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Friday, November 28,2014

EPA's micromanagement plan beating up businesses

by Traci Eatherton, Editor
While ag groups are typically focused on the big picture when it comes to EPA’s plans for more water control, changing emission standards, or handling climate change, there is another side to the overreach that doesn’t typically get as much coverage— the actual bottom line of EPA’s damage—the never ending fines.

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Friday, November 28,2014

Brazil's infrastructure is the transport handicap

by DTN
Take the Brazilian boom town of Sorriso, Mato Grosso, which stood on the northernmost edge of the state’s soybean frontier 15 years ago. It is as remote from the Atlantic port terminals as North Dakota is from Pacific Northwest ports, but back then, visiting U.

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Friday, November 28,2014

Ozone proposal could set impossible standards: Rep. Whitfield

by Traci Eatherton, Editor
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy cited ozone’s damaging effects on children and the elderly, with plans to move forward on tightening limits on the pollutant for the first time since 2008.

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Friday, November 28,2014

Employee training important to cattle welfare, beef quality

by WLJ
“The animals become comfortable eating and gaining weight or in the parlor letting milk down. Keep in mind that cattle are able to identify individual handlers and remember positive and negative handling experiences that impact milk production and subsequent behavior during handling.

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Friday, November 28,2014

Farm succession planning demands that we step up our communication

by WLJ
At a recent farm succession program held by Michigan State University Extension in Traverse City, participants discussed the importance of good communication during farm succession.

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Friday, November 28,2014

Study shows drought-tolerant corn taps deeper soil profile

by WLJ
The study was funded in part by Texas A&M AgriLife Research Cropping System Program, Pioneer Hybrids International and the U.S. Department of Agriculture-Ogallala Program. Other team members were: Thomas Marek, AgriLife Research Irrigation Engineer, Amarillo; Dr.

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Friday, November 28,2014

Beef stocks dwindle

by Kerry Halladay, Editor
Across all warehouses as of Oct. 31, beef in cold storage amounted to 374.87 million pounds (mp), down 15 percent from the same time last year. Beef additionally represented less of red meat and total meat in cold storage at 39.8 percent and 18.8 percent respectively, down from 42.

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Friday, November 28,2014

U.S., Canadian producers talk

by WLJ
Discussion topics focused on the integration of meat and livestock industries, sustainability and innovation, intergenerational succession planning and key trade issues such as U.S. Mandatory Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) and regulatory cooperation.

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Friday, November 28,2014

Ag must answer consumers' questions better

by WLJ
The discussion, titled “What Does Agricultural Communication Mean in the 21st Century?” was the second lecture in the 2014-15 season for the Heuermann Lectures.

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Friday, November 28,2014

Placements, marketings sour futures: COF 'bearish' marketings 'depressing'

by Kerry Halladay, Editor
The state of the beef supply chain took a bearish turn recently as higher-than-expected placements combined with continued lower-thanexpected marketings. But there is speculation that the trend of depressed marketings—and thereby feedlot backlogs—won’t continue too much longer.

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