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Friday, December 30,2011

2011 a banner year for bison business

by WLJ
The U.S. buffalo business is ending 2011 in the strongest economic condition in history, and the growing popularity of naturallyraised bison has ranchers scrambling to build their herds, according to the National Bison Association (NBA).

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Friday, December 30,2011

China becomes top ag market

by DTN
China passed Canada as the top market for U.S. ag exports in 2011. As recently as 2004, China’s purchases totaled only $6 billion, making it our fifth-largest ag export market. In the fiscal year that ended Sept. 1, the world’s largest importer of cotton and soybeans bought $20 billion of U.

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Friday, December 30,2011

Partnership key to new beef retail marketing program

by WLJ
State b e e f councils are joining with the nat i o n a l Beef Checkoff Program in support of a new retail beef marketing program that has the potential to significantly increase U.S. beef sales.

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Friday, December 30,2011

When segregated funds become unsegregated: The MF Global debacle

by DTN
MF Global appears to have violated one of the major tenets of clearing house accounting: the company transferred money from segregated customer accounts to the firm’s proprietary accounts. And since the firm declared bankruptcy, those funds have become the center of a collapse that has shaken farm country nationwide.

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Tuesday, December 27,2011

Fracking pits ag against oil and gas

by Mark Mendiola - WLJ Correspondent
Reacting to the EPA report, Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead said the report was scientifically questionable. North Dakota Gov. Jack Dalrymple said new EPA rules restricting fracking could devastate the economic recovery of his state, where about 3,000 wells use fracking.

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Friday, December 23,2011

Winter storms disrupt markets

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
Wind and snow crossed the southern Plains twice last week bringing frigid temperatures and blowing snow. Between last week’s weather and the impending holidays, cattle owners seemed more focused on daily operations than sales, but a slight rally on Thursday warmed things up.

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Friday, December 23,2011

Year ends with cattle on feed 4 percent

by Mark Mendiola - WLJ Correspondent
USDA’s Dec. 1 cattle on feed report showed the nation’s feedlots, over 1,000 head, held 4 percent more cattle than a year ago at 12.1 million head. This is the second largest number on record, and analysts are suggesting that cattle on feed numbers has reached its seasonal peak.

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Friday, December 23,2011

Livestock groups hail passage of omnibus package

by WLJ
Dustin Van Liew, Public Lands Council (PLC) executive director and National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) director of federal lands, commended lawmakers for including critical policy provisions related to livestock grazing as well as greenhouse gas reporting requirements in the spending bill.

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Friday, December 23,2011

GUEST opinion

by WLJ
The U.S. beef industry is diverse, with a presence in all 50 states. Despite that diversity, we all have common goals of raising healthy beef in an environment free of overly burdensome government interference and to pass down successful operations and healthy natural resources to future generations.

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Friday, December 23,2011

Management topics

by Dr. Bob Hough, WLJ Contributor
One can assume similar circumstances existed for most of Continental Europe. However, with the passing of the feudal system and the manors, and the shift to individual ownership, fields were enclosed and better methods of farming became possible.

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