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Friday, February 10,2012

Nebraska cattleman named new NCBA President

by WLJ
Elected NCBA presidentelect was Scott George, a second-generation Wyoming farmer. Also elected to NCBA posts at the meeting were Bob McCan, Texas, to vice president; Craig Uden, Nebraska, federation division chair; Richard Gebhart, Oklahoma,...

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Friday, February 10,2012

$1 million energy beet development project

by WLJ
A project that will develop an advanced biofuel from energy beets and provide growers across North Dakota with a new industrial crop is taking another important step forward, fueled by a significant two-year North Dakota Renewable Energy Council grant.

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Friday, February 10,2012

Food industry says dioxin report will scare consumers

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
“Numerous scientific reviews...have found significant fault with EPA’s dioxin risk assessment models and conclusions,” House Agriculture Chairman Frank Lucas, R-OK, said. “Yet, this administration continues to go down the wrong path, which could have far-reaching consequences for food production.

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Friday, February 10,2012

Animal rights activists hold reins of Whole Foods´ welfare group

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
GAP and its six-step (Steps 1 through 5, with an additional “5 ” step) ranking system for farm animal welfare was created and embraced by Whole Foods Markets as their standard in meat.

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Friday, February 10,2012

Auctions raise rents on land values

by DTN
Nearly 300 people crammed into a motel meeting room to attend the first cash rent public auction in the Mason City, IA, area Saturday, Feb. 4. About 25 active bidders raised hands or nodded heads as two-year leases for more than 2,250 tillable corn/soybean acres in 14 tracts went up for grabs.

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Friday, February 10,2012

Prairie dog credits buy conservation easements

by Mark Mendiola - WLJ Correspondent
Some western and Midwestern states are resorting to innovative measures to control prairie dogs that wreak havoc wherever they proliferate and voraciously devour vast expanses of grasslands, depriving grazing livestock of feed and boosting costs for ranchers.

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Friday, February 3,2012

Fed cattle trade softens ahead of inventory report

by WLJ
Cash fed cattle markets were lightly tested last week, with a few cattle selling in Iowa at $124-126 live and $1.96-1.98 dressed. There was some softening in the beef markets and futures contracts traded lower for much of the week, lending to last week’s price decline.

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Friday, February 3,2012

Proposed legislation targets hidden cameras in agriculture

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
Iowa’s House File 589, known as the “ag gag bill,” if passed would become the nation’s toughest legislation against animal rights activists who use what they call covert operations to take videos and photos of alleged animal cruelty. The bill would make it illegal to videotape at farms, ranches, and other animal operations while undercover.

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Friday, February 3,2012

BLM and Forest Service announce 2012 grazing fee

by WLJ
The federal grazing fee for 2012 will be $1.35 per animal unit month (AUM) for public lands administered by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and $1.35 per head month (HM) for lands managed by the U.S. Forest Service. The 2012 fee is the same as last year’s.

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Friday, February 3,2012

KAY'S korner

by Steve Kay - Contributing Columnist
Industry leaders have rightly focused on the shrinking U.S. cattle herd as one of the industry’s biggest issues. While a smaller herd means higher prices for cow/calf producers, it means small or negative margins for everyone else in the beef chain. And it’s not healthy for only one sector to be making money.

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