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Friday, November 2,2012

Wounds persist a year later

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
Halloween saw the oneyear anniversary of MF Global’s spectacular collapse and declaration of bankruptcy. And while the frights of that experience might be gone along with the trick-or-treaters, the injuries it caused to the agricultural industry remain in the form of shaken confidence and lost trust.

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Friday, November 2,2012

Undercover in the cafeteria... Yuck!

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
Undercover coverage in the modern food chain is nothing new to the American public. Covert videos taken on farms down to misdeeds in high-end kitchens are readily available online. But the tradition Upton Sinclair made popular with “The Jungle” might have seen its youngest addition yet: a 10-year-old with a pocket camera.

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Friday, October 26,2012

Feedlot placements lower than expected

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
Both the most recent Cattle on Feed report and the most recent Cold Storage report shows cattle and beef down. For the Cattle on Feed report, the numbers were down as expected, but they were well below industry expectations and surprising.

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Friday, October 26,2012

Ohio checkoff increase falls flat

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
Of the 674 votes, 47 percent were in favor of the increase and 53 percent were against it. Reportedly, the 53 percent no vote represented 49 percent of the marketed cattle in the state while the 47 percent yea vote represented 51 percent of the state’s cattle.

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Friday, October 26,2012

Webinar to address diseases spread by feral hogs

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
The Feral Hog Community of Practice’s ongoing hog webinar program seeks to educate livestock producers of the health dangers feral hogs represent. Joseph Corn, Ph.D.

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Friday, October 26,2012

Discrimination case against USDA continues

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
Nearly 12 years after female and Hispanic farmers initiated a lawsuit against USDA for discrimination, a claims resolution program has been created to address the issue.

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Friday, October 19,2012

Month long Canadian beef recall continues

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
The recall of beef processed in the XL Lakeside packing plant, owned by XL Foods and located in Brooks, Alberta, Canada, began back in mid-September because of possible E. coli 0157:H7 contamination. Since then, the recall has been expanded nearly two-dozen times to include thousands of products distributed all across Canada and in 41 different U.

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Friday, October 19,2012

Undercover dairy video shows "horrific animal abuse"

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
The most recent undercover video to be made public documented egregious abuse of dairy cows in the nation’s largest dairy farm. A team of experts assembled specifically to review such videos unanimously verified the actions depicted constitute actual abuse rather than out-of-context practices used to shock an uninformed public.

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Friday, October 19,2012

JBS Argentina OKed to export processed beef to U.S.

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
The Argentinean National Health Service and Food Agency (SENASA, after its Spanish initials) announced last week that JBS Argentina has been cleared to again export thermallyprocessed beef products into the U.S. This comes almost precisely a year after the world’s largest packer was barred from exporting beef into the U.

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Friday, October 19,2012

Minnesota wolf hunt going to court again

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
The Center for Biological Diversity (CBD) and Minnesota’s Howling for Wolves are going to the Minnesota State Supreme Court to stop an impending wolf hunt. The groups say the hunt is basically illegal and an ineffective means of reducing livestock conflicts.

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