Close
Home » Articles »   By Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
 
 
Friday, May 25,2012

Placements down 15 percent in recent USDA report

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
This month’s USDA cattle on feed report defied projections for a bullish result. Pre-report estimates placed the cattle on feed on May 1 at 100.5 percent of last year’s numbers, placements at 88.5 percent, and marketings at 98.5 percent. Actual reported numbers for cattle on feed and placements were below estimates, and marketings exceeded expectations.

Read more Read it in print
Friday, May 25,2012

Recent study shows consumers support biotechnology

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
The report also showed most issues modern food production practices face from consumers stem from a lack of knowledge rather than active negative opinions. This suggests ample room for improvement in communication between consumers and those involved with food production.

Read more Read it in print
Friday, May 25,2012

Building African agriculture at the G8

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
The face of human hunger sparks strong emotions. Often they are negative— sometimes despair at the state of our fellow man, other times rage strong enough to topple governments—but at the recent G8 Summit on African food security, there was only enthusiasm and passion.

Read more Read it in print
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.

Read more Read it in print
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.

Read more Read it in print
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.

Read more Read it in print
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.

Read more Read it in print
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.

Read more Read it in print
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.

Read more Read it in print
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.

Read more Read it in print
 
 
User Box (click to open)
 
SEARCH IN WLJ
Sign up for our newsletter!
   
 
S M T W T F S
1 2 3 4 5 6
7 8 9 10 11* 12* 13*
14 15 16* 17 18* 19 20*
21 22 23 24 25 26 27
28 29 30 31
 
 

© Crow Publications - Any reprint of WLJ stories, except for personal use, without permission, written consent and appropriate attribution is prohibited. 2008 Crow Publications. All rights reserved.