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Friday, January 31,2014

USDA to purchase "tainted" cattle

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
As many as 5,000 cattle in a Wyoming and Montana feedlot will be purchased by the U.S Department of Agriculture (US- DA) and destroyed, according to a press release from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

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Friday, January 31,2014

Wanted: Women involved in agriculture

by WLJ
“Annie’s Project was designed to empower women by providing detailed farm/ ranch management information and building networks among women,” said Kim Dillivan, South Dakota State University (SDSU) Extension Crops Business Management Field Specialist..

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Friday, January 31,2014

Propane shortages, price hikes make cold winter worse

by Mark Mendiola - WLJ Correspondent
Charles Maude raises cattle and hogs on his family’s South Dakota homestead about 40 miles southeast of Rapid City. He just paid $2.89 a gallon for propane to fill a 220-gallon tank and heat a farrowing building on his property. That figures out to about $635 in one payment.

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Friday, January 31,2014

Study: Americans cutting red meat

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
Furthermore, 25 percent of pork consumers claimed to have eaten less pork in 2013 than they did in 2012, according to the research. In contrast, only 10 percent of beef and other red meat eaters are eating more, and only 13 percent of pork consumers are eating more.

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Friday, January 31,2014

An inside look at beef processing

by WLJ
Tours are difficult for companies to accommodate due to ensuring the safety of visitors, animals and workers. Most plants simply do not have extra space for visitors to safely view what is happening at each step. A video showing the process and inside of a beef packing plant is available from the American Meat Institute’s Glass Walls Project.

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Friday, January 31,2014

World's richest and most prestigious rodeo to continue its run of 270 consecutive sold-out performances in Las Vegas

by WLJ
Per the agreement, LVE will guarantee $16.5 million annually in purse and sponsorship for the Wrangler NFR. From 2015-19, the contestant purse will be $10 million, while stock contractors will receive $3 million annually. The contestants will be guaranteed $10,000 each year, which will not be offset by contestant win nings.

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Friday, January 31,2014

U.S. ag research spending lags, but it must remain global leader

by WLJ
Public investment in agricultural research in the U.S. is lagging behind other nations, but land-grant university scientists still have the intellectual heft to make the country a leader in the challenge of feeding a growing global population, a former Secretary of Agriculture said in January.

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Friday, January 31,2014

Agency must clarify normal on-farm grain handling activities

by Chris Clayton - DTN
A top administrator with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration held a press call Wednesday to clear up some confusion on OSHA’s farm exemption. Following new commands from Congress last week, OSHA also is now consulting with USDA on ways farmers handle grain after harvest.

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Friday, January 31,2014

Bull sale catalog: homework required

by WLJ
“The volume of data and information included in the sale catalog should serve as a ‘sorting stick’ for making selection decisions; however, it can be overwhelming come sale time if producer homework has not been performed,” said Jim Krantz, South Dakota State University Extension Cow/ Calf Field Specialist.

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Friday, January 31,2014

Immigration reform back on the GOP itinerary

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
“In one of the great traditions of our democracy, the President is invited to the House chamber each year to discuss how he and Congress can work together for the American people. After five years, President Obama is clearly out of ideas.

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