More than 400 cattle producers met in Ohio this past weekend for the 2018 Angus Convention. Highlights include a upcoming genetic tools, succession and tax planning and the 40th anniversary of Certified Angus Beef.
The most significant policy issue of 2018 looms large over the outlook for the new year. Ag leaders of both parties say actions on trade in the first half of 2019 will decide agriculture’s fate for years to come.
Beef exports totaled 112,842 metric tons (mt) in November, up 1% from a year ago, while value climbed 6% to $709.2 million. At $7.63 billion, beef export value was up 16% and has broken the full-year record set in 2017.
The abundant moisture that is keeping producers from marketing cattle is also setting cattle country up for favorable grazing conditions this spring and is also positively influencing summer grazing pastures.
Several Israeli start-ups have joined a handful of companies around the globe trying to develop lab-grown meat, something they see as a solution to the needs of the world’s growing population and demand for food.