Sortin Pen 10-17-17

Quote of the Week: Hello, Minnesota! This week’s fine quote was sent anonymously (that’s too bad) with a postmark from St. Paul, MN. It was reportedly found on a scrap piece of plywood outside a mess tent in Vietnam: “To really live, you must almost die. To those who fight for it, life has a meaning that the protected will never know.”

 

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Sortin’ Pen ~ 10.12.17

Quote of the Week:

Hello, Montana! This week’s quote comes from Dan Hanson, Ingomar, MT: “Some regard private enterprise as if it were a predatory tiger to be shot. Others look upon it as a cow that they can milk. Only a handful see it for what it really is: the strong horse that pulls the whole cart.” Winston Churchill.

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Sortin’ Pen ~ 10.5.17

Quote of the week: 

Hello, Ohio! This week’s quote comes from Howard Wheeler, Kimbolton, Ohio, who says this is for the people who have lost track of where their food comes from: “When your belly gets as empty as your head, you may wake up, but it will be too late.”  

 

For 2017 NFR attendees…

Last week we reported

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Quote of the Week:  Hello South Dakota!  This week’s quote comes from Tom White, Hot Springs, SD.  “I’ve learned that the easiest way for me to grow as a person is to surround myself with people smarter than I am,” Andy Rooney.

Update On Range Beef Cow Symposium Registration

Organizers of the 2017 Range Beef Cow Symposium (RBCW), set for November 28 –

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Sortin Pen ~ 9.21.17

Quote of the Week:

This week’s quote comes from Editor Linda Grosskopf… “Timing has a lot to do with the outcome of a rain dance.”

If you have favorite quote to submit, send it to editor@westernagreporter.com

 

 

Mark your calendars…

The 2017 Range Beef Cow Symposium (RBCS), which is the 25th symposium in the biennial event’s history, is set for

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Sortin Pen ~ 9.14.17

Quote of the Week: 

Hello, Wyoming! This week’s quote comes from Margaret Smith-Braniff of Buffalo, WY: “Editor: a person employed by a newspaper, whose business it is to separate the wheat from the chaff, and to see that the chaff is printed.”

If you have a quote you’d like to submit, send it to editor@westernagreporter.com

 

Angels Among Us: All-American Beef

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Sortin’ Pen ~ 9/7/2017

JBS USA appoints independent advisory board…

JBS USA — with production facilities in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Australia, and New Zealand — has announced the formation of an independent advisory board to assist the company with corporate governance, government and regulatory affairs, commodity risk management, and marketing. The advisory board will be comprised of four people: John Boehner, former Speaker of the U.S.

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Sortin Pen ~ 8/31/2017

Quote of the Week: 

Hello, Arizona! This week’s quote comes from Carole Jarvis, Wickenburg, AZ:

“The most difficult thing in the world is to know how to do a thing and to watch… without comment… somebody else doing it wrong.”

APHIS launches animal welfare database…

The USDA Animal & Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) says it has now

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Sortin Pen ~ 8/24/2017

Quote of the Week:  

This week’s quote comes from WAR’s Tracie Moss, Billings, MT.  “We only pass this way once; make a lot of tracks.”  Roger Rodoni.

If you have a favorite quote to submit, send it along to editor@westernagreporter.com

 

WOTUS public comment period extended…

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has extended until September 27 its public comment period

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Sortin Pen 8-17-17

Quote of the Week: Hello, Montana! This week’s quote comes from Lyle Schwarzrock of Poplar, MT: “Common sense is an uncommon commodity.”

If you have a favorite quote to submit, send it on to editor@westernagreporter.com

USDA publishes final COOL Rule…
While country of origin labeling (COOL) was repealed for beef and pork, the law remains in place for other products including chicken, lamb, goat, wild and farm-raised

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Sortin Pen ~ 8-10-2017

Quote of the Week:

“The farmer is the only man in our economy who buys everything at retail, sells everything at wholesale, and pays the freight both ways,” President John F. Kennedy.

If you have a favorite quote to submit, send it to editor@westernagreporter.com

JBS SA hires Al Almanaza, USDA’s former food safety head…

In a

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Sortin Pen 8-3-17

Quote of the week: This week’s quote comes from Tom Watson, professional athlete and Missouri native; it certainly fits what has happened lately: “I’d rather fight 100 structure fires than a wildfire. With a structure fire, you know where your flames are, but in the woods, it can move anywhere; it can come right up behind you.”

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Sortin’ Pen July 27, 2017

Instead of Quote of the Week, I’m choosing this Prayer for Rain, posted on Facebook by Beer Ranch of Keldron, SD. It’s very fitting right now.  

