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Friday, August 16,2013

Zilmax Impacts

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
The cash fed trade last week was at a trickle in terms of volume. Throughout the first half of the week, only slightly more than 4,000 head had sold total on the negotiated market. Bids were slow to appear and were mostly ignored in the face of asking prices of $123-124 live and $200-201 dressed.

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Friday, August 16,2013

Corn changes counter expectations

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
Corn took the cake in last week’s release of the World Agriculture Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE) report. Counter to prereport estimates which predicted corn yields to be increased, USDA revised the numbers down. This had a short-term positive effect on corn futures and, unsurprisingly, a negative effect on feeder cattle.

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Friday, August 16,2013

Cooperation on climate change

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
There are several ways to talk about cooperation. One way is to repeat the word “together” while at the same time dismissing or making fun of those with differing perspectives. Another is to highlight the need for varied voices in the conversation while calling out bias for what it is.

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Friday, August 16,2013

Beef is sustainable, improving rapidly

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
Among the many items and positions voted on and reports given at the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) summer conference, Kim Stackhouse-Lawson, Ph.D—director of sustainability for NCBA, a contractor to the Beef Checkoff Program—presented the findings of the life cycle assessment (LCA) portion of the U.

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Friday, August 16,2013

New efforts to curb EAJA abuse

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
When the Equal Access to Justice Act (EAJA) was created, it was intended to allow the proverbial David to take on Goliath in our modern litigative arena. It was not intended as a pool of free money to allow special interest groups to paralyze government agencies with lawsuits then sue them again for inaction.

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Friday, August 9,2013

Land values increase for agriculture

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
Ag land values are up this year, and up nicely. “Nicely” as in cropland values increased 13 percent in one year. Why? It’s the old tale of supply and demand—low supply in the face of high demand—with the added grease of oil money to spur higher prices in parts of the country.

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Friday, August 9,2013

Futures rally on Tyson announcement

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
Cash trade was again slow to develop last week and that may have turned out to bite packers. Following an announcement Thursday morning by Tyson that it would no longer accept cattle fed Zilmax—the commercial form of the beta agonist zilpaterol— both live and feeder futures rallied powerfully in response.

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Friday, August 9,2013

House votes to pull the REINS on spending

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
This act of reining in government spending—more officially, H.R. 367, Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny (REINS) Act—passed the House on a 232-183 vote on Friday, Aug. 2. The goal of the act, to have another check on government spending, particularly for the taxing of carbon emissions, is closer to becoming a reality.

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Friday, August 9,2013

The science-fiction farm of tomorrow… today

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
The burger has been called the most expensive burger in history, costing approximately $350,000 to create. The process to create it, which started back in February of 2012, involved the creation of thousands of tiny lab-grown strips of beef muscle tissue and fat.

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Monday, August 5,2013

New report looks at economics of immigration reform

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
Vilsack spoke to the country via a “national media call” about the new report—“Fixing our broken immigration system: The economic benefits to Agriculture and rural communities”—last Monday.

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