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Friday, April 24,2009

GUEST opinion

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The U.S. has become a debtor nation. Our federal government now owes more than $10 trillion in national debt, or about $35,000 for every man woman and child now living in this country. That money has been borrowed from other nations and from huge private banking consortiums.

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Friday, April 24,2009

COMMENTS

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The end justifies the means must be the mantra in R-CALF United Stock Growers of Americas board meetings these days. Last week, we caught wind of a new marketing program R-CALF is pursuing.

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Friday, April 24,2009

Idaho beef checkoff increases to $1.50 per head

by WLJ
On Wednesday, April 1, 2009, Gov. C.L. Butch Otter signed the bill to increase the beef checkoff by fifty cents in the state of Idaho. Producers across Idaho, who are presently paying a checkoff assessment of $1 per head each time a bovine animal is sold, will begin being assessed $1.

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Friday, April 24,2009

BEEF bits

by WLJ
Insufficient evidence associates the consumption of meat, eggs or milk to having a significant impact on heart health, according to a study which reviews the results of nearly 200 other scientific studies. The research, which appears in the latest issue of Archives of Internal Medicine,.

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Friday, April 24,2009

Washington Beef Profitability Conference May 19-20

by WLJ
Three nationally recognized experts on beef production are scheduled to speak at the Beef Profitability Conference May 19-20 at the Shiloh Inn in Richland, WA. Kit Pharo, a Cheyenne Wells, CO, rancher, will discuss the difference between being production-driven and profit-driven, focusing on three key ways to maximize available forage.

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Friday, April 24,2009

Signs point to continued drop in hay prices

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After seeing prices rise to all-time highs during 2008, then drop at an unprecedented rate, California hay growers say theyre preparing for a tough year in 2009. Hay prices hit record highs last summer before dropping by as much as half for some grades of hay by the end of the year, the steepest singleseason decline on record.

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Friday, April 24,2009

New Mexico battling noxious weeds

by WLJ
Rio Arriba County rancher Delfin Quintana remembers buying hay for his cattle several years ago. It wasnt long before the 80-year-old realized he got more than he had bargained for with those bales. Noxious weeds started popping up on the range where his family has ranched for more than a century.

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Friday, April 24,2009

OCA calls for legislature to change wolf bill language

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Distressed by a documented wolf kill of 29 lambs and one calf on fellow Oregon Cattlemens Association (OCA) member Curt Jacobs Keating Valley, OR, property, the 1,900 members of OCA called on Oregon lawmakers to amend a bill currently before the state legislature to change the language so ranchers could protect their livestock.

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Friday, April 24,2009

Ag economist expects robust improvement of cattle prices by 2010

by WLJ
The beef industry has suffered one of the most dramatic negative impacts from the general economy, but could experience an equally dramatic recovery when the economy rebounds, said a Purdue University agricultural economist.

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Monday, April 20,2009

OBITUARY

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Korea. Donald married Mary Alice Donald Wesley Albert, 78, passed Sigman in Prineville on June 18, away April 2, 2009. He was born June 1960. He is survived by his wife; a 26, 1930, in Boulder, CO, to Charles daughter, Dawn Marie (Ron) Alexan- and Una (Arbuthnot) Albert.

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