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Friday, May 4,2012

DNA: an arriving tool for beef cattle

by WLJ
“It takes so much time to develop a herd of cattle—a lifetime, honestly— that’s designed to be feed-efficient or have high reproduction,” says Cody Jorgensen of Jorgensen Land and Cattle, Ideal, SD. “The more knowledge you have about DNA to help you make the right decision, the better.

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Friday, May 4,2012

2012 Across-Breed EPD Table released at BIF annual meeting

by WLJ
The table of adjustment factors to be used to estimate across-breed expected progeny differences (AB- EPDs) for 18 breeds was released at the Beef Improvement Federation (BIF) Annual Meeting in Houston, TX, on April 20 (see Table 1). Across-breed adjustment factors have been calculated for growth traits and maternal milk since 1993.

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Friday, May 4,2012

Proposed child labor regulations withdrawn

by Traci Eatherton, Editor
Pressure from ag groups played a large role in preventing the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) from banning children under 16 from using most powerdriven farm equipment, including tractors.

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Friday, May 4,2012

Domino's rejects HSUS plan

by WLJ
The National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) is praising Domino’s Pizza shareholders for rejecting a recent resolution from the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) requiring its pork suppliers to stop the use of gestation stalls. On April 25, a majority vote of 80 percent of Domino’s shareholders voted to reject the group’s proposal.

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Friday, May 4,2012

New My Plate, My Way tool

by WLJ
Following the release of the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans and the MyPlate icon comes the introduction of the My Plate, My Way interactive eating personality assessment tool developed by the beef checkoff.

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Friday, May 4,2012

Climate change, biofuels mandate would cause corn price spikes

by WLJ
“There could be quite a substantial increase in yield volatility, and that’s due to the increased frequency and intensity of the high temperatures throughout the Corn Belt,” said Thomas Hertel, a Purdue distinguished professor of agricultural economics.

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Friday, May 4,2012

Planting almost done

by DTN
“This was, reportedly, 10 percentage points above pre-report expectations,” said DTN Analyst John Sanow. “The most impressive showing to note is Illinois and Indiana at 79 percent and 70 percent, respectively, as compared to the five-year average of 29 percent and 20 percent.

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Friday, May 4,2012

Food; every place, any place

by WLJ
First Steve’s story: In 1998, I remember the talk of Wal-Mart opening their first Supercenter with plans to have over 200 Supercenters throughout the U.S. by 1995.

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Friday, April 27,2012

Beef industry rallies together to derail BSE concerns

by Traci Eatherton, Editor
Just as the beef markets were seeing recovery from the fallout of lean finely textured beef (LFTB), a case of BSE hit the news, wreaking havoc on midweek markets. But industry groups quickly rallied together to stand behind U.S. beef products, and the markets responded with a quick turnaround.

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Friday, April 27,2012

Heavy-handed CA runoff program not sitting well with ag businesses

by Mark Mendiola - WLJ Correspondent
New runoff rules adopted by the Central Coast Regional Water Quality Board that cover all or part of eight counties from San Mateo to Ventura, CA, have raised the ire of the California Farm Bureau Federation (CFBF), the Grower-Shipper Association of...

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