric methane emissions from cattle.

Alltech’s 2020 Sustainability Report Underscores its Commitment to a Planet of Plenty

Alltech believes agriculture can meet global demand and positively impact the future of our planet. The company's vision of Working Together for a Planet of PlentyTM is reflected its 2020 Alltech Sustainability Report.

Sleeping With the Cows: A Unique Bed and Breakfast Experience

Dairy farming is a 24/7, 365-day commitment. At times it can even feel like farmers are literally with their cows nonstop. Nestled in the small Northeast Iowa town, Dan and Lynn Bolin offer an experience to do just that.

Alltech Unveils 2020 Sustainability Report

Agriculture has the greatest potential not only to meet the global demand but to positively impact the future of our planet, Alltech says. The company just released its 2020 Alltech Sustainability Report. 

Cutting Into The Center Of Meat Processors' Labor Pains, This State Is Rolling Out A Hot Dog Factory On Wheels

As labor woes continue to cripple meat processing plants, Missouri is rolling out a unique concept to answer many processors’ biggest need. The classroom on wheels will provide workforce development at a pivotal time.

AABP Votes to Open Membership for RVTs

Dr. Fred Gingrich, AABP executive director, says the decision by association members demonstrates the value, and increasingly important role, technologists and technicians have in food animal medicine.

What Vet Techs Need

Better compensation can keep veterinary technicians on the job and help them avoid burnout. There are five additional factors technicians say can help them feel valued, and they don't cost a dime to implement.

UC-Davis Professor Calls Methane Emissions an Opportunity

Agriculture can be a powerful part of the solution in reducing greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. That's the message Frank Mitloehner, animal scientist and air quality expert, delivered at a lecture at Kansas State.

Vaxxinova Purchases Newport Laboratories

Vaxxinova announces it has purchased Newport Laboratories, a company that manufactures custom-made vaccines for swine and cattle, from Boehringer Ingelheim.

Finding quality employees is a difficult process.
‘The Great Resignation,’ a Phenomenon now Underway

In its JOLTS (Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey) research, the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that resignations are at an all-time high.

One Month After Hurricane Ida Destroyed NJ's Largest Dairy Farm, Rebuilding is Still Underway as Family Refuses to Walk Away

September 1, a tornado that spun out from the remnants of Hurricane Ida, ripped across Wellacrest Farms in New Jersey, demolishing their farm. A month later, the Eachus family continues to rebuild and persevere.

ImmuCell hires Commercial Research & Technical Services Veterinarian

Raffael Lichdi, DVM, joins the company in the newly created position and brings both technical know-how and on-farm practicality.

BREAKING: New Vaccine Candidate Blocks Spread of African Swine Fever Virus

A new African swine fever vaccine candidate has been shown to prevent and effectively protect both European and Asian bred swine against the current circulating Asian strain of the virus. 

U.S. Premium Beef Named CAB Progressive Partner

For their influence on the beef business, shifting toward quality and value-based marketing, U.S. Premium Beef earned Certified Angus Beef’s (CAB’s) 2021 Progressive Partner Award.

Cattle Industry Leaders Honored for Contributions to Red Angus Breed

The Red Angus Association of America announced awards to breeders and industry supporters and businesses during its 68th annual convention in Boise, Idaho, last week.

Q&A With Lindsay Reames, VP, Sustainability & External Relations, Maryland & Virginia Milk Producers Cooperative

The cooperative and its partners are using sustainability as a starting point for conversations about dairies’ plans for business growth and the future of the industry.

10 Ways to Kick the 'Imposter Syndrome' to the Curb

In an informal survey of nearly 200 bovine veterinarians last year, 95% said they have suffered from the syndrome at some time or other. Here are some ways to address the problem.

Kansas State University, Elanco sign Strategic Alliance to Improve Animal Health

A five-year strategic alliance agreement between the university and company will allow for collaborative research and intellectual property licensing for commercialization activities.

Program Addresses Beef Sustainability Efforts, Including Veterinarians’ Advisory Role

Trust In Beef is a new effort to empower beef producers on their sustainability journey and provide consumers with real-life proof of the continuously improving environmental performance of American beef.