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Friday, January 20,2012

New grant program will fund water trading credits

by Chris Clayton - DTN
In making the announcement, USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) officials noted this was the first time US- DA has offered funding specifically for water-quality trading programs. The program offers Conservation Innovation Grants of up to $2 million for an individual project.

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Friday, January 13,2012

Reaching a balance is key to sustainability

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
Sustainability is the big buzz word in the industry and was one of the main topics at last week’s International Livestock Congress. According to Jude Capper, Ph. D.

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Friday, January 13,2012

Sheep station threatens grizzlies, say opponents

by Andy Rieber - WLJ Correspondent
The Greater Yellowstone Coalition and National Wildlife Federation have been joined by at least one Bureau of Land Management (BLM) official in claiming that the Agricultural Research Service’s (ARS) U.S.

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Friday, January 13,2012

Boxed beef values pressured

by WLJ
In the Texas Panhandle, live cattle were trading at $121 closing out the previous week. In Kansas, live sales sold from $120-121. In Nebraska, live sales sold from $121-122 with dressed sales from $196 -198. In Colorado, live sales sold at $121. In the western Corn Belt, live sales sold at $122 with dressed at $196.

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Friday, January 13,2012

WASDE comes in bearish despite expectations

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
USDA’s World Agricultural Supply and Demand (WASDE) estimates show a downward trend in cattle supplies from last year, with higher fed-steer price ranges. USDA increased 2011 corn and soybean yields and production, despite most analysts’ predictions leaning towards a decline.

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Friday, January 13,2012

BEEF bits

by WLJ
United Egg Producers (UEP) is coming under fire from other animal agriculture groups for its efforts to set a national standard for the treatment of layers. The organization has enlisted Rep.

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Friday, January 13,2012

OBITUARY

by WLJ
John Norman “Norm” Middleswarth, 86, passed away Jan. 2, 2012, at his home in Torrington. Funeral services were held on Jan. 7 at the Goshen County Fairgrounds Rendezvous Center with Scott Rauscher, Marylee McMillan and Lorriane Lerwick officiating. Burial followed at the Valley View Cemetery in Torrington.

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Friday, January 13,2012

Cattle Industry Convention attracts topnotch entertainment

by WLJ
“We work long and hard at convention but we never fail to have a good time. Nashville is home to some of the best entertainment in the country and convention participants will have several opportunities to capitalize on all the city has to offer,” said Donald.

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Friday, January 13,2012

Arsonists strike at Harris Ranch California feedlot; activists claim responsibility

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
In the early hours of Sunday morning, Jan. 8, arson fires claimed 14 big-rig trucks and several cattle trailers in a storage yard at Harris Ranch, one of the nation’s largest feed operations. It took firefighters 45 minutes to contain the fires.

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Friday, January 13,2012

Miller named senior vice president of Global Marketing and Research

by WLJ
In his new role, Miller will be responsible for staff leadership of NCBA departments focused on developing and executing the plan of work funded with beef checkoff dollars. Those departments include Planning and Evaluation; Market Research; Research, Education and Innovation; Issues Management; Consumer Marketing; and Channel Marketing.

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