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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

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

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 2,2010

States await wolf case ruling

by Mark Mendiola - WLJ Correspondent
U.S. District Judge Donald Molloy will not indicate exactly when he will rule on a renewed attempt by environmentalists to protect gray wolves in Idaho and Montana as endangered species, but both sides of the controversy hope he will decide the issue before the hunting of the predators resumes in

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Friday, July 2,2010

Strong feeder cattle markets on the West Coast

by WLJ
Ahead of the Fourth of July holiday, fed cattle sales started trading early last week at prices mostly steady to $1 higher than the previous week at $91 live in the South and $146 dressed in the northern tier. The trade was based, at least in small part, on a jump in the grain markets last week as USDA’s plantings report surprised the market

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Friday, July 2,2010

Cattle politics

by Pete Crow - Publisher
The successful, but divisive, beef checkoff must live through another tormenting period of time. The program, structure and how it operates are again being challenged by several ag groups. The recent challenge is a product of the governance changes that NCBA had proposed, changes intended to

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Friday, July 2,2010

Whats on your customers grill?

by Steve Suther, Certified Angus Beef
As producers, you know how good beef is for you. But you still like to hear people say good things about it, from the aroma to the taste, nutrition and satisfaction. Maybe youre an expert in preparing home-grown cuts for guests, but the people who increased their demand for beef over the last several years probably have less skill.

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Friday, July 2,2010

KAYS korner

by Steve Kay - Contributing Columnist
How unfortunate that two issues have again divided the beef industry just when it needs all its focus on improving demand and making beef affordable to Americans.

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