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Friday, February 5,2010

Size, quality of corn crop expected to affect basis

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The average corn basis has firmed during the past week, while futures prices sunk to three-month lows. Needless to say, farmers have become tight-fisted with their corn and are reluctant to sell any of it at lower cash prices.

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Friday, February 5,2010

Producers honored for BQA commitment

by DTN
A desire to continually improve Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) on their operations while successfully encouraging others around them to implement BQA was evident this week as two producers were honored with the annual national BQA award which was...

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Friday, February 5,2010

Colorado Cattlemens Association Legislative Luncheon and NWSS activities a huge success

by WLJ
Over 70 CCA members toured the capitol and had the opportunity to learn how the association has helped to shape and build the state of Colorado. Members had the opportunity to visit with state legislators about issues affecting the agriculture industry and overlook the House chambers from the balcony.

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Friday, January 29,2010

Byproduct demand boosts fed prices

by WLJ
Fed cattle trade was slowed by weather across the southern Plains last week where up to an inch of ice was hampering movement across Oklahoma and the Texas Panhandle. As a result, there was little hurry in trading in the region. Farther north in Nebraska, trade was reportedly light by midday last Thursday at $135-136 dressed and in Kansas at

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Friday, January 29,2010

Washington ranchers support tighter brand laws

by Jason Campbell - WLJ Correspondent
Representatives of Washington state’s cattle industry gathered together at the capitol in Olympia, WA, on Jan. 19 to testify before the Committee on Agricultural and Rural Economic Policy. They testified on behalf of a bill that, if enacted, would grant greater authority to the brand inspection system in that state. The primary goal of the bill, according to officials

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Friday, January 29,2010

COMMENTS

Humane interests

by Pete Crow - Publisher
The business of humanity doesn’t seem like it should be a business at all. But the Humane Society of the United States ( HSUS) has done just that, made it a business. HSUS has been a creative bunch when it comes to bending the public’s perception of agriculture. Last week, there were several announcements that

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Friday, January 29,2010

BEEF talk

by Kris Ringwall, North Dakota State University
The weaning weight EPD reflects the pounds a bull is expected to contribute to his offspring when compared with other bulls in the breed randomly mated to cows within the breed. The real meaning of the number is the difference in genes that affect, in this case, weaning weight.

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Friday, January 29,2010

KAYS korner

by Steve Kay - Contributing Columnist
Money talks, but apparently not loud enough to get the Obama administration to take a fresh approach to getting Japan to relax its restrictions on U.S. beef imports. Perhaps it is because the beef industry hasnt screamed enough about how much money the industry is losing because of the severely limited access to the Japanese market.

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Friday, January 29,2010

BEEF bits

by WLJ
MeatAMI.com reports U.S. foodservice industry sales are forecasted to decrease in 2010 as consumers are more frugal with money. Sales were initially forecast at 0.8 percent lower than last year; new reports show a decline of 1.6 percent. Reports were conducted by the foodservice and consulting firm Technomic.

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Friday, January 29,2010

EPA to finalize renewable fuel standards soon

by DTN
Biofuels makers have been waiting for the rules which are designed to implement a 2007 law that mandated an ever-increasing amount of biofuels be added to transportation fuel. This year, 12.95 billion gallons of renewable fuel must be part of the supply, up almost 17 percent from last year.

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