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2017 July 21
U.S. beef exports have varied in the quantity of exports and the mix of countries receiving U.S. beef over many years. The latest trade data for May shows total beef exports up 6.8 percent compared to one year ago with January through May total beef exports up 17.
by WLJ
2017 July 21
Last Monday saw the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) release the goals for renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). As with previous installments of the NAFTA renegotiation effort, agriculture and its interests received top billing.
by WLJ
2017 July 21
On July 18, the USDA announced that an atypical case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) was found in an 11-year-old cow in Alabama. The animal never entered slaughter channels and at no time presented a risk to the food supply, or to human health in the U.
by WLJ
2017 July 21
There are positive findings from the 2016 National Beef Quality Audit (NBQA) released in mid-July. Among those are data showing a significant increase in Choice and Prime carcasses, a high mobility score for cattle entering packing plants, and the...
by USDA
2017 July 21
Many Americans spend more of their time outdoors during the summer months, and some of that outdoor time is spent attending barbecues or grilling their meals at home. Beef is a popular grilling option for many, but not all grades of beef are equally suitable.
2017 July 21
The potential big market news last week was the Tuesday discovery of the U.S.’ fifth case of BSE. It barely made a ripple in the futures market. Jitters over what the Cattle on Feed and Cattle inventory reports might turn up were far more palpable, however.
by WLJ
2017 July 21
Oklahoma beef producers will have the chance to vote on a state-specific beef checkoff in November. Oklahoma Commissioner of Agriculture Jim Reese authorized a referendum after verifying that enough signatures were gathered to hold the vote. The signature petitions were submitted on behalf of the Oklahoma Cattlemen’s Association.
2017 July 21
In the ongoing saga over changes to the Endangered Species Act (ESA) of 1973 the U.S. House Committee on Natural Resources held a hearing on five different bills last week that could change the look of the ESA.


2017 July 21
A settlement agreement was announced July 12 in a dispute about the future of ranching at the Point Reyes National Seashore (PRNS) near San Francisco, CA. The agreement gives beef and dairy producers at least a temporary reprieve and the ability to continue operating their mostly organic businesses.
by WLJ
2017 July 21
Politics is the tool. It is deployed frequently to disarm and frustrate reform—the behind-the-scenes maneuvering orchestrating opposition. Change is the enemy and those opposing change never say so. They warn the disrupters of moving too fast.
2017 July 14
This will be the fourth NAHMS cow-calf study of the beef industry. The study will involve producers in more than 20 states representing more than 70 percent of beef cows and beef cow operations in the United States. The study will involve interviews with producers to ask about health and management of their cattle.
2017 July 14
“Because the majority of the state is experiencing some level of drought, we recommend that livestock producers test water quality prior to livestock turnout,” North Dakota State University (NDSU) Extension Service livestock environmental stewardship specialist Miranda Meehan says.
by WLJ
2017 July 14
Last Monday, the Colorado and Nebraska Departments of Agriculture jointly announced that a livestock commuter agreement had been reached between the two states. Such agreements allow covered livestock herds to be moved between agreeing states “in the course of normal livestock management operations,” according to federal code.
2017 July 14
Last week gave the whole cattle market a bit of a shock. Usual market watchers, confident the cattle market was tucked in for a dog-days-of-summer nap, turned their attentions to monthly reports. So it was a surprise for everyone involved when both cash cattle and futures made tidy little gains.


by WLJ
2017 July 14
Utah’s “ag gag” law was ruled unconstitutional in a July 7 ruling by U.S. District Judge Robert Shelby. The Utah law, which prohibits unauthorized filming of agricultural operations, violates free speech, according to Shelby’s decision, which sides with animal rights groups.
2017 July 14
Relying on book values can be extremely risky, especially during challenging growing conditions. Plants under drought stress mature more quickly than normal, resulting in more rapid declines in hay quality. The same scenario can play out when salvaging a small grain crop for forage.


by WLJ
2017 July 14
Rep. Bill Huizenga (R-MI) introduced H.R. 3131 at the end of June which would amend the Endangered Species Act. Specifically, it would amend the section (16 U.S. Code Section 1540 (g)) that deals with citizen suits.




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