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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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Saturday, December 1,2012

New Missouri school program de-emphasizes FFA

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
The Missouri Cattlemen’s Association (MCA) is taking issue with a new direction the state’s public education has taken.

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Saturday, December 1,2012

Food Dialogues talk media, antibiotics, GMOs in New York

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
USFRA’s “Food Dialogues: New York,” the third event of its kind, brought three panels of experts and commentators together in New York City recently.

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Saturday, December 1,2012

2012 Census of Agriculture coming soon

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
The census, a survey of U.S. farms and ranches and the people who operate them, is conducted every five years and is coming up. The census is conducted by USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) and paper forms will go out in the mail mid to late December.

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Friday, November 23,2012

Placements down, called friendly to prices

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
The most recent Cattle on Feed (COF) report was released Friday, Nov. 16 covering cattle on feed in feedlots with at least a 1,000-head capacity as of Nov. 1 as well as cattle placed on feed and marketed during the month of October.

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Friday, November 23,2012

All health communities responsible for antibiotic use

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
The most recent installment of the National Institute of Animal Agriculture’s (NIAA) Antibiotic Use and Resistance dialog conferences took place Nov. 13-15 in Columbus, OH. The conference featured numerous academic speakers, interactive sessions, and antibiotic topics of pressing concern to the whole community of animal agriculture.

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Friday, November 16,2012

Beef public relations 101

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
In keeping with its efforts to improve consumer perception of and demand for U.S. beef, the Beef Checkoff Program has created an easy-to-use, go-to source for tips on talking to consumers about beef. The pamphlet— “Your Guide to Having the Beef Conversation”—covers a number of common consumer questions and concerns about raising cattle and eating beef.

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