WLJ - All News https://wlj.net/articles.sec-2-1-all-news.html Sun, 25 Sep 16 00:00:00 -0600 en hourly 1 Spotlight on economics: monetary policy, commodity prices https://wlj.net/article-14-spotlight-on-economics-monetary-policy-commodity-prices.html Spotlight on economics: monetary policy, commodity prices
Since 1978, the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City has hosted an annual economic policy symposium. The event is designed as a forum for central bankers, policy experts and academics to come together to focus on a topic that is not necessarily of immediate concern, but instead looks at future emerging issues and trends.


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Markets move up after China news https://wlj.net/article-14-markets-move-up-after-china-news.html Markets move up after China news
The cash fed trade was almost non-existent ahead of the September Cattle on Feed report last week. By close of trade Thursday, not even 3,000 head had been confirmed sold. On the Fed Cattle Exchange, four lots totaling 775 head of mixed steers and heifers from Kansas sold for $110-110.50.


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Stocker cattle purchase opportunities https://wlj.net/article-14-stocker-cattle-purchase-opportunities.html Stocker cattle purchase opportunities
Stocker producers have numerous decisions to make when purchasing stocker cattle including the weight, gender, and quality of cattle to buy. The appropriate choice for individual producers depends on the objectives of the stocker program and the type of production system.


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Adding value to cull cows https://wlj.net/article-14-adding-value-to-cull-cows.html Adding value to cull cows
Typically the sale of cull cows accounts for 15 to 30 percent of the yearly gross revenues of cow/calf operations in the U.S. Historic cull cow prices over the past 30 years have been the lowest in November, December and January; and at their highest in level in March, April and May.


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Senate report could help push a decision on WOTUS https://wlj.net/article-26-senate-report-could-help-push-a-decision-on-wotus.html Senate report could help push a decision on WOTUS
The report documents through a number of case studies how the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) have used broad interpretation of their authority to enforce and regulate WOTUS even while implementation is stayed by the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals.


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BLM responds to euthanasia recommendation by board https://wlj.net/article-26-blm-responds-to-euthanasia-recommendation-by-board.html BLM responds to euthanasia recommendation by board
The public continues to reel from the shockwave sent through the country by the National Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board’s Sept. 9 recommendation that the BLM euthanize or sell without limitation all animals in long- and short-term holding deemed “unadoptable.


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Wolf hearing shows government divide https://wlj.net/article-26-wolf-hearing-shows-government-divide.html Wolf hearing shows government divide
Last Wednesday, the House of Representatives’ Agriculture Committee’s Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations held a public hearing on the federal government’s management—some said mismanagement—of wolves. Two vastly different visions of reality were presented at the hearing.


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NCBA files for intervenor status in checkoff case https://wlj.net/article-26-ncba-files-for-intervenor-status-in-checkoff-case.html NCBA files for intervenor status in checkoff case
In an ongoing dispute regarding the national Beef Checkoff Program, the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) announced it will seek intervenor status in a lawsuit filed by attorneys of the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) on behalf of the Organization for Competitive Markets (OCM) against the USDA Office of Inspector General (OIG).


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Antibiotic resistance, animal ag not so neatly connected https://wlj.net/article-26-antibiotic-resistance-animal-ag-not-so-neatly-connected.html Antibiotic resistance, animal ag not so neatly connected
In “Effect of antimicrobial use in agricultural animals on drug-resistant foodborne campylobacteriosis in humans,” researchers from the Medical University of South Carolina reviewed existing literature to assess the existing evidence regarding the...


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Texas Tech has been selected for retail meat surveillance program https://wlj.net/article-26-texas-tech-has-been-selected-for-retail-meat-surveillance-program.html Texas Tech has been selected for retail meat surveillance program
Texas Tech University’s International Center for Food Industry Excellence (ICFIE) has been selected to be a National Surveillance Lab for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA’s) National Antimicrobial Resistance Monitoring System (NARMS) Retail Meat Surveillance Program through a competitive federal grant process.


