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2015 November 13
The Oregon Department Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) Commission voted last week to delist wolves from the state endangered species list throughout the state. The day-long meeting on Nov. 9 started at 8 a.m. was attended by more than 100 people and didn’t adjourn until 6:44 p.


2015 November 13
markets are on a terror and have sucked the life out of the cash cattle markets. Over the past six weeks we were down $20 on fed cattle, then we were up $20, and now we’re back down $20. I think we all expected some volatility in the market but this is CROW.


2015 November 13
Sometimes I think I’m an average beef consumer. But then in the grocery store checkout line, as I put my items on the conveyer I realize my purchases rarely contain any meat. Not unlike many in the ag community, my family has a deepfreeze full of protein, so during normal weeks we’re dipping into that supply daily.


by WLJ
2015 November 13
During the past 25 years, much of my research has been on the economics of water markets. Economists continue to emphasize that water is an economic good especially in the western U.S., where water is scarce and therefore valuable.


by WLJ
2015 November 13
Through the first half of the 20th century, preventing nutritional deficiencies was the focus of nutrition guidance from public health groups and government agencies. But that changed 40 years ago, when publichealth policy shifted from what was not in the diet that should be, to what was in the diet that should not be.


2015 November 6
While the U.S. is the top dog in terms of production of quality beef, it is also an attractive destination for international beef trade. The U.S. cattle and beef industry may be eyeing Brazil and Argentina with the concern as competitors on the international market; those countries are eyeing the U.


2015 November 6
Andrew Gottschalk of Hedgers’ Edge blamed the week’s lowered cash tone on the steep losses in the futures market, and it was not hard to see why. Over the course of the week, the December contract lost $7.33 to settle Thursday at $134.40. The February contract got off relatively easy, losing only $6.


2015 November 6
September beef export volume fell 21 percent from a year ago in September to 79,474 metric tons (mt) and value was down 28 percent to $456.6 million—the lowest since January. For the first nine months of 2015, exports were down 12 percent in volume (782,705 mt) and 8 percent in value ($4.


2015 November 6
Last week, the unheard of happened; southern California got rain. Hail, heavy rain and snow in the higher elevations resulted in flooding in some areas, but it was precipitation in the parched state. Despite this wet interlude, California’s intense drought continues.


2015 November 6
While FSA announced more than $3.9 billion in commodity payments started to go out recently to roughly 800,000 farmers, FSA staff are concerned at least some farmers don’t understand the nuances of the ARC-County program. It isn’t like the old Direct Payments program because not everyone is going to receive a check.


by WLJ
2015 November 6
Although same-store sales and customer traffic remained positive in September (most recent data), the National Restaurant Association’s Restaurant Performance Index (RPI) registered a modest decline. The RPI—a monthly composite index that tracks the health of and outlook for the U.


2015 November 6
The Senate passed a joint resolution (S.J. Res. 22) of disapproval last week to do away with the Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule. This came a day after the members failed to invoke cloture on S. 1140, the Federal Water Quality Protection Act..


by WLJ
2015 November 6
The city ballot measure, Referred Question 2C, passed with a 65.2 percent “yes” vote. The measure will allow the city of Denver to increase its debt up to an additional $778 million to fund renovations to the 270-acre National Western Complex “in order to continue it as the home for the National Western Stock Show.


2015 November 6
The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) was expected to recommend delisting the gray wolf from the state’s endangered species list at a meeting of the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission Nov. 9 in Salem, OR.


by WLJ
2015 November 6
In announcing the move, the association said many changes at the ASA over the last several years have helped to position and strengthen the breed for continued acceptance and growth in the future. The move is the final step in a two-year rebranding process.


by WLJ
2015 November 6
“This is a great day for the American Angus Association and the Angus breed,” said Steve Olson, association President.


2015 November 6
“It is important to develop weaning rations that will adequately prepare calves for efficient growth and profitability in backgrounding and finishing programs or for a lifetime of productivity in the cow herd,” explained Janna Kincheloe, SDSU Extension Research Associate II.


by WLJ
2015 November 6
A little extra effort in the next few weeks could make a big difference in college expenses next year for students who aim to make a difference in the beef industry. It’s time again for Colvin Scholarship Fund applications, so that five undergraduates can win $6,000, $5,000, $4,000, $3,000 and $2,000, plus $6,000 for a graduate student in 2016.


2015 November 6
An Idaho rancher was killed in an officer-involved shooting following an accident involving a passenger car and one of the rancher’s bulls. The Idaho State Police (ISP) reports Adams County sheriff deputies responded to the accident on Nov. 1 on U.S. 95 north of Council, ID.




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