Cattle, hogs mixed ahead of USDA numbersAt the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, live cattle futures closed firm in a narrow range ahead of widespread direct cash business and ahead of the USDA’s Cattle... December placements down 2 percentIn the first look at cattle numbers in the US since the government shutdown, the USDA says placements into feedlots during December were down 2 percent on th... About corn syrup and beerA Super Bowl commercial made it appear you shouldn’t drink beer that has corn syrup in it. Should you be concerned? Dieticians say no. Besides, it’s on... Grey Cup will delay Agribition next yearThe 50th edition of Canadian Western Agribition will be held a little later than usual, thanks to the Canadian Football League. Regina was awarded the 2020 G... Punch, counterpunchThis week is going to be ugly, on both sides of the aisle, both sides of Capitol Hill and the far end of Pennsylvania Avenue. Democrats have piled bricks to... Iowa appeals ‘ag gag’ rulingThe state of Iowa is challenging a federal judge’s ruling that declared the state’s so-called ag-gag law unconstitutional. The law made it illegal for ... U.S. and China continue trade talksPresident Trump plans to meet with China’s Vice Premier this afternoon to discuss trade. Chinese and U.S. officials are back in negotiations after spending m... Midday cash livestock marketsDirect cash cattle trade is still relatively quiet. There are a few scattered bids on the table at $123 live and $202 dressed. Packer inquiry is expected t... MacAulay Wraps Up U.S. VisitFederal Agriculture Minister Lawrence MacAulay has wrapped up a successful visit to the United States, making stops in Arlington, Virginia, and Washington, D.C.