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News
by WLJ
Jul 31, 2015
“If the JBS-Cargill deal is finalized, the four largest pork processors will control roughly 71 percent of the processing capacity in the country. Continued mergers and acquisitions in an already consolidated pork industry could reduce competition.


News
by WLJ
Jul 31, 2015
The U.S. House of Representatives passed HR1599, dubbed the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act, on July 23 by a 275-150 vote. The measure blocks mandatory labeling of foods made with genetically engineered crops, but leaves the door open for a national, voluntary labeling standard.


Opinion
by WLJ
Jul 31, 2015
So how are we helping restaurant operators sell more beef? Our checkoff created an infographic to help explain. In a nutshell, the number of people eating steak at dinner (in my neck of the woods, that’s supper!) is growing.


News
by WLJ
Jul 24, 2015
These are just some of the adjectives used to describe those who have been successful in the cattle-feeding industry. What makes this industry so demanding and distinguishes it from other vocations? Former Hall of Fame inductee Roy Dinsdale shares one reason: “It’s a challenge every year between Mother Nature and me.


News
by WLJ
Jul 24, 2015
During the 2015 Cattle Industry Summer Conference July 15-16 in Denver, CO, beef industry leaders representing every link in the beef value chain presented a plan for meeting aggressive goals to strengthen the industry from 2016-2020. The Beef Industry Long Range Plan Task Force has been meeting since December, 2014.


News
by WLJ
Jul 24, 2015
Marston stated, “It has been a privilege to serve as CEO of RAAA. While the board and I have mutually agreed to pursue other options, I leave RAAA with great memories of bringing outstanding talent to key staff positions and building industry-leading teams in key areas.


Opinion
by WLJ
Jul 24, 2015
On my bucket list was eating at a quaint old hotel in the Flint Hills known for quality steaks. So I met an old friend, ordered a glass of Merlot and a USDA Prime but otherwise unbranded sirloin. When the steak arrived, flavor was outstanding, juiciness great—but it was so tough I did what I have never done before and sent it back to the kitchen.


Markets
by WLJ
Jul 17, 2015
Seventy-nine to 86 percent of retirement, off-farm occupation, and lowsales farms are in the “red zone” (farms with an RRA of less than 1 percent), indicating a very low return to farming. The share of farms in the red zone drops rapidly for the remaining family farm types, those with moderate sales and higher.


News
by WLJ
Jul 17, 2015
The National Cattlemen’s Foundation is now accepting applications for the W.D. Farr Scholarships for the 2015-16 school year. The annual W.D. Farr Scholarship awards were established by the National Cattlemen’s Foundation in 2007 to recognize outstanding students who plan to pursue careers in meat science and animal agriculture.


Markets
by WLJ
Jul 10, 2015
When shopping at the meat counter this Fourth of July, consumers noticed differences in prices per pound compared to last year. A pound of pork chops sold for $3.79 in May 2015 compared to $4.11 per pound in May 2014, a decrease of 7.8 percent. The price of boneless chicken breasts has also fallen, decreasing by 1.


News
by WLJ
Jul 10, 2015
The grant, from the US- DA's Western Region Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program, is intended to increase the availability and consumption of local beef in Montana’s schools and communities and help improve Montana beef producers’ and meat processors’ viability and sustainability.


Opinion
by WLJ
Jul 10, 2015
Reports are claiming one of the best grass summers in memory across the midwestern states. This has dried up summer culling and delayed beef sales. In addition, heifer retention is on the up-trend, keeping summer beef sales lower than projected.


Opinion
by WLJ
Jul 10, 2015
Many areas of the western states have recently seen a tremendous amount of rainfall accompanied by slick and muddy conditions. Our livestock have no choice (in most circumstances) but to stand and travel amid standing water and muck as well as rough and stony ground.


News
by WLJ
Jul 2, 2015
Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) ruffled some feathers by refusing to reclassify all gray wolf populations in the contiguous 48 states as threatened. This decision came as a result of a January petition submitted by the Humane Society of the U.S. (HSUS), Center for Biologic Diversity, and 21 other animal rights and environmental groups.


News
by WLJ
Jul 2, 2015
The American Sheep Industry Association (ASI) is among 10 varied trade organizations joining forces to request the United States’ Senate support for amendments offered by Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) to the FY 2016 National Defense Authorization Act (H.R. 1735).


News
by WLJ
Jul 2, 2015
The Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) Albuquerque District and Rio Puerco Field Offices recently moved to the Pan American building located at 100 Sun Avenue, Suite 330, in Albuquerque, NM. The new location, south of Paseo del Norte at I-25, is conveniently accessible for the public from the Pan American Freeway West.