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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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Friday, December 30,2011

China becomes top ag market

by DTN
China passed Canada as the top market for U.S. ag exports in 2011. As recently as 2004, China’s purchases totaled only $6 billion, making it our fifth-largest ag export market. In the fiscal year that ended Sept. 1, the world’s largest importer of cotton and soybeans bought $20 billion of U.

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Friday, December 30,2011

Partnership key to new beef retail marketing program

by WLJ
State b e e f councils are joining with the nat i o n a l Beef Checkoff Program in support of a new retail beef marketing program that has the potential to significantly increase U.S. beef sales.

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Friday, December 30,2011

When segregated funds become unsegregated: The MF Global debacle

by DTN
MF Global appears to have violated one of the major tenets of clearing house accounting: the company transferred money from segregated customer accounts to the firm’s proprietary accounts. And since the firm declared bankruptcy, those funds have become the center of a collapse that has shaken farm country nationwide.

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Tuesday, December 27,2011

Fracking pits ag against oil and gas

by Mark Mendiola - WLJ Correspondent
Reacting to the EPA report, Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead said the report was scientifically questionable. North Dakota Gov. Jack Dalrymple said new EPA rules restricting fracking could devastate the economic recovery of his state, where about 3,000 wells use fracking.

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Friday, December 23,2011

Winter storms disrupt markets

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
Wind and snow crossed the southern Plains twice last week bringing frigid temperatures and blowing snow. Between last week’s weather and the impending holidays, cattle owners seemed more focused on daily operations than sales, but a slight rally on Thursday warmed things up.

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