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Friday, January 30,2015

CA officials to discuss drought

by WLJ
With California farmers and ranchers preparing for a potential fourth consecutive drought year, the California State Board of Food and Agriculture will meet with federal and state officials to discuss drought operations and potential actions for 2015.

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Friday, January 30,2015

Finding best ways to safeguard beef production in changing climate

by WLJ
Sporting collars equipped with GPS tracking devices, these beef cattle are part of a sweeping five-year study led by Kansas State University to better understand beef production vulnerability across the southern Great Plains in the face of climate change.

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Friday, January 30,2015

BQA best management practices

by WLJ
Written records were mentioned in the first portion of this story, and they are extremely important when following BQA guidelines and these records become even more valuable when they are passed along to the next segment of the industry with the cattle.

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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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