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BUTCH THOLE DISTRIBUTING Cloverleaf Dairy Products Phone 839-2573 Ortonville &apos;%%.%.'%.%%'%%.; ,,%.'%.'%%,'%%.'% r "Proud Supporters  of Inside Agriculture and Our Area Farmers!" TUBBS SOFT WATER SALES - SERVICE - RENTALS (all makes) Drinking Water Systems Iron Removal Systems Salt Delivery It " I of Umts We Sell, 320-289-1999 Appleton, Minnesota We Proudly Salute All Area Farmers! Agralite Electric Cooperative 320 East Hwy. 12 Benson, MN 56215 Phone 320-843-4150 Fax 320-843-3738 A Touchstone Energy Partner K,,'..<;,,,.,,..." The power of human connections PRO aUTO y Work Free Estimates We specialize in repairables. We'll find a car or truck that's right for you. Kevin Backstrand Ortonville, MN ............................................ iil;iiiil .... :'ZE .::!i!iiiii STAR iiiilBAN K nai assolat,on natio ...................... ............ "''' " " ...................... 171111.i..,- ................ " Thg'Bank That Cares! iAi mull UENDR 320-748-7239 Member FDIC Graceville, MN Hoxtell Excavating ,,. EXCAVATING over 46 YFce SAND & GRAVEL CONTRACTOnS of S,' DEMOLITION " t RR 2 ORTONVILLE  ........ 00Farmels Co Operative Elevator Company! ,-,-.-,e.-.-.-.-.'._-,'.'.'.'.'.',',',',','-'.','-','-'-''-'-',-, I, ! |  ' :, rain -Gas- Diesel- Fuel Oil Feed Fertilizer,,: :: Custom Spreading-Custom Grain Cleaning : I Phone 320/839-2861 : PoOo Box 105 OrtonvUle, Minnesota HOBO SOUP The excitingly new flavor ladled piping hot from an | , open kettle NOT CONCENTRATED ... JUST HEAT 'N EAT i "A jungle recipe fit for a king" I I I I I [ AVAILABLE AT: ........ '" THE. ,.a,.Ep tnu . ENDENT A CONSIRULTtVI NtWSPAI' N A tIVF fOMUNIY or Bill's Super Valu Plus and Pioneer Meat Market in " Ortonville or Jubilee Foods in Madison U.S.. beefcPri00e smiling, ons s BEEF PRICES high-protien diets, as that caused the u.S. diet, and the venerable These types of consuming meat carbohydrates s potatoes. Consumers have a feeling the impact, wla eating out or at home. i'estaraunt chains such as, and Wendy's have and lean chicken pieces industry observers coincidence that the with rising beef prices Experts expect other restaraunt c rising food prices. It is not clear how for the impact of the Economists with the United States Department of Agriculture are at a record high throughout the country, mcreasing by about 40 percent since July. Although the increase may have beef producers smiling, consumers may end up paying more to buy beef )roducls at grocery stores and in restaraunts. Price increases for consumers may vary according t() the individual grocery store or restaurant, and also by depending (m the grade of meat. Low-quality meat will remain inexpensive, but higher grade meats, such as Angus, may be priced much higher. One year ago, beef prices averaged about $64 per 100 pounds. "We have seen increases in the past several days," said Jim Robb, director of the lSvestock Marketing Information Center in Denver, CO. "Choice T- bone steak and New York strip steak, those prices are double what we have seen ill the past months." David Kay of Cattle Buyers Weekly, expects that prices will ease off a liltle, but not much. "'We look as if we're going to have even lighter cattle supplies for slaughter in 2004 and even into 2005," he said. Researchers have sited many reasons for the increased beef prices. When Canadian beef producers announced the presence of Mad Cow Disease last May, the United States banned imports of Canadian cattle and beef. The ban reduced cattle and meat mports into the U.S. by 9 percent, according to Wayne Purcell of the Research Institute on Livestock Pricing. "I believe about 25 to 30 percent of our feed cattle supplies come from Canada, especially to the West Coast, so it's affecting the West Coast more than any other part of the nation," said Chris Bartels of Bartels Packing. Producers began pushing to market younger, thinner animals, which is a short-term solution that has exacerbated supply shortfalls caused by the absence of Canadian beef. In relation to the Canadian Mad Cow Disease scare, the case of supply and demand can also be attributed to the increased beef prices. When the price of cattle went up earlier this year, many cattle producers sold their animals. Now, there is not as many cattle to be sold, but people still want to eat beef. Weather also played a factor in the decreased supply of beef. A bitter winter kept the weight of beef cattle down, and then there were straight summers of drought. Ranchers and dairy farmers began selling of their herds, resulting in lower prices. Another reason for the increase has been cited as an increased demand for beef products from American consumers. "Consumer demand for beef has increased nearly 10 percent !since 1998, after declining for 20 years," said Robb. Recent increases in beef consumption may be due in part because of the increasing popularity of high-protien diets, such as this summer's blockbuster South Beach CONSUMERS because of been occuring in Bitumi Paving, . i Re r<,.  co ake rea 3armers!l P o',ox<.Or,o,-,,,,,,,,J:' Phone (320) 273-211:3 Fax (320) 273-2120 COMPLETE SERVICE WITH A sMILE 00iLBAMIR GJ,,A@@ 103 East 4th . Milbank, 819 57;' Corrie & Ka_r.  I ,,,,:,:,=s,,,,,,,,,:s ETHANOL [ '< '" ':''" Auto Glass Replacement ~ Roc C 'P _ _ Tractor Cab Glass - Insulated Glass Reg, Custom Vinyl Windows for a perfect vP.O.