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2017 June 23
Business in BrazilThis situation with JBS SA, the world’s largest meat packer, and J&F investments and the Brazilian government is getting out of control to say the least. It’s getting hard to
2017 June 16
Pete CrowWhat a difference a deadline makes. Resuming beef trade with China has been on the minds of cattlemen since we were shut out in 2003. In the past, they were just conversations about reope
2017 June 9
Wyoming has never looked better! We just completed our annual WLJ Ranch Tour in the Cowboy State. Ample moisture has blessed the state and it was about as green as Wyoming gets; grass conditions w
2017 June 2
I had the pleasure of joining my state cattlemen’s association for their mid-year meeting this past week in Montana. These meetings provide an invaluable opportunity to find out the latest issues pr
2017 May 26
Pete CrowNow that President Donald Trump has produced his first budget, it appears that he has angered just about every special interest group in the country. It looks as though no stone was left untu
2017 May 19
China is big. Can you imagine 1.4 billion new customers having the opportunity to buy U.S. grain-fed beef? When the market was closed to U.S. beef producers in 2003 because of the mad cow—BSE
2017 May 12
Pete CrowCash fed cattle found their spring top two weeks ago as the market touched $148. Since that point, the futures markets have been in an absolute free fall with the May contract losing arou
2017 May 5
Pete CrowLooks like everyone missed this market rally. We’ve found a dynamic that I don’t think we’ve ever seen before. That is the dynamic between futures markets and the cash market and th
2017 April 28
Pete Crow There was a lot of news coming from the packing industry last week.Cargill announced that they were going to sell two more feedlots—Yuma, CO and Leoti, KS—to Omaha-based Green Plain
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

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