King tops Vilsack in Iowa

Another interesting political race, from an agricultural standpoint, was the congressional contest in northwest and north-central Iowa between Republican Congressman Steve King—a frequent critic of the HSUS—and Democrat Christie Vilsack, former Iowa first lady and wife of U.S. Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack. King prevailed by a 53 to 45 margin.  The other two percent went… Read more »

Live cattle down on outsides and traders waiting for cash

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Chicago Mercantile Exchange live cattle futures were lower on spillover pressure from the outside markets and beef demand uncertainties. Also, traders are waiting for this week’s cash business to get underway. December was down $.72 at $124.95 and February was $.52 lower at $128.85. Feeder cattle were lower on the same factors as the live… Read more »

Soybeans down on outside market pressure

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Soybeans were lower on profit taking and technical selling, along with spillover from the outside markets. The dollar was higher with the Dow and crude oil sharply lower. That said – losses were limited by the solid commercial outlook. In any event, the trade’s watching planting conditions across South America and getting ready for Friday’s… Read more »

MO coalition says defeat a blow to HSUS

The defeat of Measure 5 in North Dakota is “an incredible blow” to the animal rights agenda of the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), according to the chairman of the Missouri Farmers Care Coalition. The Coalition, which was formed in opposition to an HSUS-backed puppy mill ballot initiative in Missouri, offered its help to… Read more »

Wednesday midday cash livestock markets

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Direct cash cattle markets remain fairly quiet at midday on Wednesday. There are a few bids reported in Kansas and Texas at $124 on the live basis but packer inquiry should increase as the day goes on. Asking prices are holding around $128 to $129+ in the South and $198+ in the North. Boxed beef… Read more »

The federal budget and the farm bill

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How might the federal budget, moving forward, affect the farm bill in 2013? Some have warned that the cuts will be much steeper to the ag budget and that it’s best to pass a five-year farm bill in the Lame Duck session of Congress before the end of this year. Food & Agricultural Policy Research… Read more »

Mild, dry weather on much of the Plains

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On the Plains, warm, dry weather is maintaining stress on recently emerged winter wheat. Late-season warmth is especially notable on the High Plains, where Wednesday’s temperatures will top 70° as far north as Montana. Across the Corn Belt, mild air is overspreading westernmost areas, including the middle Missouri Valley. In contrast, cloudy, showery weather is… Read more »

California, N.D. measures defeated

Two state ballot initiatives of particular interest to agriculture have been defeated.  California’s GMO labeling measure—Proposition 37—was defeated 53 percent to 47 percent.  In North Dakota, voters handily rejected a measure Tuesday that would have created a felony penalty for malicious cruelty to a dog, cat or horse. The measure was defeated 66 to 34… Read more »

What you eat can help prevent heart disease

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The American Heart Association has designated this as National Eating Healthy Day.  Registered Dietician Kristen White with Hy-Vee Stores says there are other factors that affect heart disease and stroke but diet is a big one. White advises taking baby steps when it comes to eating healthier. HEALTHY LIVING PROGRAM – AHA National Eating Healthy… Read more »