American and Australian Cattle Producers Commit to Partnership Through Joint Statement Signing

American and Australian Cattle Producers Commit to Partnership Through Joint Statement Signing

Statement Addresses Cattle Health, Sustainability, and Lab-Grown Protein

ROCKHAMPTON, Australia (May 9, 2024) – Today, leaders of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) and Cattle Australia (CA) signed a joint statement at the Beef 2024 convention in Rockhampton, Australia to further the two organizations’ partnership on issues related to cattle health, lab-grown proteins, and sustainability.

“America’s cattle farmers and ranchers stand with Australia’s cattle producers and look forward to being partners in combatting foreign animal diseases, promoting sustainability, and ensuring proper oversight of lab-grown proteins,” said NCBA President Mark Eisele, a Wyoming rancher. “As a rancher, I understand the importance of proactively talking about the good work we do in both countries. Cattle producers provide significant benefits to the global population, from providing safe, wholesome real beef to implementing conservation practices that conserve millions of acres of prime wildlife habitat in the United States and Australia. This joint commitment will strengthen the partnership between American and Australian producers and support our efforts to educate the public on the benefits of raising cattle.”

“In signing the joint statement of priorities, we are encouraging the Australian and U.S. governments to join forces in combating devastating foreign animal diseases; promoting sustainable global trade that encourage efficient production practices; and ensuring science-based food safety and marketing regulations of emerging food technologies such as lab-grown proteins,” said CA Chair Garry Edwards.

The joint statement outlines both countries’ commitment to protecting cattle health and wellbeing with vaccine banks to counter the threat of foot-and-mouth disease (FMD). While FMD only impacts cloven-hoofed animals and does not pose a risk to humans, the disease can still cause immense financial harm to farmers and ranchers. The United States has been FMD-free since 1929 and Australia has been FMD-free since 1872.

The statement also addressed the emergence of lab-grown proteins. While there are no lab-grown proteins that imitate beef currently authorized for retail in the U.S., several companies are attempting to bring these products to market. It is critically important that these products are properly vetted by regulatory authorities so they do not pose a potential risk to consumer health and food safety, and it is important that they are labeled in a way that is transparent to consumers so they can choose between naturally produced beef and lab-grown proteins. Additionally, the statement supports efforts to continue sharing information on cattle industry sustainability and promoting the benefits of cattle production such as improving wildlife habitat, natural water filtration, and greenspace protection benefits.

Following the statement signing, NCBA and CA will continue engaging with their respective governments to secure policies that protect cattle health, recognize the cattle industry’s sustainability, and ensure proper oversight of lab-grown protein.

View the statement here.

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The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) has represented America’s cattle producers since 1898, preserving the heritage and strength of the industry through education and public policy.  As the largest association of cattle producers, NCBA works to create new markets and increase demand for beef.  Efforts are made possible through membership contributions. To join, contact NCBA at 1-866-BEEF-USA or

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Farm Custom Rate Survey Shows What Iowans are Charging and Paying in 2024

Farm Custom Rate Survey Shows What Iowans are Charging and Paying in 2024

Newly released survey includes averages and ranges for popular farming tasks in Iowa

Article courtesy of Iowa State University Extension and Outreach

AMES, Iowa – Farmers who depend on custom work or provide custom services can review rates charged by others across the state in the latest Iowa Farm Custom Rate Survey.

The 2024 report was published in the March edition of Ag Decision Maker and includes 130 responses and 2,805 custom rates provided by Iowa farmers, custom operators and farm managers.

Farm tasks in the report include everything from planting to harvest, with cost data that reflect the average, median and range for each task.

The rates in the report are expected to be charged or paid in 2024, and they include fuel and labor (unless otherwise noted). The average price for diesel fuel (highway-retail including taxes) was assumed to be $3.92 per gallon (as projected by the U.S. Energy Information Administration in early February 2024). Rental rates for some machinery items are shown in the last section of the report, along with a worksheet for estimating rental rates for other items.

Ann Johanns, program specialist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach and editor of Ag Decision Maker, said this year’s numbers seem more in line with the current farm economy.

“We’ve seen increases in rates the past two years (3% to 10% and 10% to 15%),” said Johanns. “The steady to slight decline in rates generally seen across the 2024 survey is closer to changes observed prior to the last two years.”

While the projected fuel price increased, production challenges and crop prices seem to have impacted custom rates as well.

Johanns said it’s important for custom operators to know the market for custom farming and to know their costs.

