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Vilsack: COOL rule not to be appealed until January

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack says the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative will decide whether to appeal the World Trade Organization decision that found fault with the U.S. country-of-origin labeling regime for red meat, and added that the WTO has asked any appeal to be held until January.

Farm, animal groups ‘generally pleased’ with ND animal cruelty law

Groups that crafted an animal cruelty bill approved by the North Dakota Legislature last year are “generally pleased” with how the law is working and aren’t seeking any changes to it, a livestock association spokeswoman said Tuesday.

VIDEO: Respond to beef trends

Beef trends come and go but some can cause confusion. Brad Morgan, meat scientist at Zoetis Animal Health, says it’s the responsibility of cattlemen to educate consumers on what’s right and what’s wrong.

WATCH: A sneak peek into the next issue of Agweek

WATCH: A sneak peek into the next issue of Agweek

Join Editor Lisa Gibson for a glimpse into the Nov. 3 issue, including a cover story on successful spring wheat yields. The region has enjoyed excellent yields in the past few years. The issue also will feature coverage of an ag conference this week, updates on railroad car progress and much more. Don't miss it.


Tiny insect delays lucrative Australia-China cattle trade

Tiny insect delays lucrative Australia-China cattle trade

An insect the size of a pen tip is frustrating efforts by Australia to sign a deal, potentially worth billions of dollars, to export live cattle to China to feed its fast-growing appetite for red meat. Talks have stalled over the presence in the Australian herd of Bluetongue disease, a virus which is spread by midges, a tiny fly. While the disease usually has little effect on cattle, it would pose a major threat to China’s 140 million-strong sheep flock, the world’s largest.


Ag chairman defends Cramer on farm bill delays

Battling Democratic accusations that he tried to derail the farm bill last year, Rep. Kevin Cramer, R-N.D., is getting help from his House Agriculture Committee chairman.

Pacific trade talks progress, but gap remains

Negotiations for an ambitious trade pact among Pacific countries made significant progress over the weekend but there is still a gap between Japan and the U.S. over market access and other hurdles, trade representatives say.

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CWB elevator construction reaches a key stage, OSHA begins inspecting a Willmar, Minn., Jennie-O plant and Ukraine appeals to WTO over Russian ban on Fruit and vegetable imports.

Measure 5 sets back ag-hunter relations

Measure 5 sets back ag-hunter relations

I took about a week off in late October this year to go pheasant hunting with Dick Unkenholz, a retired former United Methodist pastor. Dick baptized our two children in the late 1980s.


Measure 5 gives struggling operators options

North Dakota’s farmers and ranchers are falling for one of the oldest tricks in the book, the ol’ bait and switch.

Consider buying beef cattle for long-term gain

Last year, I was elated when a high choice, visual yield grade 3 steer carcass brought more than $206 per hundredweight on the rail. With a hot carcass weight of 977 pounds, the total value of the steer was $2,017.31.

Don't give outside companies power

Farmers and ranchers have been stewards of the land for years.

Farming out antibiotics

Donald Kennedy, a Stanford University biology professor, had been commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration for less than two months in 1977 when he plunged into a difficult scientific and political debate that remains unresolved today.

Replace hay with corn-based feeds

BROOKINGS, S.D. — The recent drop in corn prices represents a tremendous change in the feed cost environment for cattle producers.

COOL supporters push for appeal

On Oct. 20, the World Trade Organization announced its ruling that the U.S. had failed to bring its of country-of-origin labeling for meat regulations fully in line with international fair trading rules, saying they still discriminate against Canada and Mexico and cause damages to their producers.

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