“O God in whom we live and have our being, thank you for the many gifts that are ours through your creation. Please grant us, Heavenly Father, rain in due abundance. Most days

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Sortin’ Pen 7-20-17

Quote of the Week:

Hello, Montana! This week’s quote comes from Jane Lambert, Stevensville, MT: “Nobody is important enough to feel important.” Charlie Russell.

If you have a favorite quote to submit, send it on to editor@westernagreporter.com

Cabela’s sale to Bass Pro…

Last week, Cabela’s shareholders voted to authorize the sale of the Sidney, Nebraska-based sporting goods retailer

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Sortin’ Pen 7-13-17

Quote of the Week:

Hello, Wyoming! This week’s quote comes from Kathleen Jachowski, Cody, WY. “If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.” Cicero. Kathleen, thanks for the kind words about WAR; a tip of the hat to you for all of your work advancing the interests of land owners and land

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Sortin’ Pen 7-6-17

Quote of the Week:

This week’s quote comes from WAR Editor Linda Grosskopf, and it’s one of her favorites:

“No one owes you anything. Your successes and your failures are on your head and your head alone. Quit crying about what someone didn’t do for you. Quit waiting for a handout. Did you think some

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Sortin Pen 6-22-17

Quote of the Week: Hello, Oregon! This week’s quote comes from Curtis Martin of the Juniper Mountain Ranch at North Powder, Oregon, who says this was his mother’s motto and lifelong belief: “Sweet, clear air from east to west, with room to go and come; I loved my fellow man the best, when he was scattered some.” And thanks, Curtis,

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Sortin Pen 6-15-17

Hello,  Kansas! This week’s quote comes from Paul McKie, Tailgate Ranch, Tonganoxie, KS. Groucho said it: “I’m not a vegetarian, but I eat animals that are.”

If you’ve got a favorite quote, send it to Linda at editor@westernagreporter.com

Caviness-Simplot opens $100 million ID packing plant…
Six months after it was originally scheduled to begin operations, a cattle packing plant — owned by

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Sortin Pen 6-8-17

Quote of the Week: Hello, Illinois! This week’s quote comes from Mark Kugler of Cissna Park, Illinois, who says he learned this lesson early in life about his dad and finds himself repeating it regularly: “I wish I knew half of what he forgot.” I think there’s a whole bunch of us who wish that, Mark!

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Sortin Pen 6-1-17

Quote of the Week: Hello Missouri! This week’s quote comes from Randy McCollam, Quitman, MO. “Sometimes it is not enough to do our best; sometimes we must do what is required.”

If you have a quote you’d like to submit, send it to editor@westernagreporter.com

JBS: Dirty Meat, Dirty Money…
On May 26, JBS SA announced that brothers Joesley and Wesley Batista, owners of

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Sortin Pen 5-23-17

Quote of the Week:
Hello, Montana! This week’s quote was sent by Janet Endecott of McAllister for her dad, Bob Goggins. “Make definite plans, but keep them flexible.” And happy birthday to Bob, who turns 93 on May 28!

If you have a favorite quote to submit, send it along to Linda at editor@westernagreporter.com

Get engaged: Water Rights Protection Act…
This federal legislation is

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Sortin Pen 5-18-17

Quote of the Week:
This week’s quote comes from Brett Todd of Big Timber, MT, who is one of Susan Metcalf’s frequent subjects in her column. Brett, an outfitter and rancher, recently lost his favorite dog, Tank, and he says: “Life is short, but simple as 3,2,1. You only have time for 3 good dogs, 2 good horses, and 1 good

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Sortin Pen 5-11-17

Quote of the Week:
Here’s one of my own favorites: “Getting old isn’t much fun. Just when you learn the harmony of life, your body falls out of the chorus line.”
If you have a quote you’d like to submit, send it on to editor@westernagreporter.com

PEDV outbreak in Canada…
In Manitoba, the chief veterinary officer (CVO) has confirmed an outbreak of porcine epidemic diarrhea

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SORTIN PEN 4-27-2017

Quote of the Week: Hello, Montana! This week\’s quote comes from Morgan Kuntz, Dillon, MT, and I love it: “The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away.” William Shakespeare

If you have a quote you\’d like to submit, send it on to editor@westernagreporter.com

WAR readers are the BEST!I want to give

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Sortin Pen 4-20-2017

Hello, Wyoming! This week\’s quote comes from Fritz Rehbein, Rozet, WY: “What really counts is what I learned after I thought I knew it all.”

