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Friday, November 4,2011

Summer 2011 meant flooded fields and roads from bluff to bluff

by DTN
Where it first breaks over the crest of the Loess Hills from the east, Highway 136 offers a spectacular view of the Missouri River Valley in Atchison County, MO. Treelined oxbow river channels, such as Langdon Lake, still provide groves of cottonwoods and wildlife habitat among fields of row crops.

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Friday, November 4,2011

Hay hotline created to help ranchers

by WLJ
As ranchers try desperately to feed and save their herds in the wake of the worst one-year drought in Texas history, Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples announced the Texas Department of Agriculture’s Hay Hotline now lists 1,082 hay producers from 42 states selling forage.

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Friday, November 4,2011

Coals heat up at the chuck wagon & dutch oven cook offs

by WLJ
True cowboy cuisine doesn’t require any electricity. The Arizona National Livestock Show (ANLS) will hold the Ninth Annual Chuck Wagon Cook Off on Dec. 30, 2011, and the First Annual Dutch Oven Cook Off Dec. 31, 2011, at the Arizona State Fairgrounds..

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Saturday, October 29,2011

Texas vets Bangs vaccinate adult cattle leaving state

by Ginger Elliott - WLJ Correspondent
Due to severe drought, thousands of Texas cattle are being moved to other states. Texas Animal Health Commission (TAHC) records from Certificates of Veterinary Inspections indicate that 24,330 breeding cows left Texas in August 2011

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Saturday, October 29,2011

EPA changes CAFO requirements

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has published a proposed rule for concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs) that was written primarily to settle another dispute between EPA and environmentalist groups, although EPA claims it is necessary to meet water quality protection responsibilities under the Clean Water Act (CWA).

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Saturday, October 29,2011

NMSU experts help with Las Conchas wildfire recovery efforts

by WLJ
As New Mexico’s recordbreaking 2011 wildfire season got under way last spring, New Mexico State University (NMSU) personnel found themselves involved in emergency response efforts around the state.

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Saturday, October 29,2011

DNA test for gain, grade available soon

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
A new DNA test for marbling and post-weaning growth will soon help cattle producers better hit the high-quality beef target. The tool, set to debut in early 2012, will be made available under a development agreement between Angus Genetics Inc. (AGI) and Pfizer Animal Genetics, the companies announced.

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Saturday, October 29,2011

Agriculture Secretary Vilsack’s priorities for the 2012 farm bill

by WLJ
Speaking at the John Deere Des Moines Works in Iowa last week, Vilsack emphasized the importance of simplifying existing programs.

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Saturday, October 29,2011

NCBA stays firm on farm dust

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
Although rumors are circulating that refer to the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) attempt to regulate farm dust as a myth, a hearing hosted by Chairman Ed Whitfield, R-KY, of the House Subcommittee on Energy and Power, cleared up what many call profound misconceptions.

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Saturday, October 29,2011

Bill provides certainty to rural America

by Todd Neeley - DTN
Though Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Lisa Jackson told members of Congress that the agency has no intention to regulate farm dust, some lawmakers and their rural constituents aren’t convinced.

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