WLJ - Blogs https://wlj.net/blog Thu, 22 Jun 17 00:00:00 -0600 en hourly 1 China's open... now what? https://wlj.net/blog-14347-chinas-open-now-what.html China's open... now what?
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...]]>
Wonderful Wyoming https://wlj.net/blog-14319-wonderful-wyoming.html Wonderful Wyoming
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...]]>
Have your voice heard https://wlj.net/blog-14312-have-your-voice-heard.html Have your voice heard
I had the pleasure of joining my state cattlemen’s association for their mid-year meeting this past week in Montana. These meetings provide an invaluable opportunity to find out the latest issues pr...]]>
Real change https://wlj.net/blog-14298-real-change.html Real change
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...]]>
China is coming https://wlj.net/blog-14279-china-is-coming.html China is coming
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�...]]>
Missed Opportunity https://wlj.net/blog-14267-missed-opportunity.html Missed Opportunity
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...]]>
A market to behold https://wlj.net/blog-14251-a-market-to-behold.html A market to behold
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...]]>
Value added https://wlj.net/blog-14226-value-added.html Value added
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...]]>
PLC Insight https://wlj.net/blog-14183-plc-insight.html PLC Insight
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...]]>
Waiting for our pitch https://wlj.net/blog-14175-waiting-for-our-pitch.html Waiting for our pitch
Plenty of headlines have come out of Washington D.C. since the inauguration three months ago, but none have been more beef friendly than the news released April 10. President Donald Trump met w...]]>
Global trade https://wlj.net/blog-14159-global-trade.html Global trade
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...]]>
Strong market https://wlj.net/blog-14142-strong-market.html Strong market
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...]]>
Brazil corrupted again https://wlj.net/blog-14122-brazil-corrupted-again.html Brazil corrupted again
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 ...]]>
Meddlesome https://wlj.net/blog-14100-meddlesome.html Meddlesome
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...]]>
CAFOs under fire https://wlj.net/blog-14061-cafos-under-fire.html CAFOs under fire
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...]]>
Reversal of fortune https://wlj.net/blog-14013-reversal-of-fortune.html Reversal of fortune
Pete CrowThe District court of Nevada dealt the final death blow in the long-running Wayne Hage grazing dispute and once again reinforced who owns the federal lands in the West. Last week Chief Ju...]]>
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 ...]]>