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Friday, August 10,2012

Dwindling price discovery concerns

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
During their Summer Conference meeting, NCBA’s Live Cattle Marketing Committee chair, Paul Colman, created a task force at the recommendation of a presenter. The role of the task force is to determine at what point the price discovery market is too small to be representative of the industry as a whole and what effect that can have on formula pricing.

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Friday, August 3,2012

Drought complicates already sticky horse issue

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
Tuesday, July 31, Wyoming State Rep. Sue Wallis, R-District 53, sent an impassioned letter and petition to the secretary of agriculture, Tom Vilsak, urging him to help horse owners and horses alike by supporting the inspection of horse slaughter.

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Friday, August 3,2012

Alliance severs ties with Bank of America over HSUS

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
The Animal Agriculture Alliance (Alliance), a 501(c) (3) non-profit focused on educating consumers about animal agriculture, announced July 30 that it was ending its 25-year-long relationship with Bank of America. The reason for the split was Bank of America’s continued public support of the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS).

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Friday, July 27,2012

Cattle on feed up, marketings down

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
July 20 saw an unusual cosmic alignment in the world of USDA reports; the July Cattle on Feed (COF) report, the Mid-Year Cattle Inventory report, and the monthly Cold Storage report all came out on the same day.

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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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