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Packers and Stockyards amendment passes committee https://wlj.net/article-26-packers-and-stockyards-amendment-passes-committee.html Packers and Stockyards amendment passes committee
The House Committee on Agriculture recently passed a bill intended to modernize the Packers and Stockyards Act of 1921 (PSA). The committee described the need for the bill as being “to protect buyers and sellers of livestock from unfair, deceptive, and discriminatory practices.


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ASI accepting nominations for annual awards https://wlj.net/article-26-asi-accepting-nominations-for-annual-awards.html ASI accepting nominations for annual awards
Dedicated to volunteer commitment and service, this award is presented to a sheep producer who has made substantial contributions to the sheep industry and its organizations in his/her state, region, or nation. The award may recognize a lifetime of achievement or may recognize a noteworthy, shorter-term commitment and service to the industry.


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Cattle Production Veterinarian Hall of Fame recognizes two leaders https://wlj.net/article-26-cattle-production-veterinarian-hall-of-fame-recognizes-two-leaders.html Cattle Production Veterinarian Hall of Fame recognizes two leaders
Since the veterinary profession began 250 years ago, veterinarians have been helping farmers and ranchers do what they do best; produce safe, nutritious food for the world. And there is no one more dedicated to the health and well-being of animals than the cattle production veterinarian.


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California Farm Bureau says proposed water plan will harm farmers, economy https://wlj.net/article-26-california-farm-bureau-says-proposed-water-plan-will-harm-farmers-economy.html California Farm Bureau says proposed water plan will harm farmers, economy
The California State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) recently released a draft proposal to update water quality requirements for salinity in the southern delta and water flows in major tributaries to the San Joaquin River (the Stanislaus, Tuolumne, and Merced Rivers), which drain into the southern delta of the state.


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Letter to the Editor https://wlj.net/article-35-letter-to-the-editor.html Letter to the Editor
I appreciate your interest in investigating and resolving unauthorized grazing practices. As the Director of the State of Utah School and Institutional Trust Lands Administration (SITLA), I am entrusted with the responsibility of overseeing a 3.


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Decreasing markets are a good time to ponder https://wlj.net/article-35-decreasing-markets-are-a-good-time-to-ponder.html Decreasing markets are a good time to ponder
Following is one such note: “I read with interest a recent column of yours dealing with selling calves in the fall at the same weights year after year despite the increasing overall carcass weights. The point of this email, though, is to question what the other alternatives are.


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Keeping beef competitive in the protein market https://wlj.net/article-35-keeping-beef-competitive-in-the-protein-market.html Keeping beef competitive in the protein market
As producers, we ask, “Do consumers still want beef?” By volunteering as a member of the Cattlemen’s Beef Board, I’ve learned that the answer is, “You bet they do!” Consumer demand for beef remains strong despite marketplace challenges, such as issues around supply and weather.


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BQA free certification period announced https://wlj.net/article-35-bqa-free-certification-period-announced.html BQA free certification period announced
The countdown has begun once again for beef and dairy producers to become Beef Quality Assurance (BQA)-certified for free online through Nov. 13. And, as an added bonus, anyone who becomes certified during this period is eligible to win a prize package, courtesy of Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc.


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Tax relief companies accused of false advertising https://wlj.net/article-35-tax-relief-companies-accused-of-false-advertising.html Tax relief companies accused of false advertising
Have you heard those scary radio ads by tax relief companies promising to help taxpayers in distress? The ads warn consumers about unexpected IRS bank levies to recover unpaid or disputed taxes.


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Market makes mixed moves https://wlj.net/article-14-market-makes-mixed-moves.html Market makes mixed moves
Cash cattle traders were sitting on their hands last week after the prior week’s precipitous fall. By Thursday afternoon, not even 3,000 head had been reported sold, this not including the almost 1,000 head that sold at auction via the Fed Cattle Exchange.


