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by WLJ
2010 October 22
August was a solid month for both U.S. beef and pork exports as both easily outpaced the results of August 2009 and increased their gains over the cumulative totals from the first eight months of 2009.
by WLJ
2010 October 22
If youve decided to sell your calves, you need to determine how to maximize your return on what youve already invested. You may have already determined that selling immediately following weaning through conventional market channels is best for you. However, there are alternatives to selling your calves as a commodity.
by WLJ
2010 October 22
The cattle industry continues to adjust to high feed prices not only from the last three years, but also from the most recent increases in corn, distillers, and soybean meal costs. The longer-term adjustments continue to play out in the reduction of cow numbers.
by WLJ
2010 October 22
Formerly part of Westchester Group, Inc., Westchester Auctions LLC and Westchester Real Estate, Inc. will now be known as Murray Wise Associates LLC to reflect a change in ownership. In addition, Westchester Capital Advisors LLC will be renamed Murray Wise Capital LLC, which will operate as a wholly owned subsidiary of Murray Wise Associates.
by DTN
2010 October 22
The panel discussion, part of a CME Group Inc. conference on global financial leadership in Naples, FL, comes as the debate over food versus fuel returns. The issue had been dormant for much of the past two years, but heated up again in recent weeks as corn prices reached two-year highs.
by WLJ
2010 October 22
USDA last week announced $30,000 in funding for the Colorado Cattlemens Association (CCA) to enhance its Young Producer Programs, which train beginning ranchers to help them gain the knowledge and skills needed to succeed in todays highly diverse agricultural industry.
2010 October 22
Agricultural education continues to enjoy rising student enrollment in California high schools, but faced with shrinking budgets, many school districts are struggling to accommodate this growth and, in some cases, scaling back key components of their agricultural programs.
by WLJ
2010 October 22
The beef checkoff continues to encourage beef and dairy producers to be proactive when it comes to Beef Quality Assurance (BQA): learning about best practices and how to utilize them to help produce safe, wholesome beef for consumers.
by WLJ
2010 October 15
USDA caused a spike in corn prices last week when they caught the market off-guard with a big drop in the expected 2010 corn harvest. The surprise caused a spike in corn prices last week to levels nearing the $6 per bushel mark, the highest prices seen since
by WLJ
2010 October 15
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced last week that it will allow a 15 percent ethanol blend for vehicles manufactured since 2007. The announcement had been anticipated for weeks, but it came as bad news for corn users who were already coping with
2010 October 8
Tension surrounding the developing wolf situation in northeast Oregon is bound to escalate after the Sept. 30 discovery that a male wolf wearing a radio collar had been shot near the town of Troy, in Wallowa County. Both U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services (USFWS) and Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) declined to comment on the shooting.
by WLJ
2010 October 8
Fed cattle traded Wednesday last week at prices mostly $2-3 lower than the previous weeks action. In Kansas, live trade was in the range of $94-95 while in Nebraska and the Corn Belt, dressed trade was reported at $149-152, with the bulk of the action at $150.
by WLJ
2010 October 8
With USDA set to update corn crop forecasts last Friday as part of its World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimate (WASDE), many private forecasters were ratcheting down their expectations for this years production. Harvest is well underway in many central and southern tier states and yield reports have been disappointing.
by WLJ
2010 October 8
Eight youth participated in the inauguration of the Junior National Beef Ambassador Program in Rapid City, SD. Funded in part by the beef checkoff, the objective of this new youth program is to promote a stronger interest and clearer understanding of the many aspects of the beef industry, its values and virtues, to youth 12 to 16 years old.
by WLJ
2010 October 8
U.S. beef exports have risen to levels the cattle industry has seen only once since December 2003 when the first case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy was discovered in the country.


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