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Friday, January 16,2015

MU researchers work to extend shelf life of ground beef

by WLJ
MU Meat Scientist Bryon Wiegand said discolored meat accounts for an estimated $1 million in lost revenue annually due to markdowns. And those markdowns have become increasingly costly: Increased demand and reduced supply have pushed retail ground chuck prices to an average.

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Friday, January 16,2015

Plan beyond 2015 to figure out what to do in 2015

by WLJ
For some older producers, for whom retiring or exiting the business in the next few years is inevitable, the current market provides an opportunity to liquidate cattle assets at previously unheard of values. Hopefully, the decision to liquidate cattle is part of a business transition plan that is already developed and may or may not yet be activated.

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Friday, January 16,2015

Agriculture a 'noble profession'

by Kerry Halladay, Editor
“We’re talking about growing the world population by 75-80 million people a year,” he said, citing averages derived from the projection of 9 billion people in 2050. “Who’s going to feed them? Whose role is it to feed those people? Is that an opportunity for U.

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Friday, January 16,2015

Civilizations rise and fall on soil quality

by WLJ
Many authors have documented the rise and fall of civilizations throughout time. Reasons for this rollercoaster effect are numerous—from human-influenced changes such as conquest, culture or religion, to events that occur in the natural environment including changes in climate or the presence of natural resources, such as soil.

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Friday, January 16,2015

NWSS breaks opening day attendance record

by WLJ
“Stock Show fans came out to help us celebrate the history, tradition and western spirit of Stock Show. We appreciate all who attended and look forward to continuing the excitement over the next 15 days,” states Andrews..

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Monday, January 12,2015

Under the microscope: ESA peer reviews

by Theodora Dowling, WLJ Correspondent
A new report shows the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USF- WS) may need to take a course on scientific peer review. Peer review is where independent scientists try to find holes in other scientists’ work. It’s a vetting process, an effort to produce high quality science for important decisions, such as Endangered Species Act (ESA) listings.

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Monday, January 12,2015

Seller's market in the Southwest

by Kerry Halladay, Editor
The Southwest has had its share of hard times in recent years, but in terms of ranchland and ag real estate, it has been flying high. The greatest challenge in that market is also its biggest opportunity; there are willing buyers, but scant inventory. That equates to a seller’s market.

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Monday, January 12,2015

Cash cattle, feeders heading back up

by Kerry Halladay, Editor
It was off to the races at breakneck speed in the New Year’s first full week of market activity last week. Cash fed cattle traded early in the week at much higher money. By Thursday afternoon, over 97,000 head had been confirmed sold at $168-172 live and $270-275 (mostly $270-272) dressed.

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Monday, January 12,2015

What do low gas prices mean for ranchers?

by Mark Mendiola - WLJ Correspondent
The combination of plunging petroleum costs and high cattle prices makes for happy American ranchers these days, but a flip side of the equation is causing them to pause and wonder about the longterm impact that the ongoing low fuel prices ultimately will have on their livestock operations.

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Friday, January 9,2015

Guest Opinion

More Affordable Care Act surprises

by DTN
Affordable Care Act (ACA) is unlike any tax legislation I have ever seen. We are more than four years since enactment, yet the surprises keep unfolding. The latest administrative decree from the Department of Labor (DOL) will require some coordination between ag producers and their tax preparers.

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