WLJ - Blogs https://wlj.net/blog Sat, 25 Feb 17 00:00:00 -0700 en hourly 1 Check your representation https://wlj.net/blog-14007-check-your-representation.html Check your representation
Pete CrowGrazing public lands has always been a challenge since the Federal Land Management and Policy Act of 1976. The change in concept to managing the lands for multiple uses has created a grea...]]>
Just talk https://wlj.net/blog-13936-just-talk.html Just talk
Pete CrowIt seems that it’s time for everyone to take a deep breath and settle down on Trump’s talk on trade; at this point it’s just talk. Trashing the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) was a...]]>
NCBA in a nutshell https://wlj.net/blog-13930-ncba-in-a-nutshell.html NCBA in a nutshell
Pete CrowImagine 9,300 cattle industry supporters in one place. Nashville, TN, was a busy place last week at the annual Cattle Industry Convention hosted by the National Cattlemen’s Beef Associa...]]>
The problem with diamonds https://wlj.net/blog-13844-the-problem-with-diamonds.html The problem with diamonds
I held down the fort last week while Pete and a few others from WLJ attended the annual Cattle Industry Convention and National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) Trade Show in Nashville, TN. B...]]>
Trade is essential https://wlj.net/blog-13805-trade-is-essential.html Trade is essential
Trump is doing just what he said he would do. Last week, he took the U.S. out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). I don’t know the exact details of the deal with 12 Pacific Rim countries, but I ...]]>
The new order of ag https://wlj.net/blog-13793-the-new-order-of-ag.html The new order of ag
Pete CrowIt looks like agriculture and the livestock industry are going to have a very favorable presidential administration for a while. President Donald Trump announced that Sonny Perdue will be...]]>
Foreign Experience https://wlj.net/blog-13737-foreign-experience.html Foreign Experience
Pete CrowBy the time you receive this issue of WLJ, Donald Trump will be just days away from being sworn in as our 45th president, and we can say goodbye to Barack Obama, who appears to be activel...]]>
The Antiquities Act is due for a makeover https://wlj.net/blog-13722-the-antiquities-act-is-due-for-a-makeover.html The Antiquities Act is due for a makeover
Andy RieberOn Dec. 28 President Barack Obama inked two new national monuments into being: the 1.35 million-acre Bears Ears monument in southeastern Utah, and the 300,000-acre Gold Butte monument n...]]>
Kicking off the New Year! https://wlj.net/blog-13687-kicking-off-the-new-year_.html Kicking off the New Year!
Another year has ended and I hope it was a great one for you and your family. As we look forward to the next year, many people take this opportunity to plan and set goals for the future. Reflectin...]]>
Holiday cheer! https://wlj.net/blog-13685-holiday-cheer_.html Holiday cheer!
Over the last several weeks, the markets have rallied in favor of the cow/calf producer. Without question, this has lifted morale across the country for those who were holding onto inventory. Last...]]>
GIPSA Rules https://wlj.net/blog-13661-gipsa-rules.html GIPSA Rules
Pete CrowI suppose we had fair warning that we were going to get new Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration (GIPSA) changes, otherwise known as the Farmer’s Fair Practices Rules...]]>
Important decisions https://wlj.net/blog-13646-important-decisions.html Important decisions
Pete CrowMany state cattlemen’s associations have been holding their annual policy meetings in the past few weeks. I attended California’s and Nevada’s meetings and found everyone in pretty ...]]>
Positive Elements https://wlj.net/blog-13623-positive-elements.html Positive Elements
Pete CrowThe cattle markets are back and cash fed cattle trade is leading the way. Last Wednesday Superior’s Fed Cattle Exchange sold cattle between $110 and $114, setting the stage for the bulk...]]>
Change is Good https://wlj.net/blog-13601-change-is-good.html Change is Good
Pete CrowJust a week after the election and the House of Representatives was back at it. On Nov. 15 the House Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources held hearings on two bills—Rep. Mark ...]]>
Perspectives https://wlj.net/blog-13580-perspectives.html Perspectives
Which do you see; a duck, a rabbit, both, neither? credited to Jastrow, J. from "The mind\'s eye" in Popular Science Monthly (1899). Public domain image.“A man’s perspective of the world is hi...]]>
