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by WLJ
2015 May 22
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has announced USDA’s plan to implement a farm bill provision that will have a major policy impact on the way the Department of Agriculture helps rural communities plan and finance regional economic development strategies.


by WLJ
2015 May 22
The USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) is seeking applications for the Veterinary Medicine Loan Repayment Program (VMLRP). The program is available to repay qualified educational loans for eligible veterinarians in exchange for veterinary services in designated shortage situations.


2015 May 22
The University of Idaho announced recently that it will not graze sheep this summer on the Centennial Mountains, citing an ongoing unresolved lawsuit with environmental litigation groups. This keeps sheep off the range at the U.S. Sheep Experiment Station’s (USS- ES’) high-elevation allotments for the second year in a row.


by WLJ
2015 May 22
Auctioneer C.K. “Sonny” Booth, Miami, OK, will be the sixth person inducted into the North American Limousin Foundation (NA- LF) Hall of Fame with a ceremony on June 30, 2015 in Tulsa, OK. Induction into the NALF Hall of Fame is the highest honor the foundation can bestow upon an individual.


2015 May 22
It was quite a week for Country of Origin Labeling. The World Trade Organization (WTO) came out with their final ruling over the legality of COOL. Mexico and Canada had filed complaints with the WTO in 2012 and forced the USDA to come up with another rule.


by WLJ
2015 May 22
Short phrases sometimes say a mouthful. For example: beef checkoff. Those two simple words amount to a return of $11.20 worth for every dollar that beef producers and importers invest! That’s not just a mouthful, that’s a fistful, and something worth shouting about.


by WLJ
2015 May 22
I grew up working on large cattle ranches in Lewistown, MT. As a financial advisor for over 25 years, I’ve spent much of my time working with agricultural families. In my experience, farmers and ranchers are hard-working, industrious, self-reliant and frugal individuals.


2015 May 15
Only one to two months ago, the spring-calving cows were calving, the temperature was cold and some of the calving pastures were muddy. Experience would say that you do not want to ask cow/ calf operators how “calving” is then, because the response would be less than objective, reflecting bone-chilling cold and not enough sleep.


by WLJ
2015 May 15
If you are considering selling a farm or ranch, there are important tax and financial planning issues of which you need to be aware. Engaging in planning prior to a sale is critical for identifying these issues and for implementing strategies to effectively address them.


2015 May 15
Retail beef demand is teasing the market with thoughts that it might be improving. The futures— both live and feeder—responded in kind with rising cutout values. And if the minimal cash fed trade that developed by Thursday afternoon was any indication, so too did the cash market.


by WLJ
2015 May 15
Production estimates for this year were increased 58 million pounds to 24.34 billion pounds, mostly on increased carcass weights. This plus trade changes upped the estimates for per capita availability of beef by a half-pound to 54.6 pounds per person.


by WLJ
2015 May 15
The U.S. House of Representatives on May 13 passed HR 1732, the “Regulatory Integrity Protection Act” by a vote of 261-155 to withdraw the proposed “Waters of the U. S.” (WOTUS) rule.


2015 May 15
The discussion on antibiotic use in food animals has been going on for many years. Beef producers have been following and joining the discussion in efforts to continue producing safe meat products and to ease concerns of consumers and government leaders.


by DTN
2015 May 15
Dave Ollila, a field sheep specialist for South Dakota State University Extension at the Rapid City Regional Center, said those who commingle cattle and small ruminants could see several benefits. The obvious plus would be that adding another enterprise to the operation creates more income, he said.


2015 May 15
[Editor’s note: This story reports on the same report discussed in last week’s story “Study: Country-of-Origin labels provide no industry benefit.” However, this story focuses more on the economic details rather than political situation behind MCOOL.].


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