WLJ - All News https://wlj.net/articles.sec-2-1-all-news.html Mon, 06 Jul 15 00:00:00 -0600 en hourly 1 Futures surprise with limit up rally https://wlj.net/article-14-futures-surprise-with-limit-up-rally.html Futures surprise with limit up rally
For a short marketing week, there was no shortage of activity last week. Negotiated cash fed cattle trade got underway earlier than normal with packers trying to buy for a full production week while butted up to a holiday.


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Meat prices and production https://wlj.net/article-14-meat-prices-and-production.html Meat prices and production
The retail pork price in May was $3.696/lb., down 7.3 cents from April and 9.8 percent lower than one year ago. The May broiler composite retail price was $1.


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USDA to allow beef from regions with FMD history into the United States https://wlj.net/article-26-usda-to-allow-beef-from-regions-with-fmd-history-into-the-united-states.html USDA to allow beef from regions with FMD history into the United States
Beef from regions of Argentina and Brazil with a known history of foot and mouth disease (FMD) could be making its way to the United States. On June 29, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) announced it is amending regulations to allow fresh beef into the U.


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Industry calls plan for sage-grouse political https://wlj.net/article-26-industry-calls-plan-for-sage-grouse-political.html Industry calls plan for sage-grouse political
The name of the game is politics; not preservation, says the livestock industry of the Obama administration’s latest regulatory move on the greater sage-grouse. Last Monday, industries and a host of local governments submitted protests on the administration’s plans to amp up regulations on 50 million acres of federal land across the West.


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WOTUS called unconstitutional https://wlj.net/article-26-wotus-called-unconstitutional.html WOTUS called unconstitutional
(WOTUS). The attorneys general of 13 states are attempting to sue the EPA over what they characterize as unlawful expansion of jurisdiction. They additionally call the WOTUS final draft “arbitrary, capricious, and abuse of discretion, and otherwise not in accordance with law.


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NCBA CEO resigns https://wlj.net/article-26-ncba-ceo-resigns.html NCBA CEO resigns
Roberts is leaving NCBA to pursue other opportunities in the cattle industry and agribusiness. He will remain with NCBA until the end of July to help NCBA with transition of staff leadership, including his roles in several industry-related organizations.


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The USDA’s role in biotech labels https://wlj.net/article-26-the-usda%25E2%2580%2599s-role-in-biotech-labels.html The USDA’s role in biotech labels
The House Ag Committee Biotechnology, Horticulture, and Research Subcommittee held a hearing recently that was clearly intended to emphasize the role that USDA can play in biotech labeling, a question that now is in the hands of the Food and Drug Administration.


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USFWS refuses to uplist continental gray wolves https://wlj.net/article-26-usfws-refuses-to-uplist-continental-gray-wolves.html USFWS refuses to uplist continental gray wolves
Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) ruffled some feathers by refusing to reclassify all gray wolf populations in the contiguous 48 states as threatened. This decision came as a result of a January petition submitted by the Humane Society of the U.S. (HSUS), Center for Biologic Diversity, and 21 other animal rights and environmental groups.


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ASI seeks Senate support https://wlj.net/article-26-asi-seeks-senate-support.html ASI seeks Senate support
The American Sheep Industry Association (ASI) is among 10 varied trade organizations joining forces to request the United States’ Senate support for amendments offered by Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) to the FY 2016 National Defense Authorization Act (H.R. 1735).


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New responsibilities with final VFD https://wlj.net/article-26-new-responsibilities-with-final-vfd.html New responsibilities with final VFD
Livestock producers and veterinarians recently gained a bit more insight into the changes they’ll be facing in the way antibiotics are used in food animals when the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released their final rule last month regarding how the Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD) will be used.


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Future water restrictions coming for New Mexico? https://wlj.net/article-26-future-water-restrictions-coming-for-new-mexico.html Future water restrictions coming for New Mexico?
that uses water in the urban landscape. There are rebate programs in place that offer up to $2 per square foot if you remove turf. But what about trees or other landscape plants? There is no doubt that irrigation water is being wasted, but in order to address the issue a more balanced or holistic approach should be taken.


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BLM Albuquerque office has moved https://wlj.net/article-26-blm-albuquerque-office-has-moved.html BLM Albuquerque office has moved
The Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) Albuquerque District and Rio Puerco Field Offices recently moved to the Pan American building located at 100 Sun Avenue, Suite 330, in Albuquerque, NM. The new location, south of Paseo del Norte at I-25, is conveniently accessible for the public from the Pan American Freeway West.


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Up to $10M available for federal purchase of lamb https://wlj.net/article-26-up-to-%252410m-available-for-federal-purchase-of-lamb.html Up to $10M available for federal purchase of lamb
Huge volumes of imported lamb, record levels of inventory in the coolers and a major swing in currency-exchange rates to the advantage of the importer have all pressured American lamb movement and price.


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TPA and TAA finally signed by President Obama https://wlj.net/article-26-tpa-and-taa-finally-signed-by-president-obama.html TPA and TAA finally signed by President Obama
President Barack Obama last week signed the Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) and Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) bills granting him Fast-Track authority in making trade deals with other countries.


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Making hay without sunshine https://wlj.net/article-26-making-hay-without-sunshine.html Making hay without sunshine
Typically, the first cutting of alfalfa is taken somewhere around Memorial Day, plus or minus a week, and the second cutting usually comes approximately five weeks later. The majority of Nebraska alfalfa growers have gotten their first cutting off, although for many of those growers the first cutting was delayed, Anderson said.


