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Monday, December 29,2014

Beef options to inspire operators for protein-powered kids‚ menus

by WLJ
The National Restaurant Association (NRA) has announced that the Beef Checkoff Program has become a sponsor of the Association’s award-winning Kids Live Well program, a voluntary industry-wide initiative designed to help make the healthful choice the easy choice when dining out with children.

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Monday, December 29,2014

Congress wants to study USDA

by Chris Clayton - DTN
Vilsack, in a phone interview with DTN earlier this month, expressed his frustration with some of the policy riders in the $1.1 trillion funding bill Congress approved. The policy restrictions ranged from blocking the secretary from creating a new beef checkoff to preventing the Farm Service Agency from eliminating its smallest offices nationally.

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Monday, December 29,2014

Pasture Management

Nature's soil-building tools: hooves, earthworms and microbes

by Wayne Burleson
The US- DA’s Natural Resource Conservation Service says we are using and losing more topsoil than the pounds of food produced each year. One reference said, “Six pounds of farmable soil is lost each year per 1 pound of food eaten.” That’s not a sustainable situation.

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Monday, December 29,2014

Cover crops for soil health, water, yields

by WLJ
Growers who plant cover crops—including oilseed radish, cereal rye, Austrian winter pea and crimson clover—can also expect to reduce soil erosion and cut down on nutrient losses, according to Jim Hoorman, a soil expert with Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences.

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Monday, December 29,2014

Red clover as a cover crop, benefits and management

by WLJ
dry matter per acre. This is an extremely high amount. It also offers the variability of using medium red clover or mammoth clover to decide the timeframe in which the dry matter is applied to the field. • Weed suppressor—Once.

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Monday, December 29,2014

Less red meat in 2014

by Kerry Halladay, Editor
The most recent Cold Storage report came out last week showing red meat supplies in all freezers down fairly significantly year-over-year. Red meat in cold storage as of Nov. 30 stood at 919.08 million pounds, down 10 percent from the same time last year.

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Monday, December 29,2014

Study: preserving the soil´s health

by WLJ
The five-year study provides the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service with science-based information needed to develop incentives for wheat farmers to change from traditionaltillage fallow practices to undercutter-tillage or no-till fallow systems.

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Monday, December 29,2014

Aid to Navajo shepherds

by WLJ
More than 47 percent of the 89,745 sheep raised in New Mexico are in Navajo herds in McKinley and San Juan counties, while 83 percent of Arizona’s state herd is raised on Navajo land in the northeast region of the state, according to the USDA 2012 Census of Agriculture.

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Monday, December 29,2014

Veto doesn't stop antibiotic bill

by Kerry Halladay, Editor
California state Senator Jerry Hill (D-13) submitted SB 27 to the state’s senate last month. Among other things, the bill would require a veterinary prescription for any use of “medically important” antibiotics in food animals. It would prohibit the use of such antibiotics for the sole purpose of weight gain or improved feed efficiency.

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Monday, December 29,2014

USDA dropping checkoff plan

by Chris Clayton - DTN
In a phone interview, Vilsack said USDA won’t pursue efforts to create another checkoff under the 1996 commodity promotion law. A policy rider in the recently passed and signed federal appropriations bill prevents USDA from continuing to write a rule for the plan during this fiscal year.

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