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Friday, March 2,2012

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The problem lies in a comprehensive BSE rule for beef imports that would make the U.S. compliant with international trade standards set by the World Organization for Animal Health. The rule has been caught in the federal bureaucracy for several years, starting in 2004 shortly after BSE was discovered in a Canadian cow brought into the United States.

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Friday, March 2,2012

A tribute to what Don Good stood for

by Dr. Bob Hough, WLJ Contributor
I met Dr. Good on quite a few occasions at the Saddle and Sirloin Club banquet, where they hang the portrait of one person in the livestock industry every year. It is the highest honor you can get in our business and one Dr. Good had received years ago. My impression was he had a classy personality befitting someone of the WWII gen eration,.

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Friday, March 2,2012

BEEF Bits

by WLJ
Two young men—Traton Tyler Vanderpool, 19, and Jared Wade Barlass, 20—were charged with eight counts of cruelty to animals. In August 2011, the pair shot nine cattle with compound bows and arrows, killing six animals. After numerous tips to police implicating them, the pair turned themselves in to authorities and pled guilty.

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Friday, March 2,2012

Financial assistance exists for organic certification

by WLJ
Under the Food, Conservation and Energy Act of 2008, cost share assistance payments are limited to 75 percent of an individual producer’s or handler’s certification costs up to a maximum of $750 per year per category of certification. These funds will be distributed until exhausted on a first come first serve basis.

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Friday, March 2,2012

Ag Committee presses chair on MF Global rulemaking process

by WLJ
The House Agriculture Committee held a public hearing to review the 2012 agenda of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) as the agency continues to investigate the collapse of MF Global and promulgate rules pursuant to the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act.

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Friday, March 2,2012

Iowa ag production fraud bill

by Traci Eatherton, Editor
The bill now goes to Gov. Terry Branstad for a signature to make it law. The Senate changed the legislation last year before approving it last Tuesday on a 40- 10 vote. The House adopted the Senate’s changes without debate and approved it on a 69-28 vote.

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Friday, March 2,2012

Russia could mean big opportunity for exporters

by Kerry Halladay, Editor
According to 2011 data compiled by the U.S.-Russia Coalition for trade, Russia is currently among the world’s top 10 importers of pork and beef (ranked 5th and 8th respectively). Most recent 2009 data from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations lists pork and beef as Russia’s top two imports by value, at about $3.

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Friday, March 2,2012

USDA moves to modernize

by WLJ
As part of a continuing effort to build a USDA that meets the evolving needs of a 21st century agricultural economy, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack last week informed Congress that in 90 days, he plans to approve consolidation of 131 Farm Service...

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Friday, March 2,2012

Minor crops competitive with wheat in 2012

by WLJ
“It has been a challenge for buyers of minor crops to ‘bid for acres’ when prices for major crops, such as wheat, corn and soybeans, have been at historically high levels during the past five years,” says Andy Swenson, North Dakota State University Extension Service farm management specialist.

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Friday, March 2,2012

More money for food safety

by DTN
U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Margaret Hamburg said last Wednesday that if her agency does not get more money to implement the Food Safety Modernization Act, she can already predict an increase in foodborne illness and problems with imported food.

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