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Friday, February 13,2009

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by Pete Crow - Publisher
I suppose big problems require big solutions, at least that?s what the political world seems to think. Seven hundred eighty-nine billion dollars for an economic stimulus bill that is built on a hope and a prayer is pretty amazing. This piece of wisdom passed in less than a week without any real debate.

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Friday, February 6,2009

COMMENTS

All aboard

by Pete Crow - Publisher
CBB assigned a subcommittee the responsibility of coming up with a plan to streamline the organization and come up with a strategy for passing a new referendum which would increase the assessment to $2 and allow it to be increased later to $3. The task force asked nearly all producer groups to make comment on better ways for CBB to function.

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Friday, January 30,2009

COMMENTS

by Pete Crow - Publisher
Perhaps I spoke too soon regarding Country-of-Origin Labeling (COOL). The Obama administration decided to suspend any final rulemaking decisions and implementation of rules that have not been implemented.

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Friday, January 23,2009

COMMENTS

Danger zone

by Pete Crow - Publisher
Cattle processing has been a bit short of expectations so far this year. Two weeks ago, packers processed only 608,000 head and last week, it looked like it would be somewhere around 620,000 head. The reduced production is almost always an effort to raise boxed beef values and improve margins and it generally works.

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Friday, January 23,2009

Saving a buck

by Steve Suther, Certified Angus Beef
These are penny-pinching times. Thermostats and consumer spending are down. People are traveling less and doing without frills. Cattlemen often embrace this conservative spirit, even in the good years. We know that the cattle cycle turns, and favorable prices can only last so long.

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Friday, January 23,2009

BEEF talk

by Kris Ringwall, North Dakota State University
Last week, the report card on bull S48 was to keep him for the 2009 breeding season. This periodic review is used on all bulls at the time of purchase and periodically throughout a bulls life. The first evaluation of older bulls is for soundness, because putting resources into a bull that has limited breeding capacity is impractical.

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Friday, January 16,2009

COMMENTS

by Pete Crow - Publisher
Last week, the final rule was published for mandatory Country of Origin Labeling (COOL); the deed is done and packers are required to label product. Proponents of COOL won the war. Price differentials have been discovered with Canadian and Mexican cattle.

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Friday, January 9,2009

LEGALLY speaking

by John Alan Cohan - Contributing Columnist
Farmers, ran ch ers and horse owners can get significant tax deductions by making noncash charitable contributions of farm property to qualified doneessuch as agricultural schools or government programs.

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Friday, January 9,2009

BEEF talk

by Kris Ringwall, North Dakota State University
The commonsense process of buying bulls has not changed much. The requirements are simple. The bull needs four decent legs, a bit of appropriate muscle indicative of the product, and a functioning reproductive system. Cost usually determines which bull one brings home.

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Friday, January 2,2009

COMMENTS

Positive new year

by Pete Crow - Publisher
This is generally when we do the top 10 stories of the past year. I thought we might try and change that and look at what could be the top issues for the next year. Its clear that change is in the wind and I would expect the wind to start blowing Jan. 20 when President-elect Barack Obama is sworn in.

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