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Wednesday 5th February 2014.
Michael Priestley - Editor

Michael Priestley

Farming Looking to Sustain and Improve

Sustain and improve were two keywords at the opening of the 2014 Cattle Industry Annual Convention in Nashville.

In his summary of the scope and purpose of the event, National Cattlemen’s Association President Scott George’s opening address emphasised the educational opportunities at the event.

There will be many critical issues addressed at the NCBA meeting this year and Mr George highlighted cattle health, the environment, marketing and tax policy as major themes.

Cattle health and management has been discussed by Texas veterinarian Arn Anderson. In his lecture to the Cattlemen’s College, he reminded attendees of the importance of farm safety.

Working cattle at the chute safely was broken down into five steps for success. Mr Anderson said that if you know the purpose of the job, you can make a plan, get the right people on the right jobs and most of all you must pay attention.

He explained that if all this is in place, then you can achieve the fifth ‘p’ – being polite.
Yesterday (Tuesday) saw more progressive issues being explored on sustainability and industry transparency.

McDonald’s President for Corporate Sustainability, Bob Langert painted a picture of what sourcing verified sustainable beef would be and how it can be achieved.

His message was that many farmers will be well on the way to being sustainable, although they did not quantify the amount of beef that would be sourced under the new conscious label.

In response to producers concerned about what added costs sustainability might bring, Mr Langert said that this development can both make a farm and save a farm more money.

Away from the convention the $1 trillion 2014 US Farm Bill was passed in the US Senate.

It promises to:

  • • Eliminate unnecessary direct payment subsidies, a major reform in American agriculture policy. Direct payments are paid out every year whether or not there is a need.
  • • End programmes that are no longer working and consolidates duplicative programmes, eliminating 100 programmes or authorizations in total.
  • • Strengthen crop insurance and makes it available to specialty crop (i.e., fruit and vegetable) growers.

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CME: Total Cattle Inventory on 1 January Smaller Than a Year Ago
Senate Approves Nearly $1 Trillion 2014 US Farm Bill
Wyckoff's Closing Report: Cattle Closed Lower
April Cattle Closed Down on Monday
Cattle Outlook: National Beef Packing Company to Close Brawley Facility
Tyson Foods Reports Higher Gross Profit in Latest Quarter
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EPA Awards Almost $9 Million to Improve Water Quality
CME: Sharp Increase in Proportion of Fed Cattle Grading Choice
Cattle Futures: Could a Market Top Be in Place?
Bullish Outlook Complicated By Dairy Steers and Other 'Minor Irritations'
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Meat Export Federation in Support of Farm Bill
House Passes Farm Bill, Union Praises Efforts
Cattle Futures: Major Market Top Could Come From Selling, Wednesday
Cattlemen Voice Farm Bill Opposition
West Texas, Coastal Bend Ag Producers Facing Challenging Conditions
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CME: Canada, Mexico Play Huge Role in US Pork, Beef Markets


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