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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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Monday, August 5,2013

"Cheetah" traders perplex CME

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
Those in the ag world have been burned a few times too many by the futures market in recent years. The downfall of MF Global, which took billions of customer money with it, and the upset of Peregrine Financial Group have shaken producers’ confidence in the trustworthiness of ag commodity futures.

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Friday, August 2,2013

Ups to be found in down market

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
Cash trade developed in Kansas in low volumes last Thursday at— you guessed it—$119 live. Some small and local loads of cattle were sold in Iowa at $191-194, but volumes were insufficient to set a market trend, though analysts did predict it would set the tone for the rest of the week’s trade.

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Friday, August 2,2013

EPA admin. stresses climate change, renewable energy

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
Mention of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) can stir up some passionate comments among the ranching community; and none too positive at that. This stems from the fact so much of what EPA does can have massive impacts on producers’ livelihoods.

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