If you have a favorite quote, please forward it to Linda at editor@westernagreporter.com

China lifts ban on U.S. beef…Specific details have not been released but China has announced that it is lifting its ban on U.S. beef

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Sortin Pen 4-13-2017

Quote of the Week: Hello, South Dakota! This week\’s quote comes from Dan Lindblom of Rapid City, SD, who says he found this quote on an old postcard discovered during a recent move. Dan says it\’s very appropriate for the current times, and I agree! “Usefulness is the rent we are asked to pay for room on this earth… Some

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Sortin Pen 4-6-2017

Quote of the Week:

Hello, Wisconsin! This week\’s quote comes from Roman Marek, Mosinee, WI: “People who wonder whether the glass is half empty or half full miss the point. The glass is refillable.”

If you\’ve got a favorite quote, sent it on to Linda at editor@westernagreporter.com

WA legislators endorse beef checkoff hike…

In the Washington Legislature, the House Ag Committee endorsed

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Sortin Pen 3-30-2017

Quote of the Week: Hello, Montana! This week\’s quote comes from Art Hayes, Jr., of Birney, MT, and right now, Art\’s timing seems spot on. “If members of Congress were saddled with the same burdens ordinary citizens bear in trying to obtain affordable healthcare, it would swiftly enact legislation providing easy access to affordable healthcare for all.”

If you have

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Sortin Pen 3-23-2017

Hello South Dakota! This week\’s favorite quote comes from Bill Austerman, Artesian, SD: “With every plant and every animal on this land, with the rain and the sun and the wind, a farmer deals with irresistible, immutable laws of all-powerful Nature… The judgments in the court of nature are infallible. In this court, no fines are remitted, no sentences are

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Sortin Pen 3-16-2017

Hello Illinois! This week\’s quote comes from Fred and Sandy Bauer of Cissna Park, Illinois: “Don\’t repeat what I said as I have already said more than I\’ve heard.” The Bauers attribute this one to their good neighbor, Les Stock.

If you\’ve got a favorite quote, send it on to Linda at editor@westernagreporter.com

Clayton Yeutter, Former Secretary of Ag dies…Clayton Yeutter,

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Sortin Pen 3-9-2017

Hello, New York! This week\’s quote comes from Bill Martin, Otego, NY:“The naked truth is always better than the best dressed lie.” – Ann Landers

If you\’d like to see your quote in print, send it on to Linda at editor@westernagreporter.com  Shout out to Barry Borg of Valley City, ND, for sending such a great letter and quotes. We love WAR,

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Sortin Pen 3-2-2017

This week\’s quote comes from WAR Editor Linda Grosskopf: “I assert there is no such thing as partial honesty or partial integrity. Honesty and integrity are, like loyalty, an all-or-nothing proposition; either you have it or you don\’t.” Peter Rothing

If you\’d like to see your favorite quote in print, send it on to Linda at editor@westernagreporter.com

PRCA livestock alert…On February 23,

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Sortin Pen 2-23-17

Quote of the Week:This week\’s quote comes from Curtis Martin, North Powder, Oregon.”You can educate ignorance, but there\’s no cure for stupid.”

If you\’ve got a favorite quote to share, send it on to Linda at editor@westernagreporter.com

SD\’s COOL bill moves forward…In the South Dakota Legislature, Senate Bill 135 has passed out of the Senate State Affairs Committee on a 5:3 vote.

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Sortin Pen 2-16-2017

This week\’s quote comes from Alexandra Amonette of Big Timber, MT: “We all know there are those who have doubts about the problems presented by climate change. But if these doubters are wrong, the evidence is clear that the consequences, while varied, will be mostly bad, some catastrophic. So why don\’t we follow Ronald Reagan\’s example and take out an

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Sortin Pen 2-9-2017

This week\’s quote comes from Harold Davidson of Cody, Wyoming:“The contest for ages has been to rescue liberty from the grasp of executive power.” Daniel WebsterIf you\’d like to see your favorite quote in print, send it on to Linda at editor@westernagreporter.com

SD & WY seek COOL…Editor\’s note: Good luck!

Bills have been introduced in the South Dakota and Wyoming Legislatures that

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Sortin Pen 2-2-2017

Quote of the Week: This week\’s favorite quote comes from Chester Brandt, Hebron, ND: “When talking about common sense, some people are educated beyond their intelligence!”

(Be sure to send your favorite on to Linda at editor@westernagreport.com!)

