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2017 April 21
Pete CrowEthan Lane and Marci Schlup, who run the Public Lands Council (PLC), stopped by our offices last week for a visit to fill us in on all the news going on in the public lands arena in Washi
2017 April 14
Plenty of headlines have come out of Washington D.C. since the inauguration three months ago, but none have been more beef friendly than the news released April 10. President Donald Trump met w
2017 April 7
Pete CrowTrade has been the talk of the past few weeks, especially meat trade out of Brazil. It appears that Brazil has some image problems to straighten out after their inspection fiasco. Many co
2017 March 31
Pete CrowWhen was the last time you saw cattle markets rise with growing production? That’s what we’re seeing today. Selling more beef for more money is a rare sight in the beef industry. Mark
2017 March 24
Raw beef is ground into a bowl. While Brazil does ship relatively small volumes beef to the U.S., none of it was implicated in the ongoing scandal. Most of the beef the U.S. receives from Brazil goes
2017 March 17
A gray wolf.Photo courtesy of the National Park ServiceWolves are back in the news, and this time it’s California. Imagine that. A couple weeks ago the Pacific Legal Foundation (PLF) filed a sui
2017 March 10
Pete CrowNon-governmental organizations (NGOs) seem to be the bane of our political existence in agriculture these days. There is some kind of NGO supporting just about any cause your heart desire
2017 March 3
Pete CrowThe District court of Nevada dealt the final death blow in the long-running Wayne Hage grazing dispute and once again reinforced who owns the federal lands in the West. Last week Chief Ju
2017 February 24
Pete CrowGrazing public lands has always been a challenge since the Federal Land Management and Policy Act of 1976. The change in concept to managing the lands for multiple uses has created a grea
2017 February 17
Pete CrowIt seems that it’s time for everyone to take a deep breath and settle down on Trump’s talk on trade; at this point it’s just talk. Trashing the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) was a
2017 February 10
Pete CrowImagine 9,300 cattle industry supporters in one place. Nashville, TN, was a busy place last week at the annual Cattle Industry Convention hosted by the National Cattlemen’s Beef Associa
2017 January 27
Trump is doing just what he said he would do. Last week, he took the U.S. out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). I don’t know the exact details of the deal with 12 Pacific Rim countries, but I
2017 January 20
Pete CrowIt looks like agriculture and the livestock industry are going to have a very favorable presidential administration for a while. President Donald Trump announced that Sonny Perdue will be
2017 January 13
Pete CrowBy the time you receive this issue of WLJ, Donald Trump will be just days away from being sworn in as our 45th president, and we can say goodbye to Barack Obama, who appears to be activel
2016 December 30
Another year has ended and I hope it was a great one for you and your family. As we look forward to the next year, many people take this opportunity to plan and set goals for the future. Reflectin
2016 December 23
Over the last several weeks, the markets have rallied in favor of the cow/calf producer. Without question, this has lifted morale across the country for those who were holding onto inventory. Last
2016 December 16
Pete CrowI suppose we had fair warning that we were going to get new Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration (GIPSA) changes, otherwise known as the Farmer’s Fair Practices Rules
2016 December 9
Pete CrowMany state cattlemen’s associations have been holding their annual policy meetings in the past few weeks. I attended California’s and Nevada’s meetings and found everyone in pretty

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