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Beef Northwest is a diversified agribusiness with cattle feeding operations in Nyssa and Boardman, Oregon, and Quincy, Washington.

With a one-time capacity of 95,000 head, Beef Northwest is the Northwest’s largest supplier of quality cattle to Tyson in Wallula, Washington, and naturally raised cattle to AB Foods, in Toppenish.

Committed to the economic and environmental sustainability of the communities it serves, Beef Northwest traces its roots to the 1800s, when the Wilson family first raised cattle on Oregon’s productive rangelands.

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Farmers, ranchers participate in week of action on climate change

Several organizations from across the Midwest and Great Plains partnered this week to urge people in their states to take action to address climate change and call for investments in renewable energy, energy efficiency and limiting carbon pollution from America’s power plants.

Commentary: Who’s the real extremists?

Like the old adage suggests, don’t listen to what the Humane Society of the United States tells you about being ‘reformers, not extremists.’ Instead, watch what they do.

Over the years, I’ve heard all manner of staff people at the Humane Society of the United States — including CEO Wayne Pacelle — insist over and over that “We’re not like PETA. They’re extremists. We’re reformers.”

Feeder margins decline, packers steady ahead of Thanksgiving holiday

After multiple weeks above $200 per head, feedlot margins fell last week to $132.28, according to the Sterling Profit Tracker. Last year at this time, feedlot margins were just $45 per head. Cash prices, however, continued climbing and reached $171.39 the week ending November 22, a nearly 25 percent increase from last year at this time.

The strong market in 2014 has proven especially profitable for cow-calf producers. Sterling Marketing, Inc., is projecting cow-calf margins to be $556 per cow in 2014 and $743 per cow in 2015.

Ag markets mixed Tuesday morning

Corn futures continued to creep up with a few cents higher or so Wednesday morning. Slow farmer selling was resulting in firmer basis as the cold weather spurs domestic feed demand. At the same time demand from ethanol plants is rising as well. But export demand is still sluggish. News out of China said the country is planning to build more containers to reduce storage pressure due to increasing stockpiles of grains. December corn futures advanced 2.75 cent to close at $3.77/bushel Wednesday, while May was up 2.75 cents to $3.985.

Iowa – the land of corn, soybeans (and more)

If you take a drive through Iowa, there is no way you can miss our beautiful farms all around you. With the most recent Census of Agriculture counting more than 30.6 million acres of land dedicated to farming, agriculture is truly at the core of Iowa.

USDA helps open, expand export markets for U.S. agriculture

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has announced that the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service has awarded funding to more than 60 U.S. agricultural organizations to help expand commercial export markets for American products.

USDA food safety tips for areas affected by winter storm warnings

The 2014-2015 winter season has started with a bang, with some areas already seeing as much as 70 inches or more of snow. With a long winter ahead, the USDA's  Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has issued several food safety recommendations to reduce food waste and the risk of foodborne illness during severe weather events.

Steps to follow if the power goes out:

Grain, soy complex markets ended the day higher

Corn futures turned decisively firm Tuesday. Prices jumped nearly two percent at close, approaching session highs. Technical buying certainly sent prices higher.

Commentary: Porcine superstars

Pigs have long been recognized as one of the most adaptive and productive food animals of all time. Turns out they are equally important in curing the diseases that plague humanity.

Livestock industry will have strong rebound

Livestock producers can look forward to an economic “mini-boom” that may last for the next several years, providing opportunities for expansion of herds and flocks, Purdue University agricultural economist Chris Hurt says.

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