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Friday, May 21,2010

Rock and a hard place

by Pete Crow - Publisher
It’s good to see someone attempt to trim the Environmental Protection Agency’s regulatory wings regarding their haphazard determination that carbon dioxide (CO2) is an air pollutant. Sens. Lisa Murkowski, R-AK, and Blanche Lincoln, D-AR, have proposed a Resolution of Disapproval

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Friday, May 21,2010

Time and money

by Miranda Reiman, Certified Angus Beef
The first step to reaching peak performance is tracking where youve been. If you dont have production numbers, its hard to make comparisons or data-driven decisions. You dont need to make a complicated recordkeeping system, just make sure it includes all the variables that make a difference.

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Friday, May 21,2010

BEEF talk

by Kris Ringwall, North Dakota State University
The Benjamin Franklin axiom that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure is as true today as it was when Franklin made the quote. Although many use the quote when referring to health, Franklin actually was addressing fire safety.

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Friday, May 21,2010

BEEF bits

by WLJ
First-quarter 2010 exports of U.S. beef increased 25 percent from 2009. This growth largely stems from the increasing U.S. sales in several Asian markets, namely in Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, and Hong Kong. Firstquarter 2010 exports to Japan and South Korea improved 30 and 9 percent, respectively, above yearearlier levels.

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Friday, May 21,2010

USDA matches landowners with beginning producers

by Chris Clayton - DTN
Trying to spur some new blood in farming and ranching, USDA rolled out a program recently to encourage retiring landowners with land leaving the Conservation Reserve Program to sell or rent that land to a beginning or socially disadvantaged farmer or rancher.

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Friday, May 21,2010

Arizona National Livestock Show Ambassador selected

by WLJ
Amanda Zamudio of Elfrida, AZ, was recently selected to serve as the 2011 Arizona National Livestock Show Ambassador. Zamudio begins her yearlong term in May. She is currently entering her senior year at the University of Arizona (UA) majoring in Animal Science with a minor in Agriculture Education.

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Friday, May 21,2010

Special use valuation eases the pain of land inflation

by DTN
Although the federal estate tax law is currently in congressional limbo, its still important to plan for your farms succession. For those who die in 2010, Congress has eliminated the federal estate taxjust for one year.

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Friday, May 21,2010

USDA makes cattle movement easier for majority of Michigan

by WLJ
The federal TB program recently relaxed the rules for movement in a TB Modified Accredited Advanced Zone (MAAZ) to provide free-movement of unaffected cattle herds. Until this order was signed, a bovine TB test was required on all MAAZ cattle before crossing a federal zonal boundary, even if they were not near TB-infected wildlife.

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Friday, May 21,2010

What the Choice-Select spread is trying to tell the market

by WLJ
The Choice-Select spread has been a leading indicator for decades, but a current analysis suggests it can mislead if taken at face value. A lot more commodity Choice came on just as the economy was closing the menu on middle-meat steaks cut from that commodity pool, which no longer represents much of an advantage over Select.

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Friday, May 21,2010

Online training now available for livestock market personnel

by WLJ
Proper livestock handling and animal care is a major industry topicand now livestock auction market personnel can fine-tune their handling skills, thanks to a new partnership between Livestock Marketing Association (LMA) and the Beef Cattle Institute (BCI) at Kansas State University.

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