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Friday, February 17,2012

$1.87 million for research into plant fuel

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The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has granted more than $1.8 million to a researcher looking at tobacco as a potential fuel source. And if that succeeds within 18 months, almost $2 million more will be given to transfer the technology into giant reed, a fast-growing grass species.

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Friday, February 17,2012

Exports boost profitability

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As demand seasonally improves each spring, the market typically sees beef production in the second quarter increase by about 300 million pounds, according to CME. The increase last year was just 148 million pounds, and this helped to provide solid support for the uptrend in futures trade.

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Friday, February 17,2012

World Ag Expo announces top 2012 product winners

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A group of judges made up of farmers, ranchers and industry professionals selected the Top-10 New Products. The winners will be showcased inside the New Product Pavilion on Expo Lane and R Street..

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Friday, February 10,2012

Shrinking cattle supplies, higher input prices for 2012

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
Blach told a packed audience that he expects cattle inventory numbers to decline slightly in 2012 and reach a low point in 2013 before increasing in 2014 and beyond. Although herd growth may remain elusive, an increase in average carcass weights will partially offset the decline in inventory numbers, he said.

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Friday, February 10,2012

MF Global collapse leaves farmers angry

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
Under fire from critics and lawmakers calling for CME to be stripped of its oversight powers, CME has announced the creation of a $100 million fund to protect farmers and ranchers in the event of another CME-member bankruptcy. The proposed fund would not cover losses sustained from the collapse of MF Global.

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Friday, February 10,2012

Corn carryover decreased in USDA report

by WLJ
“Domestic ending stocks numbers for corn, beans and wheat all came within expectations falling mostly in the neutral category,” DTN Analyst John Sanow said. “Corn fell 45 mb (50 mb increase in exports, 5 mb increase in imports) from January to 801 mb. In the near-term, this could be considered neutral-to-bullish.

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Friday, February 10,2012

Futures remain choppy

by WLJ
A weekend of winter weather delayed trade in some areas last week, with Midwest feedlot operators spending much of their time cleaning up after a heavy moisture front moved over the Rockies and onto the Plains, bringing with it heavy snows to the north and beneficial rain to the south.

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Friday, February 10,2012

Prevent hardware disease in cattle

by WLJ
“If the tires you are using on your operation have wire in the walls, this wire can break off and subsequently be consumed by cattle,” warns North Dakota State University Extension Service beef cattle specialist Carl Dahlen. “Cattle ingesting these pieces of wire can develop a condition known as hardware disease.

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Friday, February 10,2012

Legumes reduce costs, increase production

by WLJ
Five years of grazing research in eastern Nebraska showed that brome/legume pastures produced almost 0.4 pound (lb.) higher average daily gain on yearlings than did straight brome pastures fertilized with 50 lbs. of nitrogen. That may not sound like a lot, but that produced an extra 51 lbs.

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Friday, February 10,2012

Buzzard honored by industry

by WLJ
“We, as cowboys, cattlemen and cattlewomen, like to think that we are rough and tough enough to take care of ourselves on every front. At least once a year we admit that this isn’t true,” said Rex Wilson, NM- CGA President, Carrizozo. “Andrea is a force to be reckoned with, and we are thankful to have her on our side.

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