WLJ - All News https://wlj.net/articles.sec-2-1-all-news.html Sat, 23 May 15 00:00:00 -0500 en hourly 1 Beef demand is the market’s big mystery https://wlj.net/article-14-beef-demand-is-the-market%25E2%2580%2599s-big-mystery.html Beef demand is the market’s big mystery
The markets may well be on the precipice before the fall, or they could have some good times ahead. It’s anyone’s game at this point, and it all depends on the consumer at the meat counter. How much beef are they willing to buy for the traditionally best beef demand period of the year, and how much are they willing to pay for it?.


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The double-edged sword of free trade agreements https://wlj.net/article-14-the-double-edged-sword-of-free-trade-agreements.html The double-edged sword of free trade agreements
The world economy is getting more global. And the global middle class is growing, and with it, its taste for beef. If the U.S. can’t supply it economically, the world will look to other countries, leaving the U.S. behind in the great trade race on beef exports.


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Avian Influenza and meat markets https://wlj.net/article-14-avian-influenza-and-meat-markets.html Avian Influenza and meat markets
As a result, the biggest and most immediate impact for consumers is in egg markets, especially in the north central part of the country. The reduced supply of table eggs as well as breaking eggs used in food service will impact consumers directly and indirectly.


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Farm costs rise to 10.5 cents of U.S. food dollar https://wlj.net/article-14-farm-costs-rise-to-105-cents-of-us-food-dollar.html Farm costs rise to 10.5 cents of U.S. food dollar
In the U.S., 10.5 cents of a typical dollar spent by consumers on domestically-produced food in 2013 represented value added by farm producers, up 8 percent from the previous two years. Products and services provided to farmers by agribusinesses, such as fertilizers and veterinary services, accounted for 2.


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TPA appears to be on track for passage https://wlj.net/article-26-tpa-appears-to-be-on-track-for-passage.html TPA appears to be on track for passage
By moving to invoke cloture, McConnell set the stage for a vote, but several amendments remained in consideration. Still, hope remained that a vote would be taken and the bill would be passed before Congress left town for Memorial Day recess. On May 18, Sen.


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House of Representatives passes new bill to block sage-grouse listing, overreaching regs https://wlj.net/article-26-house-of-representatives-passes-new-bill-to-block-sage-grouse-listing-overreaching-regs.html House of Representatives passes new bill to block sage-grouse listing, overreaching regs
The U.S. House of Representatives has made a move to prevent an Endangered Species Act (ESA) listing of the sage-grouse—this time in the name of national defense. Legislators and military officials are concerned that a listing would limit military access to critical facilities and training areas.


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U.S. loses the final battle over COOL https://wlj.net/article-26-us-loses-the-final-battle-over-cool.html U.S. loses the final battle over COOL
The U.S. is 0 for 4 on COOL and the game is over. Last Monday, as predicted, the World Trade Organization (WTO) ruled on the U.S.’ most recent appeal on the issue of mandatory country-of-origin labeling (COOL). This was the WTO’s fourth and final ruling on the matter.


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Wet, cold weather creates calf health risks https://wlj.net/article-26-wet-cold-weather-creates-calf-health-risks.html Wet, cold weather creates calf health risks
“The stress of cold, wet weather and fighting muddy conditions seems to weaken the immune system to the point whereby bacteria, viruses and certain protozoa such as coccidia gain a foothold and can cause clinical disease,” says Extension Veterinarian and Livestock Stewardship Specialist Gerald Stokka.


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Revisions to ESA process proposed https://wlj.net/article-26-revisions-to-esa-process-proposed.html Revisions to ESA process proposed
The Endangered Species Act (ESA) listing process could change under a notice of proposed rulemaking released last week. The U.S.


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CA Leopold award seeks nominees https://wlj.net/article-26-ca-leopold-award-seeks-nominees.html CA Leopold award seeks nominees
The Leopold Conservation Award Program recognizes agricultural landowners who are actively committed to a land ethic. Working with prominent state conservation partners, Sand County Foundation presents the prestigious honor, which consists of $10,000 and a crystal award, in settings that showcase the landowner’s achievements among their peers.


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MSGA seeks applicants for 2015 environmental stewardship award https://wlj.net/article-26-msga-seeks-applicants-for-2015-environmental-stewardship-award.html MSGA seeks applicants for 2015 environmental stewardship award
Do you know a Montana rancher who is a leader in stewardship and sustainability, implementing conservation practices to ensure the social, economic, and environmental sustainability of their operation? Encourage them to apply for the Montana Environmental Stewardship Award, presented by the Montana Stockgrowers Association (MSGA).


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Interior releases wildfire roadmap https://wlj.net/article-26-interior-releases-wildfire-roadmap.html Interior releases wildfire roadmap
Catastrophic wildfire is the number one threat to sage-grouse across a good portion of the West. As such, the U.S. Department of Interior has just released a comprehensive strategy meant to address that threat, particularly in the Great Basin region.


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Eight tips to save money, use sprayers efficiently https://wlj.net/article-26-eight-tips-to-save-money-use-sprayers-efficiently.html Eight tips to save money, use sprayers efficiently
Using clean water when calibrating a pesticide sprayer and carrying extra nozzles for quick repair of simple problems in the field are just some of the tricks of the trade that can help growers save time, energy and money during spraying season,...


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Another look at fall vs. spring calving https://wlj.net/article-26-another-look-at-fall-vs-spring-calving.html Another look at fall vs. spring calving
As cow herd managers monitor the pasture conditions this spring and make decisions about rebuilding a depleted cow herd, some may wish to rethink the time of year that breeding and calving take place. New data from Tennessee on a fescue-based forage system gives more information about the direct comparison between fall and spring calving.


