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December feedlot placements down 8 percent
December feedlot placements down 8 percent
Analysts view the latest USDA cattle on feed report as moderately bullish and as showing signs of heifer retention for herd rebuilding.

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Millions of GMO insects could be set loose in Florida Keys
Millions of GMO insects could be set loose in Florida Keys
The test will be similar in size to Oxitec’s 2012 experiment in the Cayman Islands, where 3.3 million modified mosquitoes were released over six months, suppressing 96 percent of the targeted bugs. Oxitec says a later test in Brazil also was...
Milk industry fights back against ‘anti-dairy folks’
The campaign is intended to drown out milk’s detractors with positive posts about the nutritional benefits of milk on Facebook, Twitter and elsewhere.
Fueled by oil, agriculture sector welcomes low diesel prices
Fueled by oil, agriculture sector welcomes low diesel prices
Lower energy prices increase planted acres for most major row crops and drop the price of the commodity, according to an April 2014 federal study on the impact crude oil prices have on agriculture.
Study rebuts Canada’s claim of economic harm from COOL
Study rebuts Canada’s claim of economic harm from COOL
A National Farmers Union-backed economic study asserts the actual impacts to Canada's and Mexico's cattle industries from the U.S. mandatory country-of-origin meat labeling rule appear negligible. The Auburn University study rebuts Canada's claim its...
WSU professor seeks GMO conversation
WSU professor seeks GMO conversation
Michael Neff, director of Washington State University's molecular plant sciences graduate program, believes in spreading the scientific evidence about genetically modified organisms, and continuing to have productive conversations.
Raisin ruling may impact crop volume controls
Raisin ruling may impact crop volume controls
A farmer's legal challenge to USDA's marketing order for raisins will be reviewed by the U.S. Supreme Court and could have an impact on other volume controls for crops.
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Yellowstone begins transferring bison for slaughter
Park officials have tried to curb the animals’ winter migration into Montana to guard against potential disease transmission to livestock.
Bill to allow unregulated food advances in Wyoming
The bill exempts single transactions between a producer and an “informed end consumer.”
PNW pears selling strong as demand rises
PNW pears selling strong as demand rises
A smaller crop and strong domestic sales are helping the PNW pear industry weather the longshoremen's work slow down and the Russian embargo.