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Kerry Halladay, WLJ Managing Editor

News
Dec 28, 2012
Though LFTB had been cleared as safe by FDA and been part of the food chain for many years, the damage to consumer confidence was already done once the initial ABC report was aired. Petitions were signed, outraged parents complained to USDA, and grocery stores tried to get rid of it as fast as they could.
News
Dec 21, 2012
At the end of last month, Sen. James Inhofe, R-OK, and Chicago-based nonprofit research organization The Heartland Institute circulated a citizen’s petition to “rein in the Environmental Protection Agency.” The petition was tendered to Congress by Inhofe with over 16,000 signatures.
Markets
Nov 16, 2012
In what has been called neutral to slightly bearish, the most recent USDA World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE) report was released Friday, Nov. 9. Beef production, imports and exports were lowered compared to the previous report, and corn and soybean yield and production estimates rose for the first time in a long while.
News
Nov 16, 2012
In keeping with its efforts to improve consumer perception of and demand for U.S. beef, the Beef Checkoff Program has created an easy-to-use, go-to source for tips on talking to consumers about beef. The pamphlet— “Your Guide to Having the Beef Conversation”—covers a number of common consumer questions and concerns about raising cattle and eating beef.
Markets
Nov 9, 2012
Generally speaking, the fiscal cliff—also called “Taxageddon” in some circles—is the perfect storm when (or if) the Bush-era tax cuts expire at the end of 2012 and automatic government spending cuts to over 1,000 programs take effect at the beginning of 2013.
News
Nov 9, 2012
Ever wonder what that “guaranteed tender” sticker on beef packages at the store means? In the past, the definition varied from location to location or packer to packer. USDA has stepped in, however, and now requires specific, provable, consistent definitions to back claims of tenderness.


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