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Friday, November 28,2014

Ag must answer consumers' questions better

by WLJ
The discussion, titled “What Does Agricultural Communication Mean in the 21st Century?” was the second lecture in the 2014-15 season for the Heuermann Lectures.

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Friday, November 28,2014

Placements, marketings sour futures: COF 'bearish' marketings 'depressing'

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
The state of the beef supply chain took a bearish turn recently as higher-than-expected placements combined with continued lower-thanexpected marketings. But there is speculation that the trend of depressed marketings—and thereby feedlot backlogs—won’t continue too much longer.

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Friday, November 28,2014

NCBA Environmental Stewardship Award calls for conservation entries

by WLJ
Celebrating its 25th year, the Environmental Stewardship Award Program has opened its nomination season for 2015 award. Established in 1991 by the National Cattlemen’s Foundation and the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA), the program has recognized the outstanding stewardship practices and conservation achievements of U.

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Friday, November 28,2014

Cargill was first to complete NCBA´s Beef Cattle Transportation Education training

by WLJ
Cargill employees were recently a part of the first trucking fleet to complete the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association’s (NCBA’s) Beef Cattle Transportation Education online training, which is housed and provided by the Beef Cattle Institute (BCI) at Kansas State University.

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Friday, November 28,2014

California's water crisis puts grazing in the hot seat

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
The California State Water Resources Control Board (State Water Board) has proposed a statewide action plan “to enhance environmental benefits from grazing, protect beneficial uses of surface and groundwater, and address water quality impacts related to livestock grazing in California.

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Monday, November 24,2014

Senate shoots down Keystone plans

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
In a bit of a dramatic showdown last Tuesday, a Senate bill that would have given the green light for the Keystone XL oil pipeline, got the big stop sign—again. After the final vote was read, a man reportedly with the Lakota Tribe of South Dakota began singing, followed by protesters who called out Democrats who voted in support of the pipeline.

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Monday, November 24,2014

Ranchers speak out about Gunnison listing

by Theodora Dowling, WLJ Correspondent
“We worked hand-in-hand with FWS in good faith that our actions were going to prevent a listing,” said Colorado rancher and Public Lands Council (PLC) member, Robbie LeValley. “Producers have made a lot of big sacrifices—some of them permanent. The population is documented to be stable.

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Monday, November 24,2014

High cattle prices 'for some time'

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
One of the presenters, Gary Brester, Professor of Agricultural Economics and Economics at Montana State University, had a “weird story” to tell the audience.

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Monday, November 24,2014

Cutouts gain on reduced production

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
Last week the cattle and beef markets were holding their breaths before the Thanksgiving week. Cash cattle trade didn’t relevantly develop until Friday and futures were sideways. But prices for feeder cattle keep going up and the cutout continues its slow march upwards.

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Friday, November 21,2014

Strange alliance

by Pete Crow - Publisher
Last week we reported that the Organization of Competitive Markets (OCM) filed a lawsuit in the District of Columbia Circuit Court of Appeals and that the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) attorneys prepared and submitted the suit.

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