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Friday, February 28,2014

Neighbors' packing industries offer advantages

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
North America accounts for more than one-quarter of the world’s beef supply, and the U.S. shares a small portion of that role with its neighboring countries. Production per animal is highly efficient, particularly in the United States and Canada, but efficiency is only one piece of the packing industry.

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Friday, February 28,2014

House tax reform bill considers cash-basis accounting for ag

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp, last Wednesday, released his long-awaited tax reform legislation including a requirement that businesses with gross receipts of more than $10 million use the accrual method of accounting.

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Friday, February 28,2014

Criminal investigation opened on meat recall

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
According to a USDA, Food Safety Inspection Service (FSIS) press release, the company recall was initiated because the company “processed diseased and unsound animals and carried out these activities without the benefit or full benefit of federal inspection.

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Friday, February 28,2014

USDA forecast calls for increase in crop yields

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
USDA’s annual Agricultural Outlook Forum, held Feb. 20-21, 2014, at the Crystal Gateway Marriott Hotel in Arlington, VA, started with Chief Economist Joe Glauber issuing the department’s projections for coming year, including forecasts for corn, soybeans, wheat, cotton, sugar and other farm commodities, as well as exports.

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Monday, February 24,2014

Packer changes mirror producer challenges

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
But just like the weather, change in the packing industry is obviously underway again. With drought conditions continuing, declining cattle numbers, a growing population to feed, political discourse in the industry, and an ever-growing number of regulations, the packing industry is destined to take a hit, along with producers, on the path to change.

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Friday, February 21,2014

John Deere introduces mobile app for improving planter performance

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
John Deere has kicked off 2014 with a variety of new products, including equipment and even apps, along with their recent announcement that the first quarter, ending Jan. 31, the company was sitting at $681.1 million, or $1.81 per share, compared with $649.

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Friday, February 21,2014

Recent grazing study, with sound science, contradicts 2012 conclusion

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
“We dispute the notion that eliminating grazing will provide a solution to problems created by climate change,” the 27 authors wrote in the peer-reviewed paper, which was a summary of scientific literature that was published online this month by the journal Environmental Management.

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Friday, February 14,2014

Beef Producers need a comprehensive TPP deal

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
While producers seem to be supporting a push for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) to be finalized, media outlets across the U.S. seem to be skipping the topic. It is far from an apparent “hot topic” in most areas, and skeptics are questioning the chances of it going anywhere with the discourse in the White House.

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Friday, February 14,2014

Keystone passes climate test; President urged to act

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
After five years of delays, the voices in support of the Keystone pipeline are growing a little louder. The entire Senate Republican caucus sent a letter to President Barack Obama urging him to approve the construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline. The letter came one week after the release of a U.

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Friday, February 14,2014

Gray Wolf delisting controversy continues

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
The study did, however, convince USFWS to reopen the comment period on its proposal to list the Mexican wolf as an endangered subspecies and remove the gray wolf from the Endangered Species List. Interested stakeholders provide information that may be helpful in making a final determination on the proposal.

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