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Friday, June 8,2012

Putting up high quality hay

by WLJ
“It seemed like a field took forever to finish cutting. I clearly remember the day that Dad purchased a 12-foot mower with conditioner. Boy could you lay down the hay with that piece of equipment,” Walker said, of her childhood growing up on a farm in Minnesota.

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Friday, June 8,2012

Restaurant operators reported positive samestore sales for the 10th consecutive month

by WLJ
Driven by solid samestore sales and traffic results, and an increasingly bullish outlook among restaurant operators, the National Restaurant Association’s Restaurant Performance Index (RPI) matched its post-recession high in March. The RPI, a monthly composite index that tracks the health of and outlook for the U.

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Friday, June 8,2012

Taxes simpler than improving diet

by WLJ
Most Americans (52 percent) have concluded that figuring out their income taxes is easier than knowing what they should and shouldn’t eat to be healthier, according to the International Food Information Council (IFIC) Foundation’s 2012 Food & Health Survey (Survey).

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Friday, June 8,2012

Sorting out beef production data

by WLJ
Cattle producers and market analysts alike are trying to sort out seemingly conflicted data on beef production to understand what to expect in the coming weeks. Year-to-date cattle slaughter is down 4.8 percent but feedlot marketings this year are down only slightly.

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Friday, June 8,2012

Emergency wild horse gather in Jackson Mountains

by Traci Eatherton, Editor
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) on June 8 began an emergency horse gather in the Winnimucca, NV, herd management area (HMA) based on concern for the health of the over 900 wild horses that are living on limited resources because of the drought and overpopulation.

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Friday, June 1,2012

Report release times examined

by Traci Eatherton, Editor
“It is important that USDA continue to ensure the integrity of its report release process, particularly as global exchanges move closer to 24-hour trading,” said Glauber. “To this end, USDA is reviewing our procedures and will solicit public input to determine the needs of those who use our data.

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Friday, June 1,2012

Lack of participation threatens trucking program

by Traci Eatherton, Editor
After more than 15 years of backand-forth negotiations, threatened lawsuits, retaliatory tariffs and other barriers, the U.S. and Mexico agreed last October to the program that would allow big trucks to cross the border and operate on each other’s highways.

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Friday, June 1,2012

Leaked Interior Department emails point to political motives in mining ban

by Andy Rieber - WLJ Correspondent
In what could prove to be a major embarrassment for the Department of Interior (DOI), a clutch of recently leaked emails suggest that the department may have had little to no scientific evidence supporting its January decision to withdraw over 1...

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Friday, June 1,2012

HSUS board of directors emphasizes media, law

by Kerry Halladay, Editor
The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) has been in the news lately for its videos. But some less-publicized activities should raise some interested eyebrows. Recently announced additions to the HSUS board of directors include a marketing vice president of HBO and a beauty product CEO with a marketing background.

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Friday, June 1,2012

Producers can up wheat grain protein

by WLJ
MSU Extension recently published a bulletin, entitled “Practices to Increase Wheat Grain Protein,” which presents crop and fertilizer management practices that can increase grain protein without sacrificing yield.

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