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Jul 22, 2016
Pete CrowThe beef checkoff is under fire—again—but this time it’s from a different angle. Sens. Mike Lee (R-UT) and Cory Booker (D-NJ) floated a bill out in committee—“The Commodity Checkoff
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Jul 15, 2016
The next six weeks are critical to the cattle markets, which is nothing new to most who watch the seasonal trends of these markets. The big video sales started in earnest this last week and the basis
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Jul 8, 2016
I have to apologize again, but it’s too insulting to let go. Here we have the greatest nation on earth and the political class has pulled another fast one on us. It’s become blazingly clear that f
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Jul 1, 2016
Pete CrowBoth the House and Senate subcommittees on natural resources have been holding a lot of hearings the past few weeks and the Department of the Interior (DOI) and Bureau of Land Management (BLM
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Jun 28, 2016
The House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Federal Lands met last week to discuss the wild horse problem. They discussed challenges and potential solutions to the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM
Opinion
Jun 24, 2016
The House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Federal Lands met last week to discuss the wild horse problem. They discussed challenges and potential solutions to the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM’s) Wild Horse and Burro Program. Steve Ellis, Deputy Director of Operations at

Opinion
Jun 10, 2016
It’s been interesting watching the organic food movement develop over the past couple decades, especially when it comes to beef. I don’t have any concerns over the organic grass-fed beef production systems that have evolved. If ranchers are able to produce it and market it at a higher value.

Opinion
Jun 3, 2016
Boarding wild horses must be a pretty good business and it looks as if it will only get better. I’ve seen many feedlots around the West with thousands of the wholesome creatures penned up and getting regular groceries. This past spring I even saw a band of burros in central Utah enjoying fresh hay.


Opinion
May 27, 2016
A couple months ago the Utah legislators in the House Natural Resources, Agriculture and Environment Committee passed HB276, The Utah Public Lands Act, which would create the Utah Division of Land Management.


Opinion
May 20, 2016
Having another marketing option available will be exciting to watch but the big question mark is: Will the Southern Plains feeders use it? They have cited transaction costs as their main motivation for using the formula pricing system. It will be key for this new market to establish a certain amount of volume to make this thing work.


Opinion
May 13, 2016
It hasn’t been much fun to sit back and watch the cattle market erode, especially after such a tremendous high last fall. Now that the markets have fallen, it appears that they are looking for the summer low; where they go, no one really knows. But, at these levels, we’re going to have to figure out how to make this thing work again.


Opinion
May 6, 2016
Here we go again. Ranchers-Cattlemen Action Legal Fund (R-CALF) just filed suit against USDA citing First Amendment free speech rights over the Montana Beef Council’s advertising efforts to promote beef. Bill Bullard, CEO of R-CALF, and our old friend, J.


Opinion
Apr 15, 2016
boxed beef cutout values moved sharply higher last week to $224.43, which is signaling the start of the spring rally. Packers have also started to increase slaughter levels in preparation for the upcoming demand. This seasonal trend should allow cattle feeders to CROW.


Opinion
Apr 8, 2016
Looking at the cattle futures markets down the road, it’s a little hard to get excited about feeder cattle through summer and fall. The June live cattle contract was at $132 and August is trading at $117.65. We need to see a good rally on the futures and cash markets so cattle feeders.


Opinion
Mar 25, 2016
“We are filing this petition to force unelected bureaucrats to follow the law,” said PLF Staff Attorney Jonathan Wood. “This illegal regulation imposes onerous regulatory burdens on property owners and small businesses, and ultimately hurts the very species it purports to protect.

Opinion
Mar 18, 2016
Last week Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX), Chairman of the House Science Committee, challenged a study produced by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The NOAA study was in conflict with another study that claimed there was less global warming between the years 2000-2015 and it was less than scientists expected.

Opinion
Mar 11, 2016
I’ve been traveling to a lot of bull sales around the western U.S. during the past few weeks. For the most part the sales are off a bit but the quality of the bulls is much better. It has also given me the opportunity to visit with a lot of public land ranchers to find out how they are getting along CROW.

Opinion
Mar 4, 2016
I typically don’t comment on political races but this year’s primaries are exceptional so I’m going to make an exception because it’s all I can think about this week. I don’t want to offend anyone in either party, but you have to admit that these primary races for the next.


Opinion
Feb 19, 2016
He did it again. President Barack Obama locked up another 1.8 million acres in Southern California under the Antiquities Act, and this president has given monument designations to a staggering 260 million acres of land and water— that’s 406,250 square miles.


Opinion
Feb 7, 2016
Heavy snows moved through cattle country and slowed trade and transportation to a crawl. Several packers closed plants or ran only one shift, which is more common that you think. But at press time it appeared that markets were going to move higher this week.