Kansas Governor declares May National Beef Month
WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH) - Governor Laura Kelly signed a proclamation Monday morning in Oskaloosa to recognize May as ‘Kansas Beef Month.’ According to kansasbeef.org, there are more than 27,000 cattle farms and ranches in Kansas. This year, Kansas takes third place in the ranking of states with the most cattle, having 6.5 million, or 6.94% of cows in the United States, according to beef2live.com. That is more than double the population of Kansas. Also, according to beef2live.com, Kansas takes third place again in the ranking of states that produce the most cattle value, raking in over $7.8 billion dollars, or 11.6% of cash receipts in the United States.
Importers are adding to the mountain of U.S. corn already headed to China with the purchase of 1.36 million tons of corn for delivery in the marketing year that opens Sept. 1. The purchase, reported by private exporters to USDA, was worth $400 million at current futures prices. Some 11.38 million tons of U.S. corn.
More and more farmers are rolling up their sleeves to fight the COVID-19 virus. A recent survey found more than half of farmers plan to get vaccinated. The April Ag Economy Barometer, gathered by Purdue University and the CME Group, is a survey of 400 agricultural producers. The latest survey found 54% of those surveyed say they plan to get vaccinated, while 32% say they have no plans to get vaccinated at this point.
U.S. agriculture giant Cargill and French biotech firm ‘InnovaFeed’ said they aim to feed 20 million piglets with insect oil by 2026 as part of a wider alternative protein deal. Insect feed has become an increasingly popular alternative in agriculture and aquaculture as demand for animal feed surges, pushing feed grain prices higher, and as more companies work toward reducing their carbon footprint. Insect oil is rich in lauric acid, a fatty acid that helps improve the intestinal health of animals, especially piglets, the companies said.
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