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Friday, February 17,2012

National Hereford Feedout proves Hereford efficiency, carcass merit

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In the winter of 2010-11, 312 cattle were fed at Fairleigh Feeders, Scott City, KS, through the National Hereford Feedout. This was the seventh year for the National Hereford Feedout, which allows producers from across the country to test Hereford or Hereford-cross steers and heifers.

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Friday, February 17,2012

Some corn disease can be caused by residue

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Question: ‘Farmer’s seem really tired of fighting foliar diseases in corn. Would plowing everything under solve the problem?’ The presence of some foliar corn diseases is partially explained by the presence of ‘residue.

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Friday, February 17,2012

K-State to play key role in beef safety research

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“As a national leader in food safety research and education, Kansas State University is pleased to play a major role in a project so vital to the health of the American public,” said Kirk Schulz, K-State president.

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Friday, February 17,2012

Purdue Ag graduates continue to increase in job placement

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“Purdue Agriculture students continue to fare well in today’s job market, despite a slow economy, because agriculture and related sectors in Indiana and across the country have jobs to fill, and Purdue graduates are sought and in demand,” he said. “Over the coming years, the job market for our graduates will continue to remain.

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Friday, February 17,2012

Bull reproductive exams important as breeding season approaches

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“Virgin bulls are among the most important for producers to have tested because up to 10 percent of those animals could have reproductive issues,” said Ron Lemenager. “Young bulls seem to be more vulnerable to changes in the environment, nutrition and disease that can affect semen quality.

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Friday, February 17,2012

Leopold Conservation Award seeks nominees

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Sand County Foundation, in partnership with the Colorado Cattlemen’s Association (CCA), the Colorado Cattlemen’s Agricultural Land Trust, Encana Oil & Gas (USA) Inc. and Peabody Energy, seeks nominations for the 2012 Leopold Conservation Award in Colorado.

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Friday, February 17,2012

Letter from 82 groups opposes extending current law

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The letter continues, “Farmers need a safety net that works more effectively, and they need to access tools that help them be good stewards of our natural resources. The farm bill also provides essential resources to prevent hunger, which is especially critical during these tough economic times.

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Friday, February 17,2012

Conversations with consumers; animal welfare vs. animal rights

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
Many non-ag consumers see the concepts of “animal welfare” and “animal rights” as synonymous. Given society’s move away from the farm, consumers’ experiences with animals are often limited to their pets. People’s tendency to see their pets as family members makes the situation ripe for well-funded animal rights groups to exploit consumers’ confusion.

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Friday, February 17,2012

FFA connects with local farmers

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It’s no secret that networking is a pivotal step toward a bright career in any industry. With that in mind—and a chance to win some substantial prizes for their FFA chapter—FFA members in 12 states are producing new connections with local farmers at an incredible rate.

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Friday, February 17,2012

Consumers are misled by activists

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The National Pork Board responded to McDonald´s announcement, standing by the science behind American Veterinary Medicine Association and the American Association of Swine Veterinarians research, that there are numerous ways, including sow gestation stalls, to provide proper care for sows.

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