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Friday, November 18,2011

Lawsuit says solar power projects should avoid prime farmland

by WLJ
In an action aimed at conserving prime farmland and protecting the integrity of California’s main farmlandconservation program, the California Farm Bureau Federation (Farm Bureau) filed a lawsuit that charges the Fresno County Board of Supervisors...

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Friday, November 18,2011

USDA delays date for mandatory nutrition labeling rule

by WLJ
USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced it would delay for two months, until March 1, 2012, the effective date for enforcement of the “Nutrition Labeling of Single- Ingredient Products and Ground or Chopped Meat and Poultry Products” final rule.

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Friday, November 18,2011

Checkoff at work

by WLJ
The U.S. beef indust r y a nnounced initiation of a landmark checkoff-funded sustainability assessment last week. Previous checkofffunded research demonstrated beef’s carbon footprint in the U.S. decreased 18 percent in the last 30 years; and numerous sustainability experts have recognized progressive cattle raising practices in the U.

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Friday, November 18,2011

The disconnect between academic idea and cowherd application

by WLJ
Common sense makes it clear: simplicity rules. However, ranching profitability is a model of complexity.

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Friday, November 18,2011

Feed costs put the squeeze on dairy margins

by WLJ
With high forage costs and grain prices threatening profit margins for dairy producers, a Purdue Extension agricultural economist says it’s important to keep an eye on the bottom line.

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Friday, November 18,2011

Distillers grains offer viable feed option for young dairy heifers

by WLJ
Distillers grains, a coproduct of ethanol production, are high in both protein and energy. Although distillers grains have typically been fed to lactating cows because of their demand for protein, recent Purdue University studies show that distillers...

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Friday, November 18,2011

Five-year shift to a controlled breeding program

by WLJ
No doubt the idea of going from a year-round breeding/ calving season to one only 90 days long is intimidating.

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Friday, November 18,2011

Cross Diamond Cattle Company supporting the troops

by WLJ
The All-American Beef Battalion (AABB) was established in 2007 and aims to support the troops fighting the war on terror while promoting American beef. They accomplish this task by organizing and sponsoring steak feeds, entertainment, programs, meetings for service members and their families.

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Friday, November 18,2011

USDA to invest $213 million in export promotion

by WLJ
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced last week that USDA is investing in approximately 70 U.S. agricultural organizations to help expand commercial export markets for their goods.

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Friday, November 18,2011

Lenders shocked at lax oversight

by DTN
Rural bankers and brokers are in no mood for mercy. They are furious with MF Global, the CME Group and federal regulators who allowed the country’s third largest clearinghouse to dip into customer accounts for their own high-risk trades.

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