Sometimes cattle don’t displace trees — the trees displace cattle

New non-cattle-ranching owners of U.S. rangeland are one reason for brush encroachment

Half of the Earth’s land mass is made up of rangelands, which include grasslands and savannas, yet they are being transformed at an alarming rate. Woody plants, such as trees and shrubs, are moving in and taking over, leading to a loss of critical habitat and causing a drastic change in the ability of ecosystems […]

Korea lifts ban on beef from cattle fed Zilmax — September 2, 2014


Seoul | Reuters – South Korea has lifted a ban on animal feed additive zilpaterol in beef, a food ministry official said Tuesday. Seoul had earlier flagged that it intended to ease its zero-tolerance policy on zilpaterol-based drugs, such as Merck’s Zilmax. The official confirmed that imports of beef muscle with one part per billion […]


Trends and anomalies

It’s easy to get a little giddy when things go much better than expected. For example, take last year’s bin buster of a crop. By any measure, it was an astounding production feat. Western Canadian farmers shattered all previous records on most major crops, growing a whopping 76 million tonnes, 50 per cent higher than […]

California plan for water tunnels violates environmental rules: EPA — August 29, 2014


Reuters — A California plan to bore two massive water tunnels under the fragile Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta hit a barrier this week when the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said the plan could violate the federal Clean Water Act and further degrade the delta’s ecosystem. The decision is the latest in a series of setbacks for […]

U.S. livestock: CME live cattle supported by higher cash trade — August 29, 2014


Chicago | Reuters – Chicago Mercantile Exchange live cattle futures settled up on Friday boosted by higher prices in the cash cattle market, traders said. Cash cattle, or market-ready cattle, sold in the U.S. Plains at $155 to $156 per hundredweight (cwt), traders said (all figures US$). Last week, cash cattle in Kansas and Nebraska […]

U.S. grains: Rain forecast weighs on corn, soy, wheat futures — August 29, 2014


Chicago | Reuters — U.S. corn and soybeans closed lower on Friday, flirting with contract lows on forecasts for rain that boosted confidence of bumper harvests for both crops this fall. The weather outlook, which called for rains across broad stretches of U.S. growing areas, also weighed on wheat futures as farmers prepared for seeding […]


EMI payments close to $63 million on 985,000 acres too wet to seed

The deadline for selecting fields for Excess Moisture Insurance coverage in 2015 is this Nov. 30

Manitoba farmers were paid almost $63 million under Excess Moisture Insurance (EMI) on 985,000 acres reported as too wet to seed this spring. “It’s a little less than what we were estimating before we had all the data keyed in and got the actual calculations done,” Craig Thomson, Manitoba Agricultural Services Corporation’s (MASC) vice-president of […]

Jamaica re-opens to Canadian beef — August 28, 2014


Canadian beef producers have scored access to a long-closed market as Jamaica will again take Canadian product. Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz and Trade Minister Ed Fast announced Monday that Jamaica has approved all imports of beef from Canada, effective immediately. The country closed its ports to Canadian beef in 2003 after the discovery of Canada’s […]