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Friday, July 27,2012

Market may have seen seasonal lows pass

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
Feeders, knowing show lists were small last week and on rumor that at least one of the major packers was short bought, held staunchly to asking prices of $116- 118 live in the South and $187-188 dressed in the Corn Belt. Regional packers in the North reportedly were bidding up to $183 dressed, but all expectations were of trade being forced Friday.

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Friday, July 20,2012

EPA calls on Iowa to fix CAFO oversight

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a preliminary report on Thursday, July 12, outlining several deficiencies in the Iowa Department of Natural Resources’ (IDNR) dealings with confined animal feeding operations (CAFOs).

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Friday, July 20,2012

California's high-speed train: economic silver bullet or wounding shot at CA ag?

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
As always, California is speeding along, this time on the issue of fast trains. Whether it’s blazing the trail to the future of transportation in America or speeding to its own fiscal demise and taking its agricultural sector along for the ride is up for debate.

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Friday, July 13,2012

Beef production up, corn estimates cut

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
The July World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimate (WASDE) report, released Wednesday, July 11, bespoke the weather woes faced in much of the growing areas of the U.S. Drought and back-to-back days of record heat have cut yield estimates for corn and soybeans significantly, with expectations of further reductions in the months to come.

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Friday, July 13,2012

International standards set for ractopamine

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
During its 35th session, held in Rome from July 2 to July 7, the Codex Alimentarius Commission (Codex) voted on and adopted standards for maximum residue levels (MRLs) of ractopamine in beef and pork. The decision has the potential to settle long-standing trade disagreements with major export markets like China and the European Union (EU).

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Friday, July 13,2012

No Missouri hay

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
As of July 10’s U.S. Drought Monitor, 82 percent of Missouri is laboring under severe drought conditions. In its July 8 “Crop Progress and Conditions” report, the Missouri Field Office of USDA’s National Agriculture Statistics Service (NASS) found pasture, stock water and hay conditions have suffered extensively from the drought.

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Friday, June 22,2012

Acts of oversight on the horizon

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
As the country moves ever closer to election season, the herd of proposed bills, acts, measures, amendments and other legislative suggestions grows ever larger. Though many will be culled from the choices early on in the season, here are some to set your sights on early.

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Friday, June 15,2012

Beef production down in supply/demand report

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
USDA last week released its monthly World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates report. Overall, projections contained few surprises in crop commodities. Beef production was down despite overall meat and poultry projections being adjusted up from May’s expectations.

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Friday, June 15,2012

Futures drop on concerns of soft demand

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
Last week’s cash fed cattle markets saw light demand and trade throughout the week, but with the majority of trade put off until Thursday and Friday. Trade in Kansas started with some takers at $118-119 live and in the Corn Belt, cattle were bought lightly at $190-193 dressed.

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Friday, June 15,2012

Major packer accused of buying cattle from rainforest ranchers

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
The titans are clashing in the realm of beef and environmentalism. JBS, the world’s largest meat processing company, has been called out by environmental giant Greenpeace. The battle lines in this fight lie in the Amazon rainforest, or in the accuracy of the claims, depending on who’s doing the talking.

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