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Freeland resumes NAFTA talks in Washington as Congress grows restless

Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland is back in Washington — and back in search of a way to bridge the divide that's keeping Canada out of a new North American free trade pact. Freeland flew back to the U.S. capital Tuesday as a prominent ... Read More

Cattlemen's Association opposes proposed ban on strychnine to control gophers

EDMONTON - The Canadian Cattlemen's Association says Ottawa should continue to allow producers to use strychnine to kill prairie gophers. Health Canada is proposing to ban the use of the poison to control the rodents formally known as the Richards... Read More

Business Groups Criticize Strategy to Keep Upping the Tariff Ante Between US, China

OMAHA  -- In the latest round of tariffs, China responded Tuesday to the U.S. by announcing new 5% to 10% tariffs on $60 billion in U.S. goods after President Donald Trump late Monday announced similar tariffs on roughly $200 billion in goods from C... Read More

Missouri teacher shares love of sheep with students

COLUMBIA, Mo.  — "Do you have any more silly sheep stories?" Sam Garrett frequently fields the question from her third-graders at Fairview Elementary School. "I actually make a list of stories and cross them off if I tell them that one so I ... Read More

Holdenville Livestock Market to host World Livestock Auctioneer Championship qualifier October 1

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Holdenville Livestock Market, 3233 N 370 Cr, will host the first of three regional qualifying events for the World Livestock Auctioneer Championship (WLAC). The midwestern regional qualifying event will be October 1. Opening ce... Read More

China reports new African swine fever outbreak in Inner Mongolia

BEIJING (Reuters) - A new outbreak of African swine fever occurred on a farm in northern China’s Inner Mongolia, the agriculture ministry said on Monday, the second in the region, as the highly contagious disease continues to spread rapidly across ... Read More

Advisory on Hurricane Florence – Sept. 16 at 9 p.m.

Hog farmers in North Carolina are watching with great concern the still-rising flood waters brought by the historic impact of Hurricane Florence. Efforts continue in affected areas to provide feed and care for animals, and fuel to power farms, while ... Read More

Cattlemen approve FY19 Plan of Work

The Cattlemen’s Beef Promotion and Research Board will invest about $40.5 million into programs of beef promotion, research, consumer information, industry information, foreign marketing and producer communications during fiscal 2019, subject to US... Read More

$1.5M settlement for Muslim workers fired in prayer dispute at packing plant.

DENVER  — A big U.S. meatpacker has agreed to pay $1.5 million to 138 Somali-American Muslim workers who were fired from their jobs at a Colorado plant after they were refused prayer breaks, a federal anti-discrimination agency said Friday. Car... Read More

R-CALF Asks CFTC to Investigate Packer Trades on Specific Dates That Led to Record Packer Margins

Billings, Mont. - On Monday, R-CALF USA asked the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) to investigate packer trading activities on specific dates spanning the past six years. The group states it identified numerous anomalies in the cattle ... Read More

African Swine Fever May Reduce China's Soybean Demand

BEIJING, China (DTN) -- More reports of African swine fever in China have caused panic in the country's hog industry as well as among pork consumers in China. If the disease continues to spread, it could also reduce feed demand and lower the amount o... Read More

USDA, FDA, to Hold Public Meeting on Cultured Meat

The Department of Agriculture and the Food and Drug Administration announced a joint public meeting to discuss the use of cell culture technology to develop products derived from livestock and poultry. Scheduled for October 23-24, 2018, the meetin... Read More

Kansas Cattle Traceability Project Moving Forward

The Kansas-based Cattle Trace pilot project is on track to begin testing a purpose-built infrastructure for cattle disease tractability by this fall. Tractability is a top priority for the cattle industry. The Cattle Trace pilot project will help kic... Read More

The Law of the Land: Thoughts on 199A Rules

Land is arguably a farmer's most important asset. Land provides the farmer with the canvas on which he uses his skills to grow crops or raise livestock. It is also the primary tool for transition and retirement planning. Often, the next generation co... Read More