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Friday, February 24,2012

China's demand for U.S. DDGS unaffected by anti-dumping

by DTN
Almost exactly one year after launching the probe, in December of 2011, the Chinese government announced it would extend the probe until June 28 before making a final ruling. China’s Commerce Ministry called the case “special and complicated” and it warranted the extended months for the investigation.

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Friday, February 24,2012

Weeds and diseases pack one-two punch to sweet corn

by WLJ
Marty Williams, associate professor of crop sciences and USDA Agricultural Research Service ecologist, said the study aimed to identify how MDM incidence and weed interference influences sweet corn growth, phenological development and yield. MDM is the most prevalent viral disease of sweet corn in the U.

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Friday, February 24,2012

Iowa beef producers explore trade with Central America

by WLJ
Iowa beef producers Dan Cook, New Providence, and Kent Pruismann, Rock Valley, participated in an Iowa Meat Trade Mission to Guatemala and Panama in early February. Cook, past chairman of the Iowa Beef Industry Council, explained that the mission was exploratory in nature to determine if there is a market for U.

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Monday, February 20,2012

Black Ink

by Steve Suther, Certified Angus Beef
In the decade since the bovine genome was mapped, the search for practical applications has been a bioscience boom industry. The most recent result can help profitably increase the supply of cattle qualifying for the CAB brand. It comes from a CAB and Angus Genetics Inc.

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Monday, February 20,2012

Endangered species activists unhappy with Obama budget

by Kerry Halladay, Editor
Ag folks aren’t the only ones complaining about President Barack Obama’s proposed budget. The budget has created some unusual bedfellows; groups like the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association and the Center for Biological Diversity (CBD) are both dissatisfied with Obama’s fiscal proposal.

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Monday, February 20,2012

Fertilizer condos cater to do-it-yourselfers

by DTN
Randy Main, Buffalo Center, IA, retailer is building a fertilizer condo. As the name implies, the condo is a facility where farmers can store their own UAN32 for a fee without having the expense and hassle of building and maintaining on-farm storage..

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Monday, February 20,2012

Watchdog wants HSUS investigated

by WLJ
Last week, Humane- Watch.org, a project of the nonprofit Center for Consumer Freedom (CCF), called on the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to open an investigation into the deceptive fundraising practices of the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS).

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Monday, February 20,2012

Winter marks time to watch for lice in cattle

by WLJ
“Lice populations are fairly low in the summer, but they tend to peak this time of year,” he said. “Producers need to watch for obvious signs, such as rubbing or scratching on objects, patches of hair falling out, reddening of the skin or even serum oozing from the hide.

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Monday, February 20,2012

Iowa's Best Burger!

by WLJ
Almost every Iowa restaurant, whether it’s the neighborhood Mom and Pop joint, or an exclusive white-tablecloth establishment, has some variation of the hamburger on their menu. So for the third year, the Iowa Cattlemen’s Association and the Iowa Beef Industry Council (IBIC) are kicking off their search for Iowa’s Best Burger.

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Monday, February 20,2012

Budget cuts threaten ag

by WLJ
President Barack Obama, Monday, Feb. 13, 2012, proposed a multi trillion dollar budget. The president said the budget is designed to spur job creation and impose higher taxes on the rich. However, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) President J.

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