Beef Magazine is part of the Informa Markets Division of Informa PLC

This site is operated by a business or businesses owned by Informa PLC and all copyright resides with them. Informa PLC's registered office is 5 Howick Place, London SW1P 1WG. Registered in England and Wales. Number 8860726.

Ending an absence; remembering a friend to ag

Orion Samuelson responds to emails asking why he was away for so long; and remembers Clayton Yeutter who passed during his absence.

Samuelson Sez is a special feature of This Week in Agribusiness where Orion Samuelson shares his thoughts and insights into key issues of the day.

1931 John Deere D

Max Armstrong shares the story of a 1931 John Deere D, owned by Ed Wesemann, Hampshire, Illinois.  

Max's Tractor Shed is a regular feature of This Week in Agribusiness. Max Armstrong shares information about legacy machines, their stories and how they may still be at work today. If you have a tractor you want featured in Max's Tractor Shed, send a high-resolution digital picture, your contact information, and information about the tractor - what makes it special - to [email protected].

Hawley FFA

Orion Samuelson profiles Hawley FFA, Hawley, Minn., this 50-member chapter was chartered in 1941. Chapter member Solomon Carlson, talks about the group's community service work, that includes maintaining a cemetary.

The weekly FFA Chapter Tribute is an opportunity to shine a spotlight on the good work of your local chapter. Tell us about what you're doing, give us some history from your group and tell our viewers of the work you do in the community. FFA chapters across the country deserve recognition for the work they do, make sure we include yours.

To have your chapter considered for this weekly feature, send along information about your group by e-mail to Orion Samuelson at [email protected] or to Max Armstrong at [email protected]. They'll get your group on the list of those that will be covered in the future. It's a chance to share your story beyond the local community. Drop Orion or Max a "line" soon.

The National FFA Organization, formerly known as Future Farmers of America, is a national youth organization of about 650,000 student members as part of 7,757 local FFA chapters. The National FFA Organization remains committed to the individual student, providing a path to achievement in premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education. For more, visit the National FFA Organization online, on Facebook at, on Twitter at

This Week in Agribusiness, May 13, 2017

Part 1

Max Armstrong opens this week's show a look some of the flooding impacting farmers in the Midwest. Jamie Johansen reports from the banks of the Missouri River, where she talks to John Ridder, Marthasville, Missouri, Luke Henneke, Mt. Sterling, Missouri, and Mike Nolting, Schaeperkoetter Store, about how the river flooding affected the area. Kevin Rabern, Sales Agronomist, Wheat Growers, tackles the Farm Challenge of the Week. Chad Colby talks about this week’s crop report with Matt Foes, Farmer/Agronomist.  

Part 2

Max Armstrong talks markets with John Zanker, J.C. Zanker & Company. In Samuelson Sez, Orion Samuelson explains his absence; and remembers a good friend to agriculture. And Agricultural Meteorologist Greg Soulje looks at weather for the Western United States.

Part 3

Patrick Haggerty talks with Bob Stallman, Former President, American Farm Bureau; Linda Dempsey, vice president, National Association of Manufacturers; and Melissa San Miguel, senior director, Grocery Manufacturers Assoc., about the process of rewriting the North American Free Trade Agreement. Lynn Ketelsen reports on the Oliver Kelley Farm, an ag museum in Minnesota that shows modern ag life. Max shares his Tweet of the Week, found via twitter @maxarmstrong.

Part 4

On Freeway to Farms with Max Armstrong, Max talks with Jay Fillman, Mazon, Illinois, about how he uses data to manage risk. Ag Meteorologist Greg Soulje looks at weather for the Eastern United States. And in Max's Tractor Shed, Max takes a look at a 1931 John Deere D, owned by Ed Wesemann, Hampshire, Illinois.  

Part 5

Max Armstrong continues his market conversation with John Zanker, J.C. Zanker & Company.

Part 6

Orion Samuelson profiles Hawley FFA, Hawley, MN, this 50-member chapter was chartered in 1941. Member Solomon Carlson shares a few special notes about this active group. And Ag Meteorologist Greg Soulje looks at the weather for the week ahead.

Part 7

Max Armstrong closes this week show with a look at the Farm Mom of the Year. Susan Brocksmith, Vincennes, Indiana, shares a few of her fantastic experiences with agriculture.

U.S. and China agree to beef trade by July

U.S. beef exports to China to resume

For U.S. beef producers, July 16 may replace July 4 as the day to shoot off fireworks. That’s the deadline for resuming beef exports to China. With just one more round of technical consultations between the U.S. and China, American beef will once again be China-bound. Finally.

