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Friday, September 5,2014

Southwest may face 'megadrought'

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
California’s three years of drought conditions continue across the southern half of the state, with parched soils and destructive wildfires leaving thousands of acres basically void of vegetation, and according to a new study, the state may very well be in for more of the same—for several years.

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Friday, September 5,2014

Free online Beef Quality Assurance certification

by WLJ
Thanks to a partnership with Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc., the beef checkoff-funded Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) program is again offering free online BQA Certification for approximately two months. This opportunity is open to all beef and dairy producers, veterinarians, allied partners, agricultural friends, and students from Sept.

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Friday, September 5,2014

Restaurant Performance Index declines slightly for the second consecutive month

by WLJ
The National Restaurant Association’s Restaurant Performance Index (RPI) for July was released at the end of August. The index registered a modest decline in July as a result of a dampened outlook among restaurant operators.

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Monday, September 1,2014

Regulations expanded in CWA proposal

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
The Republican chairman of the House Science Committee sent a scathing letter to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) last week, following the release of maps the he says reveal a plan by the agency to “control a huge amount of private property across the country.

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Monday, September 1,2014

Live futures rebound, may stabalize briefly

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
“However, I believe we get past Labor Day and further into the month of September and the market will be dealing with increased supplies of competing proteins and heavier carcass weights. This likely resumes the recent downtrend in cash cattle prices from the historic highs posted earlier [in August].

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Monday, September 1,2014

Massive quake rocks northern California

by Mark Mendiola - WLJ Correspondent
Cattle ranchers and their families were among the hundreds of thousands rudely jolted awake at 3:20 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 24, when the worst earthquake to hit northern California in 25 years struck with a vengeance, causing an estimated $1 billion in damage, injuring more than 200 people, wreaking widespread havoc.

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Monday, September 1,2014

Farmers' Almanac expects cold winter

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
The 198-year-old Farmers’ Almanac got it right last year in predicting the winter that just wouldn’t stop. With winter sneaking up, and leaves starting to change colors already, dj vu is setting in. And according to the Farmers’ Almanac, we just may make history again.

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Friday, August 29,2014

The storm has passed

by Pete Crow - Publisher
bubble was inevitable. And that is exactly what happened. Beef wasn’t necessarily the problem but simply the scant amount of meat on the market at that time. Total meat supplies were down 4.4 pounds per capita from a year ago, which is a substantial amount; total beef supplies were down 3.

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Friday, August 29,2014

Don't take Checkoff ROI lightly

by WLJ
As a beef producer, I have always believed that the beef checkoff assessment that my family pays each time we sell an animal is a good investment for us, and I’m happy to say that we now have some robust validation of that belief.

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Friday, August 29,2014

Kay's Korner

Labor and community loss

by Steve Kay - Contributing Columnist
With this in mind, I want to pay tribute to the tens of thousands of families who are the backbone of the U.S. beef industry. Whether these families run cow/calf or stocker operations, own livestock barns or feedlots, each and every family is vital to the health and success of the entire industry.

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