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Friday, September 16,2011

Your National Beef Checkoff Program: 25 Years and Counting

by WLJ
Of course, twas the night before Christmas Eve, nearly eight years ago, when discovery of a single dairy cow with BSE in Washington state put holiday celebrations for much of agriculture on hold and fixated global attention on the U.S. beef and dairy industries and the issue of beef safety.

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Friday, September 16,2011

Colorado State University releases two promising wheat varieties

by WLJ
Wheat researcher Scott Haley recently walked through a maze of carefully labeled seed packets in a Colorado State University workroom, knowing that amid the array there just might be a new variety that yields success for state wheat growers.

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Friday, September 16,2011

The clock is ticking away on winter wheat pasture prospects

by WLJ
The window of opportunity for planting winter wheat for grazing is rapidly closing. In Oklahoma, dualpurpose or forage-only winter wheat generally needs to be planted by mid-September in order to produce significant fall and winter forage. Wheat planted for grain-only has about another month to be in the ideal planting window.

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Friday, September 16,2011

Cal Poly celebrates the 55th annual Field Day October 1-2

by WLJ
Building your Brand to Add Value to your Herd, is the theme of this year's California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo (Cal Poly), Field Day, Tradeshow and Bull Test Sale set for Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 1 and 2, at the Cal Poly Beef Center, San Luis Obispo.

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Friday, September 16,2011

Corn supply outlook puts ethanol in the hot seat

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
The House Committee on Agricultures Subcommittee on Livestock, Dairy and Poultry discussed the issue of feed availability and its affect on the livestock and poultry industries during a hearing last week.

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Friday, September 16,2011

CoBank-U.S. AgBank merger approved

by WLJ
CoBank and U.S. AgBank announced September 8th that their voting stockholders have approved the proposed plan of merger between the two banks.

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Friday, September 16,2011

Document 2011 losses for disaster aid by Sept. 30

by WLJ
The USDA announced that losses experienced by farmers and ranchers during 2011 will be covered under the Supplemental Revenue (SURE) program if they document the loss by Sept. 30.

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Friday, September 9,2011

Fires turn Texas drought into an inferno

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
Along with battling the worst drought in history, Texas has now added its worst fire season to its record breaking year. News of the severe Texas drought has been replaced with daily updates of hundreds of fires burning over 3.6 million acres.

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Friday, September 9,2011

La Nina return may prolong drought

by DTN
La Nina describes Pacific Ocean equatorial waters having cooler-than-average temperatures. In the U.S., the weather effects of La Nina include drier conditions in the southern Plains and Midwest, and above-average precipitation during winter in the northern states.

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Friday, September 9,2011

USMEF report: FTAs should top congressional priority list

by WLJ
Congress faces a busy agenda when it returns from August recess, but U.S. Meat Export Federation (US- MEF) Chairman Keith Miller says few items can offer as much immediate benefit to the struggling U.S. economy as ratification of pending free trade agreements (FTAs) with South Korea, Panama and Colombia.

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