It’s been nearly 14 years since China banned imports of U.S. beef following the Dec. 23, 2003 announcement that a Holstein cow had been diagnosed with BSE. And the glad tidings are being met with enthusiasm by the beef business.

“It is impossible to overstate how beneficial this will be for America’s cattle producers,” NCBA President Craig Uden said in a statement sent late Thursday night following the announcement that the U.S. and China had reached agreement on not just beef trade, but energy, financial services and others.

Related: China to import U.S. beef by mid-July

“After being locked out of the world’s largest market for 13 years, we strongly welcome the announcement that an agreement has been made to restore U.S. beef exports to China,” Uden said. “We look forward to providing nearly 1.4 billion new customers to China with the same safe and delicious U.S. beef that we feed our families. I look forward to the day when we can serve President Trump and President Xi a dry-aged American-made New York strip in Beijing.”

Under the agreement, China will allow imports of U.S. beef on conditions consistent with international food safety and animal health standards, and also consistent with the 1999 Agricultural Cooperation Agreement, according to the U.S. Department of Commerce. Following one more round of technical consultations, beef exports from the U.S. to China will begin as soon as possible, but no later than July 16.

In return, the U.S. and China are to resolve outstanding issues for the import of China-origin cooked poultry to the U.S. as soon as possible after reaching consensus. The U.S. will published a proposed rule no later than July 16.

The key will be what results will arise from the last round of technical consultations. In agreements with other countries, China has stipulated several requirements, including cattle age, no use of growth promotants and individual animal identification, among others.

At this point, those details haven’t been released, says Kent Baucus, NCBA director of international trade. But many of the trade barriers have been addressed. “July 16 isn’t that far off,” he says. “We hope to see details of the protocol very soon.”

But he and Uden are excited about the prospects. According to Baucus, China’s beef appetite has grown exponentially over the last five years and now represents a $2.5 billion market. Adds Uden, China now represents 12% of the world’s beef market, up from ½% five years ago.

And both officials believe that the potential of the Chinese market is greater than that. The Chinese middle class represents more consumers than the entire U.S. population, Baucus says, and they are hungry for beef.

The Chinese market is estimated to be worth $2.6 billion for the U.S. beef industry. Asian countries already make up some of the largest markets for U.S. beef, with Japan, Korea, Hong Kong and Taiwan making up four of the top six export markets, accounting for $3.6 billion in value in 2016.



Our mail carriers in 10,000 cities and towns across America pick up food donations second Saturday in May. Could take donation to local post office or can leave out by the box. 49 million Americans face hunger every day.

Baby calf with six legs will be operated on and will be just fine. Black Angus calf born in North Dakota ranch.

Have you called your Momma today? I sure wish I could call mine.


Well, maybe it will put a little bit of a dent in urban crime. 1400 criminals rounded up yesterday. Many, about a third, not U.S. citizens.

Cattle industry leaders are happy about news regarding China. Market will open for U.S. beef no later than July. NCBA credits Trump administration for achieving this.

Baby calf born with six legs in North Dakota ranch. Two attached on neck of calf.

Many of us are remembering moms not here with us as Mother's Day draws near. Recited poem about mothers.

Farm Progress America, May 12, 2017

Max Armstrong looks at how the chicken industry is making changes to meet the demand for product not treated with antibiotics. But beyond that Max points to examples of restaurants using different chicken breeds, heirloom animals and of course, free-range birds. And they're paying more for the product.

Farm Progress America is a daily look at key issues in agriculture. It is produced and presented by Max Armstrong, veteran farm broadcaster and host of This Week in Agribusiness.

GALLERY: Ranchers share their love of the land and livestock

The editors at BEEF would like to capture ranchers’ passions with a new photo contest with the theme, “For the love of land & livestock.” We are seeking your best images of cattle, pastures, horses, cow dogs, family, ranch hands or any other photo that showcases why you love what you do in this business of producing beef.

To enter, simply email me at [email protected] with your favorite photo, plus a caption, your name and mailing address. The entry period will be open until 8:00 am CST on May 18. All photographs will be added to a gallery, so stop back often to view the images.

From there, we will announce our top finalists on May 22, and our readers will vote for their favorite images. The two photos that receive the most votes will be announced on May 29.

Learn more about the contest by clicking here.

Weekly Cattle Market Wrap Up | Huge run of feeder, slaughter cows hit auction barns

There was a very big run with over 61,000 head at our Southern Plains test auctions compared to 36,000 head last week and last year. Prices started the week out steady to $3 higher then were steady to $6 lower mid-week.
As far as slaughter cows, the recent box beef, fat cattle and CME rally opened the door to move cows with the biggest run ever reported at our test auctions with over 10,000 head. Slaughter cow prices continued to improve in some areas but started to top out and weaken in some places as the week progressed.