Meat industry reacts to Trump\’s Executive Order on refugee immigration…North American Meat Institute (NAMI) CEO Barry Carpenter released a statement on January 29 expressing the

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Sortin Pen 1-26-2017

Quote of the Week: “The political and commercial morals of the United States are not just food for thought; they\’re an entire banquet.” Mark Twain

(Be sure to send your favorite on to Linda at editor@westernagreporter.com) 

NE Senator Sasse steps down from Ag Committee…U.S. Senator Ben Sasse (R-NE) has announced that he is vacating his seat on the Senate Ag Committee in

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Sortin Pen 01-12-17

COOL test begins in France…A two-year trial period for mandatory country of origin labeling (COOL) is now underway in France; the test will focus on 100% French meat and milk. Additionally under the program, products that contain 8% or more meat or 50% or more milk must have the origins of those ingredients disclosed on labels. French processors and livestock

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Sortin Pen 1-05-2017

California Chrome…Shout out and big thanks to Logan Heath of Woodlake, California, for sending along a nice note and the Fresno Bee clippings about one of my all-time favorite Thoroughbreds, California Chrome. The articles were interesting and reminded me that Chrome is a product of Harris Farms Thoroughbred breeding. Harris Farms is also known for its branded products including Harris

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Sortin Pen 12-29-16

CAFO training to be held in SD…Specialists from SD State University Extension Service, the SD Department of Environment & Natural Resources, and the Natural Resources Conservation Service will be holding a training session for operators of concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs) on January 18 in Huron at the Crossroads Convention Center. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. The $50 registration fee

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Sortin Pen 12-22-16

Congress passes provision eliminating trucking rule…Last week, Congress passed a Continuing Resolution (CR) to fund the federal government through April 28, 2017, and included in the resolution was a provision that permanently repeals a 2013 regulation that limited “restarts” for truck drivers to once a week and required drivers to be off duty at least two nights from 1 to

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Sortin Pen 12-15-16

Correction…In the November 17 edition of Sortin\’ Pen, I reported on South Dakota\’s troubled EB-5 program, and I mistakenly said that former SD cabinet secretary Richard Benda died from a heart attack (in October 2013). Benda, whose arrest for felony theft and for allegedly double-billing the state and misdirecting state money to his own salary was imminent, died of a

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Sortin Pen 12-8-16

CSPI calls for cancer warning label on meat & poultry…The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) has announced its campaign to pressure the USDA into requiring a cancer warning label on packages of bacon, ham, hot dogs, and other processed meat and poultry products in order to inform consumers that eating those foods is associated with an increased

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Sortin Pen 12-1-16

Direct Final Rule on animal drugs used in medicated feeds…The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) has confirmed the effective date of December 1, 2016, for the direct final rule amending the animal drug regulations, which will revise definitions of the two categories of new animal drugs used in medicated feeds to a base category assignment only on approved uses

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Sortin Pen 11-24-16

Sims joins AAA…Mark Sims, Edmond, OK, has joined the American Angus Association (AAA) as the organization\’s newest member of the regional manager team. Sims will represent Region 13 consisting of Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, and Mississippi. The AAA says regional managers are “boots on the ground” for the association and assist producers with identifying herd goals, learning new programs and services,

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Sortin Pen 11-17-16

Last rites for TPP?Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has told reporters that the U.S. Senate will not act on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a sweeping trade deal with 12 Pacific Rim nations, during the lame-duck session of Congress. House Speaker Paul Ryan has already said the GOP does not have the votes to pass it in the U.S. House of

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Sortin Pen 11-10-16

Grocery group GMO labeling opposition costs \’em $18 million…The Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) has been ordered to pay a record-setting $18 million penalty for intentionally violating Washington state campaign finance law when it concealed the identities of corporations that poured $11 million into defeating a 2013 food-labeling initiative. Thurston County (WA) Superior Court Judge Anne Hirsch last week issued a

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Sortin Pen 11-3-16

Bundy brothers acquitted…In a surprising verdict, a federal court jury acquitted anti-government militant Ammon Bundy and six followers of conspiracy charges related to their role in the armed takeover of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon this year. Eleven others had already pled guilty to the charges. Bundy and his brother and co-defendant Ryan Bundy, along with the other

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Sortin Pen 10-27-16

Lawsuit challenges grazing in East Fork Salmon River area…Advocates for the West has filed a lawsuit on behalf of the Western Watersheds Project in U.S. District Court in Boise, ID, asking the court to revoke grazing permits in the East Fork Salmon River portion of the Sawtooth National Forest and alleging that the U.S. Forest Service has allowed permittees to

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Sortin Pen 10-20-16

Get a rope! Dozens of Iowa cattle dead from intentional poisoningOn Joel Moser\’s ranch near Alvord, Iowa, dozens of cattle have died, and the Lyon County Sheriff\’s Department has initiated an investigation into the intentional poisoning of the Moser herd. “At this point, this is a criminal investigation; it does look like it was done willfully by somebody,” said Sheriff

