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Friday, January 29,2010

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Humane interests

by Pete Crow - Publisher
The business of humanity doesn’t seem like it should be a business at all. But the Humane Society of the United States ( HSUS) has done just that, made it a business. HSUS has been a creative bunch when it comes to bending the public’s perception of agriculture. Last week, there were several announcements that

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Friday, January 15,2010

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The big picture

by Pete Crow - Publisher
It would appear that the meat industry is in for some substantial growth in the years to come. Last week, the International Livestock Congress took place in Denver, CO, during the National Western Stock Show. Richard Brown, meat market analyst for international consulting firm GIRA, said that worldwide meat

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Friday, January 8,2010

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More BSE BS

by Pete Crow - Publisher
The bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) incident of eight years ago was starting to look like just a bad dream, but it seems to keep coming back even though the U.S. has only two domestic cases recorded. It is such a small issue anymore for the U.S., it’s surprising that anyone would want to make an issue over it at all. However, that’s not the case

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Thursday, December 31,2009

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Help from hogs

by Pete Crow - Publisher
Beef markets have been frightfully stagnant this past year and that has weighed heavily on live cattle prices. The last big rally we had in beef sales was about 16 months ago when the export market exploded with the opening of the South Korean market and the Russians were very short on meat. Cutout values ran up to the $1.70 level and cleared

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Thursday, December 24,2009

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Creating an image

by Pete Crow - Publisher
We hope everyone had a Merry Christmas and is looking forward to an even better New Year. During 2009, the cattle industry faced many challenges. We had fed cattle prices that didn’t support a profitable feeding sector and they experienced perhaps their worst year on record. Forecasters are calling for a better 2010 for cattle feeders which will

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Friday, December 18,2009

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Something about San Antonio

by Pete Crow - Publisher
Thirteen years ago, the National Cattlemen’s Association (NCA) changed their organization after a tumultuous battle and a lot of damage to create the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA). This period was also known as the "Merger." In January, NCBA will hold their meeting again in San Antonio, TX, and attempt to change their organization again, more than likely with

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Friday, December 11,2009

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Climatic politics

by Pete Crow - Publisher
It’s becoming clear as a bell that the Obama administration is carrying out a full frontal attack on the American economy and society. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is perhaps his most profound tool to inflict this damage. EPA announced last week that they would initiate

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Friday, December 4,2009

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Unrealistic expectations

by Pete Crow - Publisher
Food safety is a two-way street. Food processors and the public both have to take some responsibility for the safety of the food products they consume. Pathogen-free food is about as unrealistic as the government eliminating their total deficit spending. Apparently, some in Washington, D.C., don’t think consumers

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Monday, November 30,2009

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Credibility gap

by Pete Crow - Publisher
In a couple weeks, the world will gather in Copenhagen, Denmark, with the idea of changing the world as we know it. The politics of climate change are heating up and the fear factor is being multiplied by the proponents of climate change and greenhouse gas abatement. From what I can tell, if we don’t do something about

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Friday, November 13,2009

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EPA’s reckless abandon

by Pete Crow - Publisher
It appears to me that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is getting to the point where they can choose industries that will be winners and losers in this economy. EPA has recently changed their thinking on coarse particulate matter and reduced acceptable levels by 90 percent compared to

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