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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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Friday, March 9,2012

Congressional delegates call for farm bill by year end

by WLJ
Six members of the Colorado congressional delegation called on leaders of the Senate and House Agriculture Committees to advance and pass a farm bill in 2012. The bipartisan group said a bill is needed to provide more certainty to farmers, ranchers and rural communities across Colorado and the nation.

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Friday, March 9,2012

Disease research lab moves; risk of outbreak low

by Jason Campbell - WLJ Correspondent
Recent changes to the design of the National Bio- and Agro- Defense Facility (NBAF) currently under construction on the Kansas State University campus in Manhattan, KS, reduce the risk of an accidental pathogen release to near zero, according to a Department of Homeland Security (DHS) assessment released March 2.

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Friday, March 9,2012

Farmers Union delegates back supply management and COOL defense

by Chris Clayton - DTN
NFU said crop insurance should be maintained and also expanded to cover types of agriculture other than mainly commodity crops. Still, NFU added, “The proliferation of price-based revenue products creates problems in the event of a collapse in prices.”.

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