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Friday, December 30,2011

BEEF bits

by WLJ
Russia’s meat and poultry production rose by 4.4 percent (460,000 metric tons) in 2011 compared to 2010, according to the Russian news agency TASS. Russian Agriculture Minister Yelena Skrynnik told a news conference that Russia’s meat production is expected to reach 11 million metric tons by the end of the year.

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Friday, December 30,2011

Logan Ipsan joins WLJ as “fieldman” editor

by WLJ
Ipsen was raised on a registered Angus and Hereford operation in Montpelier, ID, where he and his family sold seedstock bulls and females throughout the western U.S. as well as selling alfalfa and grass hay throughout the Intermountain West.

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Friday, December 30,2011

Winter/spring 2012 weather outlook

by WLJ
As we enter winter, farmers and ranchers are wondering whether the fall’s climate trends are going to continue and which regions of the country are susceptible to production problems in 2012.

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Friday, December 30,2011

New embryo transfer rule begins

by WLJ
The new Rule 104(d)(12), adopted at the American Angus Association’s (AAA) September board meeting, states: If the first owner of the calf is different than the owner of record of the donor female, and the embryo removal date is on or after Jan.

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Friday, December 30,2011

Last year´s volatile corn market

by DTN
You might feel as if you have whiplash, almost as if someone else spent their year yanking you back and forth. It’s been an unprecedented year for grain markets with many daily moves dictated by headlines from Europe rather than news from the Corn Belt.

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Friday, December 30,2011

Nitrates a concern for drought-fed cattle

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
According to Jack Whittier, Colorado State University, nitrate accumulation usually is triggered by some environmental stress where plant growth is restricted but absorption of nitrate from soil continues. “The most common stress of summer annuals is drought.

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Friday, December 30,2011

Task force endorses tax credit transparency, pre-approval process

by WLJ
Members of the Task Force on State Tax Credits and Economic Incentives voted last week in Oklahoma to require greater tax-credit transparency and mandatory pre-approval for those seeking tax credits.

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Friday, December 30,2011

MCA celebrates 100th birthday at convention

by WLJ
The Missouri Cattlemen’s Association (MCA) celebrated their 100th year serving as the voice of Missouri’s 60,000 beef producers at this year’s annual convention on Dec. 16-17 at the Holiday Inn Select & Executive Center. MCA staff and officers focused special events on the history of the association and the celebration of its centennial birthday.

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Friday, December 30,2011

South Texas farmers bracing for water shortages

by WLJ
Record water usage and a lingering drought this year could spell water shortages in 2012 for Lower Rio Grande Valley (Valley) farmers, according to Dr. Juan Enciso, a Texas AgriLife Research water engineer at the Texas AgriLife Research and Extension Center at Weslaco.

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Friday, December 30,2011

2011 a banner year for bison business

by WLJ
The U.S. buffalo business is ending 2011 in the strongest economic condition in history, and the growing popularity of naturallyraised bison has ranchers scrambling to build their herds, according to the National Bison Association (NBA).

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