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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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Commentary: Extremists in action

Activist groups continue to protest against various multinational corporate projects — which is totally legit. But these days, their legitimacy is often scuttled by the protestors themselves.

Crop futures came under considerable pressure Wednesday

Ukraine news may have added to Wednesday’s corn pressure. Wire service reports cited prospects for record U.S. corn and bean harvests for the general price weakness seen this morning. We suspect an official Ukraine forecast that they will boost grain exports by 7% exaggerated the corn weakness. December corn futures ended Wednesday having fallen 8.75 cents to $3.6325/bushel, while May lost 8.75 to $3.85.

APHIS rule proposal could devastate American cattle herd

On August 29, 2014, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), published a rule proposal in the federal register that would allow the importation of live cattle and fresh or frozen beef from Northern Argentina.

Commentary: Confronting the message

When so-called health experts imply that a vegetarian diet is the preferred way to eat, it’s time to ask them some tough questions — and then feed their answers right back to the activists.

Commentary: Finding the soft spots

Give the anti-industry activists credit: They know how to identify issues that seem benign enough to mute any opposition. Then they use their success to force their real agenda forward.

Here’s an issue that at first glance may seem only tangentially related to livestock production: A proposed ban on animal testing for cosmetics.

Beef, pork production in the United States

The United States is projected to produce 10.868 million metric tons and 10.858 million metric tons of beef and pork in 2015, respectively. If realized, this will be the lowest beef production in 23 years and the most pork produced in history.

TAMU vet student honored with Marshall Scholarship

Ashton Richardson, a second-year veterinary medical student at the Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, has been named a recipient of the prestigious Marshall Scholarship. He is one of only 40 students in the United States selected for this honor.

Could Obama cut deal on Keystone pipeline? Don't rule it out

President Barack Obama might be open to using the Keystone pipeline as leverage with Republicans if they cooperate on other aspects of his long-stalled domestic agenda, such as investing in infrastructure, closing tax loopholes or reducing carbon emissions.

Iraq says Islamic State stole 1 million tonnes of grain, took it to Syria

Iraq believes Islamic State militants have stolen more than one million tonnes of grain from the country's north and taken it to two cities they control in neighboring Syria, the agriculture minister has said.

Falah Hassan al-Zeidan said in a statement posted on the Agriculture Ministry's website on Sunday that the government "had information about the smuggling by Islamic State gangs of more than one million tonnes of wheat and barley from Nineveh Province to the Syrian cities of Raqqa and Deir al-Zor."

Reuters was unable to verify the information.

New leadership for House, Senate Ag Committees

U.S. Rep. Michael Conaway (R-Texas) was named the 50th chairman of the House Agricultural Committee. Selected by the House Republican Steering Committee, Conway succeeds Rep. Frank Lucas (R-Okla.), who has held the post since 2011.

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