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Friday, April 13,2012

USDA supports Western Plains Energy biogas project

by WLJ
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced on April 9 the USDA approval of a $5 million payment to Western Plains Energy LLC to support the construction of a biogas anaerobic digester in Oakley, KS.

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Friday, April 13,2012

USMEF immerses Korean bloggers in U.S. beef

by WLJ
A group of 10 influential South Korean bloggers received a total immersion in U.S. beef last week, enjoying a four-part program that involved cooking with American beef, product tasting, a chef’s cooking demonstration, and a beef sampling event for the bloggers’ visitors.

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Friday, April 13,2012

Using AI in very warm weather

by WLJ
The high temperature in Altus, OK, on April 1 was 98 degrees Fahrenheit. (No April Fool’s joke intended! It was just 93 degrees in Stillwater.) As the breeding season for spring calving herds is getting closer, understanding heat stress in cattle takes on increased importance.

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Friday, April 13,2012

A good name worth defending; have a crisis-proof reputation

by Kerry Halladay, Editor
The ways to preemptively build this architecture—or invest in your reputation, if you prefer the financial analogy—are as varied as the specific crises which can happen. Richard and others at AASV’s crisis management seminar spoke at length on specific responses, but several general recommendations emerged.

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Friday, April 13,2012

Choosing equipment to reduce stress in cattle

by Kerry Halladay, Editor
The benefits of reducing stress on cattle have been well documented and touted by a variety of sources. Keeping cattle calm and comfortable reduces bruising and injury, dark cutters, injury to handlers, damage to equipment, and more. Low-stress cattle can boast higher weight gains, better feed efficiency, and better health.

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Friday, April 13,2012

Improving diesel fuel efficiency

by WLJ
Even with an established tillage strategy, it may be time to review profitability potential. Once you till beyond the first 3 to 4 inches of soil in a given tillage operation, the amount of fuel used increases directly with tillage depth.

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Friday, April 13,2012

'Healthier herds, happier farmers' through good water management

by WLJ
Water is a crucial aspect of any cattle operation, and with last year’s drought still fresh in their memories, producers should be prepared if history repeats itself, said Dirk Philipp, assistant professor-forages for the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture.

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Friday, April 13,2012

No break in fuel prices anytime soon

by WLJ
During the April-through- September summer driving season this year, regular gasoline retail prices are forecast to average about $3.95 per gallon, peaking in May at a monthly average price of $4.01 per gallon. The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) expects regular gasoline retail prices to average $3.

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Friday, April 13,2012

New farm and ranch products for 2012

by Kerry Halladay, Editor
Ryan Smit saw an issue with the traditional means of gathering young calves in need of attention or weighing. Collecting the calf, bringing it to where it is needed, then going out again for the cow takes up unnecessary time and can break the bond between a cow and new calf.

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Friday, April 13,2012

NRDC raises concerns about potential health effects of herbicide

by DTN
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) denied a petition last Monday seeking cancellation of all registrations for the popular herbicide ingredient 2,4-dichlorophenoxyacetic acid, or 2,4-D, used on millions of U.S. farm acres to control broadleaf weeds.

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