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NDSU represented on meat science board https://wlj.net/article-26-ndsu-represented-on-meat-science-board.html NDSU represented on meat science board
Rob Maddock, North Dakota State University Associate Professor of Animal Sciences, has been elected to serve a three-year term on the board of directors of the American Meat Science Association.


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FDA proposes rule to collect antimicrobial sales information https://wlj.net/article-26-fda-proposes-rule-to-collect-antimicrobial-sales-information.html FDA proposes rule to collect antimicrobial sales information
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on May 20 released its proposed rule presenting revisions to its annual reporting requirements for drug sponsors (pharmaceutical companies). The purpose is to obtain estimates of all antimicrobials sold or distributed for use in food-producing animal species (cattle, swine, chickens and turkeys).


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Morrison, TN cattleman Jack Ward named EVP by Hereford Association https://wlj.net/article-26-morrison-tn-cattleman-jack-ward-named-evp-by-hereford-association.html Morrison, TN cattleman Jack Ward named EVP by Hereford Association
As EVP, Ward will lead, direct, manage and support all functions of the association, including serving as the association secretary.


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USDA invests $6.5 million to help Ogallala Aquifer region https://wlj.net/article-26-usda-invests-%252465-million-to-help-ogallala-aquifer-region.html USDA invests $6.5 million to help Ogallala Aquifer region
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced May 14 that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is investing $6.5 million in the Ogallala Aquifer region this year to help farmers and ranchers conserve billions of gallons of water and improve water quality.


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Win for grazing in Ninth Circuit Court https://wlj.net/article-26-win-for-grazing-in-ninth-circuit-court.html Win for grazing in Ninth Circuit Court
The livestock industry has made a win in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Two anti-grazing groups had challenged the U.S. Forest Service for renewing grazing permits on two allotments in Arizona.


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Professor explains importance of animals in global food security https://wlj.net/article-26-professor-explains-importance-of-animals-in-global-food-security.html Professor explains importance of animals in global food security
Larry Reynolds, North Dakota State University (NDSU) Distinguished Professor of Animal Sciences, along with colleagues from around the country, recently published: “Importance of Animals in Agricultural Sustainability and Food Security” in the Journal of Nutrition.


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Rural projects a priority https://wlj.net/article-26-rural-projects-a-priority.html Rural projects a priority
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has announced USDA’s plan to implement a farm bill provision that will have a major policy impact on the way the Department of Agriculture helps rural communities plan and finance regional economic development strategies.


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Vet loan repayment program available https://wlj.net/article-26-vet-loan-repayment-program-available.html Vet loan repayment program available
The USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) is seeking applications for the Veterinary Medicine Loan Repayment Program (VMLRP). The program is available to repay qualified educational loans for eligible veterinarians in exchange for veterinary services in designated shortage situations.


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Lawsuit keeps sheep off their grazing land https://wlj.net/article-26-lawsuit-keeps-sheep-off-their-grazing-land.html Lawsuit keeps sheep off their grazing land
The University of Idaho announced recently that it will not graze sheep this summer on the Centennial Mountains, citing an ongoing unresolved lawsuit with environmental litigation groups. This keeps sheep off the range at the U.S. Sheep Experiment Station’s (USS- ES’) high-elevation allotments for the second year in a row.


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C.K. 'Sonny' Booth named to Limousin Hall of Fame https://wlj.net/article-26-ck-sonny-booth-named-to-limousin-hall-of-fame.html C.K. 'Sonny' Booth named to Limousin Hall of Fame
Auctioneer C.K. “Sonny” Booth, Miami, OK, will be the sixth person inducted into the North American Limousin Foundation (NA- LF) Hall of Fame with a ceremony on June 30, 2015 in Tulsa, OK. Induction into the NALF Hall of Fame is the highest honor the foundation can bestow upon an individual.


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Repeal COOL https://wlj.net/article-35-repeal-cool.html Repeal COOL
It was quite a week for Country of Origin Labeling. The World Trade Organization (WTO) came out with their final ruling over the legality of COOL. Mexico and Canada had filed complaints with the WTO in 2012 and forced the USDA to come up with another rule.


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Time to vote for your Rev It Up favorite https://wlj.net/article-35-time-to-vote-for-your-rev-it-up-favorite.html Time to vote for your Rev It Up favorite
Short phrases sometimes say a mouthful. For example: beef checkoff. Those two simple words amount to a return of $11.20 worth for every dollar that beef producers and importers invest! That’s not just a mouthful, that’s a fistful, and something worth shouting about.


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Tax Topics https://wlj.net/article-35-tax-topics.html Tax Topics
I grew up working on large cattle ranches in Lewistown, MT. As a financial advisor for over 25 years, I’ve spent much of my time working with agricultural families. In my experience, farmers and ranchers are hard-working, industrious, self-reliant and frugal individuals.


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What to know when selling a farm or ranch https://wlj.net/article-14-what-to-know-when-selling-a-farm-or-ranch.html What to know when selling a farm or ranch
If you are considering selling a farm or ranch, there are important tax and financial planning issues of which you need to be aware. Engaging in planning prior to a sale is critical for identifying these issues and for implementing strategies to effectively address them.


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What is in store for commodities in 2016 https://wlj.net/article-14-what-is-in-store-for-commodities-in-2016.html What is in store for commodities in 2016
The government economists and agricultural analysts broke out their crystal balls last week. The most recent World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE) report was the first to make projections on the 2016 situation.


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Markets higher on beef demand rumors https://wlj.net/article-14-markets-higher-on-beef-demand-rumors.html Markets higher on beef demand rumors
Retail beef demand is teasing the market with thoughts that it might be improving. The futures— both live and feeder—responded in kind with rising cutout values. And if the minimal cash fed trade that developed by Thursday afternoon was any indication, so too did the cash market.


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