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Friday, August 21,2009

Researchers work to improve drought-resistant grass

by WLJ
Bluegrass hybrids ideal for pasture and for lawns could be developed faster using genetic markers developed by an Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientist.

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Friday, August 21,2009

CSU warns of pigeon fever

by WLJ
Equine owners should be extra vigilant for signs of pigeon fever in their horses, according to Colorado State University(CSU) veterinarians at the Veterinary Teaching Hospital. A spike in reported cases of this infectious disease has been reported in the northern Front Range of Colorado.

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Friday, August 21,2009

AngusSource Carcass Challenge brings out the best

by WLJ
Mason Fleenor may squint a little when checking pens, but he certainly sees 20/20 when it comes to selecting top-quality cattle. The Iowa seedstock producer and manager of GG Genetics feedlot picked out 41 of his own steers to win the northeast regions AngusSource Carcass Challenge (ASCC) second quarter title for 2009, with 90.

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Friday, August 21,2009

USDA will work to modify loans

by DTN
USDA officials are going to hold conference calls with major agricultural lenders this week, asking those banks and Farm Credit institutions to give struggling farmers more latitude in paying loans.

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Friday, August 21,2009

Lower beef production ahead

by WLJ
Crop conditions over much of the U.S. are quite favorable at this point in the year. The far-western U.S. is turning dry again, as South Texas and the western half of the Gulf Coast slip into extremely dry conditions.

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Friday, August 21,2009

Cargills quarterly profits plunge

by WLJ
Cargill last week reported net earnings of $327 million in its fiscal fourth quarter ending May 31, a 69 percent decline from $1.05 billion in the year-earlier period, but still managed the second most profitable year in the companys history. Full-year earnings were $3.

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Friday, August 21,2009

Boost cattle profitability; kick parasites off the payroll

by WLJ
Herd health costs account for a relatively small percentage of a cow/calf producers expenditures, but they can have a big impact on boosting productivity and securing profits.

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Friday, August 21,2009

WNV confirmed in Washington

by WLJ
West Nile virus (WNV), a potentially fatal disease in equines, has been confirmed in two horses in Grant County, the first cases in the county for 2009, the Washington State Department of Agriculture announced last week. A 14-year-old Quarter Horse gelding from Ephrata has been euthanized.

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Friday, August 21,2009

Conservation program sign-up underway

by WLJ
USDAs Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) began continuous sign-up for the new Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) on Aug. 10 in Colorado. The first cutoff for ranking purposes is scheduled for Sept. 30, Colorado State Conservationist Allen Green recently announced.

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Friday, August 21,2009

Burke named to BLM post

by WLJ
Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Director Robert Abbey announced last week Marcilynn Burke, an attorney and professor at the University of Houston Law Center, as deputy director for policy of BLM. Marcilynn Burke brings a well-rounded knowledge of natural resource and environmental stewardship issues to the table, Abbey said.

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