1. Cattle On Feed: Record Low Heifers & Marketings
Heifers and heifer calves accounted for 3.33 million head, down 7 percent from 2014. July 1, 2015 heifers and heifer calves inventory is the lowest percent of total July inventory since the series began in 1996. Marketings of fed cattle during June totaled 1.75 million, 5 percent below 2014. Marketings are the lowest for June since the series began in 1996. More....
Today, there are 22 federally mandated commodity check-offs, and they raise some $750 million annually from U.S. farmers and ranchers. In addition to the beef check-off, there are check-off programs for blueberries, Christmas trees, cotton, dairy products, eggs, fluid milk, Hass avocados, lamb, mango, mushrooms, peanuts, popcorn, pork, potatoes, soybeans and watermelons.
Total live cattle imports were lower for the fifth consecutive month in May at approximately 163,000 head. While feeder cattle imports from Mexico were brisk, imports of live cattle from Canada remain well below last year.
Through May, cumulative live imports from Mexico are 8.1 percent higher than a year earlier, while Canadian shipments into the U.S. are down 23.7 percent year over year.
USDA reduced the second-quarter beef production forecast due to lighter than expected steer and heifer slaughter during May and June. Third-quarter 2015 beef production is forecast to reach 6.250 million pounds, approximately 1 percent higher than a year ago.
By Elise Golan, Director for Sustainable Development, Office of the Chief Economist
This May, agricultural ministers from twenty of the world’s largest economies (G20) gathered in Istanbul, Turkey, to issue an Agricultural Communiqué outlining key actions to advance global food security and sustainable food systems. What topped the list of their priorities? Reducing food loss and waste worldwide.
U.S. farmers have adopted genetically engineered (GE) seeds in the 20 years since their commercial introduction, despite their typically higher prices. Herbicide-tolerant (HT) crops, developed to survive the application of specific herbicides that previously would have destroyed the crop along with the targeted weeds, provide farmers with a broader variety of options for weed control.
By Daniel Lima, OSU Extension Educator, Belmont County
Plants are biochemical factories that are at the base of the food pyramid for nearly all animals on earth (surface). The raw materials plants utilize for synthesizing essentially all components for life are found in the air, water, and in the soil.
Trade ministers from 12 Pacific Rim nations head to Hawaii this week to tackle the tough decisions needed to finalize a trade deal that will free up global commerce and set common standards for nearly half of the world's economy.