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Friday, August 6,2010

Approval of beef checkoff remains high

by WLJ
Seventytwo percent of beef and dairy producers continue to be somewhat or very well informed about the program and 72 percent approve of the checkoff, according to a recent survey of producers.

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Friday, August 6,2010

Young producers help shape the future of the industry

by WLJ
Members of the National Catt l e m e n s Beef Association (NCBA) Young Producers Council (YPC) held their biannual business meeting during the NCBA Summer Conference. During the meeting, the group discussed initiatives for the 2011 Cattle Industry Convention and NCBA Trade Show to better serve the unique membership needs of young producers between.

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Friday, July 30,2010

El Paso Corp. pays off environmental groups

by Andy Rieber - WLJ Correspondent
El Paso Corporation, parent company of Ruby Pipeline LLC, has struck an agreement with Western Watersheds Project and the Oregon Natural Desert Association to donate approximately $22 million over the next 10 years for conservation and grazing permit buy-outs in exchange for

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Friday, July 30,2010

Congress revives Beef Caucus meetings

by Mark Mendiola - WLJ Correspondent
Idaho Republican Rep. Mike Simpson expects the recently revived U.S. House Beef Caucus to meet soon in Washington after a lapse into dormancy. Elevating awareness of issues that impact the beef, cattle and ranching industry will top the 25-member caucus’ agenda.

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Friday, July 30,2010

Effective?

by WLJ
Has the beef checkoff been effective? That should be the question being asked by the Federation of State Beef Councils (Federation), the Cattlemen’s Beef Board (CBB), the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA), and all other groups that have a stake in the program. The beef checkoff is

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Friday, July 30,2010

Inventory picture points to strong prices ahead

by WLJ
Fed cattle trade last week was underway in the northern Plains and Corn Belt at prices generally $2-3 lower than the prior week at $93 live and $146-149 dressed. Trade in the southern tier was expected at $93-94 live, $1-2 lower than the prior week, as feedlot managers worked to take

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Friday, July 23,2010

Futures market helps cash fed cattle prices

by WLJ
Fed cattle trade last Thursday started $1 higher than the previous week’s action on the back of improvement in the futures markets and steady boxed beef prices. In Kansas, trade developed at $95 live on Thursday while early sales in the Corn Belt were in a range of $148-151, although

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Friday, July 23,2010

Nebraska producers face rising property tax assessments

by Maria E. Tussing - WLJ Correspondent
The difference of opinion regarding land valuation isn’t just between the landowners and current assessor. In 1998—two assessors ago—Haynes’ property was valued at approximately twice what he figured it was actually worth as ag land. After a protest and successful appeal to the Nebraska

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Friday, July 23,2010

Common sense prevails

by Pete Crow - Publisher
1. he U.S. livestock industry has been a bit uneasy over the proposed competition rules that USDA’s Grain Inspection Packers and Stockyards Administration (GIPSA) proposed several weeks ago. Many livestock groups have had their attorneys pouring over the proposals to figure

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Friday, July 16,2010

Video sale posts strong results for consignors

by WLJ
Fed cattle traded $1-2 higher last Wednesday with prices in the southern Plains at $94 live basis in Texas and at $92.50-93.50 in Kansas. In the northern Plains, cattle sold at $93-94 live and at $150 dressed. The upward momentum in the fed cattle markets caught many analysts off guard

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