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Friday, January 29,2010

KAYS korner

by Steve Kay - Contributing Columnist
Money talks, but apparently not loud enough to get the Obama administration to take a fresh approach to getting Japan to relax its restrictions on U.S. beef imports. Perhaps it is because the beef industry hasnt screamed enough about how much money the industry is losing because of the severely limited access to the Japanese market.

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Friday, January 29,2010

BEEF bits

by WLJ
MeatAMI.com reports U.S. foodservice industry sales are forecasted to decrease in 2010 as consumers are more frugal with money. Sales were initially forecast at 0.8 percent lower than last year; new reports show a decline of 1.6 percent. Reports were conducted by the foodservice and consulting firm Technomic.

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Friday, January 29,2010

EPA to finalize renewable fuel standards soon

by DTN
Biofuels makers have been waiting for the rules which are designed to implement a 2007 law that mandated an ever-increasing amount of biofuels be added to transportation fuel. This year, 12.95 billion gallons of renewable fuel must be part of the supply, up almost 17 percent from last year.

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Friday, January 29,2010

Staff changes at Ag Council of California

by WLJ
Tricia Geringer has recently been hired as director of government affairs at the Agricultural Council of California (Ag Council). She will bring a wealth of policy experience to the organization through her past work on Capitol Hill for Congressman Radanovich, R-Mariposa.

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Friday, January 29,2010

U.S. trims food inflation forecast

by DTN
USDA trimmed its food inflation forecast for 2010, projecting prices at grocery stores and restaurants will rise at the same rate. USDA lowered the con- sumer price index for all food to gain 2.5 percent to 3.5 percent from its December forecast of 3 percent to 4 percent.

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Friday, January 29,2010

Winnemucca Ranch Hand Rodeo is the hot ticket for cowboy crowd

by WLJ
While all the Ranch Hand Rodeo spots are filled, there are still plenty of opportunities to participate in other events during the 2010 Winnemucca Ranch Hand Rodeo weekend. For more information, please visit www.ranchrodeonv.com. Entry forms and official rules are available online.

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Friday, January 29,2010

Missouri CAFOs face new permitting requirements

by WLJ
Farmers are just now registering that this is something they will face in the next year, said John Lory, University of Missouri (MU) Extension environmental nutrient management specialist. We understand its going to be confusing, and farmers need help to be prepared for the deadlines later this year.

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Friday, January 29,2010

Grazing lands reduce greenhouse gases

by WLJ
A green pasture with grazing animals offers an idyllic image of our natural environment. With the current focus on climate change, such a pasture has much more to offer than image. Through effective policy implementation, grazing lands can reduce greenhouse gases through carbon sequestration and emissions reductions offset credits.

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Friday, January 29,2010

Get the most out of forages

by DTN
If you want to talk to a beef producer who really knows how to manage pastures, you cant do much better than Missouris John Wood. Forages are more than just one part of his herds feed regime; they are the only part.

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Friday, January 29,2010

IVOMEC Challenge extended for 2010

by WLJ
Producers have nothing to lose and everything to gain when they use IVOMEC (ivermectin) Brand Products for spring parasite control. Merial is once again inviting producers to take the IVO- MEC Challengegiving them a risk-free way to prove that spring parasite control pays.

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