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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
2016 December 2
Pete CrowThe cattle markets are back and cash fed cattle trade is leading the way. Last Wednesday Superior’s Fed Cattle Exchange sold cattle between $110 and $114, setting the stage for the bulk
2016 November 25
Pete CrowJust a week after the election and the House of Representatives was back at it. On Nov. 15 the House Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources held hearings on two bills—Rep. Mark
2016 November 23
Which do you see; a duck, a rabbit, both, neither? credited to Jastrow, J. from "The mind\'s eye" in Popular Science Monthly (1899). Public domain image.“A man’s perspective of the world is hi
2016 November 18
All financial markets seem to like President-elect Donald Trump. Stock markets found new highs and the cattle markets also found stronger prices. It’s pretty clear that most folks think Trump w
2016 November 11
Donald Trump during the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, OH. Used under the Creative Commons Attribution-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic license. Use does not suggest endorsement. Original image was
2016 November 4
This week the elections will be over and we’ll have a new President of the United States, and life will go on. These past few weeks have been full of so much electoral static and noise that my h
2016 October 21
Pete CrowWe all know that markets change as we have experienced over the past three years. We’ve seen the highest of highs and the lowest of lows, in relative terms. Watching any market break 40 per
2016 October 14
Retail ground beef showing COOL-style origin labeling.Rae PriceI’m not a big fan of Mandatory Country of Origin Labeling (COOL); first, it was a bad law and created a lot of inventory management c
2016 October 7
Pete CrowWhen October live cattle futures fell below $100 a week ago Monday, it seemed that my heart missed a few beats. I’m sure everyone on the production side of this industry may have felt p

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