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Friday, April 11,2014

Comments sought, changes coming to futures

by WLJ
There are some things changing with the Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME) and potential changes coming to its overseer, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC). On the one hand, CME is seeking stakeholder input on a proposed change to cattle futures, and on the other the U.

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Friday, April 11,2014

China will lead global demand for beef

by WLJ
In the report, Rabobank’s Food & Agribusiness Research team says that beef market fundamentals remain positive, with prices driven up across the globe in Q1 2014 by firm demand, as well as further tightening supply due to drought-induced herd retention in the U.

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Friday, April 11,2014

Ranchers advocate for common sense in Washington

by Theodora Dowling, WLJ Correspondent
“Remember, when you walk into those offices tomorrow, you’re the expert in the room when it comes to ranching and what’s happening on the ground,” said Dustin Van Liew, looking out at a crowd of cowboy hats, boots and sport coats.

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Monday, April 7,2014

Lesser prairie-chicken listed as threatened

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
USFWS announced the final listing of the species as threatened under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). The agency did however add a final special rule that will limit regulatory impacts on landowners and businesses from the listing. Under the law, a “threatened” listing means the species is likely to become in danger of ex tinction.

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Monday, April 7,2014

Debate heats up over bison safety

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
Management of wild bison in and around Yellowstone National Park is by far one of the most heated debates of Yellowstone’s resource issues. All of the interested parties bring their own wideranging values and objectives to the debate, with some relying on common sense and science, and others bringing in history and sentiments.

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Monday, April 7,2014

Climate change's impacts on U.S. agriculture

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
Though the voluminous work covered a myriad of literally global topics, its impact on agriculture was a frequent theme. And unsurprisingly, one environmental group’s response to the report was entertainingly agriculturallythemed—cherry-picking—though they seemed to be reaching for fruit that wasn’t there.

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Friday, April 4,2014

BPI wins first victory with judgeās ruling on LFTB

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
Beef Products Inc. filed a lawsuit against ABC in September of 2012 seeking $1.2 billion in damages. The South Dakota company says the television network’s coverage led to the closure of three plants and roughly 700 layoffs by misleading consumers into believing the product is unsafe.

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Friday, April 4,2014

The need to measure ranch economic sustainability

by WLJ
It’s common for food service providers and retailers to communicate that they are committed to sourcing food from sustainable beef production systems.

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Friday, April 4,2014

Ohio ranchers increase the state's checkoff fee

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
“We were very happy to get the news,” said Frank Phelps, Ohio Cattlemen’s Association (OCA) President. “I would like to thank cattlemen throughout Ohio and those organizations who got behind this effort and understood the need to increase checkoff resources to better promote our product.

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Friday, April 4,2014

Western Resources Legal Center: investing in ag's legal future

by WLJ
W h i l e most ranchers would probably be quick to tell you they sure aren’t lawyers, they might also admit they find themselves needing an awful lot of help in the courtroom. Grazing, particularly on federal lands, is a prime target of radical enviro-litigators.

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