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Friday, April 4,2014

Prices will remain high until numbers increase

by WLJ
Live-weight steers reached $130 per hundredweight for the first time last October. January brought $140 per hundredweight and in February prices cleared $150 for the first time. Those prices were enough to interest cattlemen in expanding their herds..

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Friday, April 4,2014

Cold and wet spring adds to cattle management, marketing challenges

by WLJ
A myriad of factors are at work in cattle and beef markets now. Spring has arrived, according to the calendar, but it isn’t obvious yet in many parts of the country. Cold weather continues to delay grass greenup in many regions in a fashion that is reminiscent of last year.

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Friday, April 4,2014

Planned corn acres down for 2014-15

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
Every year, USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) collects surveys from a large number of American farmers and ranchers asking what they plan to plant. This information is collected into the Prospective Plantings report, and the information is invaluable to the markets and subsequent reports.

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Friday, April 4,2014

Restaurant performance rises, despite slowdowns

by WLJ
Although challenging weather conditions in many parts of the country continued to impact customer traffic in February, the National Restaurant Association’s Restaurant Performance Index (RPI) remained above 100 for the 12th consecutive month. The RPI—a monthly composite index that tracks the health of and outlook for the U.

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Monday, March 31,2014

House calls for monument designation oversight

by Theodora Dowling, WLJ Correspondent
If the president designates 2 million acres of federal land as a national monument, and nobody is around to hear it, can it still bring a local economy to its knees? According to university research, interviewed locals, and Congress, yes, it can. In fact, it’s precisely what happened after President.

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Monday, March 31,2014

EPA defines 'Waters of the U.S.'

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
Tuesday of last week saw the joint release of the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) and the Army Corps of Engineers’ (Corps’) proposed rule defining the “waters of the U.S.” The rule will be up for public comment for 90 days once it is published in the Federal Register sometime this or next week.

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Monday, March 31,2014

Oklahoma attorney general sues FWS

by Mark Mendiola - WLJ Correspondent
According to the lawsuit, FWS violated the Endangered Species Act by agreeing to a settlement with New Mexico-based WildEarth Guardians that led to a consent decree requiring the agency to determine the listing status of 250 other species by Sept. 30, 2015, essentially sidestepping the rulemaking process.

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Monday, March 31,2014

Cash and live futures rally strong mid-week

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
It is such an alien thing to report these days, but cash fed cattle trade was wrapping up Wednesday last week, with the prices paid surprising even bullish analysts. Live cattle went for $150-154, with most volume in the $152-154 area—up $4 in the Southern Plains and steady to up $1 in the Corn Belt—and $242-245 dressed.

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Friday, March 28,2014

Wild about wildlife

by Pete Crow - Publisher
We all love to see wildlife, unless it’s in the grill of our vehicles. A good healthy wildlife population means that we have a solid ecosystem at work. Conservation efforts in most regions of the country have been highly successful, restoring populations of many CROW.

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Friday, March 28,2014

What a Chef wants

RingSide with legendary steaks

by WLJ
For the past 70 years, beef has undoubtedly been the driver at this legendary eatery in the Pacific Northwest, along with its elder sister, RingSide Uptown. And despite his vast culinary knowledge and cooking ability, Turke knows that starting with a high quality product is paramount to the restaurant’s success.

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