Monthly Archives: June 2007

Clintons will visit National Cattle Congress on July 4

Clintons will visit National Cattle Congress on July 4

WATERLOO — Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and her husband, former President Bill Clinton, will visit the National Cattle Congress on July 4.

The Clintons will make their Independence Day stop at 2 p.m. Waterloo will be one of three stops for the Clintons on the Fourth.

They will be in Clear Lake followed by stops in Waterloo and Cedar Rapids.

Cause and effect

Cause and effect

Julie Carter

Ruidoso News

If you have not been in the cattle business, owned a cow dog or been married to a team roper, you may not believe this.

You know, however, that I am a basically truthful person and only arrange the facts when it seems appropriate.

Any head-of-household person who has managed to live a cattle-free life should be aware though that if ever anyone in the house would happen to take up team roping, it would encourage better housekeeping.

There is a connection to that train of thought and here it is as told to me.


Mitigate the Downside Risks of Corn Following Corn

Mitigate the Downside Risks of Corn Following Corn

R.L. (Bob) Nielsen, Agronomy (; Bill Johnson, Botany & Plant Pathology (; Christian Krupke, Entomology (; and Greg Shaner, Botany & Plant Pathology (, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN

The advent of soybean rust (Phakopsora pachyrhizi) across the southern U.S. late in 2004 and its discovery in Indiana late in 2006 (Ag Answers, 2006) “adds fuel to the fire” for some Indiana growers who already perceive an economic advantage for switching intended soybean acres to second-year corn acres (Hurt, 2006; Schnitkey, 2006; Schnitkey and Lattz, 2005). The current corn-based ethanol euphoria promises to maintain the current favorable corn to soy grain price ratio for the near future (Hurt, 2006).

From an agronomic perspective, a continuous corn cropping system is fraught with a multitude of negative yield-influencing factors (Butzen, 2006; Lauer et al., 1997; Nafziger, 2004; Vyn, 2004). A recent review of crop rotation research literature (Erickson and Lowenberg-DeBoer, 2005) indicated an average yield loss of 9% for continuous corn, with yield losses ranging from 2 to 23%. Of 26 studies reviewed, only two cited yield advantages to continuous corn.


Major Japanese supermarket chain puts US beef back on its shelves

Major Japanese supermarket chain puts US beef back on its shelves

The China Post

Major Japanese supermarket chain Ito-Yokado Co. brought American beef back to its shelves Friday, about 3 1/2 years after sales were halted in the wake of the first U.S. case of mad cow disease, a parent company spokesman said.

U.S. beef went back on sale at 20 Ito-Yokado stores, mostly in the Tokyo area, said Shirotake Henmi, spokesman for giant Japanese retailer Seven & I Holdings Co.

After Japan lifted its latest ban on U.S. beef last July, the company’s buyers conducted on-site checks of meat exporters in Colorado and Nebraska, Ito-Yokado said in a statement.


Stocker Cattle Forum: Beef Checkoff, Nevil Speer

Stocker Cattle Forum: Beef Checkoff, Nevil Speer

The Beef Checkoff’s largest and most notable success has come on the promotional front.  “Beef:  It’s What’s For Dinner” possesses widespread recognition among consumers of all types.   Meanwhile, behind the scenes there’ve been a number of other successful programs which have helped to advance beef’s competitiveness.   For example, a number of states have implemented Beef Training Camps: comprehensive educational programs focused around beef and the beef industry – the program targets retail meat managers so they can better address customer questions and increasingly position product offerings advantageously.  Additionally, development of the Easy Fresh Cooking® program provides customers with recipe ideas and handling suggestions at the point of sale while also assisting retailers with meat case management.   And the Checkoff has also provided for some innovative programs at both the state and local level.  Lastly, and most important to the industry’s bottom-line, the cumulative effects of research and promotion, funded by the Checkoff, have helped to boost value of the chuck and round.  


Nation’s First Closed-loop Ethanol Facility Plant Opens

Nation’s First Closed-loop Ethanol Facility Plant Opens

Posted by John Davis


The nation’s first closed-loop ethanol facility has opened near Mead, Nebraska. Closed-loop means it has a cattle feedlot attached with an ethanol plant. The E3 BioFuels Genesis Plant uses the manure from feedlot’s 28,000 cattle manure and some cellulosic biomass to make a biogas in an anaerobic digester. That biogas powers the ethanol plant, and the ethanol by-product, distillers grain, is fed to the cattle.


Raising Cattle and Lowering Taxes.

Raising Cattle and Lowering Taxes.

Across the Great Divide

Norwegianity quotes a New York Times Select column by Timothy Egan that decries how farm subsidies give disproportionate payments to corporate farmers and rancher-investors who think tack is something you do on a sailboat.

But government checks aren’t the only feed in the trough for the Wall Street Cowboys.