“If the custom operator isn’t covering their costs, they are operating at a loss,” she said. “If they don’t have a good handle on their cost to operate, there are helpful resources on Ag Decision Maker.”

New for 2024 is additional insight into who responded to each operation shown. Of the 2,468 who responded with usable rates: 48% are service providers, 32% are service users, 8% are both service providers and users, and 12% are unknown. The sources of the 69 rates reported for machinery rentals are: 38% machinery owners, 35% machinery renters, 11% machinery owners and renters, and 12% unknown. The sources of the 108 rates reported for wages are: 81% employers, 7% employees, 2% employer and employee, and 9% unknown.

The rate survey is intended only as a guide. Actual custom rates may vary according to availability of machinery in a given area, timeliness, operator skill, field size and shape, crop conditions and the performance characteristics of the machine being used.

“Ultimately, the Custom Rate survey is a starting point in discussions, but any custom rate charged, or paid, should cover the operator’s cost of owning and operating the machinery being used,” said Johanns. “Just using the results of the survey alone might not be the right answer for an individual operation.”

Exploring the Cattle Industry with The American Cattlemen Podcast

Exploring the Cattle Industry with The American Cattlemen Podcast

By Jessica Graham

Podcasts offer a wealth of information and opportunities for cattle producers, fitting conveniently into their busy schedules. On the American Cattlemen Podcast, we interview experienced producers and it’s almost like you’re standing next to them listening in on a conversation. “We interview, producers, manufactures, vets, but we also interview entertainers,” host Gale McKinney states. Some of the previous entertainers include: Nashville based singer-songwriter Hayley Payne, Ned LeDoux, Roxi Copeland, and singer, actor, model and cowboy R.W. Hampton.

Current News
One of the primary benefits to listening to The American Cattlemen Podcast is the community connection with news and events. One of the events covered is the wildfires in the southern USA impacting cattle producers. First and foremost, our hearts and prayers go out for all, especially the firefighters, farmers and ranchers effected by the wildfires in Texas and Oklahoma. We know over a million acres have been decimated, homes and ranches destroyed, and cattle operations have been ripped apart. We continue to support and pray for Texas and Oklahoma during this time. Other current news regarding current events, include cattle inventory projections, and the ag economy are discussed as well.

We also cover cattle conventions, like The National Cattlemen Beef Association (NCBA) annual conference. The NCBA Cattle Con, is the oldest and largest event for the cattle industry in the United States. We know it’s not feasible for you to attend every year, so we have you covered. As the leader in cattle news, we attend The NCBA Trade Show. This year, it offered attendees the chance to explore the newest equipment, technology, pharmaceuticals, and feed supplements for cattlemen.

Key Benefits of Producer Profiles
Our Producer Profiles focus on ranches located across the nation. You can learn about their unique history and current dynamics on their ranch. It’s always interesting to share and learn key success factors other cattlemen have uncovered, especially when it comes to marketing and capturing a premium on your quality cattle. By incorporating The American Cattlemen Podcasts into your routine, you will gain valuable knowledge, improve your operation, and stay ahead of the curve in the ever-evolving agricultural industry.

The American Cattlemen Podcast wanted to inform and educate on a broad level, but we also want to connect people with people. According to Gale McKinney, owner, producer, and host of The American Cattlemen Podcast, we thought “Why can’t we interview these producers, talk to them about their sales, talk to them about their families, and bring that out to other producers? That has been a joy. I love doing that,” says Gale McKinney. Gale has the pleasure of getting to connect with cattle producers across the US. He learns about what makes their story, their operation unique and delves into some secrets uncovered. “I just interviewed a young man that just started about 10 years ago, he wasn’t even in the industry and now he has 400 head of cattle,” says Gale. Because of the vision for cattlemen to learn from and about each other, the producer profiles have taken off.

Industry Influencers: Shorty’s Caboy Hattery
Recently, we were able to interview Drake Jones, with Shorty’s Caboy Hattery, a USA company. Shorty started the business in 1990. She’s a former rodeo competitor and was inducted into the Cowgirl Hall of Fame. Shorty is one of the only female owned , started and operated hatteries in the USA. ”We’re a custom hattery. We measure your head, build a mold, and then build the hat around that mold.” Hats are manufactured in Oklahoma.

Sometimes we hear “I don’t want a good hat because I’d ruin it”, I often say “If you had a good hat, it’s a lot harder to ruin it,” says Drake. Shorty’s uses beaver pelts to make the highest quality hats. By listening to the podcast, it’s clear time and effort is poured out into every custom hat. Thank you Shorty’s Caboy Hattery for all you do!

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