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Friday, August 8,2014

Agricultural community is not alone with WOTUS troubles

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
It’s easy to think the world is coming down around your ears when attacks come from all directions, but agriculture is not alone. In this case, the infamous Waters of the U.S. rule (WOTUS) from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will impact more than cows and crops.

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Friday, August 8,2014

EPA seeking friendlier relations with ag, beef

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
“I know everybody here really cares about their land, and everybody here is an environmental steward,” Nagle said, speaking to an audience of mostly stoic cattle producers. “Those are some of the same values we have at EPA.

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Friday, August 8,2014

Heat stress on the range

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
“The biggest effect of heat stress is reduced reproduction,” he said of the range cow. “When body temperature is elevated, which happens when a cow or a bull can’t regulate its body temperature, that can damage the egg in the ovary, it can reduce symptoms of estrus, and it can it kill the really early embryo.

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Friday, August 8,2014

U.S. Sheep Experiment Station: It's not over yet

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
The listening sessions were the result of Chairman of the House Ag Appropriations subcommittee Robert Aderholt’s (R-AL4) response to Agricultural Secretary Tom Vilsack’s request to close the USSES by defunding it.

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Monday, August 4,2014

Ground beef holds up cutout values

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
Cash fed trade was slow to develop last week as packers, reportedly flush with cattle sufficient for their reduced production rates, were content to let the cash market cool off. Analysts expected trade to be steady with the prior week’s $160-165 live and $255-262 dressed.

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Monday, August 4,2014

Cattle Inventory; herd continues to shrink

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
Two key cattle reports were released at the end of July: the biannual Cattle Inventory report and the monthly Cattle on Feed report. The reports were called bullish with both the Inventory report showing continued tightening of the cattle herd and the Cattle on Feed report showing decreased populations, placements, and marketing activity.

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Monday, August 4,2014

When is trespassing not trespassing?

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
The famous list of unalienable rights of “Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness” almost read “Life, Liberty and Property” based on the philosophical roots of the country. But that political and legal heritage is being drawn into question as the Western Watersheds Project has upped the ante in an ongoing trespass lawsuit.

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Friday, August 1,2014

Sheep industry gets grass-fed, grant funds

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
On Monday, USDA Under Secretary for Marketing and Regulatory Programs Ed Avalos met with agricultural media representatives at the American Sheep Industry (ASI) headquarters in Denver to announce the programs. First, he announced the inclusion of U.S. lambs and sheep into the USDA Grass Fed Program for Small and Very Small Producers.

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Monday, July 28,2014

Everything's coming up in cattle markets

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
Cash fed prices were exciting last week. Rumors of a few cattle trading early in the week at $162 live stoked the fires and rapidly climbing futures values did nothing but fan the flames further.

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Monday, July 28,2014

Study: beef is the least sustainable protein

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
The journal article by lead researcher Gidon Eshel—“Land, irrigation water greenhouse gas, and reactive nitrogen burdens of meat, eggs, and dairy production in the United States”—was published in the July 21 issue of the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

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