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Friday, February 22,2013

Monsanto patent case attracts broad audience

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
The whole situation started back in 1999 when Bowman bought commodity soybeans from a local grain elevator to use for double-crop beans following a winter wheat crop.

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Friday, February 22,2013

Salazar talks energy, climate change, the future at ag forum

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
The Forum was held Thursday, Feb. 14 in Denver, CO, and focused on the need for innovation in the future of U.S. agriculture. Despite that, headlining speaker U.S.

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Friday, February 15,2013

Carcass weight gains increase meat production

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
The most recent World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates report (WASDE) was released Friday, Feb. 8. It did not include many surprises, but some changes to corn and soybean estimates made some waves in what has been called the overly sensitive grain market.

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Friday, February 15,2013

Russia bans U.S. meat over ractopamine

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
Monday, Feb. 11, Russia announced it had adopted a “zero-tolerance” position regarding ractopamine residues in meat. This move has effectively suspended all Russian imports of U.S. beef, pork and turkey as there is no unified tracking protocol in place for the feed additive in the U.

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Friday, February 15,2013

Missouri most recent in genetically modified animal labeling laws

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
A recently-proposed bill in Missouri—Missouri Senate Bill 155 (SB 155)—has been directed to the state’s Agriculture, Food Production and Outdoor Resources Committee. The bill would require that all meat from genetically modified animals be labeled as such.

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Friday, February 8,2013

Cattle inventory at 61-year low

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
The most recent Cattle Inventory report was released Friday, Feb. 1 and reported on all cattle— beef and dairy—in the U.S. herd as of the first of the year. Overall, the number of cattle and calves recorded was down 1.6 percent at 89.3 million head, making this the lowest Jan.

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Friday, February 8,2013

Vertical integration makes "farm-to-fork" a reality

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
Jon Pauling is a secondgeneration rancher out of northeastern Colorado. His father purchased the ranch in 1961 and Pauling started working it after he left high school.

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Friday, February 1,2013

Japan eases age restrictions on beef

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
Monday, Jan. 28, U.S. government officials announced Japan would ease age restrictions on beef imports from the U.S. This move has been long anticipated and the possibility has circulated since 2011. As of Friday, Feb. 1, beef from animals 30 months or younger could be exported to Japan, this limit up from the prior 20-month maximum.

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Friday, February 1,2013

Placements, marketings defy expectations

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
is down 6 percent compared to last year’s Jan. 1 on-feed population of 11.86 million. Pre-report estimates had anticipated an on-feed level 95.6 percent of last year’s. The unrounded results were 94.4 percent, which was just within the low end of the pre-report estimate range.

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Friday, February 1,2013

Skilled cattle thieves in MO

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
A story akin to the old western tales of cattle rustlers is playing out in Missouri. Apparently, traitorous cowboys are turning on their fellow cattlemen and using their ranching skills for the dark side, stealing the best calves out from under their owners’ noses.

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