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Friday, February 27,2009

Land values softened in 2008; no price collapse seen in 2009

by DTN
Land values fell in the fourth quarter of 2008, but so far in 2009, land is holding its own, slightly off last years highs. Land prices in the fourth quarter were down 6 percent in Iowa and 3 percent in Illinois, according to the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago.

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Friday, February 27,2009

National Farmers Union president to step down

by WLJ
National Farmers Union (NFU) President Tom Buis announced last week he will be stepping down as NFU president, effective March 15, to serve as CEO of Growth Energy. His successor will be chosen by Farmers Union delegates at the upcoming national convention March 8-10 in Washington, D.

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Friday, February 27,2009

California dairy running trucks on biomethane

by WLJ
In early February at the World Agricultural Fair, representatives of Hilarides Dairy announced the company is converting cow waste to fuel trucks and generators while minimizing pollution and diversifying energy sources.

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Friday, February 27,2009

No secret recipe for beef demand

by WLJ
Beef demand. What is it, and how can the Beef Checkoff Program influence changes in demand? These are questions that a recent checkoff-funded "U.S. Beef Demand Drivers and Enhancement Opportunities: A Research Study" tried to answer.

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Friday, February 20,2009

Contracts pull cash lower

by WLJ
A steep two-day decline in the futures markets forced feedlots to the table with inventory earlier than anticipated last week, with most of the week?s northern trade taking place last Wednesday afternoon. Live sales in Nebraska sold $2 lower, from $78-80, and dressed sales sold $3 to $4 lower, from $127-129.

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Friday, February 20,2009

COMMENTS

by Pete Crow - Publisher
Cattle futures took a beating the day after Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack announced he was going to ask the packing industry to voluntarily tighten up the regulations on Country of Origin Labeling (COOL).

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Friday, February 20,2009

LEGALLY speaking

by John Alan Cohan - Contributing Columnist
The IRS is focusing more on audits in the farming, livestock and horse industries in which taxpayers are claiming six figures or more in tax deductions. This often pertains to taxpayers who are employed full time in a profession and operate the farm or other activity on a parttime basis, often relying on managers and contract employees.

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Friday, February 20,2009

BEEF bits

by WLJ
Canadian beef exporters will have access to the lucrative Saudi Arabian market for the first time since 2003, said Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz. ?Step by step, this government is reopening markets to Canadian beef producers,? said Ritz.

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Friday, February 20,2009

Perez honored as Hereford Herdsman of the Year

by WLJ
Kyle Perez, Nara Visa, NM, was selected as the 2009 Hereford Herdsman of the Year at the National Western Stock Show in Denver, CO. Perez was selected for the award by his peers?other Hereford herdsmen and breeders? and honored prior to the selection of the champion horned Hereford bull on Jan.

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Friday, February 20,2009

LETTERS

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Dear Pete, I wanted to comment on your Comments?COOL is cool. I totally agree with your assessment of COOL and your comments in reference to NAIS. I agree that we should let the marketplace work its magic.

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