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Friday, February 10,2012

EPA questioned on CAFO reporting rule

by WLJ
Ellen Gilinsky with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) faced a roomful of cattlemen and women at the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association’s (NCBA) annual convention held in Nashville, TN.

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Friday, February 10,2012

NCBA members pass policy resolutions

by WLJ
International trade, cattle payment efficiency and herd health were among the key policy issues members of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) honed in on during the 2012 Cattle Industry Convention and NCBA Trade Show in Nashville, TN.

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Friday, February 10,2012

Partnering with extremist groups bad news for U.S. ag

by WLJ
Conversation ranged from the latest science and research to ensuring effective cattle care to federal legislation to mandate onfarm production practices and more. Talbot said despite challenges cattle producers face, raising healthy cattle is and always has been a top priority.

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Friday, February 10,2012

NCBA readies plan to pursue permanent estate tax relief

by WLJ
“The estate tax kills small business and jeopardizes the future of our family farms and ranches throughout the country,” said Kent Bacus, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) associate director of legislative affairs. “2012 will be the year where permanent relief is within reach.

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Friday, February 10,2012

Nebraska cattleman named new NCBA President

by WLJ
Elected NCBA presidentelect was Scott George, a second-generation Wyoming farmer. Also elected to NCBA posts at the meeting were Bob McCan, Texas, to vice president; Craig Uden, Nebraska, federation division chair; Richard Gebhart, Oklahoma,...

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Friday, February 10,2012

$1 million energy beet development project

by WLJ
A project that will develop an advanced biofuel from energy beets and provide growers across North Dakota with a new industrial crop is taking another important step forward, fueled by a significant two-year North Dakota Renewable Energy Council grant.

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Friday, February 10,2012

Food industry says dioxin report will scare consumers

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
“Numerous scientific reviews...have found significant fault with EPA’s dioxin risk assessment models and conclusions,” House Agriculture Chairman Frank Lucas, R-OK, said. “Yet, this administration continues to go down the wrong path, which could have far-reaching consequences for food production.

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Friday, February 10,2012

Animal rights activists hold reins of Whole Foods´ welfare group

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
GAP and its six-step (Steps 1 through 5, with an additional “5 ” step) ranking system for farm animal welfare was created and embraced by Whole Foods Markets as their standard in meat.

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Friday, February 10,2012

Auctions raise rents on land values

by DTN
Nearly 300 people crammed into a motel meeting room to attend the first cash rent public auction in the Mason City, IA, area Saturday, Feb. 4. About 25 active bidders raised hands or nodded heads as two-year leases for more than 2,250 tillable corn/soybean acres in 14 tracts went up for grabs.

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Friday, February 10,2012

Prairie dog credits buy conservation easements

by Mark Mendiola - WLJ Correspondent
Some western and Midwestern states are resorting to innovative measures to control prairie dogs that wreak havoc wherever they proliferate and voraciously devour vast expanses of grasslands, depriving grazing livestock of feed and boosting costs for ranchers.

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