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Friday, May 25,2012

Placements down 15 percent in recent USDA report

by Kerry Halladay, Editor
This month’s USDA cattle on feed report defied projections for a bullish result. Pre-report estimates placed the cattle on feed on May 1 at 100.5 percent of last year’s numbers, placements at 88.5 percent, and marketings at 98.5 percent. Actual reported numbers for cattle on feed and placements were below estimates, and marketings exceeded expectations.

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Friday, May 25,2012

Beef Talk

by Kris Ringwall, North Dakota State University
The first point that needs to be noted is that the beef business does not stand alone. The beef business, which is the business of producing food to feed people, is a subset of agriculture. Therefore, one needs to look at the big picture of agriculture.

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Friday, May 25,2012

Guest Opinion

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Livestock grazing is an important part of the rich ranching tradition in America. One need to look no farther than the iconic images of cowboys driving huge herds of cattle across open land to realize how big a part ranching has played in American history.

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Friday, May 25,2012

New microloan proposal helps small farmers avoid high-interest credit card and personal loans

by WLJ
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced last week that USDA has made substantial yearover-year gains in expanding credit opportunities for farmers and ranchers across the U.S.

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Friday, May 25,2012

Registration open for 2012 Cattle Industry Summer Conference

by WLJ
J.D. Alexander, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) president, said cattlemen and women need to register now to attend the 2012 Cattle Industry Summer Conference to secure a spot at what he said will be an action-packed conference.

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Friday, May 25,2012

Recent study shows consumers support biotechnology

by Kerry Halladay, Editor
The report also showed most issues modern food production practices face from consumers stem from a lack of knowledge rather than active negative opinions. This suggests ample room for improvement in communication between consumers and those involved with food production.

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Friday, May 25,2012

Improving the Mississippi River Basin Watersheds

by Traci Eatherton, Editor
“These projects are great examples of USDA working with partners to improve water quality in the Mississippi River Basin,” Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said.

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Friday, May 25,2012

Foothill abortion vaccine awaits approval

by Jason Campbell - WLJ Correspondent
With expenses and the cost of maintaining a ranch constantly on the rise, obtaining a calf from every mother cow becomes increasingly important to an operation’s bottom line.

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Friday, May 25,2012

USDA weekly crop progress-first corn condition ratings high

by WLJ
“The first DTN Corn Condition Index of the year came in at 185 points,” said DTN Analyst John Sanow. “The DTN Corn Condition Index is running ahead of 2004 and 2009 by a comfortable margin of 10 points and 12 points, respectively.

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Friday, May 25,2012

People in the news

by WLJ
BRANDEN ZUCK 2012 Bovance Student Scholarship Contest winner The Bovance Student Scholarship Contest is an essay contest where students pick a topic to write about related to cloning. This year’s winner answered the question, “How could genetic preservation and cloning help fee...

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