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Motif Ingredients, a Boston-based food company, launched on Feb. 26 with $90 million in Series A financing to provide next-generation alternative proteins and other ingredients to global food companies.

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President Donald Trump announced last week that he would be postponing the next round of duties on Chinese goods scheduled to go into effect March 1, thanks to a round of “productive” trade talks between U.S. and Chinese officials that has been taking place throughout the last month.

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Creating a successful calf takes more than strong genetics and proper raising. Much of the influence on a calf’s development happens during gestation. That’s what South Dakota State University Extension Meat Science Specialist Amanda Blair and North Dakota State University Extension Specialist Janna Block told Cattlemen’s College attendees at the NCBA Convention and Trade Show in New Orleans in January.

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The USDA continues to catch up on reports stalled by the shutdown and, as part of catching up, released the January Cattle on Feed report on Friday, Feb. 22. The report has lost a little bit of its normal timeliness, but still contains a few interesting nuggets.

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The latest USDA Cattle on Feed report issued on Feb. 22 was delayed a month because of the federal government shutdown. The report showed December placements at 98 percent of one year earlier and marketings at 99 percent of last year, leading to a Jan. 1 on-feed total of 11.69 million head, 101.8 percent of the prior year.

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