Last week One of Canada’s biggest cattle feedlots, Alberta-based Western Feedlots, announced it will close feeding operations after nearly 60 years, citing poor market conditions. The of their feeding operations, likely early in 2017 once its current cattle are sold, will make it more difficult for ranchers to find markets for their young cattle and pinch supplies for Alberta’s big beef packers, Cargill Ltd and JBS USA Holdings Inc. Canada is the world’s sixth-largest beef exporter, and Alberta raises more cattle than any other province.

Agri-pulse reports that about 100 EU negotiators are in New York this week for the 15th round of Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership negotiations. U.S. and EU trade officials are under a lot of pressure to wrap up the trade pact this year out of concern that political support for the pact will falter on on both sides of the Pacific Ocean.

NCGA calls on farmers to write EPA in support of atrazine. If you’re a corn farmer and you want to be able to keep using the herbicide atrazine, the National Corn Grower Association is counting on you to write to the EPA to oppose tighter restrictions. The EPA will be accepting comments on its ecological risk assessment through Tuesday.

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