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Friday, February 14,2014

2014 farm bill signing used to promote rural growth initiative

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
“We’ve had the strongest stretch of farm exports in our history,” Obama said. “We are selling more stuff to more people than ever before,” he said, adding, “What we grow here and what we sell is a huge boost to the entire economy, but particularly the rural economy.

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Friday, February 14,2014

Australian cattle dying mysterious deaths

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
Cattle are dying in Australia’s southeastern state of New South Wales of unknown causes. The disease—called “3D Syndrome” after its three visible symptoms of drooling, diarrhea and death—has resulted in the deaths of hundreds of otherwise healthy cattle with calves being the hardest hit.

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Friday, February 14,2014

New farm bill means choices for farmers

by WLJ
“For crop producers, the primary decision will be to choose the Agricultural Risk Coverage (ARC) option or the Price Loss Coverage (PLC) option,” says Dwight Aakre, North Dakota State University Extension Service Farm Management Specialist. “Within these primary choices are additional secondary decisions that must be made.

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Friday, February 14,2014

CA rancher 2014 Policy Division Vice Chairman

by WLJ
A record-setting number of over 8,200 cattlemen and women attended the 2014 Cattle Industry Convention and National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) Trade Show, where California rancher Kevin Kester was named among the new NCBA officers as the Policy Division Vice Chairman.

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Friday, February 14,2014

Texas rancher named as NCBA President

by WLJ
The 2014 Cattle Industry Convention and National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) Trade Show concluded with the NCBA board of directors and membership meetings. Bob McCan of Victoria, TX, succeeded Scott George as NCBA President during the association’s board of directors meeting.

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Friday, February 14,2014

2014 ANCW President hails from Colorado

by WLJ
Seated (from left): Barbara Jackson, Past President; Ann Noogan, Vice President; Melanie Fowle, President Elect; Patti Buck, President.

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Friday, February 14,2014

Beef Industry Scan provides insight and research to checkoff programs

by WLJ
This scan provides current and compelling research and information to understand the trends and market characteristics—in place or developing—that beef producers must consider in setting priorities and planning programs for their checkoff investments in the following year.

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Friday, February 14,2014

Don Butler receives leadership Award

by WLJ
Don Butler, Director of Agriculture for the state of Arizona from 2003-2013 and a former President of the National Cattlemen’s Association (now National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, NC- BA), received the prestigious Swan Family Leadership Award for his many years of service to the beef industry.

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Monday, February 10,2014

Senate sends long-overdue farm bill to President

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
Last Tuesday, following a 68-32 vote in the U.S. Senate, and several years of debate, the Agriculture Act of 2014 was—finally— sent to President Obama’s desk for his approval. On Jan. 29, the House of Representatives approved a compromised House- Senate version of the bill, dubbed the farm bill, with a 162-63 vote.

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Monday, February 10,2014

National Beef Brawley plant to close in April

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
On the last day of January, National Beef—the fourth ranked beef packer in the U.S. in 2010— reported it will be closing its beef processing plant in Brawley, CA, in early April.

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