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Friday, September 9,2011

FDA: Pilot projects to explore ways to trace sources of food-borne illness

by WLJ
USDA said last week that two new pilot projects will enhance the agency's and industry's ability to trace products responsible for food-borne illness outbreaks.

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Friday, September 2,2011

Corn yields cause supply/demand concerns

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
With the hottest summer on record in several regions, yield prospects for corn crops are eroding. The decrease in yields is raising concerns among food processors, livestock producers and biofuel makers since a bumper crop is needed to replenish stocks.

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Friday, September 2,2011

Idaho counties propose new management of federal forests

by Andy Rieber - WLJ Correspondent
Five rural Idaho counties are proposing a pilot program that would turn management of 200,000 acres of federally owned forests over to the state. The plan, which has been endorsed by Idaho Gov. C.L.

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Friday, September 2,2011

New child-labor rules for ag eyed

by DTN
The U.S. Department of Labor, responding to a surge in fatal grain-elevator accidents, proposed last Wednesday to ban children under the age of 18 from working around these towering structures which hold massive amounts of crops such as corn, wheat and soybeans.

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Friday, September 2,2011

Research

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The Lampasas and Leon rivers watersheds have been listed as impaired by the state due to high counts of E. coli and other bacteria taken in the late 1990s, but from whom, what and where the contamination originates is unclear, say Texas AgriLife Research experts.

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Friday, September 2,2011

Cattle leaving Texas in mass quantities

by Ginger Elliott - WLJ Correspondent
In the late 1800s, thousands of cattle left Texas heading for northern markets. In 2011, thousands of cattle have left Texas heading north looking for something to eat . . . And drink.

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Friday, September 2,2011

Fertilizer will play critical role

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Julie Borlaug, assistant director of partnerships in the Borlaug Institute for International Agriculture at Texas A&M University, said in her keynote speech at the Association of American Plant Food Control Officials meeting in Austin, TX that food production would need to be doubled by 2050 to meet future demand.

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Friday, September 2,2011

TransCanada pipeline path concerns ranchers

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman is urging President Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to deny the permit. "I want to emphasize that I am not opposed to pipelines," Heineman wrote. "I am opposed to the proposed Keystone XL Pipeline route because it is directly over the Ogallala Aquifer.

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Friday, September 2,2011

DOT reinforces commitment to no new regulations for Americas agricultural community

by WLJ
The U.S. Department of Transportation's (DOT) Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) announced on Aug. 10, 2011, that it has no intention to propose new regulations governing the transport of agricultural products.

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Friday, September 2,2011

Cattle profits: measuring and managing costs

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Since cattle prices are at historical highs, most people logically assume that producers are making money, lots of money. However, that is not necessarily the case. Profitability and, ultimately, survivability in the cattle business is often related more to managing the cost of production.

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