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It appears that 2017 could be an important year for a number of agricultural law issues. From the Clean Water Act, to “ag gag” legislation, to the Endangered Species Act, there are a number of pending cases that could have major impacts on the agricultural industry in the coming year.

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Life is not always heads or tails, black and white, or pass-fail. When it comes to beef, certain traits, like tenderness, are easier to quantify than others.

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On Jan. 31, the USDA released the January Cattle Inventory report, which confirmed expectations of a continued expansion of the U.S. cattle herd in 2016. However, the report showed a more robust pace than expected.

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The 2017 Cattle Industry Convention and NCBA Trade Show wrapped up on Saturday with the election of Nebraska cattleman Craig Uden as the organization’s new president.

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The U.S. beef cow herd expanded 3.5 percent in 2016 to a January 1, 2017, level of 31.2 million head, up 1.04 million from one year ago. This follows USDA-NASS revisions that showed the January 1, 2016, beef cow herd inventory at 30.2 million head, up 2.9 percent from 2014.

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An independent survey of producers found 69 percent continue to approve of the Beef Checkoff Program. Importantly, the more producers know about the program, the more supportive they are. The survey also found producers are generally more optimistic about the cattle industry than they were a year ago.

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