By Michael Langemeier, Center for Commercial Agriculture Purdue University
It takes a lot of family and hired labor to run modern farms. Labor is an important and costly input and farm managers need to ask if they are getting the efficiency and productivity needed from that labor to be competitive.
U.S. export volumes continued to slump in July, falling for the third straight month, according to USDEC’s latest trade data report. Total overseas sales were valued at $416 million, down 33% from last year, and down 11% from June (daily average).
“Dairy in our DNA” is the theme of the 2015 World Dairy Expo, set for Sept. 29-Oct. 3, in Madison, Wis. In preparation for this year's event, Dairy Herd Management provides a daily “Dairy Expo Countdown” feature during September. Today: The cattle shows
To start with, one could be forgiven for assuming that once the World Trade Organization ruled against the U.S. mandatory country-of-origin labeling law four times — twice each on the original regulatory rule and twice more on the revised version — the issue was settled.