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Friday, January 18,2013

Beef production estimates up, but still below 2011

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
The most recent World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE) report was issued by USDA on Friday, Jan 11. The report showed several good things for beef, such as increased production estimates and reduced import projections, and also a number of surprising things for corn.

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Friday, January 18,2013

Technology and trust will feed the world

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
The interplay between technology and trust is a delicate and important relationship, and one that is too often off balance in the conversation about beef. Our technology can feed the world, but the issue of trust in that technology needs more attention.

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Friday, January 11,2013

Critical habitat extended in southwest for small bird

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
The designated acres come from all types of land— public federal and state, tribal, and private—and well exceed earlier amounts of land earlier designated as critical habitat. This move comes following a lawsuit from the Center for Biologic Diversity (CBD) and years of legal battles.

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Friday, January 11,2013

Homeland Security signs transfer for Kansas animal bio-security lab

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
Federal officials have moved forward again on relocating the NBAF into central Kansas by signing a land transfer agreement for the facility earlier this month. The new location will eventually replace the Plum Island location off of New York, which has long needed updating or replacing and has suffered damage from the recent Hurricane Sandy.

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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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