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CA history suggests bad fire season ahead https://wlj.net/article-26-ca-history-suggests-bad-fire-season-ahead.html CA history suggests bad fire season ahead
For California, still suffering in its historic drought, it has meant an early and voracious start to its usual fire season. According to CalFire (the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection), there have been 41 fires in the state since February of this year, burning a total of 49,696 acres as of publishing.


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BIF conference focuses on cow herd, sustainability https://wlj.net/article-26-bif-conference-focuses-on-cow-herd-sustainability.html BIF conference focuses on cow herd, sustainability
Sustainability was the first big topic at this year’s BIF meeting. All speakers agreed that sustainability was a combination of environment, social concerns and profitability (economics).


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FMD round two https://wlj.net/article-35-fmd-round-two.html FMD round two
We have one of those rare times when every organization representing agriculture agrees on an issue. The Obama administration announced last week that they will start to allow 14 regions of Brazil and Argentina to export fresh and frozen beef to the U.


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Beef Talk - May calving is productive https://wlj.net/article-35-beef-talk.html Beef Talk - May calving is productive
But even without major tweaking, at least for the center, those May-born calves are holding their own. Last year, the center’s beef herd may have started 100 pounds light, but the calves actually had an adjusted 205-day weight of 681 pounds.


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Kay's Korner - Price discovery silence https://wlj.net/article-35-kays-korner.html Kay's Korner - Price discovery silence
Who would have believed the discovery of live cattle prices would change so much in a decade? Or that the public cries in the 1990s over “captive supply” would be replaced by a public silence about the disappearing cash market and the preponderance...


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Futures plunge in late-week trade https://wlj.net/article-14-futures-plunge-in-late-week-trade.html Futures plunge in late-week trade
The cash fed cattle trade got underway last Thursday with almost 35,000 head confirmed sold on the negotiated market. Prices for live steers ranged from $147- 150—steady to lower compared to the prior week’s $149-150—and dressed steers were down $2-3 at $235-240.


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Low placements are today's new normal https://wlj.net/article-14-low-placements-are-todays-new-normal.html Low placements are today's new normal
The top cattle-feeding states were very mixed but mostly lower than the national average, meaning a lot of the year-to-year increase came from smaller cattle-feeding states. Both Colorado and Texas saw 2 percent declines in their on-feed populations at 890,000 and 2.


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2015 U.S. beef production is historically low, 2016 up https://wlj.net/article-14-2015-us-beef-production-is-historically-low-2016-up.html 2015 U.S. beef production is historically low, 2016 up
Historically small U.S. cattle inventory continues to support high beef prices in 2015, but at least in the short term, increasing imports of processing beef (especially from Australia) and heavy carcass weights have helped moderate some of the price pressures.


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Farm expenses vary by farm specialization https://wlj.net/article-14-farm-expenses-vary-by-farm-specialization.html Farm expenses vary by farm specialization
The variation in the percent of total expenses represented by individual expenses across different types of farms reflects how specialized U.S. agriculture has become.


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Beef buildup continues https://wlj.net/article-14-beef-buildup-continues.html Beef buildup continues
At 468.56 million pounds of beef in storage, beef stores were up 24 percent compared to last year, but down 3 percent from the prior month. The buildup was entirely credited to increased supplies of boneless beef, most of it likely from Australia given the still-favorable import environment.


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CRP enrollment acres fluctuate https://wlj.net/article-14-crp-enrollment-acres-fluctuate.html CRP enrollment acres fluctuate
The Agricultural Act of 2014 gradually reduces the cap on land enrolled in the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) from 32 million acres to 24 million acres by 2017. CRP acreage declined 34 percent since 2007, falling from 36.8 million acres to 24.2 million by April 2015.


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Listing can be bad for species conservation https://wlj.net/article-26-listing-can-be-bad-for-species-conservation.html Listing can be bad for species conservation
It might sound counterintuitive, but listing a species under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) is often bad for its health. While the threat of listing looms, stakeholders are motivated to work together to privately ensure the species’ future.


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TPA gets OK in Senate https://wlj.net/article-26-tpa-gets-ok-in-senate.html TPA gets OK in Senate
Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) legislation finally made its way to President Barack Obama’s office last Wednesday after a series of twists, turns and political maneuvering. The bill returned to the Senate early last week for consideration after the House failed to advance it with Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) attached.


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Mobile beef lab takes hands-on learning to new level https://wlj.net/article-26-mobile-beef-lab-takes-hands-on-learning-to-new-level.html Mobile beef lab takes hands-on learning to new level
The Husker Mobile Beef Lab is a mobile experience aimed at teaching youth about microbiology, ruminant nutrition, food production, forage resources management, anatomy and physiology, and more. The mobile lab also provides the opportunity to discuss animal husbandry and welfare in the beef industry and clear up any confusion.


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Vacant allotments could help sheep producers https://wlj.net/article-26-vacant-allotments-could-help-sheep-producers.html Vacant allotments could help sheep producers
Regional Forester Nora Rasure of the Intermountain Region recently communicated, by letter, with Governors Brian Sandoval (NV) Matthew Mead (WY) and Butch Otter (ID), along with Utah’s Director of Public Lands Policy Coordinating Office, Kathleen...


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