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Forget the brisket - U.S. beef prices still spiraling up

Forget the brisket - U.S. beef prices still spiraling up

Retail prices for U.S. beef and pork, already at record highs, will increase significantly again in 2015 on a combination of disease and the drought in Southern Plains, the U.S. Department of Agriculture says.

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Join Editor Lisa Gibson for a glimpse into the Dec. 1 issue of Agweek. The cover story explores the sheep industry and one family that serves as a perfect example of how the industry could be poised for growth. Agweek also will look at criticisms of farm bill safety-net programs and hear what farmers and experts have to say about the federal payments. The Dec. 1 issue is packed with news. Don't miss it.

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