October 30, 2014

The Gift of Beef – Feeding a Family

In America, one in eight people goes to bed hungry at night. To fight hunger, the South Dakota Cattlemen’s Auxiliary (SDCA), in partnership with the Beef Checkoff Program and the South Dakota Beef Industry Council (SDBIC), recently completed the “Feed A Family” project, where they donated beef to local food pantries and daycares.

In addition to the donation of ground beef, which was gifted to the Lake County Food Pantry, Lake Preston Food Pantry, Kingsbury County Food Pantry, Huron Salvation Army, and Madision Food Pantry, SDCA also put together packages complete with recipes, oven mits, seasoning and pie plates to prepare the recipes.

“Each year, we go to different communites and do something a little different,” explains Laurie Johnson, SDCA president and SDBIC board of director. “This year, we did pie plates and different beef recipes that you can prepare in a pie plate. Last year, we did crockpot recipes.”

Recipes included: Applesauce Meatloaf, Shepard’s Pie, Taco Pie, Spaghetti Pie, and Cowboy Casserole. SDCA also hosted a couple of cooking classes to teach area families how to prepare the recipes, which featured ingredients that most food pantries have on hand.

As the holiday season draws near, meat will be available for many area families in need, thanks to the beef checkoff. Not only does the donation of beef help those less fortunate, but the recipes provided during the cooking class were versatile, budget-friendly and easy-to-make for weeknight meals and hopefully will soon become family favorites.

By reaching this demographic, this project educated families on how to use beef as a go-to protein choice that is nutritional without breaking the bank.

The SDBIC is comprised of three representatives from eight agricultural organizations: SD Beef Breeds Council, SD Cattlemen’s Association, SD Cattlemen’s Auxiliary, SD CattleWomen, SD Farm Bureau, SD Farmers Union, SD Livestock Auction Market Association and SD Stockgrowers Association.

Source: SDBIC


Voter Survey Favors Biodiesel Tax Incentive



Policies supporting biodiesel production would win a resounding vote of confidence if they were on the ballot in next week’s elections, according to a nationwide survey released Tuesday.

Three out of four voters support a tax incentive for biodiesel, the survey found. Seventy-six percent said they support a national renewable fuel standard. The survey of nearly 1,200 registered U.S. voters was conducted by Moore Information Opinion Research between Sept. 30 and Oct. 2.

The survey was commissioned by the National Biodiesel Board.

The EPA late last year proposed holding biodiesel production under the Renewable Fuel Standard at 1.28 billion gallons, well below actual 2013 production. With just a few months left in the year, the EPA has still not finalized the RFS, leaving the industry with uncertainty.

Among other findings in the survey, 85 percent of respondents said a candidate’s position on energy issues was somewhat important or very important in their voting decision, and 78 percent said a candidate’s position on alternative fuels was very important or somewhat important.

Source:  National Biodiesel Board, U.S. trade association representing the biodiesel industry.


Soybean Meal Soars, Harvest Rolls

Soybeans and meal are still leading the crop markets upward to start the trading week.

Bullish traders attribute some of the recent strength to robust demand for soybeans and meal at a time when farmers have been slow to sell from their fields.

The weekly USDA Crop Progress report showed the corn harvest a bit farther along than expected.

The Department of Agriculture says farmers harvested a fair amount of the nation’s corn and soybeans over the past week. Corn harvested increased from 31% last week to 46% this week. That’s 19 points behind the five year average.

USDA says corn moisture levels remained an issue for many producers. Corn harvest in the state has been at least two weeks behind normal since harvest began.  With the harvest now past 40 percent complete, progress is now only about ten days behind the five year average.

Slow corn harvest progress was also noted last week in the Dakotas, Wisconsin and Michigan.

Soybeans harvested nationwide increased from 53% last week to 70% this week. That’s only six points behind the five year average.

Soybean-meal futures surged the most in seven years on Monday’s session. Futures for December delivery on the Chicago Board of Trade jumped over seven percent and touched $378, the highest since June 30.

Meanwhile, USDA said the nation’s winter wheat crop was 84% planted and 67 percent emerged as of Sunday.