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Friday, April 12,2013

Beef production slips, pork on the rise

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
Overall, meat (beef, pork, chicken, and turkey) production was estimated up compared to the prior month’s report—mostly on declines from beef—while imports were expected to be up and exports were projected to be down. All of this results in a higher-than-anticipated domestic meat supply, upping the per capita availability.

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Friday, April 12,2013

Welfare certification program expands, aids small processors

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
It’s nothing new that consumers are both increasingly interested in how their food is raised and disconnected with the realities of production agriculture. A good number of certifications and assurance programs have arisen to meet this growing trend in consumer interest.

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Friday, April 12,2013

Equipment with highest honors

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
February’s World Ag Expo in Tulare, CA, turned up some potentially helpful new equipment offerings to the world of agriculture. Every year, 10 new products receive one of agricultural equipment’s top honors, the Top 10 New Product Award. Below are four of the 2013 award winners that made WLJ´s.

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Friday, April 12,2013

Efficient feeders reduce waste, save money

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
It’s not news that hay has been expensive and hard to find lately. And there’s also the fact that current economic difficulties require improved efficiency to keep an operation going strong. But something that’s not so obvious is the simple fact that how.

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Monday, April 8,2013

Comparing the House and Senate budgets

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
A refreshing bit of budgetary activity took place at the end of last month. Both the Senate and the House passed a budget for 2014! And as Congress gets back to work—the Senate today, the House tomorrow—each branch has the other’s budget to consider.

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Friday, April 5,2013

Poor winter wheat condition

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
The most recent Crop Progress report came out Monday, April 1. The report—the first of this year—showed sorghum plantings as of March 31 in line with the recent past and oat plantings were below last year but on par with the fouryear average.

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Monday, April 1,2013

Lower placements surprise industry

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
The most recent Cattle on Feed report was released Friday, March 22 by USDA. The report covered the number of cattle on feed as of March 1 in feedlots with a 1,000-head or greater capacity, as well as the number placed on feed in, and marketed from, such feedlots during the course of February.

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Friday, March 29,2013

HSUS affiliate oversees millions of acres

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
On Friday, March 25, the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) happily announced the acquisition of over 1,000 acres of northern California by one of its satellite groups, the Humane Society Wildlife Land Trust (HSWLT).

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Friday, March 29,2013

Stored beef up, but proportion of total down

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
The USDA Cold Storage report came out Friday, March 22 and reported on the red meat and poultry in cold storage for February. Overall red meat in cold storage was up 3 percent in February 2013 versus February 2012 with 1.15 billion pounds. This represented 52.

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Monday, March 25,2013

Japan interested in Trans-Pacific Partnership

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
This move has been a long time in coming, with Prime Minster Shinzo’s predecessor—Yoshihiko Noda—having begun informal talks with the U.S. in 2011. The potential of Japan’s entry into the group could open up massive trade opportunities via reduced trade barriers on key agricultural commodities, beef in particular.

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