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In Oz we trust? Consumers trust farmers and scientists more on controversial food issues

With an estimated 2 million people tuning in to his syndicated TV show each weekday, there’s no doubting the clout Dr. Oz carries in the arena of public opinion. Add to that 3.78 million Twitter followers and more than 5.5 million Facebook page “likes,” and the good doctor reaches a sizable audience with his opinions on everything from beating bad breath to cutting cancer risk.

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In the Cattle Markets: Fed cattle prices looking for seasonal low

Cash fed cattle prices bounced back some last week after declining more-or-less steadily since the first week of April. That week, the 5-Area weekly weighted average steer price (live basis) worked out to $167.57. Two weeks ago, the 5-Area steer price bottomed out at $145.48. That is a decline from spring high to summer low (tentatively, at least) of 13.2 percent.

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Boxed Beef Report: Boxed beef prices fall

Choice boxed beef slipped on from Monday to Tuesday from $233.66 to $233.18. The 48-cent drop brought the 27-day average price to $239.03. Select boxed beef fell hard as well, dropping $1.16 to hit $227.95. The 27-day average price is now at $235.56.

Choice primal chuck saw the largest fall of the primal cuts, dropping $2.59 to hit $193.09. Choice primal round was close behind, falling $1.86. Choice primal loin increased $2.18 on Tuesday to hit $310.72.

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How is your team doing

We often talk about teamwork on the farm, but is that talk matched by reality? Are your employees functioning as a team or just as solo workers who come there to do their job and leave?

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