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Friday, November 18,2011

Collect DNA samples now

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As spring sale season quickly approaches, producers utilizing DNA technology should begin the sample collection process as soon as it’s practical, says Kent Andersen, Ph.D., associate director global technical services, Pfizer Animal Genetics.

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Friday, November 18,2011

It’s tax primer time - “average” farm income

by DTN
In times of high commodity prices, you’ll need to study up on year-end taxplanning strategies. Keep in mind that these only make sense if they fit within your business plan.

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Friday, November 18,2011

Heritage Act divides Montana ranchers

by Andy Rieber - WLJ Correspondent
Wilderness advocates and ranchers have often found themselves at loggerheads over how public lands should be managed; ranchers tend to support natural resource use while the wilderness crowd believes uses should be restricted for environmental and personal reasons.

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Friday, November 18,2011

Riders removed from USDA horse processing inspection

by WLJ
The Conference Committee on HR 2112 last week consolidated appropriations for Agriculture, Commerce- Justice-Science and Transportation - Housing and Urban Development signed a conference report resolving differences between the House and Senate...

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Friday, November 18,2011

It’s buyer beware when ordering feed

by DTN
Early reports are surfacing of producers ending up with cattle feed that has been extended with sawdust and other fillers, and then masked with molasses. There have also been reports of 2- and 3-year-old hay sold, and of the watering down of hay to add weight.

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Friday, November 18,2011

Lawsuit says solar power projects should avoid prime farmland

by WLJ
In an action aimed at conserving prime farmland and protecting the integrity of California’s main farmlandconservation program, the California Farm Bureau Federation (Farm Bureau) filed a lawsuit that charges the Fresno County Board of Supervisors...

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Friday, November 18,2011

USDA delays date for mandatory nutrition labeling rule

by WLJ
USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced it would delay for two months, until March 1, 2012, the effective date for enforcement of the “Nutrition Labeling of Single- Ingredient Products and Ground or Chopped Meat and Poultry Products” final rule.

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Friday, November 18,2011

Checkoff at work

by WLJ
The U.S. beef indust r y a nnounced initiation of a landmark checkoff-funded sustainability assessment last week. Previous checkofffunded research demonstrated beef’s carbon footprint in the U.S. decreased 18 percent in the last 30 years; and numerous sustainability experts have recognized progressive cattle raising practices in the U.

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Friday, November 18,2011

The disconnect between academic idea and cowherd application

by WLJ
Common sense makes it clear: simplicity rules. However, ranching profitability is a model of complexity.

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Friday, November 18,2011

Feed costs put the squeeze on dairy margins

by WLJ
With high forage costs and grain prices threatening profit margins for dairy producers, a Purdue Extension agricultural economist says it’s important to keep an eye on the bottom line.

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