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Friday, November 5,2010

Election shifts balance of power in ag committees

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The House of Representatives switched hands in last Tuesday's elections with Republicans handing Democrats their largest loss in the House in seven decades. In the Senate, losses were also steep, although the Democrats managed to maintain a slim majority.

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Friday, November 5,2010

WWP fails to expand scope of EAJA

by Andy Rieber - WLJ Correspondent
The Idaho-based anti-grazing group Western Watersheds Project (WWP) is notorious among public lands ranchers for contesting the renewal of grazing permits in court.

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Friday, November 5,2010

Falling dollar provides added market support

by WLJ
Fed cattle trade last week was reported mostly $2-3 lower than the prior weeks levels. In Texas, trade was reported at $97-98 live, while Kansas sales came at mostly $97. Northern dressed trade in Nebraska and the Corn Belt came in a range of $153-154.

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Friday, November 5,2010

BEEF talk

by Kris Ringwall, North Dakota State University
A common marketing claim is the source and age verification of calves. As producers gather cattle to go to market, they have the option to provide documentation to a third-party verifier that their calves are eligible to be source and age verified. Seems simple, and many producers are offering their calves as sourced and aged.

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Friday, November 5,2010

LEGALLY speaking

by John Alan Cohan - Contributing Columnist
After about 30 years handling tax audits, appeals and U.S. Tax Court cases, it seems to me that the IRS is taking a more aggressive approach against people in various industriesincluding livestock and horse activities. If you are audited by the IRS and you have a history of losses with little or no profits, the following advice pertains to you.

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Friday, November 5,2010

COMMENTS

Common sense

by Pete Crow - Publisher
It was a good week in some parts of the country after Tuesdays events. On Wednesday morning, after the tally was made, it appeared that hope and change took on a whole new meaning. This was the largest voter turnout for any midterm election in history, which shows us just how disappointed the country is about the current state of our government.

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Friday, November 5,2010

AMI pushes for end to ethanol subsidies

by WLJ
The American Meat Insti- tute (AMI) has joined a number of agriculture associa- tions in expressing serious concerns over a new proposal from the ethanol indus- try that would extend the expiring ethanol blenders credit and import tariff on foreign...

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Friday, November 5,2010

BEEF bits

by WLJ
South Koreas president expressed confidence last week that South Korea and the U.S. might still final- ize a long-stalled free trade agreement, but didnt offer any clues about how they could narrow differences on autos and beef ahead of a meeting with President Barack Obama.

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Friday, November 5,2010

Ludvigson, James recognized as Red Angus Personalities of the Year

by WLJ
Joan Ludvigson, Cushing, IA, and Joann James of Searsboro, IA, were recognized as the Red Angus Personalities of the Year at the National Red Angus Convention in Springfield, MO, Sept. 16-17. Kyle Gilchrist of Douds, IA, presented the award.

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Friday, November 5,2010

Vet students choosing pets over farm animals

by DTN
The number of veterinarians who work with cows, pigs, chickens and other farm animals is on the decline as many prepare to retire and fewer students opt for large animal practice, results from a recent study showed.

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