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Sortin Pen 10-13-16

Tyson shares tumble…Shares in Tyson Foods, Inc., tumbled 8.9% last week to $67.75, and the company\’s stock was downgraded to “sell” from “hold” by Pivotal Research Group in Oregon after market analysts suggested allegations that Tyson colluded in a price-fixing scheme are legitimate and will result in higher scrutiny of the poultry market. Pivotal Research Group said that shares of

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Sortin Pen 10-6-16

Sweeping changes proposed to estate tax rules…In early August, the U.S. Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) dropped a bomb when the agencies proposed new regulations for estate taxes that would increase estate taxes when the owners of businesses die. Critics of the proposed rules say the plan will cause families to liquidate businesses or to sell off

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Sortin Pen 9-2916

Court hears oral arguments in WY\’s wolf management case…On September 23, a three-judge panel at the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington DC heard oral arguments in the State of Wyoming\’s appeal to manage its own wolf population. The hearing comes two years after U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson sided with national environmental groups like EarthJustice and rejected Wyoming\’s

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Sortin Pen 9-22-16

Brazil\’s Minerva approved to export beef to U.S.Minerva, Brazil\’s third largest beef processor, has advised its shareholders that it has been authorized to export fresh beef to the U.S.  Minerva is the first Brazilian processor to announce export approval since the U.S. made market access available to Brazil in August after a ban was imposed by the U.S. on Brazilian

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Sortin Pen 9-15-16

Brazilian Judge orders JBS CEO & Chairman to step away from company…As a massive investigation into corruption and suspected fraud at some of Brazil\’s largest pension funds continues, a federal judge in Brazil has ordered JBS CEO Wesley Batista and JBS Chairman Joesley Batista to remove themselves from their roles with the company, says a Brazilian prosecutor. About 40 other

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Sortin Pen 9-8-16

Now I know what\’s wrong with Colin Kaepernick… he went Vegan…San Francisco 49ers\’ quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who refused to stand for the national anthem recently and is in the midst of a major public relations mess, says he plans to sit out the national anthem on “Military Night” when his team plays the San Diego Chargers in San Diego. According

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Sortin Pen 9-1-16

USDA files motion to dismiss in beef checkoff lawsuitWhat many predicted was the motivation behind the USDA\’s proposed rule to allow beef and soybean checkoff stakeholders to “redirect” the full amount of their federally-mandated checkoff assessments to their national boards has been validated. The proposed rule, published on July 15, would amend the Beef Order and the Soybean Order and

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Sortin Pen 8-25-16

USDA: Cattle on Feed up 1.6%…In its August Cattle on Feed report, the USDA said the number of cattle on feed at the start of August was up 1.6%, July placements were up 1.6%, and July marketings were down 0.7%. Placements were higher than forecasted previously. The average retail price of choice beef was $6.09 for July, down 11 cents

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Sortin Pen 8-18-16

No charges in Jack Yantis case; Let the civil suits begin!Idaho Attorney General (AG) Lawrence Wasden says no criminal charges will be filed against two Adams County, Idaho, deputies who shot and killed 62-year-old Council, Idaho, rancher Jack Yantis last year. Yantis was shot by deputies on November 1 after dispatchers asked him to go to the scene of a

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Sortin Pen 8-11-16

NPR Report: Feds to lift ban on chimera research

According to Greek mythology, a Chimera (with a capital C) is a fire-breathing she-monster having a lion\’s head, a goat\’s body, and a serpent\’s tail. (I swear I\’ve met one before.) To the science community, a chimera (with a lower case c) is an individual, organ, or part consisting of tissues of

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Sortin Pen 8-4-16

U.S. & Brazil ink beef import deal…Last week, the U.S. and Brazil inked a deal that will permit Brazil to export up to 64,000 tons of beef a year to the U.S., which the Brazilian government calls the largest market in the world. The deal had been blocked for years due to continuing outbreaks of foot and mouth disease (FMD)

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Sortin Pen 7-28-16

Ochsner family & others devastated by WY wildfire…The five-generation, family-run Ochsner Ranch — known for its registered Hereford and Angus bulls and located north of Torrington, WY — laid directly in the path of a wildfire that burned through eastern Wyoming and western Nebraska earlier this month. When it was over, the fire had burned an estimated 25,000 acres and

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Commodity Checkoff Improvement Act introduced…On July 14, U.S. Senators Mike Lee (R-UT) and Cory Booker (D-NJ) introduced the Commodity Checkoff Program Improvement Act of 2016, spurred largely by a scandal surrounding the American Egg Board (see related story on this page). Information and emails obtained from the American Egg Board (AEB) under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) showed that

