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Friday, January 4,2013

Demand exceeded availability in Southwest land in 2012

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
Buford noted that 2012 didn’t differ much in what drove sellers and potential buyers—the same economic and environmental pressures and political uncertainties existed—but that there was a lot more buyer confidence in 2012 than in 2011.

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Friday, December 28,2012

2012 in review and the future in sight

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
Though LFTB had been cleared as safe by FDA and been part of the food chain for many years, the damage to consumer confidence was already done once the initial ABC report was aired. Petitions were signed, outraged parents complained to USDA, and grocery stores tried to get rid of it as fast as they could.

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Friday, December 28,2012

Placements surprise in recent report

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
21. Because of surprising placement numbers—down compared to last year, but not as down as expected—the report is being called bearish for live cattle futures by CME analysts. On-feed numbers were almost dead-on to pre-report expectations and marketings were slightly below expectations.

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Friday, December 21,2012

Going rogue: EPA out of control?

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
At the end of last month, Sen. James Inhofe, R-OK, and Chicago-based nonprofit research organization The Heartland Institute circulated a citizen’s petition to “rein in the Environmental Protection Agency.” The petition was tendered to Congress by Inhofe with over 16,000 signatures.

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Friday, December 21,2012

WA accepts amendments to expand wolf-loss compensation

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
Friday, Dec. 14 saw the Washington State Fish and Wildlife Commission of the state Department of Fish and Wildlife (DFW) move on amendments proposed last month to its state administrative code (WAC). The amendments, which provided renewed and expanded loss compensation to livestock producers due to wolves and other large predators, were approved.

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Friday, December 14,2012

Brazil reports BSE-causing prions two years later

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
The interval between the animal’s death and reporting the discovery of the prions was due to the low-risk nature of the case, according to Brazilian officials. OIE apparently agreed, and has maintained Brazil’s top BSE safety rating. Some groups are not convinced, however.

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Friday, December 14,2012

Beef production, per capita availability estimates up

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
Corn predictions were left almost entirely unchanged from previous reports, but this was unsurprising as USDA isn’t expected to change its estimates on corn until January’s WASDE. Wheat estimates were mostly unchanged with slight decreases in export estimates and soybeans saw some changes.

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Friday, December 14,2012

Russian ractopamine ban on U.S. beef possibly political

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
Saturday, Dec. 8, marked the beginning of a Russian trade requirement on U.S. beef and pork imports. The requirement demands all beef and pork from the U.S. be tested and certified free of residue from the feed additive ractopamine. The move could effectively halt all beef and pork imports to the country.

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Friday, December 7,2012

CME reporting error on wheat

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
Thursday, Nov. 29, CME closed trading on wheat and its other commodities as usual. Its initial Deliverable Commodities Under Registration Report erroneously reported the number of wheat contracts available for delivery as substantially lower than accurate.

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Friday, December 7,2012

Pork checkoff overseer accused of illegal lobbying

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
At the end of last month, the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) filed a legal complaint against the USDA Office of the Inspector General against the National Pork Board (NPB) for what it calls illegal lobbying use of pork checkoff funds.

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