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Friday, January 20,2012

Consolidating agencies could hurt trade

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
President Barack Obama plans to ask Congress for the authority to consolidate several federal agencies dealing with trade and business development, including the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR), which negotiates agreements covering exports of beef, pork and poultry.

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Friday, January 20,2012

Boxed beef prices trend lower

by WLJ
The basic supply and demand rules seemed to be off last week. Beef is typically pulled by demand, and buyers compete with each other, pushing boxed prices higher and sending packers looking for cattle, creating a demand-driven rally, but packers...

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Friday, January 20,2012

President blames Republicans for pipeline demise

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
House Republicans returned from their winter break last Tuesday with a message for President Barack Obama: Stop delaying the Keystone XL pipeline. But by Wednesday, Obama had made his decision, 34 days before his final deadline, to reject the pipeline.

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Friday, January 20,2012

BEEF bits

by WLJ
The high price of beef is driving some to turn to an old-time crime—cattle rustling. In Cookeville, TN, several instances of livestock theft have left a couple producers with tens of thousands of dollars in losses. In Greene County, MO, one rancher lost 19 calves, estimated at 600 pounds each, and a trailer to thieves in one night.

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Friday, January 20,2012

Six producers competing for coveted award

by WLJ
The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) recognized six U.S. cattle operations in August for their commitment to sustaining their family operations by conserving land, resources and wildlife.

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Friday, January 20,2012

Hay availability low, prices high

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
Winter feeding and the headache of procuring hay is here. And if you’re looking for hay in the droughtstricken Southwest, it’s probably more like a migraine. With the hardships faced by many states in the western half of the country and the increased demand for hay during the winter months, resources are stretched thin and costs are up accordingly.

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Friday, January 20,2012

Ranchers seek property tax relief

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
Dozens of Yavapai County ranch families filed a lawsuit in the Arizona Tax Court seeking relief for illegallycollected property taxes and flawed property valuations that were made by the Yavapai County Assessor’s Office on their respective agricultural properties.

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Friday, January 20,2012

Winter preparations reduce headaches for beef producers

by WLJ
“When the blizzard hits or the wind chills are below zero, tempers might flare, but that won’t thaw water or get the tractor started to feed cows,” he said. “A little planning when the weather is mild could make things go a lot easier for both producers and the livestock.

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Friday, January 20,2012

USDA 2012 Ag Outlook Forum

by WLJ
USDA’s 2012 Agricultural Outlook Forum, Feb. 23-24, will present 25 breakout sessions, including the international trade-focused sessions: “Export Opportunities and Competition in Brazil, Russia, India, and China (BRIC) Countries” and “Trends in Agricultural Development & Trade in the Americas.

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Friday, January 20,2012

21 Gun Salute for American troops

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
The Red Angus bull was donated by Cross Diamond Cattle Co. with all of his Dec. 12 sale proceeds going to the All-American Beef Battalion (AABB). AABB is an organization dedicated to honoring American military service members by, among other things, serving them American beef prior to deployment and upon return home.

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