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Sortin Pen 7-14-16

Author\’s Note: After the events of the past week in Dallas, TX, I\’m mad as hell. I want to make one thing absolutely clear, and I\’m unashamedly using my weekly column to do so: I stand with law enforcement. If you\’ve listened, and I mean REALLY LISTENED, to Dallas Police Chief David Brown, a man of color, who\’s charged with

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Sortin Pen 7-7-16

District Court overrules NOGCC on imported wastewater disposal…District Court Judge Derek Weimer issued an opinion on June 28, saying that the Nebraska Oil & Gas Conservation Commission (NOGCC) doesn\’t have jurisdiction to approve wastewater disposal permits for wastewater produced in Colorado and Wyoming and that the commission overreached its authority by doing so. In 2015, the NOGCC granted Broomfield, Colorado-based

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Sortin Pen 6-30-16

Are RNC delegates bound?Two weeks ago, the NeverTrump movement held a national conference call with members from nearly all 50 states participating. Leaders of the movement say their goal during the call was to begin broadening the effort to dump Donald Trump as the GOP candidate for U.S. President at the Republican National Convention to be held in three weeks

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Sortin Pen 6-23-16

UW President declares Financial CrisisOn June 15, University of Wyoming (UW) President Laurie Nichols declared a financial crisis for the institution after receiving approval from the UW board of trustees to do so. UW faces a $50 million reduction in funding over the next two years, largely due to legislative cuts and a state economy that\’s in trouble. The UW

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Sortin Pen 6-16-16

Alltech acquires CO\’s Ranch-Way Feeds…Ranch-Way Feeds, a Colorado-based animal nutrition company, has been acquired by Alltech. Terms of the purchase were not disclosed. Ranch-Way markets its animal nutrition products and programs through a dealer network in the Rocky Mountain region. The acquisition includes Ranch-Way Feeds\’ retail store in Santa Fe, NM.  Alltech is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Ridley USA Inc.,

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Sortin Pen 6-9-16

NPB names new CEO…The National Pork Board (NPB) has named Bill Even as its new chief executive officer (CEO). Prior to the appointment, Even managed DuPont Pioneer\’s global industry relations strategy and served as DuPont Pioneer\’s Commercial Unit Leader for South Dakota, North Dakota, and northwest Minnesota where he led seed sales, marketing, training, precision agriculture, and policy needs in

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Sortin Pen 6-26-16

JBS to host Market Cow Seminar…Dairy producers interested in gaining firsthand knowledge about market cow carcass value and quality from the largest market cow packer in the U.S. — JBS USA — are encouraged to join the CO Livestock Association\’s Dairy Council, CO Beef Quality Assurance, and CO State University\’s Department of Animal Sciences on July 19 at JBS USA

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Sortin Pen 5-26-16

Bayer offers $62 Billion for Monsanto…

Bayer, the German pharmaceutical and crop chemicals group, has offered $62 billion in cash to purchase U.S. seeds company Monsanto. The offer was reportedly unsolicited and includes debt and would be the largest foreign takeover by a German company if accepted. The offer comes just three weeks after Werner Baumann was named as Bayer CEO

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Sortin Pen 5-19-16

FOIA-free? Your checkoff at work…

Pretending to speak for every U.S. rancher, in early April the beef checkoff\’s primary contractor — the National Cattlemen\’s Beef Association (NCBA) — sent a letter, along with other commodity checkoff benefactors, to the House Committee on Agriculture, urging the committee to pass language to be attached to the 2017 House Ag Appropriations Bill, encouraging the

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Sortin Pen 5-12-16

Barry Dunn named SDSU President…The South Dakota Board of Regents has announced that Barry Dunn — endowed dean of the College of Agriculture & Biological Sciences, director of SDSU Extension, and professor of Animal Science — will become South Dakota State University\’s 20th president. Dunn will succeed David Chicoine, who will continue as a faculty member in the university\’s Department

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Sortin Pen 5-5-16

Australian Treasurer set to block sale of S. Kidman & Co. to Chinese…With national elections looming, Australian Treasurer Scott Morrison is backpedaling on the sale of S. Kidman Co. to the Chinese, saying he\’s concerned that the purchase of Kidman, Australia\’s most iconic cattle operation, to a Chinese buyer “may be contrary to the national interest” because of the size

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Sortin Pen 4-21-16

Chinese poised to purchase Australia\’s biggest ranch…Various sources are reporting that Australian Treasurer Scott Morrison has informed China\’s Shanghai Pengxin that it will be July or August before its foreign investment application to purchase S. Kidman & Co. will be processed, moving the decision until after Australia\’s federal election. Shanghai Pengxin has emerged as Kidman\’s preferred buyer with a $350

