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Friday, January 23,2015

What is BQA and why should I consider certification?

by WLJ
ers. Quality means producing and providing a beef product that is wholesome and safe, but it also means providing a product that is going to deliver a desirable eating experience.

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Friday, January 23,2015

Gates goal: African self-sufficiency by 2030

by Kerry Halladay, Editor
Every year, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation issues its annual letter. For those who find hope and inspiration in the advancement of science and technology it is an exciting tradition. This year they have set their sights high, envisioning a self-sufficient Africa in terms of food security in 2030.

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Friday, January 23,2015

FAO food price index drops in December

by WLJ
This year-on-year drop came despite FAO’s subindex for meat rising to an all-time high annual average of 199 points, up 8.1 percent from 2013. Cereals, by contrast, dropped 12.5 percent from the previous year, buoyed by forecasts of record production and ample inventories.

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Friday, January 23,2015

Camp Brisket draws all walks of life to learn Texas' most popular BBQ cut

by WLJ
The camp is a partnership between Foodways Texas and the meat science section in the Department of Animal Science. Event registration sold out in less than five minutes, according to organizers, and various national and state media reported from the event.

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Friday, January 23,2015

Advanced technology needed for the future

by WLJ
Texas A&M University and Texas A&M AgriLife Research crop scientists will make a strong push in the coming years to increase food and feed production using marker-assisted breeding programs, according to Dr. David Baltensperger, head of the Department of Soil and Crop Sciences in College Station.

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Friday, January 23,2015

Moving forward in 2015: The information highway

by Traci Eatherton, Editor
“For some time now, there has been an ongoing shift in the roles machines play in our everyday lives,” said Daryl Plummer, Vice President, Distinguished Analyst and Gartner Fellow. “Computer-based machines are now being used to create an ever-expanding variety of experiences that extend human endeavors.

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Friday, January 23,2015

College of Ag to cohost grazing conference

by WLJ
California State University, Chico, College of Agriculture will cohost the Western Regional Grazing Conference, titled Grazing for Change, with the Jefferson Center for Holistic Management Feb. 27–28, 2015, at the University Farm Pavilion.

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Friday, January 23,2015

Genetically engineered animals could help ease world hunger

by WLJ
Genetically engineered food animals could provide a sustainable means to feed a fast-growing world population, yet regulatory hurdles keep such animals off the market, according to an award-winning scientist who recently spoke at the University of Nebraska- Lincoln (UNL).

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Monday, January 19,2015

Keystone political impasse gaining traction

by Traci Eatherton, Editor
With 2014 in the history books, the New Year is well under way, and several of the big ticket items that couldn’t make it past the stalemate in Congress may now be gaining some traction—or at least some are hoping they are.

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Monday, January 19,2015

Mexican wolf standoff

by Theodora Dowling, WLJ Correspondent
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) won’t answer this question, but it has just expanded the area where the agency will release captive-bred wolves—from 700,000 to 8 million acres. It’s also expanded the area where wolves can be “translocated” (captured and moved) from 6,845 acres to 60 million acres.

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