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Friday, March 9,2012

CAB premiums at seven-year high

by WLJ
The news ended a general downtrend in annual grid premiums for the brand from the historical high of nearly $37 million in 2002 (see Chart 1). CAB volume had gained more than 40 percent over the eight years and premiums often decline in the face of more supply.

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Friday, March 9,2012

Number of farms down from 2010

by WLJ
Farm numbers and land in farms are broken down into five economic sales classes. Farms and ranches are classified into these “sales classes” by summing their sales of agricultural products and government program payments. Sales class breaks occur at $10,000, $100,000, $250,000 and $500,000.

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Friday, March 9,2012

Legislation to end “man-made drought” in CA

by Traci Eatherton, Editor
The U.S. House of Representatives passed the Sacramento-San Joaquin Valley Water Reliability Act (H.R. 1837) in a bipartisan vote of 246 to 175.

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Friday, March 9,2012

Kansas rancher takes realities of overregulation to Washington

by WLJ
The Senate Western Caucus and the Congressional Western Caucus hosted a hearing to directly address the federal government’s role in creating obstacles to economic growth and eroding property rights in the West. As such, the hearing was coined Washington Obstacles to Prosperity and Property Rights in the West.

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Friday, March 9,2012

Food safety study is encouraging for beef

by Kerry Halladay, Editor
A newly-released FDA study shows some encouraging trends in food safety and the battle against antibioticresistant bacteria. Not only does retail ground beef show lower contamination rates than poultry in many cases, but many of the bacterial contaminations found in beef are less resistant to antibiotics than those found in poultry.

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Friday, March 9,2012

SRM awards Schroeder for outstanding stewardship

by WLJ
Schroeder was born and raised in suburban Chicago. In mid-1949, at 20 years of age, he had already graduated from University of Chicago and earned his law degree from Valparaiso University School of Law. He then set out to be a “resident by choice” of a small cowtown, Vale, OR.

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Friday, March 9,2012

Hay workshop on production and buying

by WLJ
On April 27, AgriLife Extension will offer a full day of training on hay production and purchasing that producers are not going to find anywhere else, said Dr. Vanessa Corriher, AgriLife Extension forage specialist..

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Friday, March 9,2012

Tornadoes hit southern ranchers

by WLJ
“Farmers across the state have been calling our office since the tornadoes hit wanting to know how they can help so we are working on a case-by-case basis to help farmers however we can,” said Kentucky Cattlemen’s Association (KCA) Executive Vice President Dave Maples.

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Friday, March 9,2012

Supreme Court may be summoned to tame EPAīs greenhouse gas agenda

by Mark Mendiola - WLJ Correspondent
The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) may consider appealing to the U.S. Supreme Court if a U.S. Court of Appeals in the District of Columbia rules in favor of retaining U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) greenhouse gas regulations that would hurt ranch and farm operations.

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Friday, March 9,2012

Vilsack says step up biofuels marketing

by DTN
“We need to better market this industry with a positive message [such as] consumer choice [over which fuel to use], paying less at the pump and people getting jobs and the more opportunities now available to rural America,” he said. “What is at stake is a [fight over the] value system and it starts with agriculture.

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