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Sortin Pen 4-14-16

Harry Reid wants National Monument declaration in Nevada…Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) says he\’s urging President Obama to designate 350,000 acres in the Nevada desert as the Gold Butte National Monument, which would surround Cliven Bundy\’s ranch, and Reid is pushing for 220,000 acres of wilderness protections within the proposed monument, which would be located about 80 miles southwest

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Sortin Pen 4-7-16

MO cattle producers to vote on checkoff…The Missouri Department of Agriculture (MDA) mailed out ballots on April 4 to Missouri cattle producers who registered to vote on whether to impose a $1 per head state checkoff assessment. The state checkoff, if passed, will be in addition to the national mandatory $1 per head checkoff. Ballots must be returned with a

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Sortin Pen 3-31-16

Little Vermont forces Big Ag to label GMOs…Vermont, the second smallest state in America and populated by less than 650,000 people — is essentially driving new GMO (genetically modified organisms) labeling rules for the rest of the nation by boxing food companies into a corner. How did it happen?  Two years ago, Vermont passed legislation requiring mandatory labeling of GMOs.

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Sortin Pen 3-24-16

FDA finalizes BSE rules…The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) has a issued its final rule to reduce risks of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) in human food. The final rule combines three previously issued interim rules issued in 2004, 2005, and 2008 and provides definitions for prohibited cattle materials and their use in human food, dietary supplements, and cosmetics. The

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Sortin Pen 3-17-16

U.S. ranchers\’ share of beef retail dollar shrinks… again…USAgnet is reporting that the gap between farm prices for cattle and retail prices for beef has steadily widened over the past 18 months, translating to a decline in ranchers\’ share of retail beef prices. Some analysts say expanding cattle inventories are pushing cattle prices lower. For the fourth quarter of 2015,

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Sortin Pen 3-10-16

SDCA takes on CME cattle discount proposal…The CME (Chicago Mercantile Exchange) Group announced on February 19 that it would undertake a proposal to implement a $1.50 per hundredweight discount on cattle delivered to the Worthing, SD, delivery point during the month of October. According to the CME Group, “Given the co-integrated relationship of CME live cattle futures prices with fed

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Sortin Pen 3-3-16

Beef loses, while turkey & pork gain as part of McDonald\’s healthier breakfasts,McDonald\’s restaurants are floating a test balloon this week at 800 outlets in southern California to see how the public reacts to two new, low-carb, low-calorie breakfast bowl menu items. The fast food chain is rolling out an egg white and turkey sausage bowl with spinach and kale,

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Sortin Pen 2-25-16

Smithfield & United Suppliers partner up on Precision Ag…Smithfield Foods and United Suppliers, Inc., have announced a collaboration to “advance on-farm conservation practices and the use of innovative precision ag tools across Smithfield\’s sourcing regions in Iowa and Missouri. Smithfield\’s initiative will focus on the deployment of SUSTAIN, United Suppliers\’ sustainability program, with agronomic and sustainability guidance from the Environmental

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Sortin Pen 2-18-16

Lawsuit targets beef cattle in Point Reyes National Park…The environmental extremists are at it again. The Western Watersheds Project, Center for Biological Diversity, and Resource Renewal Institute have filed a lawsuit against the National Park Service, claiming cattle grazing in the Point Reyes National Seashore, Marin County, California, are causing erosion, polluting waterways with manure, harming endangered salmon, and blocking

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Sortin Pen 2-11-16

Chinese closing in on Kidman cattle empire…Dow Jones News is reporting that Australian Treasurer Scott Morrison is poised to sign off on a $300 million (US $216 million) deal that will hand over control of the historic S. Kidman & Co. cattle empire to Chinese-owned Shanghai Pengxin Group. Morrison has veto power over foreign investment deals in Australia. A late

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Sortin Pen 2-4-16

Bluegrass Stockyards destroyed by fire…A massive fire destroyed the 70 year-old Bluegrass Stockyards in Lexington, KY, on January 30. Officials say firefighters were summoned at 2:20 p.m. and quickly called for backup at what became a three-alarm fire. No humans were injured in the fire that destroyed the historic facility owned and operated by the Bluegrass Livestock Marketing Group, but

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Sortin Pen 1-21-16

Long cattle rally ends…There\’s no denying the market reports: the longest rally in U.S. cattle prices since the 1960s has come to an end. After a record $1.7275 a pound in November, futures plunged at least 16% last year, the biggest drop since 1981, halting a rally that has been the longest and highest since cattle trading began at the

