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Friday, February 24,2012

Researchers unlock QH genome

by WLJ
Genome sequencing is not a new science, but advances in sequencing technology, often referred to as nextgeneration sequencing, have made it easier and cheaper to sequence the genome of an individual, which can then be analyzed for clues causing genetic disorders and distinctive traits.

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Friday, February 24,2012

Online show documents life as a livestock vet

by WLJ
Modern American livestock farmers face two emerging challenges: an increasing shortage of largeanimal veterinarians, and dimming public understanding of what happens with food before it hits the fork.

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Friday, February 24,2012

Canada's semiannual survey has cattle down 2 percent

by WLJ
As a part of their series of joint livestock inventory reports, USDA and Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada show the U.S. and Canadian cattle inventory on Jan. 1 was 103.3 million head, a 2 percent decline from the 105.1 million head on Jan. 1, 2011. All cows and heifers that have calved totaled at 44.

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Friday, February 24,2012

BioPEC researcher looks to add value to Oklahoma land

by WLJ
Oklahoma State University’s (OSU) Biobased Products and Energy Center (BioPEC) has a mission to identify and enhance feedstocks for producing biobased products and energy, and provide education about biobased products and energy through secondary education, undergraduate and graduate resident instruction.

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Friday, February 24,2012

China's demand for U.S. DDGS unaffected by anti-dumping

by DTN
Almost exactly one year after launching the probe, in December of 2011, the Chinese government announced it would extend the probe until June 28 before making a final ruling. China’s Commerce Ministry called the case “special and complicated” and it warranted the extended months for the investigation.

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Friday, February 24,2012

Weeds and diseases pack one-two punch to sweet corn

by WLJ
Marty Williams, associate professor of crop sciences and USDA Agricultural Research Service ecologist, said the study aimed to identify how MDM incidence and weed interference influences sweet corn growth, phenological development and yield. MDM is the most prevalent viral disease of sweet corn in the U.

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Friday, February 24,2012

Iowa beef producers explore trade with Central America

by WLJ
Iowa beef producers Dan Cook, New Providence, and Kent Pruismann, Rock Valley, participated in an Iowa Meat Trade Mission to Guatemala and Panama in early February. Cook, past chairman of the Iowa Beef Industry Council, explained that the mission was exploratory in nature to determine if there is a market for U.

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Monday, February 20,2012

Black Ink

by Steve Suther, Certified Angus Beef
In the decade since the bovine genome was mapped, the search for practical applications has been a bioscience boom industry. The most recent result can help profitably increase the supply of cattle qualifying for the CAB brand. It comes from a CAB and Angus Genetics Inc.

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Monday, February 20,2012

Endangered species activists unhappy with Obama budget

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
Ag folks aren’t the only ones complaining about President Barack Obama’s proposed budget. The budget has created some unusual bedfellows; groups like the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association and the Center for Biological Diversity (CBD) are both dissatisfied with Obama’s fiscal proposal.

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Monday, February 20,2012

Fertilizer condos cater to do-it-yourselfers

by DTN
Randy Main, Buffalo Center, IA, retailer is building a fertilizer condo. As the name implies, the condo is a facility where farmers can store their own UAN32 for a fee without having the expense and hassle of building and maintaining on-farm storage..

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