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Saturday, October 29,2011

Food price outlook, 2011 and 2012

by WLJ
For 2011, the final numbers from the Consumer Price Index (CPI) for all food is projected to increase 3.5 to 4.5 percent. Food-at-home (grocery store) prices are forecast to rise 4 to 5 percent, while food-away-fromhome (restaurant) prices are forecast to increase 3 to 4 percent.

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Saturday, October 29,2011

SALE calendar

by WLJ
Sale Calendar is a service to our advertisers. There is a minimum advertising requirement to be eligible to be listed in the sale calendar. Contact your fieldman for more information, or to have your date added to the Sale Calendar. We will only run auction sale dates or private treaty start dates.

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Monday, October 24,2011

Kazakhstan puts its money on North Dakota cattle

by Andy Rieber - WLJ Correspondent
On the afternoon of Oct. 18, North Dakota rancher Dan Price was in Fargo overseeing a load of his bred heifers as they prepared to travel to their new home.

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Monday, October 24,2011

Tribe controls own water

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
Dry Creek Rancheria, 75 acres of what was once an 86,400-acre territory, is home to the Pomo Indians, and they include not just one tribe, but approximately 21 independent communities speaking seven different language dialects. The tribe was officially recognized as a sovereign nation in 1915.

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Monday, October 24,2011

Dust regulations being called a myth

by WLJ
The Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) recent letter to two senators stating the agency has no plans for expanding the current air quality standards to include agriculture dust is giving the ag industry hope that maybe the EPA regulation rampage is slowing down.

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Monday, October 24,2011

Critical mass

by Steve Suther, Certified Angus Beef
It takes so many plants to make a stand, cows to make a herd, and drops to make a rain. Before turning that herd out to pasture, you look for enough plant mass to support their grazing. If you're watching a couple of bred heifers for a month, you might as well be watching 20 or 30.

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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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