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2017 June 30
Kevin Kester, a fifth-generation California rancher and NCBA president-elect, testified in support of the market access that NAFTA has delivered for America’s cattle producers, and warned against the re-adoption of failed policies that harmed the industry in the past.
2017 June 30
The Japanese guests helped move cattle at the 112-year-old King Ranch, learned how ranchers care for the cattle and land with emphasis on how today’s ranchers maintain age-old traditions while contributing to research and embracing progress to improve ranching and agriculture production.
by WLJ
2017 June 30
USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue was in China last week to formally mark the return of U.S. beef to the Chinese market after a 13-year absence. He was joined by U.S. Ambassador to China Terry Branstad. On June 30, Perdue and Branstad ceremonially cut a prime rib that originated in Nebraska and was shipped by the Greater Omaha Packing Company.
2017 June 30
In a press release, EPA said it, along with the Department of Army and Army Corps of Engineers (the agencies), propose to recodify the regulatory text that existed prior to 2015 defining the WOTUS rule.


by WLJ
2017 June 30
announced last Tuesday that the Senate vote on the American Health Care Act of 2017 (H.R. 1628) will be delayed until after the July 4 holiday. Both the House and the Senate are out on congressional recess until the week beginning July 10. Senators are reportedly planning to make changes to the bill which passed the House on a very narrow margin.
2017 June 30
The House Appropriations Subcommittee for Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration and Related Agencies advanced a bill funding fiscal year 2018 discretionary programs for USDA and other agencies at just more than $20 billion, cutting $1.
2017 June 30
U.S. Secretary of the Interior (DOI) Ryan Zinke, in making the announcement, said it was due to the success of conservation efforts and collaboration among a variety of stakeholders. The population declined to as few as 136 bears in 1975 and, according to the DOI, now is estimated at 700, meeting all of the criteria for delisting.


2017 June 30
As you read this, Americans will be preparing to grill what the beef industry hopes will be millions of steaks and hamburgers as they celebrate tomorrow’s July 4 Independence Day holiday. The holiday and the week leading up to it are the second largest such periods (after Memorial Day) for beef sales in terms of volume and dollars spent.


2017 June 30
You were supposed to respond to those crazy-good prices in 2014 by saving heifers—and thousands did—even though economists figured the cost of the pregnant female by the next spring was more than $2,200 per head. If you bought bred heifers that year, they may have cost $3,000, but what were their calves worth last fall? See? Too many calves already.
2017 June 28
A proposal to rescind the controversial Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule was applauded by agricultural organizations after it was announced on June 27 by the Environmental Protection Agency

2017 June 23
A press release from JBS said the company’s executive directors estimate that the divestment program will result in a capital injection of approximately R$6 billion, (approximately $1.8 billion U.S.) This is in addition to the approximate R$1 billion (Approximately $300 million U.

2017 June 23
Cash fed cattle continued their slide last week with live trade at $121-123 and northern dressed trade between $193-195. It was a bad week on the futures market with losses booked every day. The news that JBS’ Five Rivers Cattle Feeders was up for sale appears to have spooked traders for a while.

2017 June 23
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) recently completed an environmental impact study (EIS) that includes a proposal to allow cattle to continue to graze on land it administers within the preserve. The area is managed cooperatively by the BLM and the National Park Service (NPS).



2017 June 23
Phil Seng has seen a lot of changes in how beef is marketed to foreign countries in his 35 years of work with the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF). While he maintains enthusiasm about opportunities for continued export growth, Seng will be stepping down from his role as president and CEO of the organization he has led since 1990.



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