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Friday, February 24,2012

KORUS FTA date set despite controversy in Korea

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
The move will help pave the way for both countries to boost their economic and political ties, according to reports. South Korea’s parliament approved the free trade pact in November of last year despite vehement protests from opposition lawmakers. The deal was signed in July 2007 and approved by Congress in October 2011.

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Friday, February 24,2012

Panel kills truck weight increase

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
The bill’s amendment, brought by Reps. Lou Barletta, R-PA, and Jerry Costello, D-IL, scrapped the language approving the increase and added the addition to have the Transportation Department do a threeyear study of the impacts of a change.

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Monday, February 20,2012

Report calls for beef export demand to continue growth

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
In USDA’s recent report, titled “USDA Agricultural Projections to 2021,” the agency predicted U.S. corn prices would average $6.70 per bushel in the 2011/12 marketing year ending Sept. 1, 2012, but remain at or below $5 per bushel for the next nine years.

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Friday, February 17,2012

Pork industry responds to McDonald's changes

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
“McDonald’s believes gestation stalls are not a sustainable production system for the future. There are alternatives that we think are better for the welfare of sows,” said Dan Gorsky, senior vice president of McDonald’s North America Supply Chain Management, in a press release.

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Friday, February 17,2012

BSE rule long overdue

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
The group, led by Sens. Chuck Grassley, R-IA, and Ben Nelson, D-NE, sent a letter to the Office of Management and Budget and USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service urging the agencies to finalize a comprehensive rule for BSE. The senators said the lack of a comprehensive rule has harmed U.

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Friday, February 17,2012

Healthy labeling could be subjective

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
Walmart recently announced a new labeling program that would help consumers identify healthy choices. The items must meet standards informed by dietary guidelines in line with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), US- DA and the Institute of Medicine (IOM).

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Friday, February 10,2012

Shrinking cattle supplies, higher input prices for 2012

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
Blach told a packed audience that he expects cattle inventory numbers to decline slightly in 2012 and reach a low point in 2013 before increasing in 2014 and beyond. Although herd growth may remain elusive, an increase in average carcass weights will partially offset the decline in inventory numbers, he said.

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Friday, February 10,2012

Double deck trailer ban moves forward

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
“As members of the agriculture industry, we strongly oppose language in the Highway Bill that prohibits the use of double deck trailers to transport horses. The Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation recently marked up The Commercial Motor Vehicle Safety Enhancement Act of 2011 (S.

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Friday, February 10,2012

Food industry says dioxin report will scare consumers

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
“Numerous scientific reviews...have found significant fault with EPA’s dioxin risk assessment models and conclusions,” House Agriculture Chairman Frank Lucas, R-OK, said. “Yet, this administration continues to go down the wrong path, which could have far-reaching consequences for food production.

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Friday, February 3,2012

Cattle Inventory Report confirms drought losses

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
USDA’ Cattle Inventory Report came in with few surprises since the industry has continued to liquidate throughout severely drought-stricken areas. The report did show some early signs of expansion interest, but ranchers continue to remain cautious on reports that the drought may not be over.

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