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Monday, October 24,2011

Management topics

by Dr. Bob Hough, WLJ Contributor
We are q u i c k l y coming up on show season with Louisville in November and Denver after the first of the year. Many breeds have stubbornly held on to the show ring as their major points of selection while other more successful breeds have moved beyond this more traditional form of selection.

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Monday, October 24,2011

Committees propose taking $23 billion from farm programs

by DTN
House and Senate Agriculture committee leaders failed to finalize a letter the Friday before last on proposed farm bill budget cuts and a rewrite of farm programs that they were planning to send to the super committee on deficit reduction, but were expected to send it last week.

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Monday, October 24,2011

Proposed regulations mean big changes for farm youth labor

by WLJ
An update of federal labor regulations governing youth employment could mean significant changes in the types of work young people can do on the farm, according to the leader of Ohio State University (OSU) Extension's Agricultural Safety and Health program.

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Monday, October 24,2011

Ranches not toxic waste dumps

by WLJ
Sens. Roy Blunt, R-MO, and Mike Crapo, R-ID, last week introduced the Superfund Common-Sense Act of 2011 (S. 1729), which would prevent the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the courts from imposing what the policymakers called another needless and burdensome regulation on U.

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Monday, October 24,2011

U.S. beef markets undergoing dramatic changes

by WLJ
"For example, an increase in Choice demand, a decrease in Choice supply, a decrease in Select demand or an increase in Select supply could all cause the Choice/Select spread to widen," he said. "It is not always easy to understand what is driving changes in the Choice/Select spread because of the many factors that may be involved.

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Monday, October 24,2011

FWS considers 600 species

by WLJ
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) will conduct in-depth reviews of 374 animal and plant species indigenous to the U.S. southeast to determine whether they need protection under the Endangered Species Act (ESA).

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Monday, October 24,2011

Ag groups back revenue-based plan

by DTN
The American Soybean Association (ASA), the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA), and the National Farmers Union (NFU) are backing the House and Senate Ag Committee leaders decision to recommend to the deficit super committee that farm bill spending be cut by up to $23 billion over 10 years.

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Monday, October 24,2011

Mexican trucking pilot program removes tariffs

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
The Department of Transportation (DOT) reported that the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has completed the required steps to allow Mexican trucks to operate in the U.S. under the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and has granted authorization to a Mexican carrier to make U.

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Monday, October 24,2011

Ethanol blender pumps pulled in Senate

by WLJ
A proposal that would have stopped subsidies for new gas station pumps to boost ethanol sales failed to make it into the Senate's version of USDA's fiscal 2012 budget last Wednesday.

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Monday, October 24,2011

Farm lobbies, lawmakers aggressively push agendas

by DTN
Fights began breaking out last Tuesday among agriculture interests over what the super committee might do with the farm bill, even though no one knows how the leaders of the House and Senate agriculture committees are planning to move ahead with the proposal that they sent to the super committee last Monday.

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