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Friday, November 2,2012

Sandy takes toll on beef market

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
“It will take a few days to sort out the effects of the disruption but chances are that the storm will have some short term impact on meat protein demand. This is particularly the case at the foodservice level. Lost foot traffic and sales will be hard to make up, especially in the current economic environment.

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Friday, November 2,2012

CA ranch land, critical conservation areas, at risk

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
New research reveals that if cuts continue and the act is eliminated, owners of ranchland plan to sell 20 percent of their total acres, according to William Wetzel and his co-investigators. Wetzel is a doctoral candidate in the University of California, Davis (UC Davis) Department of Evolution and Ecol ogy.

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Friday, November 2,2012

First certified organic survey has 2011 livestock sales at $1.31 billion

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
According to a USDA survey, certified organic growers in the U.S. sold more than $3.5 billion organically grown agricultural commodities in 2011.

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Friday, October 26,2012

USTR announces implementation of the U.S.-Panama FTA

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
According to the Office of the United States Trade Representative, the U.S.-Panama FTA is a comprehensive free trade agreement that can result in significant liberalization of trade in goods and services, including financial services.

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Friday, October 26,2012

Opportunity knocked

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
While President Obama did mention the Land Grant College initiative in the first debate, I have to wonder how many Americans even know what it is.

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Friday, October 26,2012

Antibiotic legislation in the works, again

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
Energy and Commerce Committee Ranking Member Henry A. Waxman announced plans to introduce legislation that would increase information required on the amount and use of antibiotics in animals raised for human consumption.

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Friday, October 19,2012

Cattlemen ask for level playing field for a bushel of corn

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
In an attempt to bring relief to rural America, which is suffering from the worst drought in more than 50 years, the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) filed official comments Monday, Oct. 15 urging Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Lisa Jackson to waive the RFS mandate for the production of corn ethanol.

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Friday, October 19,2012

New audit program designed to help ensure responsible treatment of animals

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
But the company has not been immune to activists. In May, Tyson was linked to an animal abuse video taken at a pork farm in Wyoming.

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Friday, October 19,2012

Drought workshops designed to open communication

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
With no quick fix in sight on U.S. drought-stricken areas, USDA is trying to gain some insight into what may or may not help in the local, regional and state recovery process through four regional workshops.

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Friday, October 12,2012

Corn stocks lowest since 1995

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
While USDA’s October World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE) report had some big changes, it was in line with most analysts’ expectations. Corn yields remained declined slightly, but 2011 stocks were cut drastically and are now the lowest since 1995/96, according to analysts.

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