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Friday, May 18,2012

Obama vs. Romney: early election positions

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
If the political TV ads are any indication, it’s mudslinging time! That period of the political season where the media’s favorites square off against one another and start wooing voters. Though it’s still early, this season’s contenders are Democrat incumbent President Barak Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney.

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Friday, May 18,2012

The ongoing case of MF Global

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
The customer funds— roughly $1.6 billion—which “vaporized” in the oft-cited “chaos” of the dying days of MF Global have been found. The announcement was made Tuesday, April 24 and the investigation into the money’s whereabouts was called closed.

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Friday, May 11,2012

Competition and extended trading hours spurs changes, market concerns

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
On May 14, IntercontinentalExchange Inc. (ICE) launches its new grain commodity futures with a 22-hour trading day. This competitive move has put agcommodities giant Chicago Mercantile Exchange Group (CME) on the defensive. The USDA and market analysts have been hardpressed to foresee the market impacts and warn of potential trade disruptions.

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Friday, May 11,2012

Selling beef: the next generation

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
The Beef Checkoff Program is interested in how best to market beef to the next generation. Their recent study of “Millennials” —the generation born between 1980 and 2000 —found that this up-andcoming consumer group values new experiences but lacks key knowledge about beef.

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Friday, May 11,2012

New beef storm may be brewing over "meat glue"

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
It has not been a good few months for beef’s public relations efforts. Outcry over lean fine textured beef (LFTB) and concern over bovine spongiform encephalopathy—sensationally called “pink slime” and “mad cow disease” respectively—have had unfortunate effects on domestic beef demand.

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Friday, May 4,2012

BSE fallout; import halts, inspections, and ID systems

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
The discovery of the fourth case of bovine BSE in the U.S. April 24 has had muted reactions at home. In other areas, however, there has been greater reaction. Indonesia has halted imports of U.S. beef and South Korea and Taiwan have upped inspections of U.S.

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Friday, May 4,2012

HSUS forms the new Colorado Agriculture Council

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
According to the HSUS press release, the new advisory group was created “[t]o advance more humane practices on farms and ranches and to promote food producers who share that goal. …” The announcement of CAC’s creation came during a meeting of the Colorado Legislative Animal Welfare caucus chaired by Rep.

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Friday, May 4,2012

China invests in dairy herd; impacts for beef could follow

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
China Modern Dairy, China’s largest dairy company in terms of head count and milk production, aims at milking 300,000 head by 2015. China Modern Dairy is just one of the companies in the rapidly growing Chinese dairy industry.

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Friday, April 27,2012

Cattle on feed up 2 percent in April; good weather holds back placements

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
California, Nebraska and Washington saw the largest year-to-year increases in the cattle on feed population. Compared with April 1, 2011, California was up 9 percent, with 490,000 cattle on feed. Nebraska saw a 6 percent increase from last year’s numbers with 2.

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Friday, April 27,2012

Virginia cattle travel direct to Quebec

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
In an amusing change of pace, a government can be credited with reducing bureaucracy. Ranchers in Virginia can now sell their cattle directly to operators in eastern Canada without going through middlemen states, all thanks to the Virginia state government and interested Canadian cattle feeders.

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