$OgNE6;::;.;:;TH STREET BtGF;x;5C.:g,.S:07216 ,Jr Get your, before ,,nter. k BUTCH THOLE DISTRIBUTING Cloverleaf Dairy Products Phone 839-2573 Ortonville '%%.%.'%.%%'%%.; ,,%.'%.'%%,'%%.'% r "Proud Supporters  of Inside Agriculture and Our Area Farmers!" TUBBS SOFT WATER SALES - SERVICE - RENTALS (all makes) Drinking Water Systems Iron Removal Systems Salt Delivery It " I of Umts We Sell, 320-289-1999 Appleton, Minnesota We Proudly Salute All Area Farmers! Agralite Electric Cooperative 320 East Hwy. 12 Benson, MN 56215 Phone 320-843-4150 Fax 320-843-3738 A Touchstone Energy Partner K,,'..<;,,,.,,..." The power of human connections PRO aUTO y Work Free Estimates We specialize in repairables. We'll find a car or truck that's right for you. Kevin Backstrand Ortonville, MN ............................................ iil;iiiil .... :'ZE .::!i!iiiii STAR iiiilBAN K nai assolat,on natio ...................... ............ "''' " " ...................... 171111.i..,- ................ " Thg'Bank That Cares! iAi mull UENDR 320-748-7239 Member FDIC Graceville, MN Hoxtell Excavating ,,. EXCAVATING over 46 YFce SAND & GRAVEL CONTRACTOnS of S,' DEMOLITION " t RR 2 ORTONVILLE  ........ 00Farmels Co Operative Elevator Company! ,-,-.-,e.-.-.-.-.'._-,'.'.'.'.'.',',',',','-'.','-','-'-''-'-',-, I, ! |  ' :, rain -Gas- Diesel- Fuel Oil Feed Fertilizer,,: :: Custom Spreading-Custom Grain Cleaning : I Phone 320/839-2861 : PoOo Box 105 OrtonvUle, Minnesota HOBO SOUP The excitingly new flavor ladled piping hot from an | , open kettle NOT CONCENTRATED ... JUST HEAT 'N EAT i "A jungle recipe fit for a king" I I I I I [ AVAILABLE AT: ........ '" THE. ,.a,.Ep tnu . ENDENT A CONSIRULTtVI NtWSPAI' N A tIVF fOMUNIY or Bill's Super Valu Plus and Pioneer Meat Market in " Ortonville or Jubilee Foods in Madison U.S.. beefcPri00e smiling, ons s BEEF PRICES high-protien diets, as that caused the u.S. diet, and the venerable These types of consuming meat carbohydrates s potatoes. Consumers have a feeling the impact, wla eating out or at home. i'estaraunt chains such as, and Wendy's have and lean chicken pieces industry observers coincidence that the with rising beef prices Experts expect other restaraunt c rising food prices. It is not clear how for the impact of the Economists with the United States Department of Agriculture are at a record high throughout the country, mcreasing by about 40 percent since July. Although the increase may have beef producers smiling, consumers may end up paying more to buy beef )roducls at grocery stores and in restaraunts. Price increases for consumers may vary according t() the individual grocery store or restaurant, and also by depending (m the grade of meat. Low-quality meat will remain inexpensive, but higher grade meats, such as Angus, may be priced much higher. One year ago, beef prices averaged about $64 per 100 pounds. "We have seen increases in the past several days," said Jim Robb, director of the lSvestock Marketing Information Center in Denver, CO. "Choice T- bone steak and New York strip steak, those prices are double what we have seen ill the past months." David Kay of Cattle Buyers Weekly, expects that prices will ease off a liltle, but not much. "'We look as if we're going to have even lighter cattle supplies for slaughter in 2004 and even into 2005," he said. Researchers have sited many reasons for the increased beef prices. When Canadian beef producers announced the presence of Mad Cow Disease last May, the United States banned imports of Canadian cattle and beef. The ban reduced cattle and meat mports into the U.S. by 9 percent, according to Wayne Purcell of the Research Institute on Livestock Pricing. "I believe about 25 to 30 percent of our feed cattle supplies come from Canada, especially to the West Coast, so it's affecting the West Coast more than any other part of the nation," said Chris Bartels of Bartels Packing. Producers began pushing to market younger, thinner animals, which is a short-term solution that has exacerbated supply shortfalls caused by the absence of Canadian beef. In relation to the Canadian Mad Cow Disease scare, the case of supply and demand can also be attributed to the increased beef prices. When the price of cattle went up earlier this year, many cattle producers sold their animals. Now, there is not as many cattle to be sold, but people still want to eat beef. Weather also played a factor in the decreased supply of beef. A bitter winter kept the weight of beef cattle down, and then there were straight summers of drought. Ranchers and dairy farmers began selling of their herds, resulting in lower prices. Another reason for the increase has been cited as an increased demand for beef products from American consumers. "Consumer demand for beef has increased nearly 10 percent !since 1998, after declining for 20 years," said Robb. Recent increases in beef consumption may be due in part because of the increasing popularity of high-protien diets, such as this summer's blockbuster South Beach CONSUMERS because of been occuring in Bitumi Paving, . i Re r<,.  co ake rea 3armers!l P o',ox<.Or,o,-,,,,,,,,J:' Phone (320) 273-211:3 Fax (320) 273-2120 COMPLETE SERVICE WITH A sMILE 00iLBAMIR GJ,,A@@ 103 East 4th . Milbank, 819 57;' Corrie & Ka_r.  I ,,,,:,:,=s,,,,,,,,,:s ETHANOL [ '< '" ':''" Auto Glass Replacement ~ Roc C 'P _ _ Tractor Cab Glass - Insulated Glass Reg, Custom Vinyl Windows for a perfect vP.O.$OgNE6;::;.;:;TH STREET BtGF;x;5C.:g,.S:07216 ,Jr Get your, before ,,nter. k