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by DTN
2009 February 27
Japanese consumers have shifted their buying habits to lower-priced cuts of meat and U.S. beef exporters can take advantage of that move, but must overcome an unfavorable exchange rate hurdle. Still, the beef exporters will have to accept a partial consumer shift to other protein sources as well, market observers say.
by WLJ
2009 February 27
Beef demand. What is it, and how can the Beef Checkoff Program influence changes in demand? These are questions that a recent checkoff-funded U.S. Beef Demand Drivers and Enhancement Opportunities: A Research Study tried to answer. Every 10 years, the beef industry takes an introspective look at the activities completed and what lies ahead.
by DTN
2009 February 27
The state of the ethanol industry is decidedly different than it was just months ago, but Renewable Fuels Association President Bob Dinneen told industry representatives last Tuesday at the National Ethanol Convention that despite the tough economic times, he believes the ethanol industry will emerge better for it.
by WLJ
2009 February 27
Two experienced financial professionals have been named to new positions with the California Farm Bureau Federation (CFBF). Mary Winn has been appointed treasurer of the organization and Joseph Peters has been appointed chief investment officer.
by WLJ
2009 February 27
Colorados oldest area livestock organization will meet March 21 in Rocky Ford. The annual Bent- Prowers Cattle Horse Growers Association will mark the start of its 140th year with its annual meeting and banquet. Events will be held at the Chuck Wagon Inn in Rocky Ford.
by WLJ
2009 February 27
David Wood of Coalinga, CA, has been elected as the new president of CattleFax, a member-owned and member-directed cattle market information and research organization. Wood is chief operating officer and Beef Division chairman for Harris Farms, Inc.
by WLJ
2009 February 27
The Independent Cattlemen of Nebraska hosted an afternoon informational meeting on wind energy recently which drew a sizeable crowd of 60-plus to listen to those promoting this important resource. A natural occurrence in the windy Sandhills has lately become a marketable source of energy.
by WLJ
2009 February 27
Although supply side factors remain positive, recession worries and input costs could lower beef prices, said a University of Nebraska Lincoln (UNL) economist.
by WLJ
2009 February 27
The NBC 4 Health Fitness Expo held in Washington, D.C., Jan. 10-11, 2009, is the nations largest free health event, with crowds exceeding 85,000, and beef took center stage. This year, the star role for beef included a tradeshow exhibit, lean beef cooking stage demonstrations, an ad in 85,000 program books, and four weeks of Web ads on nbcwashington.
by WLJ
2009 February 27
The international marketplace continued to roll out the red carpet for U.S. beef products in 2008, recording double-digit increases over 2007 levels, according to statistics released by the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF). Total U.S.
by WLJ
2009 February 27
Wyoming beef producer Irv Petsch of Meriden has been appointed to serve as Region V vice president of the National Cattlemens Beef Association. In this position, Petsch will serve on the Executive Committee as a representative from the Federation of State Beef Councils, representing Region V.
by WLJ
2009 February 27
Were in a second-year La Ni a event, said Nebraska State Climatologist Al Dutcher. This event developed over the last month or month and a half. When we look at statistics on La Ni a events across Nebraska, we find 10 since the 1950s. Seven have gone into the second year.
by WLJ
2009 February 27
As a beef producer, are you marketing your product, or are you selling it? This is a question that all producers should ask themselves and then act on management strategies that will enable them to add value and market that valuable product. With each operation being different, we all know there is no cookie-cutter solution.
by DTN
2009 February 27
Land values fell in the fourth quarter of 2008, but so far in 2009, land is holding its own, slightly off last years highs. Land prices in the fourth quarter were down 6 percent in Iowa and 3 percent in Illinois, according to the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago.
by WLJ
2009 February 27
National Farmers Union (NFU) President Tom Buis announced last week he will be stepping down as NFU president, effective March 15, to serve as CEO of Growth Energy. His successor will be chosen by Farmers Union delegates at the upcoming national convention March 8-10 in Washington, D.
by WLJ
2009 February 27
In early February at the World Agricultural Fair, representatives of Hilarides Dairy announced the company is converting cow waste to fuel trucks and generators while minimizing pollution and diversifying energy sources.
by WLJ
2009 February 27
Beef demand. What is it, and how can the Beef Checkoff Program influence changes in demand? These are questions that a recent checkoff-funded "U.S. Beef Demand Drivers and Enhancement Opportunities: A Research Study" tried to answer.
by WLJ
2009 February 20
USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack said last week he wants U.S. packers to adhere to a more strict interpretation of Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) laws. During a series of meetings scheduled last week, he told consumer groups that he favored a strict interpretation of COOL and that current plans for implementation did not meet that standard.
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