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by WLJ
2010 December 17
In what amounted to a last-minute vote, the Senate last week passed a package of tax extensions and reforms to prevent the largest tax increase in U.S. history from taking effect Jan. 1, 2011. The deal, which extends the so-called Bush tax cuts for another two years, passed the Senate by
by WLJ
2010 December 17
USDA has reversed course on their plans to push forward with regulations to reform agricultural competition rules without an economic review. Last week in a conference with livestock industry representatives, Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack said the agency would conduct the analysis prior to finalizing its draft regulations.
by WLJ
2010 December 17
The worlds largest international food and beverage trade exhibition, SIAL, was the setting for a unique blind taste challenge this October that put U.S. striploins, top blades and flank steaks in direct comparison, side by side, with top-quality striploins from Argentina, Ireland, Germany and France.
by WLJ
2010 December 17
McNicholas, who is in his 40th year as concessionaire for NWSS, also runs the food and retail concessions for 32 zoos, aquariums, and museums across the country, including the Denver Zoo. McNicholas began his career in concessions in 1954 as a high school student running a popcorn stand at the Chicago Bears Stadium.
by WLJ
2010 December 17
8:00 a.m. 4-H/FFA Livestock Judging Contest - C 8:00 a.m. 4-H/FFA Meats Judging Contest - CSU, Ft. Collins, CO 8:00 a.m. Colorado Rocky Mt Fiddle Championships - BP 8:00 a.m. National South Devon Show - SA 8:00 a.m. Quarter Horse Performance Classes - EC 10:00 a.
2010 December 10
Brucellosis, an infectious bacterial disease which commonly leads to abortion in livestock and wildlife, may be on the rise in northwest Wyoming. Animal health officials in that state confirmed infections in two separate herds in Park County in recently, and have identified a possible third outbreak in nearby
by WLJ
2010 December 10
The beef industry won some concessions last week when the U.S. and South Korea finally settled on terms for the pending free trade agreement (FTA) between the two countries. The FTA was originally signed in 2007, but has not been ratified by either country over disputes with automobiles and
by WLJ
2010 December 10
The U.S. Department of Justice and USDA last week convened their final public meeting in Washington, D.C. The focus for this meeting was on margins in the industry and the fact that producers are seeing a decline in the overall dollar percentage being spent on food. Both Attorney General Eric Holder and Agriculture
2010 December 3
In an attempt to aid management of the greater sage grouse in western states, the Bureau of Land Management released on Nov. 23 a range-wide breeding density map of the bird’s populations. The map identifies density of sage grouse populations across its range based on estimation of male grouse attendance at
by WLJ
2010 December 3
The push to end subsidies for the ethanol industry got stronger last week as a group of environmentalists, food activists, livestock producers, food companies, taxpayer organizations and others sent a request to Congress to allow the 45 cent per gallon ethanol tax credit to expire at the end of the year.
by WLJ
2010 December 3
The Food Safety Modernization Act (S. 510), which looked to be set to sail toward passage two weeks ago, may now be hung up on a technicality that wont be easy to overcome. The bill, which passed the Senate last week on a 73 to 25 vote on Nov. 30, was passed with an amendment that may derail the bill.
by WLJ
2010 December 3
For the fifth week in a row, beef exports exceeded 35.2 million pounds and remained well above pre-BSE 2003 levels, according to a report from the U.S. Meat Export Federation. Exports to Mexico (8.8 million pounds) continued their rebound, and volumes remained strong to other markets, including Korea (5.
by WLJ
2010 December 3
The Washington Cattlemens Association (WCA) and the Pacific Legal Foundation (PLF) claimed a huge victory one day after filing a lawsuit against the United States Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) in the United States District Court Western District of Washington.
by WLJ
2010 December 3
A carefully timed diet high in roughage like hay may well reduce the incidence of bovine respiratory disease, also known as shipping fever, scientists reported last week.
by DTN
2010 December 3
Midwest farmland values rose for the fourth consecutive quarter, posting the largest increase in two years, as high crop and livestock prices fueled a surge in agricultural income, the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago said.
by WLJ
2010 December 3
The Arizona National Livestock Show (ANLS) Scholarship Program began in 1991 by awarding $13,500 to 11 students in that year. Over 19 years later, ANLS has now awarded 613 students a total of $612,409. The Scholarship Committee recently selected and awarded $18,500 in scholarships for the spring 2011 semester.
by WLJ
2010 December 3
A Wisconsin-based farm policy research group, The Cornucopia Institute, announced last week that it is filing a formal legal complaint in an attempt to immediately halt the US- DA from allowing factory farms producing organic milk from bringing conventional dairy cattle onto their farms.
by WLJ
2010 December 3
Analyst explains their linked and bullish outlook The No. 1 one factor in cattle feeding profit or loss is not fed or feeder cattle price, beef demand, or the nations shrinking cow herd.
by WLJ
2010 December 3
USDAs Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) last week issued the final rule for the Grassland Reserve Program (GRP) which defines requirements for participants and incorporates changes to program implementation requested by the public. The final rule can be viewed at www.


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