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Monday, March 30,2015

Committee passes bill to repeal Death Tax

by Traci Eatherton, Editor
A divided House panel passed a bill March 25 that would repeal the federal estate tax—the “Death Tax.” The House Ways and Means Committee voted 22-10 to approve H.R. 1105, the Death Tax Repeal Act of 2015, introduced by Representatives Kevin Brady (R-TX) and Sanford Bishop (D-GA), sending it to the full House.

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Monday, March 30,2015

Coalition challenges government science

by Theodora Dowling, WLJ Correspondent
A coalition of industries and county governments across the West last week filed a challenge of the supposed science being used by the federal government, “science” that portends monstrous future regulations in the name of the sage-grouse.

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Monday, March 30,2015

Live cattle futures, cutouts rally; packers still in the red

by Kerry Halladay, Editor
Again packers were holding out to the last minute to buy cattle last week. By Thursday afternoon, not even 4,000 head had been confirmed sold on the cash fed market with no hint of what the prices might be.

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Monday, March 30,2015

House subcommittee blasts Obama budget

by Kerry Halladay, Editor
Last Tuesday, the House of Representative’s Subcommittee on Federal Lands starkly criticized President Barack Obama’s fiscal year 2016 (FY16) proposed budget during a subcommittee hearing. The topics of concern were proposed increases in public lands.

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Monday, March 30,2015

Price discovery

by Pete Crow - Publisher
Should the cattle industry be worried about the cash market for fed cattle? That question has been bugging cattle feeders for decades. But if you watch their behavior they don’t appear too concerned about the cash market since most feeders market cattle on a formula, and there.

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Friday, March 27,2015

Beef Talk

Can profitable beef operations go broke?

by Kris Ringwall, North Dakota State University
There is the question: Can profitable beef operations go broke? Absolutely, is the answer. Why? For one thing, the definition of profit is misused. And the longer the wrong numbers are applied to the word “profit,” the more likely an operation can get into financial trouble.

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Friday, March 27,2015

Guest Opinion

Basic knowledge and practices assist new cattle producers

by WLJ
When I started at the Noble Foundation in the late 1970s, agriculture in the Southern Great Plains was still dominated by traditional producers engaged primarily in foragebased beef production. Most operations were fairly large and run by experienced full-time farmers and ranchers.

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Friday, March 27,2015

Guest Opinion

Forage planning to manage cost and enhance productivity

by WLJ
The old saying is “hope for the best but plan for the worst.” When it comes to forage considerations for cow/calf producers I believe there is a need to plan for the worst… and plan for the best. And it’s not too early to begin forage planning for 2015.

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Friday, March 27,2015

Grass-finished beef marketing information growing

by WLJ
Due to less information availability in the grassfinished beef market, producers have a difficult time gaining access to the going rate for their cattle.

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Friday, March 27,2015

U.S. has growing ag Chinese trade surplus

by WLJ
In recent years, growth in U.S.-China agricultural trade has accelerated. During calendar years 2012-13, U.S. exports of agricultural products to China averaged $25.9 billion per year—a tenfold increase from the late 1990s. Sales to China doubled during 2004-08 and doubled again during 2008-12, while the share of U.

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