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International trade role looms large for cattle, beef https://wlj.net/article-14-international-trade-role-looms-large-for-cattle-beef.html International trade role looms large for cattle, beef
Markets work best and most efficiently not by stopping and starting abruptly but by gently tapping the brakes or the accelerator as conditions change. International trade of cattle and beef is a significant buffer that reduces drastic market swings in U.


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Assessing the feedlot profit situation https://wlj.net/article-14-assessing-the-feedlot-profit-situation.html Assessing the feedlot profit situation
Given the multitude of adjustments underway in the cattle markets, it is useful to assess most recent estimates of closeout returns offered in Kansas State University’s (K- State’s) Kansas Feedlot Net Return series to extend understanding of the current situation faced by feedlots.


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Exchange rates and their effect on U.S. sheep industry https://wlj.net/article-14-exchange-rates-and-their-effect-on-us-sheep-industry.html Exchange rates and their effect on U.S. sheep industry
“With the recent news from New Zealand of a drought and the decrease in supplies available to import, as well as the strengthening of the New Zealand dollar against the U.S. dollar, the hope for U.S. producers is that there will be less imports, thus taking the pressure off domestic supply,” Sand said.


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What caused the decline in cash trade? https://wlj.net/article-14-what-caused-the-decline-in-cash-trade.html What caused the decline in cash trade?
But, while potent, auctions are not the only form of cash price discovery. When it comes to the fed cattle markets, auctions are almost unheard of—the Fed Cattle Exchange notwithstanding (see the story on this issue’s cover)—and concern over negotiated cash fed trade grows as its volume declines.


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Board: Euthanasia for unwanted horses https://wlj.net/article-26-board-euthanasia-for-unwanted-horses.html Board: Euthanasia for unwanted horses
On the final day of its biannual regular meeting, this year held in Elko, NV, the board advised BLM to follow the stipulations of the Wild and Free Roaming Horse and Burro Act of 1971 that allow for “all suitable animals in long- and short-term...


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Future for livestock auctioneers remains bright https://wlj.net/article-26-future-for-livestock-auctioneers-remains-bright.html Future for livestock auctioneers remains bright
The words from Leroy Van Dyke’s song, The Auctioneer, hold true for many entering the auction profession. The song tells the story of a young boy who sneaks away from school to go to the local auction barn and listen to an auctioneer.


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Fed Cattle Exchange returns with bid ideas https://wlj.net/article-26-fed-cattle-exchange-returns-with-bid-ideas.html Fed Cattle Exchange returns with bid ideas
Ten lots of steers and one heifer lot ranging from New Mexico to the Corn Belt were offered for sale. Some lots didn’t sell, but at the end of the rapid-fire sale almost 1,000 head had been sold at prices ranging from $105-108.


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Court: EPA’s info release may be injurious to CAFO owners https://wlj.net/article-26-court-epa%25E2%2580%2599s-info-release-may-be-injurious-to-cafo-owners.html Court: EPA’s info release may be injurious to CAFO owners
Personal information about the owners of concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs) should never have been released by Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) back in 2014, a federal appeals court ruled unanimously Friday, Sept. 9.


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Protect vaccines from heat, cold to ensure healthier livestock https://wlj.net/article-26-protect-vaccines-from-heat-cold-to-ensure-healthier-livestock.html Protect vaccines from heat, cold to ensure healthier livestock
“A lot of people store their vaccines in a refrigerator in the garage, or shop or barn but most of the time those refrigerators are the old one that was replaced,” he said. “But even a new refrigerator can have trouble maintaining proper temperatures in some situations.


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Digital 'agvocates' tout personal connection https://wlj.net/article-26-digital-agvocates-tout-personal-connection.html Digital 'agvocates' tout personal connection
“Become an agvocate,” they say to farmers and ranchers. “Tell your story. Agvocate!” It is indeed valuable to tell the story of agriculture. Market research repeatedly finds consumers trust farmers and ranchers above most other sources when it comes to information about food.


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