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Tuesday, March 3,2015

Texas A&M AgriLife Annual Ram Performance Test Field Day

by WLJ
Dr. Dan Waldron, AgriLife Research Geneticist at San Angelo and the test’s coordinator, said the purpose of the test remains the same, with the Rambouillet rams offered during the afternoon auction tested and ready to make a positive genetic influence on ewes managed by breeders working to improve their flocks.

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Tuesday, March 3,2015

Obama vetoes Keystone XL pipeline bill privately without fanfare

by DTN
Obama offered no indication of whether he’ll eventually issue a permit for the pipeline, the construction of which has become a flashpoint in the U.S. debate about environmental policy and climate change.

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Tuesday, March 3,2015

Americans spend just under 10 percent of their incomes on food

by WLJ
Between 1960 and 2007, the share of disposable personal income spent on total food by Americans fell from 17.5 to 9.6 percent, as the share of income spent on food at home fell. The share of income spent on food purchased in grocery stores and other retailers declined from 14.

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Tuesday, March 3,2015

Spray pesticide drift danger

by DTN
“A bad inversion day is the absolute worst time to spray,” Thostenson said. Avoiding temperature inversions during the spray season is challenging even for professional sprayers, but researchers are slowly gathering more information about how they work and how growers can avoid them.

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Tuesday, March 3,2015

USDA mum on ARC-PLC farm programs´ extension

by DTN
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack told the Senate Agriculture Committee last Tuesday that he monitors the rate of sign-up for the new farm programs for crops on a daily basis.

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Tuesday, March 3,2015

2014 Farm Bill crop safety net enrollment deadline approaching

by WLJ
With deadlines set for enrollment in the 2014 Farm Bill’s crop programs in March, farmers have only a few weeks left to make decisions about key farm safety net decisions, said a farm policy expert in the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at Ohio State University.

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Tuesday, March 3,2015

Renewal option for expiring conservation stewardship contracts

by WLJ
Natural Resources Conservation Service Chief Jason Weller announced that the USDA is offering a renewal option through Tuesday, March 31, 2015 for eligible agricultural producers and forest landowners with expiring Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) contracts.

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Monday, March 2,2015

Producers step up to battle for the bird

by Traci Eatherton, Editor
With populations spanning 11 energy- and agriculture-rich western states, the sage-grouse is considered an icon of the West. By some estimates, its population has been reduced from millions to perhaps 500,000 today. But groups encouraging habitat plans have concluded that what is good for the sage-grouse is good for the land.

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Monday, March 2,2015

A look at Australia, Aussie beef imports

by Kerry Halladay, Editor
Australia is one of the world’s major beef producers and exporters, exporting roughly three-quarters of its total production. It was also the number one source of beef (not cattle) imported into the U.S. in 2014. The vast majority of the beef imported from Australia into the U.

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Monday, March 2,2015

Dietary guidelines comments sought

by Traci Eatherton, Editor
The 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (DGAC), a group of prestigious outside experts, according to USDA, submitted its recommendations to Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack in order to inform the 2015 edition of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans.

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