TCFA: Cattle on Feed Report

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San Diego Daily Transcript: The end of cheap food

“It all goes back to the dirt.” That’s one of my fundamental premises of economic theory, built from a nontraditional study of business and trade. Every commercial interaction can trace its existence to the ground, sooner or later. The raw material, or “rude produce” as Adam Smith used to call it, that originates in the earth is the source of all industries, including the service businesses that directly or indirectly depend upon those primary sources of value creation.
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Amarillo Globe-News: Ranchers seek lessons in swindle

The collapse of a Midwest cattle brokerage company that owes hundreds of ranchers as much as $130 million could result in some going under and has others wondering if regulatory changes are needed to prevent similar swindles in the future.
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Southwest Farm Press: Estate tax reform heads to president’s desk

The new tax bill, which now goes to the president for his signature, will allow couples to pass up to $10 million from an estate to their heirs tax-free, with assets above $10 million to be taxed at 35 percent.
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Center for Consumer Freedom: Wasteful Humane Society of the United States Earns a Spot on Charity Watchdogs’ “Naughty” Lists

Today the nonprofit Center for Consumer Freedom (CCF) pointed to the 2010 “Watchdog Report” from Animal People News, which determined the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) spends 50 cents of every donated dollar on continued fundraising and additional overhead costs.
Read More at ConsumerFreedom.com.