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Friday, January 13,2012

The Golden Calf - Beef beat gold as the surest commodity of 2011

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
The price of gold climbed tremendously in 2011. It started the year selling at just under $1,400 per ounce (oz.) and closed the year at just over $1,600 per oz. During that time, it broke a couple of records and set new highs, at one point reaching $1,923.

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Friday, January 6,2012

Republican presidential candidates' ag profiles

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
Despite the ag-oriented nature of Iowa, farming and ranching issues were not highlighted by the candidates. Many candidates have remained quiet or vague on ag-important topics like the farm bill, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and subsidies.

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Friday, January 6,2012

Mixed reviews for BLM sage grouse conservation guidance

by Andy Rieber - WLJ Correspondent
In an effort to prevent an endangered listing of the greater sage grouse, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) on Dec.

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Friday, January 6,2012

FDA to ban popular industry antibiotic

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) plans to ban on April 5 the agricultural use of cephalosporin, a popular antibiotic used primarily in swine, chickens and turkeys, but also cattle, to prevent the rise of drug-resistant bacteria that infect humans.

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Friday, January 6,2012

BEEF bits

by WLJ
The U.S., Canada and Mexico have agreed to delay possible appeal proceedings in their World Trade Organization (WTO) dispute over U.S. country-of-origin labeling (COOL) rules for meat. In November, a WTO dispute panel ruled in favor of Canada and Mexico, concluding that U.

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Friday, January 6,2012

Spring EPDs assist producers with bull-buying decisions

by WLJ
The Red Angus Association of America (RAAA) recently released the 2012 spring expected progeny differences (EPDs) which evaluate traits from calving ease to performance to carcass merit. The suite of numbers includes tools to select cattle with optimum economic relevance such as stayability, heifer pregnancy and maintenance energy requirements.

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Friday, January 6,2012

2012 agricultural issues on the table

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
New farm bill—Since the super committee could not reach an agreement on cutting $1.2 trillion in federal spending, the House and Senate Agriculture committees will begin the new year working on the new farm bill. It is estimated that at least $15 billion could be cut over 10 years.

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Friday, January 6,2012

OBITUARY

by WLJ
Arlo was also president of Tehama Co. Jr. Livestock Auction Committee for five years, was recognized by TCCA as Man of the Year in 1985 and was TCCA president in 1975-76. He worked as a foreman for the Tehama County Road Department before retiring in 1983.

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Friday, January 6,2012

Feds issue revised trucking rule

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has issued a revised hours-of-service (HOS) rule for commercial truck drivers, planning to improve safety in the industry, but the restrictions have many trucking organizations and companies less than happy.

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Friday, January 6,2012

Montana Cowboy Hall of Fame to hold Sixth Annual Circle the Wagons Dinner and Benefit Auction in Bozeman Feb. 3-4

by WLJ
The Montana Cowboy Hall of Fame & Western Heritage Center (MCHF & WHC) will hold its Sixth Annual “Circle the Wagons Dinner and Benefit Auction” coinciding with the group’s sixth annual business meeting and trustees gathering Friday and Saturday, Feb.

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