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Friday, March 9,2012

Tornadoes hit southern ranchers

by WLJ
“Farmers across the state have been calling our office since the tornadoes hit wanting to know how they can help so we are working on a case-by-case basis to help farmers however we can,” said Kentucky Cattlemen’s Association (KCA) Executive Vice President Dave Maples.

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Friday, March 9,2012

Supreme Court may be summoned to tame EPAīs greenhouse gas agenda

by Mark Mendiola - WLJ Correspondent
The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) may consider appealing to the U.S. Supreme Court if a U.S. Court of Appeals in the District of Columbia rules in favor of retaining U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) greenhouse gas regulations that would hurt ranch and farm operations.

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Friday, March 9,2012

Vilsack says step up biofuels marketing

by DTN
“We need to better market this industry with a positive message [such as] consumer choice [over which fuel to use], paying less at the pump and people getting jobs and the more opportunities now available to rural America,” he said. “What is at stake is a [fight over the] value system and it starts with agriculture.

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Friday, March 9,2012

Congressional delegates call for farm bill by year end

by WLJ
Six members of the Colorado congressional delegation called on leaders of the Senate and House Agriculture Committees to advance and pass a farm bill in 2012. The bipartisan group said a bill is needed to provide more certainty to farmers, ranchers and rural communities across Colorado and the nation.

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Friday, March 9,2012

Disease research lab moves; risk of outbreak low

by Jason Campbell - WLJ Correspondent
Recent changes to the design of the National Bio- and Agro- Defense Facility (NBAF) currently under construction on the Kansas State University campus in Manhattan, KS, reduce the risk of an accidental pathogen release to near zero, according to a Department of Homeland Security (DHS) assessment released March 2.

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Friday, March 9,2012

Farmers Union delegates back supply management and COOL defense

by Chris Clayton - DTN
NFU said crop insurance should be maintained and also expanded to cover types of agriculture other than mainly commodity crops. Still, NFU added, “The proliferation of price-based revenue products creates problems in the event of a collapse in prices.”.

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Friday, March 9,2012

Dakota City beef plant improvements to increase production efficiencies

by WLJ
As part of an ongoing plan to maximize operational efficiencies, Tyson Fresh Meats, Inc., a subsidiary of Tyson Foods, Inc., is making major improvements to its Dakota City beef plant. The changes are expected to bolster the future of the Dakota City operation, but may lead to the closure of the company’s small beef plant in Denison, IA.

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Friday, March 9,2012

Environment, cost and quality benefit from Cargill upgrades

by WLJ
A recent $6.1 million investment by Cargill to upgrade an aging boiler system at the company’s Plainview, TX, beef processing facility has increased efficiency, reduced energy consumption, and added steam capacity that will enable the facility to grow and expand product offerings to customers, both present and future.

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Friday, March 9,2012

Egypt turns away ship of stranded cattle

by Traci Eatherton, Editor
It’s understood that ventilation problems on the recently converted livestock vessel, the MV Gracia Del Mar, caused the deaths of more than half of the animals on board since the ship left South America for Egypt a few weeks ago. The ship has been anchored in the Red Sea for over a week.

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Friday, March 9,2012

Win with beef YouTube videos

by WLJ
The beef checkoff launched a new video blog contest designed to engage youth in telling the beef story using the power of YouTube. Videos must be two minutes or less and will focus on one of eight beef-related topics, including common beef misconceptions, cattle care, beef’s nutritional value and more.

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