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Cattle and Beef Industry News
by WLJ
Jul 21, 2017
Last Monday saw the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) release the goals for renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). As with previous installments of the NAFTA renegotiation effort, agriculture and its interests received top billing.
Cattle and Beef Industry News
by WLJ
Jul 21, 2017
Oklahoma beef producers will have the chance to vote on a state-specific beef checkoff in November. Oklahoma Commissioner of Agriculture Jim Reese authorized a referendum after verifying that enough signatures were gathered to hold the vote. The signature petitions were submitted on behalf of the Oklahoma Cattlemen’s Association.
Livestock Industry Opinions
by WLJ
Jul 21, 2017
There are positive findings from the 2016 National Beef Quality Audit (NBQA) released in mid-July. Among those are data showing a significant increase in Choice and Prime carcasses, a high mobility score for cattle entering packing plants, and the...
Cattle and Beef Industry News
by WLJ
Jul 14, 2017
Utah’s “ag gag” law was ruled unconstitutional in a July 7 ruling by U.S. District Judge Robert Shelby. The Utah law, which prohibits unauthorized filming of agricultural operations, violates free speech, according to Shelby’s decision, which sides with animal rights groups.
Cattle and Beef Industry News
by WLJ
Jul 14, 2017
Rep. Bill Huizenga (R-MI) introduced H.R. 3131 at the end of June which would amend the Endangered Species Act. Specifically, it would amend the section (16 U.S. Code Section 1540 (g)) that deals with citizen suits.


Cattle and Beef Industry News
by WLJ
Jul 14, 2017
Last Monday, the Colorado and Nebraska Departments of Agriculture jointly announced that a livestock commuter agreement had been reached between the two states. Such agreements allow covered livestock herds to be moved between agreeing states “in the course of normal livestock management operations,” according to federal code.
Cattle and Beef Industry News
by WLJ
Jul 7, 2017
On the heels of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s announcement that the Yellowstone Ecosystem population of grizzly bears will be removed from the endangered species list, the Western Watershed Project (WWP) announced its intent to sue the service.
Cattle and Beef Industry News
by WLJ
Jul 7, 2017
Lance Pekus, a rancher from Salmon, ID, was featured in the July 3 episode of NBC’s American Ninja Warriors, setting the best time of the night’s contest. He completed the obstacle course in just over two minutes, officially 2:10:13. The winning time qualifies him to compete in the Kansas City finals, which air Aug.
Livestock Industry Opinions
by WLJ
Jul 7, 2017
It hasn’t been smooth sailing for the beef cattle industry over the past year. For its part, the cattle market has certainly been aggravating. As a beef producer I know the limitations of what any of us at the ranch level can do individually to fully control profitability and assure that the bottom line has more black ink on it than red.
Cattle and Beef Industry News
by WLJ
Jun 30, 2017
announced last Tuesday that the Senate vote on the American Health Care Act of 2017 (H.R. 1628) will be delayed until after the July 4 holiday. Both the House and the Senate are out on congressional recess until the week beginning July 10. Senators are reportedly planning to make changes to the bill which passed the House on a very narrow margin.
Cattle and Beef Industry News
by WLJ
Jun 30, 2017
USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue was in China last week to formally mark the return of U.S. beef to the Chinese market after a 13-year absence. He was joined by U.S. Ambassador to China Terry Branstad. On June 30, Perdue and Branstad ceremonially cut a prime rib that originated in Nebraska and was shipped by the Greater Omaha Packing Company.
Cattle and Beef Industry News
by WLJ
Jun 16, 2017
He was born on June 14, 1938 in Hamilton, the son of Elwood and Velma Crowell Holland. Ron graduated from Hamilton High School in 1955. After graduation, he worked for several farmers and also on an oil drilling rig in the area. He then served in the United States Army at Fort Carson, CO.
Cattle and Beef Industry News
by WLJ
Jun 16, 2017
News personalities at 115 TV stations in the top 30 U.S. media markets received bouquets of beef jerky to celebrate National Beef Jerky Day on June 12. The bouquets, arranged in custom “Beef. It’s What’s for Dinner” vases, were delivered along with information that included tips on how beef jerky is the “ultimate snack hack” for consumers.
Cattle and Beef Industry News
by WLJ
Jun 16, 2017
baseball practice. Among the five people injured in the shooting was Tyson Foods Director of Government Relations, Matt Mika. “We have confirmed that Matt Mika, director, government relations for our Washington, D.C. office, is among those who was shot this morning in Alexandria,” read a prepared statement from Tyson Foods, as reported in The Hill.
Livestock Industry Opinions
by WLJ
Jun 16, 2017
You’ve managed the ecosystem of your farms and ranches since you started in the cattle business, likely putting most of the emphasis on the living things. There are living things in the digital ecosystem, too (you and me, for example). But it is the non-living things that take up most of the space: all those apps, photos, music, etc.


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