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4B SIDNEY HERALD n pnces Brought - - " z "-' ; to you by ,w ,, ......... ., ,.,o, continue to increase Grain markets continue to surge higher on widespread rumors of Chinese grain : shortages, and the expecta- tion that they will buy large quantities of U.S. wheat and soybeans. U.S. soybean production was below expectations this summer, and aggressive buy- ing by China of both U.S. and Brazilian beans has forced prices above $8 for the first time in six years. Wheat rallied almost back to its summer highs on hopes of China buying, but is kept in check by much needed rains on the southern plains : winter wheat and by the im- : pending harvest in the South- ern Hemisphere (Argentina : and Australia). Cattle markets continue to be volatile as the cash trade : tries to fred a comfortable price range. The continued closure of the Canadian bor- ner and excellent export de- and are keeping prices well : supported, but red ink from Commodity This week Chg/Lst Wk Ch. Wheat 375 3/4 21 1/4 KC Wheat 372 17 3/4 BOZEMAN -Two Montana inn-i-- A/heot ........ 38-6-1;4 ........ --2]-17-4' ....farming families and an ag-in- ........................................... dustry proponent have been Corn Oats So~beans Soybean oil S oymeal Sugar Live cattle Feeder cattle 248 1/4 148 8OO 26.92 254.8 6.12 101.675 106.95 28 4 1/4 50 1/4 1/3 22 1/3 I/6 5.52 5.38 Crude oil 28.91 - 1.01 Heatin9 oil Unleaded La _ Natural gas 0.7947 0.8029 4.858 -0.03 -0.00 -0.39 Silver 5.142 0.01 Gold 387 0.20 Canadian $ 0.7606 -0.004 U.S./$ 92.12 0.42 in a broad range on a variety of reports that have been both bullish and bearish. the retail sector is keeping price rallies in check. Financial markets have been relatively stable, trading Group say COOL benefits must outweight costs Representatives of the Montana Stockgrow- ers Association vow to keep an open mind as they review long awaited proposed rules to im- plement the mandatory country of origin la- : beling program, COOL. Designated as part of : the 2002 Farm Bill, COOL will be advantageous : to Montana producers, but only if the benefits outweigh the costs, says the stockgrowers asso- , ciation. "Like many livestock organizations, we have anxiously awaited the release of these rules be- :cause they may be what we have to live by for a : long time," said John Swanz, Judith Gap rancher and president of the Montana Stock- : growers Association. "We are eager to review mandatory labeling program would apply to whole muscle cuts of beef, lamb and pork; ground beef, ground lamb and ground pork; farm-raised fish and shellfish; wild fish and shellfish; perishable ag commodities; and peanuts. Although the law as passed applies only to covered products sold at retail establishments, not food service establishments, it could clear- ly have an impact on other segments of the in- dustry, including ranchers. "The MSGA position has always been that the benefits or added value of COOL must ex- ceed the cost to the industry, or it is not accept- able," said Swanz. "We need better quantifica- named outstanding agricul- tural leaders by the College of AgricuRure at Montana State University-Bozeman. MSU gives these awards an- nually to people who have pro- vided outstanding leadership in either production agricul- ture or agribusiness. The families being honored as agricultural leaders this year are Robert, Ann and Earl Boettcher, Big Sandy, and Har- lin and Jodi Steiger, Forsyth. The service to Montana agriculture award goes to Jim Christianson, Great Falls, ex- ecutive vice president of the Montana Wheat and Barley Committee. Robert, Ann and Earl Boettcher run ROB-AN Farms, a certified organic farm since 1992. The Boettch- ers started working towards the organic certification in 1986, leading to crop rotations that include wheat, barley -- one of several alternative crops - and summer fallow. The alternative crops have included sunflower, lentils, peas, buckwheat, flax, spelt, alfalfa and medics. Robert has served on many organization boards, includ- ing the state technical com- mittee of the Natural Re- sources and Conservation Ser- vice, the Montana Farmers Union, Northwest Coalition for Alternatives to Pesticides, Northern Plains Sustainable Agriculture Society and the Organic Crop Improvement Association, He also cooper- ates with MSU on research and regularly conducts farm tours to share organic farm- ing know-how. Robert received the 2003 Excellence in Conser- vation Award given by the NRCS. them in detail and provide comments as appro- tion of the likelihood of the program adding Harlin and Jodi Steiger run : riate to the USDA." value to our product as consumer are given the both irr ated and dryland :!! The proposedrules released by the federal ability hC se a U.S. product." ' farming 0per ttlons near agency on Oct. 27 provide details of how a Forsyth. The primary crop on Illl Ill I I NORTHERN PLAINS Fertilizer Chemical Seed Feed 904 E. Main, Sidney 482-1303 I nl I - II, IIIIIII II II I I II I Harlin and Jodi Steiger, Forsyth, is one of the by Montana State University. the irrigated portion of their chickpea land is sugar beet, but they al- raised such so rotate with seed alfalfa and mercially since grain. On the dryland opera- pulse crops tions, the Steigers raise saf- ered flower, lentils, chickpeas and wheat. In addition, they raise 50-175 head of cows. ciation. Both Harlin and Jodi have been members of the Rose- has served bud-Treasure County Farm agriculture in a r Bureau, and between the two of them have held every elect- As ed office possible. "They're a real team," says ley MSU Plant Pathologist Barry has led tours of Jacobsen. Harlin has been culture for farming since graduation tors from high school. The help he has given young farmers in the area "is outstanding," other countries. adds Jacobsen. 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