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Friday, December 30,2011

MCA celebrates 100th birthday at convention

by WLJ
The Missouri Cattlemen’s Association (MCA) celebrated their 100th year serving as the voice of Missouri’s 60,000 beef producers at this year’s annual convention on Dec. 16-17 at the Holiday Inn Select & Executive Center. MCA staff and officers focused special events on the history of the association and the celebration of its centennial birthday.

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Friday, December 30,2011

South Texas farmers bracing for water shortages

by WLJ
Record water usage and a lingering drought this year could spell water shortages in 2012 for Lower Rio Grande Valley (Valley) farmers, according to Dr. Juan Enciso, a Texas AgriLife Research water engineer at the Texas AgriLife Research and Extension Center at Weslaco.

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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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