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Friday, June 8,2012

MF Global update

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
New developments have arisen in the ongoing investigation into MF Global’s collapse. Among them, MF Global trustee James Giddens released his investigative report, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) has taken some action, and some...

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Friday, June 8,2012

Agriculture considered the

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
USDA released its midyear Outlook for U.S. Agricultural Trade report at the end of May. The report upped export expectations for the 2012 fiscal year (FY12) by $3.5 billion relative to the earlier February forecast. Even at $134.5 billion, this year’s projected exports are $2.

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Friday, June 1,2012

HSUS board of directors emphasizes media, law

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) has been in the news lately for its videos. But some less-publicized activities should raise some interested eyebrows. Recently announced additions to the HSUS board of directors include a marketing vice president of HBO and a beauty product CEO with a marketing background.

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Friday, June 1,2012

International cattle welfare standards set

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
At its 80th General Session, OIE adopted new welfare standards for livestock production systems. The new standards were approved by OIE’s 178 members, other than South Africa, and address welfare measurements, nutrition and housing details.

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Friday, May 25,2012

Placements down 15 percent in recent USDA report

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
This month’s USDA cattle on feed report defied projections for a bullish result. Pre-report estimates placed the cattle on feed on May 1 at 100.5 percent of last year’s numbers, placements at 88.5 percent, and marketings at 98.5 percent. Actual reported numbers for cattle on feed and placements were below estimates, and marketings exceeded expectations.

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Friday, May 25,2012

Recent study shows consumers support biotechnology

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
The report also showed most issues modern food production practices face from consumers stem from a lack of knowledge rather than active negative opinions. This suggests ample room for improvement in communication between consumers and those involved with food production.

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Friday, May 25,2012

Building African agriculture at the G8

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
The face of human hunger sparks strong emotions. Often they are negative— sometimes despair at the state of our fellow man, other times rage strong enough to topple governments—but at the recent G8 Summit on African food security, there was only enthusiasm and passion.

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Friday, May 18,2012

Obama vs. Romney: early election positions

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
If the political TV ads are any indication, it’s mudslinging time! That period of the political season where the media’s favorites square off against one another and start wooing voters. Though it’s still early, this season’s contenders are Democrat incumbent President Barak Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney.

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Friday, May 18,2012

The ongoing case of MF Global

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
The customer funds— roughly $1.6 billion—which “vaporized” in the oft-cited “chaos” of the dying days of MF Global have been found. The announcement was made Tuesday, April 24 and the investigation into the money’s whereabouts was called closed.

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Friday, May 11,2012

Competition and extended trading hours spurs changes, market concerns

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
On May 14, IntercontinentalExchange Inc. (ICE) launches its new grain commodity futures with a 22-hour trading day. This competitive move has put agcommodities giant Chicago Mercantile Exchange Group (CME) on the defensive. The USDA and market analysts have been hardpressed to foresee the market impacts and warn of potential trade disruptions.

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