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by WLJ
2004 September 27
U.S. Sen. Russ Feingold, D-WI, last week urged USDA to offer more technical assistance for producers willing to use their land for conservation practices. In a letter to USDA Secretary Ann Veneman, Feingold wrote that because of the administration's decision to not reimburse Natural Resource Conservation Service staff, who assist producers in making decisions when signing up for the Conservation Reserve Program, some Wisconsinites
by WLJ
2004 September 27
— Next labeling effort not expected until ‘05. A last minute amendment to the Senate's proposed $84 billion agriculture appropriations bill to move up the implementation date of mandatory country-of-origin-labeling (COOL) from September 30, 2006, to January 1, 2005, died last week when a Senate Appropriation Committee vote tied 14-14. Congressional aides and Washington, DC, lobbyists doubted that any further
by WLJ
2004 September 27
"When you can't work harder, you have to work smarter." That age-old advice has never been more appropriate than today's busy life on the ranch, with time, money, and man-power getting harder to come by. Many ranchers are turning to well-trained cowdogs to fill the gap, with growing interest in a composite breed known as Hangin' Tree Cowdogs. These dogs and their ability to perform
by WLJ
2004 September 27
— Washington, Oregon, Idaho affected. — Announcement less than expected. For the second time this month, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) announced critical habitat designation for a federally protected species in an effort to comply with a court order. Like the last time, environmentalists have stated displeasure with the announcement while ranching interests are taking a wait-and-see approach
by WLJ
2004 September 27
Europeans eat less of the most dangerous, cholesterol-raising fats than Americans do and the amount is decreasing, according to a report released September 2 by the European Food Safety Authority, reports the Associated Press. Scientists at the European Food Safety Authority declined to say whether the EU should follow the U.S.' lead and require special labels on margarine, chips,
by WLJ
2004 September 27
USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) recently published a formal notice urging livestock processors to use a more systematic approach to ensure they are meeting the requirements of the Humane Methods of Slaughter Act (HMSA). In addition, the agency said it will be quicker to levy penalties against processors that violate HMSA rules and that don't actively work to remedy "inhumane" procedures.
by WLJ
2004 September 27
Nebraska, Minnesota and Texas schools have all pulled their standing orders for irradiated beef this school year as USDA contends suppliers continue to charge too much for the product. According to USDA, suppliers were still asking approximately $2.50 per pound for irradiated hamburger and ground beef, as early as the first week of September. That price is almost 75 cents more than the cost for
by WLJ
2004 September 20
— Cost, time, labor remain primary deterrents. Japan's announcement that they will open the borders to beef from animals proven to be under 20 months of age could certainly push along efforts to implement a mandatory national animal identification program (NAIP). But, is every segment of the beef industry ready for a mandatory ID program? One thing is for certain, auction markets are stuck in the
by WLJ
2004 September 20
USDA's Agriculture Research Service (ARS) is in the process of developing a gene bank of at least 50 unrelated sires from every recognized breed of cattle. These embryos and semen are being kept in case of a disease outbreak and also as a means for genetic research. Harvey Blackburn, geneticist and coordinator of the Fort Collins, CO, based National Center for Genetic Resources Preservation said
by WLJ
2004 September 20
U.S. beef imports from Canada are not making up for the fed cattle that were being brought across the border for slaughter before they were blocked in May 2003 when bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) was discovered north of the border. Currently, only boneless beef from young cattle is allowed to cross the border. No live cattle may enter the U.S. from Canada, and even certain
by WLJ
2004 September 20
Calgary's City Council, on the night of Monday, September 13, deferred consideration until January 2005 of a meat-packing plant, which had already received technical approval from Calgary's planning commission. The decision came just days after the Canadian government pledged millions in aid for more slaughterhouses to deal with the glut of cattle from the BSE crisis. Few of the slaughterhouse
by WLJ
2004 September 20
What does a state's beef industry do when its promotion dollars limit it to approximately four cents a consumer, not enough to even cover the cost of a postage stamp? That was the question that came up during an interview with Bruce Berven, outgoing executive director of the California Beef Council (CBC), and Virginia Coelho, CBC board member, during the Hagata Ranch Centennial Celebration,
by WLJ
2004 September 20
Canadian Agriculture Minister Andy Mitchell announced an aid package of almost a half a billion dollars September 10 for Canadian cattle producers devastated by the bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), or mad-cow disease, crisis. Once consultations have been completed, Mitchell said, the federal investment will total C$488 million dollars. Analysts ahead of the announcement had been expecting new money in the
by WLJ
2004 September 20
Last month's announcement that a moderately-large-scale Tama, IA, cattle and beef processing facility was being shuttered, at least temporarily, brought back a lot of not-so-fond memories concerning independent cattle producers and the hard time they seem to have getting started in the packing business. The most alarming thing to me about the 1,200-head-per-day-capacity Iowa Quality Beef cooperative's situation is
by WLJ
2004 September 20
A large crowd of nearly 400 cattle people attended the Hagata Ranch Centennial Celebration, September 4, Susanville, CA. Located some 100 miles north of Reno, NV, off Highway 395, Frank Hagata's father, John, founded the ranch in 1904 in Lassen County, one of the premier ranching counties in the state. In attendance was a big crowd of mostly ranch people. Everything for the day was
by WLJ
2004 September 20
Producer organizations and industry officials agree, implementing a National Animal Identification Program (NAIP) is not going to be an easy task. For producers to start tagging every animal, and for data to be collected and kept for those animals in every segment of the production chain, there's going to be challenges to face. In particular, auction markets may be given the largest share of the
by WLJ
2004 September 20
— U.S. beef acceptance still down the road. — Japan's 12th case no factor. Japanese government officials last Wednesday formally announced that they would exempt cattle under 20 months of age from being tested for bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE). However, the entry of U.S. beef into Japan will be delayed until the two countries can agree on the science, or verification
by WLJ
2004 September 20
Japan and Mexico are signing a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) this week, which will mark the first time Tokyo has made a comprehensive pact involving agriculture products. This landmark treaty is beneficial to both sides, giving Mexican farmers more export opportunities, and Japanese auto and steelmakers more access to the Mexican market with a reduction in tariffs. Over 300 agriculture products in total are covered
by WLJ
2004 September 20
Taiwanese consumers are most influenced by television advertising when it comes to buying beef, in future the majority will want to know where the beef they consume comes from and 74 percent will or are likely to buy and eat U.S. beef after the import ban is lifted. These are the results of a consumer survey conducted by the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) at
by WLJ
2004 September 20
— RFID program adds value to calves. While a large portion of cattle industry participants have been waiting on a nationwide program before starting to implement an individual animal identification system, one central Plains livestock auction took a more proactive approach and is ahead of the livestock ID curve. This past June, Joplin Regional Stockyards, Joplin, MO, held a special late
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