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Friday, January 30,2015

FAO director calls for action on food insecurity

by WLJ
“Food security is an important foundation for peace, political stability and sustainable development. In the history of humanity, time and time again we have seen vicious circles linking violence and hunger, and these are conflicts that are not restricted by national borders,” Graziano da Silva told meeting participants.

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Friday, January 30,2015

Range science impacts policy, rural economies

by WLJ
Keith Nantz sees himself like this in a few years: Sitting on a horse watching cows and fat calves as they munch on tall grass on his property. Elk graze nearby, wild turkeys strut by with their young, and a creek with clean water meanders past aspens and pines.

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Friday, January 30,2015

Choice retail values at record highs in 2014

by WLJ
U.S. retail Choice beef values climbed through 2014, reaching a record high of $6.30 per pound in November (most recent complete data). Retail value is defined as the average value at the grocery store of a basket of beef cuts, measured in cents per pound of retail weight.

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Friday, January 30,2015

Bullish Cattle on Feed report: herd rebuilding is happening

by Kerry Halladay, Editor
Cattle on feed in feedlots with a 1,000 head or greater capacity as of Jan. 1, 2015, stood at 10.69 million head, up 1 percent compared to the same time the prior year. State-specific on-feed populations for the top cattlefeeding states were mostly above that level.

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Friday, January 30,2015

Study claims COOL doesn't affect Canada, Mexico trade

by Traci Eatherton, Editor
Two agriculture associations have been touting a new Auburn University study, that they believe shows that country-of-origin labeling (COOL) does not impact U.S. cattle imports or cattle prices.

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Friday, January 30,2015

U.S. pressures Canada on TPP

by DTN
The U.S. is continuing to put pressure on Canada to put forward a more robust proposal in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade negotiations, Darci Vetter, the chief U.S. agricultural trade negotiator, said last Tuesday at the International Dairy Foods Association’s annual Dairy Forum.

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Friday, January 30,2015

Meat industry groups back TPA

by Chris Clayton - DTN
The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA), National Chicken Council (NCC), National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) and National Turkey Federation all issued statements Monday in a concerted effort to draw attention to TPA and their interest in getting a 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership deal completed.

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Friday, January 30,2015

Water, competition drives ranch real estate in Far West

by Kerry Halladay, Editor
There is a distinct dichotomy in the Far West real estate world. Rural and ranching real estate in the northern end of the Golden State turns on the availability of water and the price of land in the face of competition. But one state’s misfortune is another’s opportunity.

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Friday, January 30,2015

Stock Show excitement soars with 682,539 fans attending 2015 show

by WLJ
The 2015 National Western Stock Show (NWSS) finished strong with the second highest overall attendance in Stock Show history set at 682,539 visitors. That is an increase of 42,517 guests over the 2014 Stock Show and second highest in its 109-year history.

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Friday, January 30,2015

Application period set to close for Sam Noble Scholarships

by WLJ
“We do not want anyone to miss out on the opportunity to complete an application that could provide significant support for a college education,” said Mary Kate Wilson, Director of Philanthropy, Engagement and Project Management at the Noble Foundation.

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