Paterson, Wash. • Fifty-mile-per-hour winds and snow drifts seven feet deep greeted Ted Wishon when he checked on his cattle herd, hunkered down on a hillside along the northern bank of the Columbia River. With his 21-year-old son, George, Wishon labored through six weeks of brutal weather this year keeping hundreds of animals alive. The two men — living in a spartan trailer on leased land pinned between a winery and the icy waterway — repaired fences, delivered calves and kept the herd fed and watered. As spring approached, the snow melted and the winds grew slack. The gales that now buffet the Wishons are political. The men are among a group of cattle ranchers who say their livelihood may depend upon persuading Congress to order mandatory country-of-origin labeling for the steaks and burgers they produce. The government once required such labels, but lawmakers outlawed them in 2015 to comply with global trade rules. The election of Donald Trump, a vocal … [Read more...] about ‘America First’ may be last hope for these cattle ranchers
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(Reuters) - Four of the largest U.S. beef-packing companies were accused in a lawsuit on Tuesday of violating federal antitrust law by conspiring to drive down prices they paid ranchers for cattle, even as retail beef prices hovered near record levels. FILE PHOTO: A Cargill logo is pictured on the Provimi Kliba and Protector animal nutrition factory in Lucens, Switzerland, September 22, 2016. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse Tyson Foods Inc, Cargill Inc, the JBS USA unit of Brazil’s JBS SA and National Beef Packing Co were accused of colluding since Jan. 2015 to suppress the price of “fed” cattle, which is cattle raised specifically for beef production, with a goal of improving margins and profitability. The 104-page complaint by the Ranchers Cattlemen Action Legal Fund United Stockgrowers of America (R-CALF) and four cattle-feeding ranchers was filed in Chicago federal court, and seeks compensatory, punitive and triple damages. It resembles litigation in the same … [Read more...] about Lawsuit says Tyson, Cargill, JBS conspired to suppress beef prices…
BUENOS AIRES/CHICAGO (Reuters) - Argentina is on the verge of signing a deal with the United States that would allow two-way trade of fresh beef for the first time in nearly two decades, the South American country’s international trade secretary, Marisa Bircher, said. A worker handles beef carcasses at the Ecocarne Meat Plant slaughterhouse in San Fernando, Argentina, June 26, 2017. REUTERS/Marcos Brindicci The agreement, expected to be signed within days, would simultaneously open beef imports to both countries, Bircher told Reuters in an interview. “We are negotiating the reopening to happen over the days ahead,” she said. “All the technical and administrative questions have been settled.” At a time when the South American nation is seeking to boost beef sales abroad, the agreement would allow Argentina to show other prospective buyers that its meat is healthy enough to enter a country with some of the world’s toughest sanitary … [Read more...] about Exclusive: Argentina says it is close to inking a beef deal with U.S.
From the natural catastrophes of extreme drought and crop-killing hail storms to the human-driven conditions of low commodity prices, rising interest rates and trade disputes, farmers and ranchers across Colorado feel like they’re living on shaky ground. Numbers tell part of the story: Nearly half the state is in extreme to exceptional drought; 57 of Colorado’s 64 counties are designated by the U.S. Department of Agriculture as drought disaster sites; and China has imposed billions of dollars in retaliatory tariffs that include some of Colorado’s top agriculture products. In addition, rising interest rates, farm debt and costs are adding to the woes of one of the state’s major industries, valued at $50 billion and directly employing 418,471 people. Colorado’s net farm income has dropped significantly from a record-high of $1.8 billion in 2011 to $900 million last year. And the federal farm bill officially expired Sept. 30 as its replacement, which drives … [Read more...] about Drought, tariffs, low prices: Times are hard on Colorado farms and ranches — and may get harder
‘Beef farming is hard work but I’m loving every minute of it...’ BelfastTelegraph.co.uk Earlier this year, a farmer from Co Londonderry revealed he had become so disillusioned with farming he was planning to move to Canada to start again. https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/business/agri/beef-farming-is-hard-work-but-im-loving-every-minute-of-it-37372169.html https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/incoming/article37374655.ece/1a4f5/AUTOCROP/h342/SeanDevine1.jpg Email Earlier this year, a farmer from Co Londonderry revealed he had become so disillusioned with farming he was planning to move to Canada to start again. Andrew Evans' farm had been in his family for three generations but he was so frustrated by the challenges facing farmers in Northern Ireland that he put it up for sale. However, his decision to sell up presented a unique opportunity for 28-year-old Sean Devine. The property developer from Park, Co Londonderry, spent his childhood helping out on the … [Read more...] about ‘Beef farming is hard work but I’m loving every minute of it…’