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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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Friday, February 28,2014

$3M for pollinator health announced

by WLJ
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) will provide close to $3 million in technical and financial assistance for interested farmers and ranchers to help improve the health of bees, which play an important role in crop production.

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Friday, February 28,2014

Animal Science Professor joins CSU

by WLJ
Teaching has been an important part of Delmore’s career. He spent the last nine years with the Animal Science Department at California Polytechnic State University (Cal Poly), San Luis Obispo. At Cal Poly, Delmore developed a nationally recognized undergraduate teaching program in meat science.

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Friday, February 28,2014

South Dakota seeking new Beef Ambassadors

by WLJ
The contest is open to youth ages 8-20. The South Dakota Beef Ambassador Contest provides participating youth with the skills and information needed to educate consumers and fellow students about beef nutrition, food safety, best animal handling practices, and environmental stewardship.

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Monday, February 24,2014

Packer changes mirror producer challenges

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
But just like the weather, change in the packing industry is obviously underway again. With drought conditions continuing, declining cattle numbers, a growing population to feed, political discourse in the industry, and an ever-growing number of regulations, the packing industry is destined to take a hit, along with producers, on the path to change.

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Monday, February 24,2014

Reality conflicts with USDA projections

by Mark Mendiola - WLJ Correspondent
Jim Robb, Director of the Denver-based Livestock Marketing Information Center (LMIC), cautions that the USDA’s long-term baseline report issued this month may not be as accurate as data indicated three months ago, especially regarding the crop outlook.

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Friday, February 21,2014

Congress eyes ESA improvements

by Theodora Dowling, WLJ Correspondent
If you were a visitor from outer space touching down in the United States for the first time, you might think that the animal kingdom was waging war on the human species. You’d see barren wastelands in California’s breadbasket, brought on by a three-inch fish.

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Friday, February 21,2014

Executive order to streamline trade signed

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
Last Wednesday, President Barack Obama signed the “Streamlining the Export/Import Process for America’s Businesses” executive order. Among other things, the order aims to cut down processing and approval times for small businesses seeking to export American-made products or services abroad.

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Friday, February 21,2014

Tax topics: straight talk on the employer-provided healthcare

by DTN
In the past, many employers paid some or all of an employee’s individual health insurance premiums. This was a tax deduction to the employer and tax-free to the employee. But those arrangements now violate the “market reforms” of the ACA and result in the large employer penalty.

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Friday, February 21,2014

Analyze those feeding options

by WLJ
If you have fed to the appropriate body condition you do not have to feed for gain but just to maintain body condition before calving. Winter conditions cause cattle to need more feed to maintain weight. Depending on temperature, wind, shelter and moisture, cattle’s feed consumption will vary greatly.

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