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Friday, October 25,2013

Live cash, futures prices continue to surge

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
“It was a fast track in the country with South Plains trade at $132-133 while the Corn Belt traded at $132-134 live and a full range of $206-210 on a dressed basis,” reported Andrew Gottschalk of Hedgers Edge Thursday, noting that the bulk of the Corn Belt dressed trade was in the $208-209 area.

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Friday, October 25,2013

New humane handling guide released

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced last Wednesday the release of a new guidance on humane handling for livestock at slaughter. The guidance supports the Humane Methods of Slaughter Act portion of U.S. Code. However, FSIS notes that half of livestock slaughter plants already meet the recommendations set forth in the guidance.

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Friday, October 25,2013

Meatless Monday inflates participation

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
On the 10th anniversary of the launch of the Meatless Monday campaign, the Alliance for Animal Agriculture (AAA) released a rather damning report. According to their private review over the years, the Meatless Monday campaign has been inflating the number of participants, sometimes more than double reality.

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Monday, October 21,2013

Urban farming and unleaded hunting

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
California Governor Jerry Brown recently signed a pair of bills that are historic in their own way. One bill provides for increased urban farming and tax incentives to landowners who help the movement grow, and the other has been called a de facto ban on hunting in the entire state.

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Monday, October 21,2013

Cutout, cash fed cattle jump high

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
Last Thursday came with word that the government was back up and running. Politics and speculations of the future aside, this was a welcomed change from the market point of view. Finally there are official numbers on cattle sales and beef prices! However, the market party can’t start just yet.

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Friday, October 18,2013

Supreme Court rejects most challenges to EPA authority

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
According to the court’s Oct. 15 records, the sole question it will consider is “Whether EPA permissibly determined that its regulation of greenhouse gas emissions from new motor vehicles triggered permitting requirements under the Clean Air Act for stationary sources that emit greenhouse gases.

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Friday, October 18,2013

WA fights over GMOs

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
The mandatory labeling would have to be “stated clearly and conspicuously on the front of the package” or bin in which the food is offered for sale.

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Monday, October 14,2013

Big ranches bring big money in mountain states

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
The other big things going on in the country—changes to taxes and healthcare laws, the market swings and considerable uncertainty with the government—have convinced many wealthy buyers that now is the right time to realize their dream of owning a piece of America’s premiere mountain landscape.

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Friday, October 11,2013

Blizzard's market impact mixed

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
The continued government shutdown has lent more speculation to the cash markets. Asking prices, bids, and the fact it was another week of Friday trade were all easy to track. But expectations of where that Friday trade would eventually come in was all over the map, from “up” to “down” to “steady” predictions.

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Friday, October 11,2013

What to do before selling the ranch; prepare records and yourself

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
So you’re thinking of selling up too. report. But those things can be best and highest h use is also “Get good financial i advice, said. “They need to think that t your ranch? There are several things you can do to make your experience smoother and make your property more attractive.

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