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Friday, February 28,2014

Criminal investigation opened on meat recall

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
According to a USDA, Food Safety Inspection Service (FSIS) press release, the company recall was initiated because the company “processed diseased and unsound animals and carried out these activities without the benefit or full benefit of federal inspection.

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Friday, February 28,2014

Trichomoniasis: Still a threat to beef breeding herds

by WLJ
Daly explained that although this disease has been around for generations, for many years it was thought to be something only states west of the Rocky Mountains had to concern themselves with.

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Friday, February 28,2014

App for stocking rates now available

by WLJ
“One of the most common problems livestock managers deal with is determining the best number of livestock to have on the land without harming their resources,” said Blake Alldredge, an AgriLife Extension associate in College Station. “That task has just become easier with the release of this new app.

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Friday, February 28,2014

Convenience Traits: Are your cows working for you or are you working for your cows?

by Dr. Bob Hough, WLJ Contributor
It is said that those who do not study history are doomed to repeat the mistakes of the past. That is why it so important to learn from the original masters of the performance movement in the cattle industry—to find out what traits they felt were important for highly profitable, maternal cattle.

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Friday, February 28,2014

New grants for water challenges

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Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) will make $6 million in grants available this year, and up to $30 million total over the next five years as part of a new initiative to provide solutions to agricultural water challenges.

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Friday, February 28,2014

USDA forecast calls for increase in crop yields

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
USDA’s annual Agricultural Outlook Forum, held Feb. 20-21, 2014, at the Crystal Gateway Marriott Hotel in Arlington, VA, started with Chief Economist Joe Glauber issuing the department’s projections for coming year, including forecasts for corn, soybeans, wheat, cotton, sugar and other farm commodities, as well as exports.

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Friday, February 28,2014

Science-based approach urged in rangelands

by WLJ
The Society for Range Management (SRM) recently wrapped up its 67th Annual International Meeting, Technical Training & Trade Show.

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Friday, February 28,2014

$3.5M gift bolsters ag scholarships at MSU

by WLJ
Montana State University alumna Nancy Cameron has made a $3.5 million gift to the Montana State University Alumni Foundation, providing the funding necessary to establish endowments for three scholarship funds, a chair in animal and range sciences, and a business professorship at MSU.

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Friday, February 28,2014

Beef Checkoff launches online community for Beef University

by WLJ
The Beef Checkoff Program unveiled a new webbased platform for its popular training program, Beef University. For nearly a decade, foodservice and retail professionals have relied on checkoff training tools to educate staff on how beef is brought to market, from farm to fork.

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Friday, February 28,2014

Donation to feed hungry for nearly one year

by WLJ
Last Wednesday, Tyson Foods, Inc., in conjunction with the Animal Agriculture Alliance’s College Aggies Scholarship Competition (CAO) and the Montana State University (MSU) Collegiate Cattlewomen, donated a truckload of protein to the Gallatin Valley Food Bank located in Bozeman, MT.

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