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Sortin Pen 1-14-16

TransCanada files suit over Keystone Pipeline…TransCanada, the Canadian company that proposed the Keystone XL oil pipeline, has filed a federal lawsuit in Houston, TX, alleging that the Obama administration\’s decision to kill the pipeline exceeded Obama\’s executive power under the U.S. Constitution and infringed on Congress\’ power to regulate interstate and international commerce. The company also announced that it will

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Sortin Pen 1-7-16

Pat Goggins defined Character, Courage, & Conviction…Pat Goggins was a man of character, courage, and conviction. He knew that his successes — whether as a commercial cattleman, seed stock producer, auctioneer, livestock auction market owner, or newspaper publisher — were based on the successes of everyday cattle producers across this country. With that in mind, he took great personal and

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Sortin Pen 12-31-15

Cattle markets tanking… feeders in crisis…For the first time in nearly two years, boxed beef dropped under $200, closing on December 18 at $194.14, down $1.62 from the day prior. The average price for boxed beef in 2015 was $237.97 with the highest price set on May 19 at $265.59, the highest price on record. As the year comes to

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Sortin Pen 12-24-15

Sam Kane partners with S. American investors…Sam Kane Beef Processors has announced that the Fernandez Group of companies (South America) has signed on as a capital partner, according to the Corpus Christi Caller Times. The Fernandez Group is a leading dairy operator in South America with milk and beef cattle herds and dairy operations in Venezuela, Colombia, and Argentina, among

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Sortin Pen 12-17-15

WY confirms 2nd Brucellosis caseDr. Jim Logan, Wyoming State Veterinarian, has announced a second case of Brucella abortus (Brucellosis) on cows from one Sublet County herd. Logan has designated the herd from which the reactor cows originated as “Brucellosis affected” as of December 9. The Wyoming State Veterinary Laboratory in Laramie and the National Veterinary Service Laboratory in Ames, IA,

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Sortin Pen 12-10-15

Canada\’s hypocrisy on COOL knows no boundaries…During the last Commodity Classic held in Phoenix, Arizona, Alan Tracy of U.S. Wheat Associates pointed out that Canada is taking advantage of the United States when it comes to international trade. Canada wants to be able to treat U.S. wheat going into Canada as feed wheat, while Canadian wheat going into the U.S.

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Sortin Pen 12-3-15

PRCA has been sued for anti-competitive conduct before… and lost…Earlier this month, the Elite Rodeo Association (ERA) filed an antitrust class action lawsuit against the Pro Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) to prevent the PRCA from enforcement of bylaws enacted in October 2015, which would prevent ERA shareholders from holding a membership in the PRCA. This isn\’t the first time the

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Sortin Pen 11-26-15

Ractopamine lawsuit dismissed…A lawsuit brought by several groups — including the Center for Food Safety, the Humane Society of the U.S., and United Farm Workers of America — against the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) for its approval of feed products containing the growth promoting ractopamine has been dismissed. The plaintiffs in the case claimed that FDA had failed

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Sortin Pen 11-19-15

Feds to invest $8M in Ogallala Aquifer initiative…The USDA has announced that it will invest $8 million in the Ogallala Aquifer, the nation\’s largest aquifer. The money will be distributed to the farmers and ranchers across the eight states that the aquifer serves through the Ogallala Aquifer Initiative (OAI) in FY2016. USDA\’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is tasked with

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Sortin Pen 11-12-15

Montana\’s Jim Sitz elected AAA President…Jim Sitz of Dillon, MT, has been elected the new president and chairman of the board for the American Angus Association (AAA). The announcement was made during the 132nd AAA convention of delegates in Overland, Kansas. Sitz succeeds Steve Olson of Hereford, TX. The Sitz family operates Sitz Angus Ranch near Dillon. Charlie Boyd of

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Sortin Pen 11-5-15

AAA names new CEO…San Antonia, Texas, native Allen Moczygemba has been named as the new chief executive officer for the American Angus Association (AAA). The appointment becomes effective December 1. “This is a great day for the AAA and the Angus breed,” said Steve Olson, AAA president. “Allen not only brings a fresh, strategic vision to our organization, but also

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Sortin Pen 10-29-15

WHO report links red meat & processed meat to cancer A World Health Organization report released October 26 says there\’s a link between eating red meat and processed meats (like bacon, beef jerky, hot dogs, and sausage) and cancer in humans. The study says that consuming a daily portion of 50 grams or about 1.8 ounces increases the risk of

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Sortin Pen 10-22-15

COOL decision delayed…The three-member World Trade Organization (WTO) arbitration panel that will make the final decision on whether Canada and Mexico will receive permission to impose more than $3 billion in retaliatory trade tariffs over the U.S. country of origin labeling (COOL) program says it will not be issuing its decision on November 27 as previously indicated. The reason for

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