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Friday, March 2,2012

Iowa ag production fraud bill

by Traci Eatherton, Editor
The bill now goes to Gov. Terry Branstad for a signature to make it law. The Senate changed the legislation last year before approving it last Tuesday on a 40- 10 vote. The House adopted the Senate’s changes without debate and approved it on a 69-28 vote.

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Friday, March 2,2012

Russia could mean big opportunity for exporters

by Kerry Halladay, Editor
According to 2011 data compiled by the U.S.-Russia Coalition for trade, Russia is currently among the world’s top 10 importers of pork and beef (ranked 5th and 8th respectively). Most recent 2009 data from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations lists pork and beef as Russia’s top two imports by value, at about $3.

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Friday, March 2,2012

USDA moves to modernize

by WLJ
As part of a continuing effort to build a USDA that meets the evolving needs of a 21st century agricultural economy, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack last week informed Congress that in 90 days, he plans to approve consolidation of 131 Farm Service...

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Friday, March 2,2012

Minor crops competitive with wheat in 2012

by WLJ
“It has been a challenge for buyers of minor crops to ‘bid for acres’ when prices for major crops, such as wheat, corn and soybeans, have been at historically high levels during the past five years,” says Andy Swenson, North Dakota State University Extension Service farm management specialist.

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Friday, March 2,2012

More money for food safety

by DTN
U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Margaret Hamburg said last Wednesday that if her agency does not get more money to implement the Food Safety Modernization Act, she can already predict an increase in foodborne illness and problems with imported food.

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Friday, March 2,2012

BLM selects possible wild horse ecosanctuary site

by WLJ
As part of an ongoing effort to reform its national Wild Horse and Burro Program, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) announced last week that it has selected for environmental review a private land site proposed as the location for a wild horse ecosanctuary.

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Friday, March 2,2012

Petition filed to protect gray wolves in California

by Traci Eatherton, Editor
The Center for Biological Diversity (CBD) and three other conservation groups petitioned the California Fish and Game Commission last week to protect gray wolves as an endangered species under the California Endangered Species Act.

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Friday, March 2,2012

CattleFax names 2012 officers, board members

by WLJ
Bamford is the owner of Bamford Feedyard, a Colorado operation that includes a 15,000-head feed yard and diversified farm of both irrigated and dryland, as well as a trucking company.

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Friday, March 2,2012

Fat chance saturated fat causes heart disease

by WLJ
He analyzed three such advisory committee reports and the scientific studies they referenced, supplementing these sources with related results that were not included in the reports.

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Friday, March 2,2012

New Schmallenberg virus causing concern in Europe

by Kerry Halladay, Editor
The newly-discovered Schmallenberg virus has spread to southern England. So far, 83 farms in the United Kingdom (UK) have documented infected animals, as well as many farms in Germany, France and the Netherlands. Of the confirmed English cases, most have involved sheep herds, but some infected dairy cattle have been noted as well.

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