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Friday, July 9,2010

Idaho Beef Council elects officers

by WLJ
Idaho beef producers Laurie Lickley, Jerome, ID, Brenda Richards, Murphy, ID, and Jay Theiler, Boise, ID were named to leadership positions at the June 1-2, 2010, Idaho Beef Council (IBC) meeting in Boise, ID, at the Idaho State Department of Agriculture.

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Friday, July 9,2010

Colorado agriculture groups comment on proposed plover listing

by WLJ
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) recently proposed listing the mountain plover as threatened under the Endangered Species Act. Citing agriculture, oil and gas, and other alleged threats, a listing would severely affect agriculture activities in Colorado, Wyoming and New Mexico.

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Friday, July 9,2010

Monsanto, BASF to develop GM wheat

by DTN
Monsanto Co. said last week they will nearly double their investments into an already established joint venture to develop biotech crops, expanding their efforts to include a focus on wheat, a key food crop that as yet has no commercialized biotech variety.

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Friday, July 9,2010

Yellowstone Draft EIS regarding brucellosis in bison is under debate

by Mark Mendiola - WLJ Correspondent
Those supporting or opposing a plan to vaccinate Yellowstone National Parks bison against brucellosis have until July 26 to comment on the National Park Services Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) that proposes to do so by using compressed air rifles to fire darts at the wild buffalo without handling or capturing them.

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Friday, July 9,2010

ACRE grant program for ag projects returns

by WLJ
The Colorado Agricultural Value Added Development Board is offering $500,000 in grant funding to promote agricultural energy related projects in Colorado.

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Friday, July 9,2010

BEEF talk

by Kris Ringwall, North Dakota State University
Realizing that the bulls did not read the planning manual is a typical and not that uncommon situation after all the long-term efforts are put in place. The bottom line is that the bull wont stay in the pasture. If there isnt a bull, there will not be calves.

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Friday, July 9,2010

Bull Tales

by D. "Bing" Bingham - contributing columnist
On that early afternoon, a neighbor was checking his fields. He spotted a column of smoke on our side of the canyon. A juniper tree had taken a hit in the previous nights storm and was smoldering in the freshening breeze. Nothing serious, no homes were nearby.

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Friday, July 9,2010

China, New Zealand announce plans to move forward on new beef trade deal

by WLJ
President Obama last week announced progress on his pledge to double U.S. exports over the next five years, including the development of a new presidential advisory council on exports.

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Friday, July 9,2010

BEEF bits

by WLJ
The beef checkoff has launched a new website for veal, this time geared toward the foodservice professional. Features include a database of recipes as well as a special section with a featured restaurant, chef and recipe.

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Friday, July 9,2010

Farmers, labor groups say illegal immigrants not taking away ag jobs

by DTN
When Loren Greenfields family built Hilltop Dairy in 2002, they had a lot of early labor help from the surrounding community. High school and college students came to help milk at first, but local workers quickly disappeared.

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