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Friday, March 1,2013

Cattle on Feed report surprises cancel out

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
The most recent Cattle on Feed (COF) report was released Friday, Feb. 22. It detailed the number of cattle on feed in feedlots with a 1,000-head or greater capacity as of Feb. 1 and the number of cattle placed on feed and marketed from such feedlots during the month of January.

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Friday, March 1,2013

Public land; states rights vs. federal control

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
Feb. 21, the city council of St. George, UT, helped reignite a long-running conflict between the state and the federal government over land ownership. The city council members voiced their support for a nearly year-old Utah House Bill 148 by passing a resolution in support of the law which was signed by Gov.

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Friday, March 1,2013

Hay availability down, prices up in 2012

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
On the heels of Rocky and Q—the winter storms, that is—the issue of winter hay feeding is a key concern. Though for some, winter always means feeding hay, the unusual and sudden levels of snow many parts of cattle country got last week and the week before have potentially intensified that need.

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Friday, February 22,2013

Farm program cuts to prevent sequestration spur concern

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
On Valentine’s Day, Senate Democrats suggested a $110 billion measure which would theoretically fend off the mandatory spending cuts coming March 1. The proposed package recommended replacing the spending cuts (often referred to as “the sequester” or “sequestration”) would shift the economic onus onto, among other things, agriculture.

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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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