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White House not ruling out a U.S. carbon tax

Option 'not off the table' despite Manchin comment

Washington | Reuters –– The White House on Tuesday said it has not ruled out a carbon tax as a possible option for fighting climate change, even though U.S. Senator Joe Manchin, a critical holdout in the closely divided Senate, said he was not discussing the topic in talks about U.S. spending and infrastructure bills.

It is important to wait until mid-October, or a killing frost, whichever occurs first, to hay late-season alfalfa.

The ins and outs of late-season alfalfa

With late-summer rains, alfalfa stands have seen new growth

Due to the impacts of the drought, livestock producers throughout the region are in search of additional feed. “Some areas have received rain in late August and early September causing alfalfa fields to green up,” says Miranda Meehan, North Dakota State University Extension livestock environmental stewardship specialist. “Producers are asking what the risks and rewards


File photo of a soybean plantation in Brazil. (Mailson Pignata/iStock/Getty Images)

More acres seen needed worldwide to meet mounting crops demand

U.S. acres may have already hit ceiling: AgResource chief

Geneva | Reuters — Farmers need more space to grow crops to meet mounting demand for food and renewable fuel at a time of slowing growth in yields, consultancy AgResource said on Tuesday. A renewable fuel push under U.S. President Joe Biden’s climate agenda is set to trigger a boom in soyoil use, reinforcing a


Walmart Canada is the first retailer in Canada to offer on-pack certified sustainable claims on a line of beef products.

Sustainable beef interest hits new peak

About 17 per cent more beef was sold with a CRSB sustainability claim last year

Canadians were more likely to consume certified sustainable beef last year than ever before. The Canadian Roundtable for Sustainable Beef (CRSB) says that 5.6 million pounds of beef were sold from July 1, 2020 to June 30, 2021 with a CRSB framework claim. The framework lays out sustainability standards for farms, feedlots, processors and others,


Sustainable beef body asks for farmer input

Chair Anne Wasko says the CRSB is seeking feedback from all producers

The Canadian Roundtable for Sustainable Beef (CRSB) is urging producers to weigh in on the next round of environmental metrics on the beef industry. The roundtable launched a producer survey in late September. Responses will be part of the roundtable’s benchmarking efforts and will provide updated numbers to estimates calculated by the CRSB following the


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Hay-starved Prairies fertile ground for online scammers

At least $64,000 lost in Alberta alone, RCMP says

High demand, scarce supplies and rising prices for hay and other feeds due to this summer’s drought on the Prairies have made a market for online scammers, RCMP warn. The urgency driving such transactions may cause ranchers, farmers and farm workers to make purchases “without taking time to properly verify or research production sources,” Alberta


CME February 2022 live cattle (candlesticks) with 20-, 50- and 100-day moving averages (pink, brown and black lines). (Barchart)

U.S. livestock: Chicago cattle firm on export demand

CME hog futures fall on meaty supply

Chicago | Reuters — Chicago Mercantile Exchange live and feeder cattle futures firmed on Thursday, as relatively steady cash cattle prices offset higher feed costs weighing on the feeder market, traders said. Meanwhile, lean hog futures continued to slide on a seasonal trend of robust supplies, even as hog slaughter rates showed signs of slowing.

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Klassen: Demand for feeder cattle eases

Compared to last week, western Canadian yearling prices were down $3-$5; calves traded $2-$6 below week-ago levels. The market has come under pressure for three main reasons. Cattle on feed inventories in Alberta and Saskatchewan are 36 per cent above the five-year average. Many feedlots are comfortable with ownership levels. The drought caused about 150,000