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Monday, July 15,2013

Reports hopeful

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
The negotiated cash trade held off last week as small showlists and reasonable strength in the futures gave the bargaining power to cattle feeders. Bids developed low on Tuesday at $115-117 in the South Plains and $190-191 in the Corn Belt, but sales were too few to set a market trend.

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Monday, July 15,2013

House passes split farm bill

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
In a last-minute Thursday afternoon vote, the House of Representatives passed the split farmonly farm bill. The vote was a razor-thin 216 to 208 divide in favor of it. The bill-splitting occurred only the evening before and took out the supplemental food and nutrition elements from H.

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Friday, July 12,2013

Summer time pastimes; lawsuits and legislation

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
Though the summer isn’t the traditional “legislative season,” there are some bills and resolutions seeing some action, not to mention a constant stream of lawsuits which have, will, or might impact ranchers and agricultural producers of the West.

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Friday, July 12,2013

Celebrity chef tries again with American kids

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
Jamie Oliver—celebrity chef and influential player in the “pink slime” debacle when he doused some beef with household cleaning solution and told audiences that was what was in their children’s school lunches— has launched a new nonprofit group.

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Friday, July 12,2013

Beef numbers down in July WASDE, corn bearish

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
The most recent World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates (WAS- DE) report came out Thursday, July 11, and was much anticipated on the corn front. Ending stocks of corn—what most were interested in—increased slightly, which had the immediate result of a decent rally in corn futures and a decline in feeders.

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Monday, July 8,2013

Rally turnout shows support for ag

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
Monday, July 1, the downtown streets of Klamath Falls were chock-full of cattle trailers, loghauling semis, and gooseneck trailers. There were signs, honks of support from passersby, and several speakers.

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Monday, July 8,2013

Ag and Obamacare; distrust and taxes

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
The impending implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA)— colloquially called “Obamacare” in many circles—has inspired many emotions, chief among them being distrust and concern, particularly among rural communities.

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Friday, July 5,2013

Cutout remains surprisingly high

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
Last week’s short trade week saw surprisingly sluggish buying behavior from packers. Because of the July 4 holiday, markets—cash and futures alike—closed early on Wednesday and were closed Thursday, leaving only Monday through Wednesday and some of Friday for trading cattle.

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Friday, July 5,2013

Feinstein introduces Senate antibiotic bill

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
Following recent congressional rumblings on the topic of antimicrobial use in food animals, U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-CA, introduced the “Preventing Antibiotic Resistance Act of 2013” to the Senate on June 27. The bill—which lacked a number at the time of writing—is the Senate version of H.

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Friday, July 5,2013

CME, NCBA seek changes to live futures contract

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
In the last week of June, the Chicago Mercantile Exchange Group (CME) sent a letter to the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) requesting permission to allow heavier cattle as deliverable on the CME live futures contracts.

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