Market Rally https://wlj.net/blog-13579-market-rally.html Market Rally
All financial markets seem to like President-elect Donald Trump. Stock markets found new highs and the cattle markets also found stronger prices. It’s pretty clear that most folks think Trump w...]]>
Make him a good one https://wlj.net/blog-13550-make-him-a-good-one.html Make him a good one
Donald Trump during the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, OH. Used under the Creative Commons Attribution-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic license. Use does not suggest endorsement. Original image was ...]]>
Insanity 3.0 https://wlj.net/blog-13510-insanity-30.html Insanity 3.0
This week the elections will be over and we’ll have a new President of the United States, and life will go on. These past few weeks have been full of so much electoral static and noise that my h...]]>
Marketing paradigm shift https://wlj.net/blog-13451-marketing-paradigm-shift.html Marketing paradigm shift
Pete CrowWe all know that markets change as we have experienced over the past three years. We’ve seen the highest of highs and the lowest of lows, in relative terms. Watching any market break 40 per...]]>
It's global https://wlj.net/blog-13424-its-global.html It's global
Retail ground beef showing COOL-style origin labeling.Rae PriceI’m not a big fan of Mandatory Country of Origin Labeling (COOL); first, it was a bad law and created a lot of inventory management c...]]>
The power of information https://wlj.net/blog-13416-the-power-of-information.html The power of information
Pete CrowWhen October live cattle futures fell below $100 a week ago Monday, it seemed that my heart missed a few beats. I’m sure everyone on the production side of this industry may have felt p...]]>
Good cattle https://wlj.net/blog-13397-good-cattle.html Good cattle
A display bull at Ehlke Herefords with interested onlookers during the 2016 MT Hereford Tour.Devin MurninThe week of Sept. 20 was a big week for Montana ranchers. Hundreds of cattlemen assembled in L...]]>
Taxable at death https://wlj.net/blog-13396-taxable-at-death.html Taxable at death
Pete CrowThe subject of estate tax comes around with every presidential election. There seems to be an effort by the Treasury Department to adjust the tax code again, and they are hoping they can get ...]]>
Agency is red handed with red wolves https://wlj.net/blog-13363-agency-is-red-handed-with-red-wolves.html Agency is red handed with red wolves
—Or: how to waste enormous amounts of time, effort, and taxpayer moneyAn endangered red wolf keeps to itself at Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge.Photo by Leo Miranda, U.S. Fish & Wildlif...]]>
Is China ready to do business? https://wlj.net/blog-13362-is-china-ready-to-do-business.html Is China ready to do business?
U.S.-China flagsUSDALast week China’s Premier Li Keqiang told a New York business group that China would open up imports of U.S. beef soon. The futures markets had a slight, but positive response to...]]>
Tell your story https://wlj.net/blog-13341-tell-your-story.html Tell your story
Don't just be a face in the crowd; tell your story.The running joke among farm people seems to be that “city folk” think milk, eggs and beef comes from the store. While that may be true, it all...]]>
No more horsing around https://wlj.net/blog-13340-no-more-horsing-around.html No more horsing around
A feral foal tries to suckle an emaciated mare on an overpopulated Nevada HMAPhoto by Nevada BLMIt appears that the Bureau of Land Management’s Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board has had enough of ...]]>
Attitude Adjustment https://wlj.net/blog-13310-attitude-adjustment.html Attitude Adjustment
Analysts say that Labor Day beef sales were good, but the Choice beef cutout fell to a new low of $189.14. Therefore packers are trying to buy cattle cheaper and subsequently cattle feeders are tr...]]>
Where to now? https://wlj.net/blog-13274-where-to-now.html Where to now?
Pete CrowWhat just happened? The cattle markets seem to have fallen out of bed last week. Cattle feeders were aggressive sellers and started trading fed cattle on Monday; they didn’t even put up...]]>
Political Frustrations https://wlj.net/blog-13268-political-frustrations.html Political Frustrations
Pete CrowThis point in time during any general election cycle is frustrating. Congress is out on summer break with members all campaigning very hard, especially in the House. They will come back t...]]>