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Jul 21, 2017
Pete CrowIt appears that a national animal identification system may be coming back around. A mandatory animal ID program was pitched five or six years ago by the USDA but was soundly rejected by
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Jul 14, 2017
Pete CrowExport trade is critical for U.S. agriculture. If we don’t get in the game, it could be bad for farms and ranches. Last week the European Union (EU) and Japan announced a free trade agre
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Jul 7, 2017
Pete CrowThe Fourth of July is over and we’re officially in the long hot summer doldrums for beef sales, at least conventional wisdom and history would suggest. But things are a little different
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Jun 30, 2017
Big industry moves came rapid-fire last week just in time for the Fourth of July. First off, Beef Products Incorporated (BPI) settled their defamation suit against American Broadcasting Corporatio
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Jun 23, 2017
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
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Jun 16, 2017
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
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Jun 9, 2017
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
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May 26, 2017
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
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May 19, 2017
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
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May 12, 2017
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
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May 5, 2017
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
Livestock Markets
Apr 28, 2017
Live cattle futures took the lead in last week’s fed cattle trade with the April contract advancing over $6 to close at $135.60 and the June live cattle contract rising to $121.52, still a $14 discount as the April contract expired last Friday. No doubt cattle feeders have been aggressive sellers and will continue to be.

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Apr 28, 2017
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
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Apr 21, 2017
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
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Apr 7, 2017
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
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Mar 31, 2017
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
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Mar 24, 2017
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
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Mar 17, 2017
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
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Mar 10, 2017
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


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