Monthly Archives: April 2018

Checkoff War May Impact Entire Agriculture Industry

Chris Bennett April 17, 2018 10:04 PM “If you are involved in any way with a federal or state checkoff, pay attention to what is happening in the world of checkoffs,” says Harrison Pittman, director of the National Agricultural Law Center. ( Preston Keres, USDA ) A checkoff war has farmers and livestock producers caught […]
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Cattle, Hog Futures Rise; Underpinned by Cash Market

Reuters Staff April 18, 2018 04:55 PM Chicago Mercantile Exchange live cattle futures rose on Wednesday, supported by steady-to-higher early-week cash prices, traders said. Hogs drew support from higher cash and wholesale pork prices. Futures were further supported by lower week-over-week hog weights. “(It is a) good sign that these weights are coming down,” said […]
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Million Dollar Cattle Embezzlement Case Lands Oklahoma Man in Jail

A man in Oklahoma has been arrested for allegedly embezzling more than $1 million in a scheme involving cattle as the collateral for a bank loan. A warrant was issued for Marty Robert Maahs, 33, and he turned himself into the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department on April 12.   The investigation was led by Texas […]
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Feedlot Settles Air Pollution Case with Washington State

April 9, 2018 05:50 PM     By Wyatt Bechtel Drovers Associate Editor A feedlot in southeastern Washington has settled a fine imposed by the state after allegedly failing to manage air pollution. Idaho-based J.R. Simplot Co. will pay a $5,000 fine to the Washington Department of Ecology after originally being fined 10-times as much […]
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USDA Prioritizes Investments to Address Opioid Crisis in Rural America

Assistant to the Secretary for Rural Development Anne Hazlett April 4 announced that the USDA is giving funding priority in two key grant programs to address opioid misuse in rural communities. “The opioid epidemic is dramatically impacting prosperity in many small towns and rural places across the country,” Hazlett said. “With this focused investment, we […]
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Cattlemen Respond to China Including U.S. Beef on Retaliatory Tariff List

Kent Bacus, director of international trade and market access for the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA), said regarding the announcement that China has included American-produced beef on a list of proposed retaliatory tariffs: “It is unsettling to see American-produced beef listed as a target for retaliation. Sadly, we are not surprised, as this is an […]
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