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Monday, January 19,2015

Opportunities abroad for U.S. agriculture

by Kerry Halladay, Editor
When was the last time you were told there is opportunity in agriculture? Not just opportunity for agriculture, but opportunity for U.S. agriculture? Have you been told you pursue a noble profession? Or one that will feed the world and may even bring peace?.

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Friday, January 16,2015

New antibiotic research, costly resistance

by Kerry Halladay, Editor
In recent weeks, the topic of antibiotic resistance has been in the public consciousness. On the one hand, a pair of reports was released in the UK on the topic of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) looking at the costs of AMR and efforts to forestall it. And on the other hand, a potentially massive breakthrough was discovered in the U.

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Friday, January 16,2015

Agriculture a 'noble profession'

by Kerry Halladay, Editor
“We’re talking about growing the world population by 75-80 million people a year,” he said, citing averages derived from the projection of 9 billion people in 2050. “Who’s going to feed them? Whose role is it to feed those people? Is that an opportunity for U.

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Monday, January 12,2015

Seller's market in the Southwest

by Kerry Halladay, Editor
The Southwest has had its share of hard times in recent years, but in terms of ranchland and ag real estate, it has been flying high. The greatest challenge in that market is also its biggest opportunity; there are willing buyers, but scant inventory. That equates to a seller’s market.

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Monday, January 12,2015

Cash cattle, feeders heading back up

by Kerry Halladay, Editor
It was off to the races at breakneck speed in the New Year’s first full week of market activity last week. Cash fed cattle traded early in the week at much higher money. By Thursday afternoon, over 97,000 head had been confirmed sold at $168-172 live and $270-275 (mostly $270-272) dressed.

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Friday, January 9,2015

More (dairy) beef in the potato state

by Kerry Halladay, Editor
J.R. Simplot, together with Texas-based Caviness Beef Packers, announced last week that they will be building a new beef processing plant near Kuna, ID. The projected 300,000 square foot facility is expected to begin operations in fall of 2016, assuming no permitting setbacks.

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Friday, January 2,2015

Looking forward: Rain for the dry Southwest

by Kerry Halladay, Editor
According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA’s) long-term projections, the Southwest is expected to get higher than average levels of precipitation through May. However, this also comes with predictions of higher than average temperatures.

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Friday, January 2,2015

Markets get late gift

by Kerry Halladay, Editor
“So far this week we’ve seen some light fed cattle sales in Nebraska and Iowa at $163 live and $260-262 dressed,” reported Troy Vetterkind of Vetterkind Cattle Brokerage. “Not enough volume to establish a market but suffice it to say it likely points to a higher cattle trade when all is said and done this week.

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Friday, January 2,2015

Ranchers under 35 years extinct by 2033

by Kerry Halladay, Editor
A recent study published in the Society for Range Management’s Rangelands journal paints a bleak picture of the future of ranching in the West. According to the researchers, at the current pace of agricultural aging, there won’t be any ranchers under the age of 35 by 2033.

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Monday, December 29,2014

Cattle on Feed called neutral

by Kerry Halladay, Editor
As the year-end holiday season continues, the markets are calm. The most recent Cattle on Feed report showed a continuation of the ongoing build-up of cattle in feedlots. Cattle on feed numbers were up, placements were down slightly, and marketings were down considerably again.

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