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Friday, March 14,2014

Beef production, exports projected up

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
Beef production estimates rose in the most recent WASDE compared to prior estimates, up almost 200 million pounds (mp) for a total of 24.62 billion pounds (bp). This came as a result of the higher-thanexpected placement trend seen so far this quarter compared to the first quarter in 2013.

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Monday, March 10,2014

Proposed FY2015 budget cuts crop insurance

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
Each year the president takes time to send Congress a budget proposal, along with a long list of potential policy changes, marking the beginning of the year’s long political debate to finalize the plans for the appropriations bill for the next fiscal year.

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Monday, March 10,2014

USDA's FSIS has strict standards for imports

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
According to USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS), foreign countries that export meat, poultry, and egg products to the United States are required to establish and maintain inspection systems that are equivalent to those of the United States.

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Friday, March 7,2014

Should you reallocate bases and update your program yields?

by WLJ
“It is very simple: A higher yield results in a larger payment,” Aakre says. “It doesn’t change the probability of receiving a payment, but it increases the payment if the national average price falls below the reference price, triggering a PLC payment.

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Friday, March 7,2014

States take crack at California egg law

by Chris Clayton - DTN
The six states are suing the attorney general and agriculture secretary of California, arguing the Golden State is violating the Commerce Clause of the Constitution with a state statute imposing hen layer space requirements for all eggs sold in California.

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Friday, March 7,2014

Beef market winter challenges continue

by WLJ
Another blast of severe winter weather moved across the U.S. at the beginning of March, causing problems for cattle producers and impacting beef distribution and consumption. Cattle and beef markets continue to exhibit volatility in the face of supply and demand disruptions.

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Friday, March 7,2014

Farm bill authorizes new crop insurance

by WLJ
“There has been some misunderstanding that the SCO policies would be available this year,” he adds. “This may have led to some delay on the part of producers in making their insurance decisions this year. Producers can put SCO out of their mind for 2014.

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Friday, March 7,2014

Understanding calf scours for cow/calf producers

by WLJ
The Michigan State University (MSU) Extension Beef Teams wants all cow/ calf producers to experience a productive calving season with healthy animals. You should take note of several key management criteria below to help reduce the risk of calf scours and develop your own management plan.

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Friday, March 7,2014

Don't buy calf scours!

by WLJ
South Dakota State University researchers examined the cause of a scours epidemic in one spring calving herd back in 2000. Results of the retrospective, record-based investigation suggested that introduction of foster calves was associated with the calf scours outbreak.

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Friday, March 7,2014

Producers have options when rebuilding the herd

by WLJ
The answer: It depends, says one expert. Dr. Stephen Hammack, a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service beef cattle specialist in Stephenville, walked through the different metrics of buying replacement cattle at the recent Blackland Income Growth Conference in Waco.

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