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Monday, November 18,2013

Corn production up on increased yields

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
The big news of the most recent World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE) report involved the changes to the corn projections. Though the report’s estimated corn production rate for the 2013/2014 crop is up from the previous estimate, the number was still down from prereport trade averages.

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Monday, November 18,2013

Consumer attention turns to turkey

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
“A post-Thanksgiving rally is expected for product and cash cattle values,” said Andrew Gottschalk of Hedgers Edge. That might not be a good thing in the long run, however, as cash prices and their influencing market elements—such as production rates, feeder prices and futures—threaten to push prices out of consumers’ willingness to pay.

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Friday, November 15,2013

(How can) we all just get along?

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
In a recent Federal Register, USDA announced it is seeking input from farmers and other stakeholders regarding “agricultural coexistence.” It defines this watchword as the “concurrent cultivation of conventional, organic, identitypreserved, and genetically engineered (GE) crops consistent with underlying consumer preferences and farmer choices.

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Friday, November 15,2013

House bill weakens Dodd- Frank bailout restrictions

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
In late October, the bill—HR 992 Swaps Regulatory Improvement Act— passed the House in a 292 to 122 vote. “Yes” votes came from 222 Republicans and 70 Democrats, while “no” votes were almost entirely from Democrats, with three Republicans joining. Sixteen representatives didn’t vote.

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Friday, November 8,2013

Beef demand poised for problems

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
Cash fed cattle trade again returned to the “leave it ‘til Friday” approach last week. Analyst expectations were mixed on if the week’s trade would be steady/higher, steady/lower, or just plain steady.

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Friday, November 8,2013

Cattle on feed down, placements up

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
After more than two weeks delayed, the September/October Cattle on Feed (COF) report was released to little fanfare. The results were called neutral though analysts predict it bodes well—or badly, depending on your perspective—for months to come. Tight supplies of cattle are coming.

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Friday, November 1,2013

Cutout, cash prices don't match

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
Minimal sales occurred through Thursday last week. By Wednesday, live trade had developed at $132 in Nebraska and $132-133 in the Corn Belt. Iowa saw $209 dressed trade. All of it was too light for a trend, but analysts expected trade to remain steady to slightly up from those numbers.

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Friday, November 1,2013

BLM bullying: ranchers testify on abuse

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
“Bullying” is the current watchword in schools and its demise is the motivator of a good many afterschool specials. But it isn’t limited to the academic halls of childhood. Sadly for the ranchers who face threats from representatives of federal agencies and the hundreds of thousands of dollars in litigation.

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Friday, November 1,2013

FDA proposes to regulate animal feed

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
The FDA released a proposed rule to regulate pet food and animal feed production last Tuesday. Though the proposed rule largely focuses on pet food and preventing foodborne illnesses in American pets, it has the potential to impact some elements of the livestock feed supply chain.

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Monday, October 28,2013

Warring reports on animal ag's impact

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
There’s a war of scientific words going on about agriculture. Unfortunately, you are likely to hear just one side on the evening news or online. And that side is the one trumpeting the message that you—the food animal producer— are wrong and risking the health of humanity.

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