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Record prices set, record prices needed

At a time when America’s unemployment is slowly trending lower, recent news from the commodity markets suggests our economic recovery could slow to a crawl - or stall out completely. FULL STORY »

Cautious optimism in fed-cattle market

Back in early 2010, with cattle trading in the low-$80 range and losing about $25 per head, Drovers/CattleNetwork posed the question: “What would you do for $90 cattle?" The market did improve, with prices peaking at around $100 per hundredweight last April and May. FULL STORY »

Corn, soybean futures soar as USDA data stokes supply concern

Corn futures in Chicago soared the daily 30-cent limit and soybean prices also rallied sharply after government data exacerbated concern over dwindling U.S. grain stockpiles. FULL STORY »

2012 farm bill: Are you ready to loosen your grip on direct payments?

Mark your calendar for the first Congressional hearing on the 2012 Farm Bill, which has been set for April 9th in East Lansing, MI, by Sen. Debbie Stabenow, Chair of the Senate Agriculture Committee. Attendees, at this hearing, and all future ones will likely be asked for their ideas, particularly how to reduce what the government spends on agricultural programs. FULL STORY »

EU talks on banning food from cloned animals fail

European Union negotiators on Tuesday abandoned widely popular new legislation that would have banned cloning animals to produce food after all-night talks bogged down in disagreement. FULL STORY »

Texas ranch quarantined after anthrax kills cow

KYTX reports a ranch in Hill County, Texas will be quarantined for the next 10 days while cattle are vaccinated to keep the disease that killed on cow from spreading further. FULL STORY »

Monday Market Sentiment: Industry leaders predict a slight increase in cash cattle prices this week

A survey of cattle-industry leaders suggests the average price for cash cattle will increase $2.04 to $116.22 per cwt this week. FULL STORY »

Vilsack in St. Louis to push Korean trade pact

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack spoke today on the banks of the Mississippi River in St. Louis about the importance of sustaining the record-breaking productivity of America's farmers and ranchers. FULL STORY »

Commentary: Ten years after

The horrors that resulted from Britain’s battle with foot-and-mouth disease in 2001 are somewhat faded now - but the lessons that followed have an urgency we shouldn’t forget. FULL STORY »

Nebraska mandates tougher ID requirements for imported cattle

Cattle and bison imported to Nebraska from the Yellowstone region of Idaho, Montana and Wyoming soon will face tougher identification requirements. FULL STORY »

What does seasonality mean this year for cattle markets?

Historically, seasonal cattle price patterns have been one of the most reliable tendencies in cattle markets. FULL STORY »

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