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2010 November 12
Somewhere along the trail, this situation with Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration’s proposed changes to the Packers and Stockyards Act went from an economic issue to a social issue. One thing for certain is you can’t have a good social policy in this country without a
2010 November 12
Ben and April Nichols were cleaning up the Buzzard Allotmentwith around a hundred bullson the Grand Mesa National Forest just before hunting season. The highways were full of hunters headed to the hills, eager to point a rifle at something with hair.
2010 November 12
The call came late in the day after most people had left the office. Do you know who the calf carrying the electronic identification number 123123- 123123123 is? Would you have the calf in your database? These questions are asked often and involve the process of verifying a calf and crosschecking the database.
by WLJ
2010 November 12
Cattle industry leader Richard Mc- Donald, 66, of Amarillo, TX, died Fri- day, Oct. 29, 2010, in Amarillo. McDonald, retired president and CEO of Texas Cattle Feeders Asso ciation (TCFA), died following an in- spiring year-long battle with cancer. Richard Peterson McDonalds life of service to agriculture began with his birth on Feb.
2010 November 5
It was a good week in some parts of the country after Tuesdays events. On Wednesday morning, after the tally was made, it appeared that hope and change took on a whole new meaning. This was the largest voter turnout for any midterm election in history, which shows us just how disappointed the country is about the current state of our government.
2010 November 5
After about 30 years handling tax audits, appeals and U.S. Tax Court cases, it seems to me that the IRS is taking a more aggressive approach against people in various industriesincluding livestock and horse activities. If you are audited by the IRS and you have a history of losses with little or no profits, the following advice pertains to you.
2010 November 5
A common marketing claim is the source and age verification of calves. As producers gather cattle to go to market, they have the option to provide documentation to a third-party verifier that their calves are eligible to be source and age verified. Seems simple, and many producers are offering their calves as sourced and aged.
by WLJ
2010 October 29
The midterm elections on Nov. 2 promise to be interesting and potentially historic. They are likely to be the most expensive in history and they are also probably going to go down as the most corrosive elections yet. There hasn't been much good news or positive spin generated by candidates of either party.
2010 October 29
Here's a simple question to start. Why do you think live cattle prices shot above $100 the week before last? I'm sure you know the reasons, but let me offer another. Packers are throwing money at cattle feeders in a brazen attempt to bribe them into opposing the proposed Grain Inspection Packers and Stockyards Administration (GIPSA) rule.
2010 October 29
There's a reason U.S. beef is the best in the world. For decades, U.S. producers like me have invested in genetic improvements and herd-management practices that have allowed us to add value and enhance the quality and safety of our products for consumers in the U.
2010 October 22
There are quite a few regulatory issues affecting agriculture that have been promoted by the Obama administration. Most of the real damage is coming from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Just the clean water and clean air issues alone pose a great threat to the profitability of agriculture.
2010 October 22
The oldest cow on record died in Ireland in 1993 at the age of 49, having been born on St. Patricks Day 1944 in Kerry and producing 39 calves over time. So she missed a few yearsbig deal.
2010 October 22
Third-party verification sounds and is very simple. For someone who wants assurances that others are doing what they say they are doing, you simply ask a third, unbiased person to validate the claims.
by WLJ
2010 October 15
Berry attended a one-room country school with four other boys. He then attended Cheyenne High School and was a member of the ROTC. He graduated from high school in 1936 and enrolled at the University of Wyoming for one year on a Union Pacific Scholarship.
by WLJ
2010 October 15
Have you ever started watching a movie and found yourself with the feeling that you’ve seen it before? Maybe it is a remake of an old movie; maybe you had seen the movie in the past and just forgotten that you had watched it. Maybe Hollywood ran out of good story ideas and
2010 October 8
The proposed rule changes to the Packers and Stockyards Act have sure gained a lot of attention from members of the House and Senate. Last week, several lawmakers wrote USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack asking him to conduct a thorough economic analysis of the proposed rule changes, which seems like a reasonable request.
2010 October 8
Fall is, depending on where one lives, the time to process calves. As producers, fall also is the last time we physically have the calf in our possession. We need to take the time to note or record the information we would like to have for each calf..
by WLJ
2010 October 8
The second oldest sport in the history of the cattle business is beating up on the packer. Im guessing the oldest involved a cowboy on a horse trying to rope a steer.
2010 October 1
China pointed out to the WTO panel that their cooked poultry has met international health standards and they have been shipping product to Japan and Europe. Those two markets are perhaps the two most critical, health-conscious markets in the world, and the U.
2010 October 1
The Great Recession might be over, but that's little comfort for the millions of Americans still out of work or working reduced hours. In fact, our nation of conspicuous spenders has become one of extremely cautious spenders, and this new attitude continues to show up in food spending.


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