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Friday, April 20,2012

Management topics

by Dr. Bob Hough, WLJ Contributor
A large seedstock operation had bull sales in the spring and fall. I asked the owner, who has since passed away, how he decided which bulls to put in the spring sale and which in the fall sale.

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Friday, April 20,2012

Restrictions may be eased for Oregon forest grazers

by Jason Campbell - WLJ Correspondent
Ranchers grazing Oregon’s Malheur National Forest (MNF) may see a reduction in grazing restrictions and early removals this season resulting from a long awaited biological bi-op (biop) issued earlier this month by the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS).

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Friday, April 20,2012

Tracking milk and egg trends

by WLJ
For the first quarter of 2012, shoppers reported the average price for a half-gallon of regular whole milk was $2.46, up 9 cents from the prior quarter. The average price for one gallon of regular whole milk was $3.53, down 23 cents.

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Friday, April 20,2012

Higher diesel to slice into 2012 ag profits

by DTN
Gas guzzlers beware: Higher diesel prices could take some of the fun out of farming in 2012. Assuming an Illinois corn grower averaged $2.83/gallon for diesel in 2011, each $1/ gallon increase in 2012 will shave this year’s profit margins as much as 4.5 percent, according to Sam Bachman, a financial consultant with AgriSolutions, Brighton, IL.

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Friday, April 20,2012

Early summer-like weather brings planting booms

by Kerry Halladay, Editor
Tuesday, April 17 brought USDA’s most recent crop progress report. A minor electrical fire at the USDA offices caused the report’s release to be delayed a day. Despite the reporting setback, plantings are moving ahead early with farmers taking advantage of the good weather in many growing areas.

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Friday, April 20,2012

U.S.-Colombia trade pact signed

by Traci Eatherton, Editor
Producers welcomed news that at long last, starting next month, the U.S. will obtain duty-free access to the Colombian market. Signed six years ago and passed by Congress last October, the agreement opens South America’s third-largest market to the U.S..

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Friday, April 20,2012

Export numbers on track for National Export Initiative 2014 goal

by Traci Eatherton, Editor
The U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) recently hosted a White House Business Council Agriculture Roundtable discussion at its Denver, CO, headquarters with Ambassador Isi Siddiqui (pronounced IZZY SU-DEE-KEY), the chief agriculture trade negotiator in the Office of the U.

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Friday, April 20,2012

CRP initiative expected to preserve grasslands

by WLJ
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack on March 2 announced the opportunity for producers to enroll a total of 1 million acres of land in a new Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) initiative to preserve grasslands and wetlands.

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Friday, April 20,2012

Culinary professionals confident cooking with beef

by WLJ
The beef checkoff strives to help simplify beef for the consumer—from the supermarket to the table. In order to do that, the checkoff created a “Confident Cooking with Beef” brochure—a onestop, go-to resource for consumers, food writers, health professionals and meat case managers.

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Friday, April 20,2012

Lawmakers, livestock groups raise concerns with animal production mandates

by WLJ
Lawmakers and representatives from animal agriculture joined forces to educate nearly 100 people about the deliberate emphasis farmers and ranchers place on caring for the health and well-being of their animals.

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